The Brady Bunch: Season 1, Episode 10

Every Boy Does It Once (5 Dec. 1969)

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After Bobby and Cindy watch Cinderella on television, Bobby initially believes Cindy in that Bobby's stepmother - Carol - is a loving mother, period, unlike Cinderella's. But Carol asking ... See full summary »

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After Bobby and Cindy watch Cinderella on television, Bobby initially believes Cindy in that Bobby's stepmother - Carol - is a loving mother, period, unlike Cinderella's. But Carol asking Bobby to clean out the fireplace, just like Cinderella's stepmother did, makes him start to think otherwise. Carol altering some hand me down clothes for him - which Greg and Peter don't get - and all the older kids taking off for the evening either without saying goodbye or telling him straight to his face that he can't go along makes Bobby not only feel like the brunt of the evil stepmother's actions, but unloved by everyone in the house. When Alice learns why Bobby is in such a down mood and passes the information along to Carol and Mike, Bobby's parents think the way to make Bobby feel loved is to get him an early birthday present of a bicycle. Words from the bicycle salesman along with further learning that Bobby is planning on running away make Carol and Mike come to a decision on what they ... Written by Huggo

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Brilliant Groundbreaking Episode
28 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Bobby and Cindy watch "Cinderella". Carol then asks Bobby to clean out the fireplace.

Bobby now must deal with being the step-child.

Since I wasn't a child with a step-parent growing up, this episode was lost to me.

As I grew up, I understood what it was saying and couldn't believe the whitebread, harshly criticized Brady Bunch had dealt with this subject.

Clearly this was the show's way of addressing the well-known fact that Mr. Brady wasn't the girls' biological father and Mrs. Brady yammer yammer.

The subject never came up in another episode.

What few moments there was references to this fact were done early on, and oddly enough, would be done with either Bobby or Marcia.

Marcia would accuse Alice of favoring the Greg over her in the election episode, and she states that Mike hasn't been her father very long in "Father of the Year." But the most outstanding moment for such a subject to get a small child to understand who his parents are, if they are like Mike and Carol in this case, joined with the intention of staying together, is when Carol is waiting at the bottom of the stairs for the little runaway.

It may be Ozzie and Harriet and Ward and June, but when Carol tells Bobby she is going with him has to be truly inspired.

No emmys? Who cares. Florence Henderson and Mike Lookinland (regarded as the most natural of the six kids by the show's crew) handle the scene and the dialogue like professionals.

So great moments in TV can be Lucy's grape stomp, the death of Henry Blake, who shot JR and LA Law's Venus Butterfly.

Let "Every Boy Does It Once" never enter their league.

It doesn't belong. It is truly one of a kind.


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