The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 

Alice doesn't think the boys need her as much anymore now that Carol is in the house--so she announces that she is leaving.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Carol Brady
Mike Brady
Alice Nelson
Marcia Brady
Jan Brady
Cindy Brady
Greg Brady
Peter Brady
Bobby Brady
Fred Pinkard ...
Mr. Stokey


For any domestic chores or to manage their problems, Mike and the boys turn to Alice as they always have since Mike's first wife/the boys' mother passed away. Alice comes to the realization that they should instead turn to Carol to make her feel like the woman of the house and truly the boys' mother. Alice's plan works like a charm as Carol feels buoyed by the boys and Mike turning to her. One side effect of this plan is the girls feeling neglected by Carol, which she can explain and rectify. What Alice didn't count on was feeling like she is no longer needed in the Brady household as the boys in particular now always turn to Carol instead of her. As such, she makes up a pretense to leave their employ. Mike and Carol can't tell her not to go, but when they learn the real reason for her leaving, they have to try and come up with a way of not just telling her but really showing her how much they want her to stay. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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17 October 1969 (USA)  »

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The title was based on the 1933 song "Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore," written by Joe Young, Johnny Burke, and Harold Spina, and popularized by Guy Lombardo and his band The Royal Canadians. See more »


In the opening scene after the theme song, Carol enters the kitchen wearing an orange dress with a gold flower pin (pin is the flower bloom and stem) and the pin is positioned with the bloom pointing down. In the next scene in the kids' bathroom, she is wearing the same outfit only this time the pin is positioned with the bloom pointing up. Then in a later scene in the boys' bedroom, the pin is positioned with the bloom facing down again. See more »

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Alice says she is leaving
21 June 2006 | by (Lewiston, Idaho) – See all my reviews

Lead in this episode: Alice A little background info is helpful to explain the events in this episode. After Mike's first wife died, Mike hired Alice as the house keeper. We know from this episode that She's been with Mike and the Boys for over 7 years. That means that Bobby would have to have been a baby when his mother died and both Greg and Peter were small boys. This means that a 7 year period passed before Mike married Carol.

Alice begins to get the feeling that she is no longer needed when the boys go to Carol with their problems such as when Greg and Peter get into a fight over a baseball glove, or when they receive a telescope. Alice feels that she is being left out of the family's activities.

Alice decides to leave. She makes up a bogus story about a sick aunt that has asked her to come and stay with her. However, the girls over hear a phone conversation that Alice was having with a friend-they learn that the story is Bogus.

The family enact on a plan to get Alice to stay. Does it work? Watch and see!

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