The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

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Bobby lies to his friends that he knows Joe Namath, but they don't believe him. So with Cindy's help, Bobby fakes a serious illness in order to get Namath to come to the house and visit him.


Bruce Bilson


Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Martin Ragaway

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Reed ... Mike Brady
Florence Henderson ... Carol Brady
Ann B. Davis ... Alice Nelson
Joe Namath ... Joe Namath
Maureen McCormick ... Marcia Brady
Eve Plumb ... Jan Brady
Susan Olsen ... Cindy Brady
Barry Williams ... Greg Brady
Christopher Knight ... Peter Brady
Mike Lookinland ... Bobby Brady
Tim Herbert ... Herb Keller
Kerry MacLane Kerry MacLane ... Eric Parker
Eric Woods Eric Woods ... Tom Hamner
Larry Michaels Larry Michaels ... Burt Stevens


When Bobby's friends tell about the close encounters they and their fathers have had with sports stars, Bobby, when asked, can't help but say that he personally knows one himself, namely Joe Namath, and that he comes for dinner whenever he is in town. Neither of Bobby's statements are true. This creates a problem for Bobby as his friends now believe Bobby can arrange for Namath to meet them all when he will be in town next week. Bobby was going to tell the truth to his friends based on advice from his family, that is until all Bobby's friends spread the word throughout their entire school before he can do so. Various family members try to help Bobby figure out a way to arrange a meeting with Namath, but Cindy takes it to an extreme when she creates a lie herself on behalf of Bobby in the matter without Bobby's knowledge, that lie which could get Bobby into deeper trouble if Namath believes it and ultimately finds out the truth. Meanwhile, Jan is using other family members as guinea ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

21 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Bobby Brady calls the stadium to speak with Joe Namath, he leaves the family's phone number - 555-6161. That's the same number as the TV station Bobby calls to enter the ice cream eating contest on the "Kartoon King" TV Show. (2.21 26 February 1971 The Winner) it is also revealed in Getting Davy Jones by Peter but Greg cuts him off before he can finish. See more »


When Cindy wakes up in the middle of the night to write the letter to Joe Namath, she turns on a lamp. The light obviously does not come from the lamp, but from behind it, as you can see on the wall a shadow of the entire lamp. See more »


Spoofed in The Simpsons: Bart Star (1997) See more »

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