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A Fistful of Reasons 

School bully Buddy Hinton makes fun of Cindy for her lisp and then gives Peter a black eye for trying to defend her. When Mike and Carol can't get Buddy's parents to listen to reason, Mike encourages Peter to defend himself and fight back.


Oscar Rudolph


Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Tam Spiva

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Reed ... Mike Brady
Florence Henderson ... Carol Brady
Ann B. Davis ... Alice Nelson
Maureen McCormick ... Marcia Brady
Eve Plumb ... Jan Brady (credit only)
Susan Olsen ... Cindy Brady
Barry Williams ... Greg Brady
Christopher Knight ... Peter Brady
Mike Lookinland ... Bobby Brady
Russell Schulman Russell Schulman ... Buddy Hinton
Ceil Cabot Ceil Cabot ... Mrs. Hinton
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Ralph Hinton


A teary eyed Cindy ultimately tells her parents why she's been crying and why she didn't want to talk about it: the kids at school, but particularly an older boy named Buddy Hinton, have been cruelly teasing her about sounding like a baby because she lisps. Her parents tell her that she'll outgrow the lisp, but that practicing tongue twisters might help. Later, when Buddy's teasing continues, Peter comes to her rescue. But Buddy wants to get into a fight with Peter, who refuses in part because Buddy's bigger than him. So now Buddy is picking on both of them when he calls "Baby Talk" and "Peter Chicken". Mike's advice to Peter to reason with Buddy escalates matters when Peter comes home from school with a black eye. Once Mike meets Mr. Hinton and Carol meets Mrs. Hinton, they come to understand why Buddy is the way that he is. So when Peter admits he is scared of Buddy, Mike teaches Peter how to fight, since there seems to be no other way to deal with a bully like Buddy. Written by

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Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

13 November 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Episode title is a pun of the movie A Fistful of Dollars (1964), a tongue-in-cheek reference to the extreme violence in that film and the playground scuffles of the episode. See more »


The stereo set that Alice wins later from the Everpress Fabric Company in "The Tattletale" (2.10) is in the family room. This prop mix-up could have been avoided by airing "The Tattletale" before "A Fistful of Reasons" (2.8), which slipped by the production crew. See more »


Mike Brady: Well, Buddy, have you learned anything valuable from this experience?
Buddy Hinton: I sure have, Mister Brady. Peter's got a good left hook.
Mike Brady: Yeah, he has.
[closing line]
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Spoofed in Day by Day: A Very Brady Episode (1989) See more »

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Additional Fact of Russell Schulman & Susan Olsen. They were in different Westerns, before this "meeting"!
21 June 2011 | by 63x927is58401See all my reviews

Both of them, as they appear as "bitter rivals" in this episode, as it starts. Earlier, in their careers, each of them was as a guest-star in a current western, but a different show and program. 'Russell Schulman' (qv) earlier appearance was in 'Lorne Greene' (qv)'s show, once in 'Bonanza' (qv). Early 1960's, 'Susan Olsen (I)' (qv) was a guest-star in an episode of 'James Arness' (I) (qv)'s program, of "Gunsmoke" (qv). The character, she played, in her first appearance, was bit by a diamandback rattlesnake, I believe her character role, "Marieanne", nearly died, from the rattlesnake's venomous bite, which is titled "Abelia". Its address at IMDb is Or the appearance and number is _"Gunsmoke" (1955) {Abelia (#14.8)}_, which originally aired on Monday, November 18th, 1968. She was also in Gunsmoke's, _"Gunsmoke"(1955) {A Man Called 'Smith' {#15.6})_, her role, in it was "Marieanne", also. Its IMDb immediate address link is which its original air date was 49 weeks later, on Monday, October 27th, 1969. 'Russell Schulman' (qv)'s only western appearance, as of now, was in _"Bonanza" (1959) {Abner Willoughby's Return (#11.13)}_ ( and it originally aired on Tuesday, December 21st, 1969. His character role name was "Charlie Sprague" and it is currently not high-lit.

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