The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
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The Slumber Caper 

"The Slumber Caper" is an episode of The Brady Bunch starring Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, and Ann B. Davis. The famous tale of Marcia's first house party, which almost doesn't happen after she is accused of scrawling an unflattering picture of her teacher in class. Marcia's brothers conspire to ruin the party, with the predictable result.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Mike Brady
... Carol Brady
... Alice Nelson
... Marcia Brady
... Jan Brady
... Cindy Brady
... Greg Brady
... Peter Brady
... Bobby Brady
... J.P. Randolph
Chris Charney ... Paula
Hope Juber ... Jenny (as Hope Sherwood)
Barbara Bernstein ... Ruthie (as Barbara Henderson)
Karen Rietz ... Karen (as Carolyn Reed)


The girls are excited that their parents are allowing Marcia to host her first ever slumber party. The boys are less excited about the prospect of a bunch of Marcia's girlfriends invading their house for the night, until Greg comes up with a plan for the boys to have some fun of their own at the girls' expense. It may be a moot point as Mrs. Denton, one of Marcia's teachers, passes along a doodle that was found in Marcia's desk and that has Marcia's name on it to the school principal, Mr. Randolph. The doodle itself is a drawing of a face with the caption "Mrs. Denton or hippopotamus". Marcia admits to having done the doodle, but that the face is supposed to be that of George Washington. Marcia, however, vows that she did not write the caption. Going only by what he sees as the overwhelming evidence against her, Mr. Randolph decides to punish Marcia. As an extra punishment, Mike and Carol disallow Marcia to have the slumber party. Marcia is more disappointed in her parents not ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family


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9 October 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The daughters of Robert Reed, Florence Henderson and Sherwood Schwartz appear in this episode as friends of Marcia. See more »


Carol Brady: [reviewing with Mike the sleeping bags airing out on the backyard grass] Well, I know the boys aired these out, Mike, but they still seem a little dusty to me.
Mike Brady: Yeah. Well, I got them to do it this morning. I guess they didn't have much enthusiasm for the job.
Carol Brady: Well, maybe we oughta hang them up and beat them.
Mike Brady: Sleeping bags or the boys?
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Favorite episode, Bring on the Family members of the cast.
6 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

It seems from the first season Marcia the oldest of the three Brady girls really had to prove herself to her parents in a couple of episodes. I recall Marcia writing a best Father letter to the local paper about Mike Brady and how he should be eligible for Father Of The Year. The Slumber Caper falls under that same theme of mistrust. Marcia wants to throw a slumber party at the Brady homestead and her parents have no problem with that idea. Meanwhile her three Brothers have other ideas.More in the lines of pranks and sabotage. Marcia's School Teacher, Mrs. Denton (Not Shown) finds a drawing in Marcia's desk drawer of a rendering Mrs. Denton. Denton takes the etching to Principal Randolph for inspection and finds the drawing offensive. When asked, Marcia responded. That is my drawing but not of Mrs. Denton but instead George Washington. Someone wrote Mrs. Denton's name below the drawing as a joke. Marcia couldn't prove her innocence and got detention after School in addition her parents were notified and as punishment they decided to cancel the slumber party. This episode is a television reunion of E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed who played together in the earlier courtroom drama The Bold One's. Another side note that I found interesting is Marcia's Guest list which included the cast members extended family.Marcia's friend Ruthie was played by Barbara Bernstein who is Florence Henderson's Daughter. The accused perpetrator of the prank in this story was portrayed by Karen Reed daughter of Robert Reed. Lastly the guilty party was played by the Producer's daughter Jenny Sherwood Schwartz.

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