The Brady Bunch: Season 4, Episode 16

Amateur Nite (26 Jan. 1973)

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The kids want to buy Mike and Carol an engraved silver tray as their anniversary gift, but Jan goofs up on paying for the tray. To fix the mistake, Jan convinces her siblings to audition for an amateur talent show.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Harold Peary ...
Mr. Goodbody
Stephen Dunne ...
Pete Sterne (as Steve Dunne)
Robert Nadder ...
Alfred Bailey


Taking them six months to save enough money, the kids have purchased a silver platter for their parent's wedding anniversary. Wanting the gift to be even more special, Jan, without telling her siblings, gets the platter engraved. However, she misinterprets the cost of the engraving which is not 85¢ as she believes, but rather 85¢ per letter for a grand total of $56, money which she and her siblings don't have. So they have to figure out a way to raise the money within the week. After the kids exhaust other options such as selling personal items and even trying to take out a loan from a bank, Jan has an idea that could net them $100: perform on the Pete Sterne Amateur Hour, the first prize being that $100. But they have to pass the audition and win the contest, neither of which are guarantees, and all without their parents or Alice finding out what they're up to. Written by Huggo

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26 January 1973 (USA)  »

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Alfred Bailey's information that the price was $56.23, over-all total, was eighty-five (85) cents per letter and there was sixty-three (63) letters, altogether. Multiply, 85 times 63 cents equals $53.55. Then, add $2.68, back in 1972, the tax rate was 5 per cent exactly. Add $53.55 and $2.68, they total $56.23 exactly. Jan read it out verbally as 'Mom and Dad, Happy Anniversary, All Our Love, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, and Cindy.' (the 3 letter word 'and' was not between Bobby's and Cindy's names. Jan said 'and' because she was reading the last two names of Bobby and Cindy, just for proper grammar.) See more »


The kids are secretly rehearsing in the garage for a singing competition. As Alice listens from outside, you can hear Maureen McCormick call Chris Knight by his real name and not his character's name "Peter". See more »


[Jan Brady, was at the jewelry store, looking over the the silver platter, verbally read it]
Jan Brady: Mom And Dad, Happy Anniversary, All Our Love, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air (2007) See more »


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