The Brady Bunch

Season 5 Episode 17

Welcome Aboard

Aired Unknown Jan 25, 1974 on ABC
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Carol breaks the news to Mike that she's expecting and an eavesdropping Bobby and Cindy assume that she's pregnant and pass it along to the rest of the family. Unknown to them what she meant was that she's expecting her nephew, Oliver to move in with them while his parents are in South America.moreless

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  • Beginning Of The End

    For a while I believed that Cousin Oliver aka Robbie Rist was the blame for killing The Brady Bunch but I was wrong. The Brady Bunch was dying way before this. It was being killed by Sanford And Son which was far funnier than the Brady Bunch which belong in the sixties. The plotline became overly silly and Sherwood Schwartz became out of touch for the changing times. When the fifth season started all the kids especially Barry Williams (Greg) and Maureen McCormick (Marcia) outgrew their roles. So Sherwwod Scwartz thought that the creation of Cousin Oliver would have saved the show but it was too late.moreless
  • The series goes downhill from here.

    Well, a lot of shows do this. They believe that bringing in a new character will do the show some good but it turns out the ratings go down, and down, and down. Not that I felt that this episode was stupid, 'cause I felt Oliver's pain bro', but a lot of shows go downhill from here. Dukes of Hazzard did when they brought Coy and Vance in. Brady Bunch's ratings went down when they put Oliver in. Oliver was funny as some points, but then at other times he was just plain annoying. This episode was average, but just wait, the remaining episodes are going downhill.moreless
  • Last Chance To Save the Series!!!

    With the two youngest kids was in their pre teens to teens,ABC proberly tried to save the almost dead show with a new kid to bring the cutemess back tp the show.

    This epoisode was all about Oliver and everybody else was the backing chareters.

    While it was good, it kinda failed apart at the end with the old time movie they made.
John Nolan

John Nolan

Mr. Douglas

Guest Star

Judd Laurance

Judd Laurance


Guest Star

Snag Werris

Snag Werris

Keystone Kop

Guest Star

Robbie Rist

Robbie Rist


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After Carol and Greg said they weren't going, to get Oliver to go to the sudio, just how could Bobby expect to go if the only two people who could drive the car claimed they weren't going.

      Reply: You're forgetting that Marcia got her license 2 episodes ago in "The Driver's Seat".

    • Oliver's parents are named Jack & Pauline. Since Carol mentioned she had a brother and a sister in previous seasons, we can only assume that Jack is her brother, since her brother-in-law(her sisters husband) is named Roger. That would make Oliver's full name Oliver Tyler.

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  • NOTES (5)

    • Oliver (Robby Rist) was also in the Weakest Link with the rest of the Brady Bunch crew.

    • Starting with this episode for the rest of the series Greg is allowed to drive again.

    • This was the first time I noticed the boys had gotten a green shag carpet in their room. They had always had a brown vinyl floor before.

    • The "Oliver" episodes often mark the series' "nail in the coffin," in many Brady fans' eyes. In addition to generally weak scripts, Oliver is often seen as an unnecessary, weak attempt to salvage the series, which by now is being beaten soundly by NBC's Sanford and Son in the Nielsens.

    • Robbie Rist makes the first of six appearances in the recurring role as Oliver.