The Brady Bunch: Season 2, Episode 20

Lights Out (19 Feb. 1971)

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A terrified Cindy is having trouble sleeping with the lights off as she is scared of a magic trick she saw at a friend's party. The "disappearing lady" disappeared and Cindy, who ran off ... See full summary »

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A terrified Cindy is having trouble sleeping with the lights off as she is scared of a magic trick she saw at a friend's party. The "disappearing lady" disappeared and Cindy, who ran off since she was too frightened, didn't see the lady reappear. Peter, on the other hand, was so excited by the magic act that he wants to audition for the school's vaudeville show as a magician. Mike believes that Peter's want can help Cindy by showing her how magic is really performed. Peter even asks an excited Cindy to be his assistant for the show. But when it comes time to rehearse the disappearing lady act, Cindy once again gets frightened, which is not helped by prankster Bobby. As such, Peter's goal of making the vaudeville show line-up may be jeopardized unless Cindy believes in the old adage that the show must go on. Written by Huggo

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When Cindy helped Peter with the disappearing bottles, you notice that she sticks her finger into the tube, obviously putting her finger into the bottle, so it will "disappear" when she lifts the tube. See more »

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Warren's Song
17 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

In this episode, Cindy is afraid of magic acts, namely the disappearing cabinet, as she didn't like it when the magician made a girl disappear and she ran out, never seeing the girl reappear.

So now Peter is doing a magic act, and the family is trying to show Cindy there is nothing to be afraid of.

Jan is Peter's assistant.

They show Cindy the disappearing cabinet act in the garage, with Bobby as the volunteer.

As a joke, Bobby stays gone, completely terrifying Cindy.

then on the day of the magic act at school, Jan sprains her ankle. She can't be Peter's assistant.

So Cindy bites the bullet, Alice takes the wings off of her Fairy princess costume (rare bit of continuity in this show) and Cindy becomes Peter's assistant and thoroughly enjoys the disappearing cabinet act.

But the standout in the episode is undeniably the appearance of Warren, the auditioning act before Peter's magic act.

Warren has an accordion with a life of its own, especially as it is more than half as big as Warren, as we hear it fussing and musically complaining when Warren puts it in that case (which is just as big as the accordion, which is more than half the size of Warren).

But like most people who can play the accordion, when Warren straps it on, he is gone with it!!! A Steve Urkel here, before Family Matters ever came about.

You go, Warren.

To this day, I can hum that tune to myself, a catchy number.

Unfortunately, catching it in reruns sees Warren's brilliant contribution to the episode considerably edited.

Alas, poor Warren, you rocked, baby!!!


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