Bobby becomes obsessed with Jesse James. Mike and Carol don't approve of his new hero, and try to find a way to convince him that James was nothing but a "mean, dirty killer."


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jethroe Collins
Mr. Hillary
Gordon De Vol ...
Jesse James (as Gordon DeVol)
Ruth Anson ...
Miss Perry


Mr. Hillary, the principal at the elementary school, requests a meeting with Mike and Carol, who suspect that what Mr. Hillary wants to discuss is some bad news concerning one of the kids. Indeed, Mr. Hillary's concern is a composition Bobby wrote on his hero: Jesse James, the outlaw. In addition, Bobby, pretending to be Jesse James, brought a cap gun to school. After Mike and Carol speak to Bobby about the issue, Bobby says that he believes he will grow out of his fascination with Jesse James, but his actions say otherwise. In trying to make Bobby see why Jesse James is not a historical figure to be emulated, Mike and Carol come to understand why Bobby would idolize someone like Jesse James. After doing some reading on Jesse James, Mike believes that Bobby having a chat with biographer Jethroe Collins might have the result he and Carol are hoping. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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2 February 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The part of Jesse James (in Bobby's dream sequence) was played by Gordon De Vol, the son of legendary music composer Frank De Vol, who wrote the music for The Brady Bunch, as well as other such notable TV themes as My Three Sons, and Family Affair. See more »


Mr. Hillary: 'My Hero by Robert Brady: My hero is a very famous man, just like Robin Hood and the 3 Musketeers. He was a great American, and his name is Jesse James.
Mike Brady: Jesse James?
Carol Brady: The outlaw?
Mr. Hillary: It disturbs me when impressionable children like Bobby read books and see movies that glorify men like Jesse James, turn them into folk heroes. Jesse James was a cruel and vicious killer.
Carol Brady: I'm really surprised at Bobby.
Mr. Hillary: Well don't be, Mrs. Brady, look at what's happening today. The press writes stories about gangsters ...
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