The Brady Bunch: Season 5, Episode 21

The Hustler (1 Mar. 1974)

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The Bradys get a new pool table (as a thank you gift from Mr. Matthews for Mike's recent performance). Bobby soon becomes an expert in billiards and - during a family party - beats Mike's boss in a game of pool.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Mathews
Frances Mathews
Charles Stewart ...
Joe Sinclair
Leonard Bremen ...
Truck Driver
Jason Dunn ...
Hank Thompson
Susan Quick ...
Gloria Thompson


Harry Matthews, the president of Mike's architectural firm, gives Mike a gift of a pool table as a thank you for a job well done. The family has a range of emotions concerning the gift. On one side is Carol, who doesn't want the monstrous gift taking up space in the house. On the other side is Bobby, who ends up spending all his waking time playing and thinking about the game. He even dreams of becoming a world famous pool champion. Bobby does show an aptitude for the game, easily beating everyone around him. Mike and Carol hold a small but increasing growing dinner party specifically for Mr. Matthews to show their appreciation for the gift. Problems for Mike may arise when Bobby asks to play against Mr. Matthews, who mistakenly sees himself as a pool shark. Written by Huggo

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1 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Final episode to feature Robert Reed as Mike Brady. Reed did not appear in the series finale. See more »


Bobby bets Greg and Peter in a game of 9-ball. In this game, all balls must be pocketed in sequential order from the 1-ball to the 9-ball, unless there is a combination shot. Bobby beats Greg and Peter without them getting a shot. However, Bobby pockets the 6-ball while the 3-ball is still on the table. There is no combo shot, so the cue ball should have been given to Greg and Peter to place anywhere on the table as a penalty. See more »


Peter Brady: [misses shot in game of pool] Aww! This cue stick must be crooked!
Greg Brady: You're game's not improving but your alibis are.
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