The Brady Bunch: Season 2, Episode 24

Tell It Like It Is (26 Mar. 1971)

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Mike finds Carol in his den in the middle of the night writing something she refuses to discuss at this time. Mike respects her privacy. It isn't until Mike catches Carol having lunch with ... See full summary »

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Mike finds Carol in his den in the middle of the night writing something she refuses to discuss at this time. Mike respects her privacy. It isn't until Mike catches Carol having lunch with a Mr. Delafield - who both Mike and Carol met at a party a week earlier - that he finds out what Carol's been writing. Mr. Delafield is the editor of Tomorrow's Woman magazine. Carol, based on a casual discussion at that party, was encouraged by him to submit an article to the magazine about their family. After word spreads within the house of the article, the whole family is behind Carol in this endeavor, which ends up being a long, painstaking process for her. That's why she's so heartbroken and despondent when her article, which tells of their life in all its good and bad, is rejected. Mike takes it upon himself to speak to Delafield, who tells him that he wants the magazine and thus any article included in it, to reflect the positives of "tomorrow's woman's" life. Will Carol go through the long,... Written by Huggo

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Uniquely Warped
22 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Every era has had that polished family image that we regard as phony, whether it was Andy Hardy in the '30s, Donna Reed in the '50s, My Three Sons in the '60s or in this instance, the Brady Bunch in the '70s.

The Bradys further make the distinction of challenging the idea of what is a fake family depiction and what is the real family (My Three Sons would work on this once as well, with Robbie doing a student project or something and the family shown in the program 'just yelled at one another).

So Carol writes an article about her enlarged family of three boys and three girls, but then things get weird. The editor wants Carol to soften it up, not focus on so much negativity, which she then does.

Upon meeting with the reviewing board to see if the Brady family 'measures up' to the family she wrote, things go wrong, but overall, they were all really simple mistakes.

One was Carol thinking the board would show up at four and instead they showed up at three.

Every time I watch this episode, I have a time trying to figure out what Carol has that rag in her hair for. She keeps tugging at it every time the photographer takes her picture.

From there, we could look at what's wrong. Why did Carol run to the door to answer it in her little robe? Why didn't she let Alice do it? Then the kids enter. Arguing, having the hiccups and Greg having poison oak hardly makes for kids ready for reform school, and all three or four conflicts were rather unexpected. No way Carol could have known to write about any of these situations in her article.

Alice's collision with Mr. Brady is hardly worth talking about.

The standouts in the episode are Jonathan Hole and Elaine Swann as the first rather snooty reviewers who then loosen up toward the end.

Funniest bit is Swann's very fashionable and very high hemline on her skirt.

I've always had the strangest feeling these two appeared separately as a teacher or a neighbor on another program, but they have really done very little.

I could have sworn Swann was on an episode of Hazel, but she isn't listed here.

In the end, it's quite the oddity to see the 'real' Bradys against the 'phony' ones.


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