Pilot – Television Special

Air Date:November 28, 1976
Taped:November 22-24, 1976 at KTLA Studios
Guests:Tony Randall, Donny & Marie Osmond
Also appearing:Ann B. Davis, The Krofftettes and Water Follies

Opening number, “Baby Face” (Davis/Akst) and “Love to Love You Baby” (Summer) (all)

Greeting sketch in which the Bradys can’t decide who will talk first, so they take a number. Each member of the family is introduced to the audience. Mike is extremely nervous and falls into the pool during the encore.

(Commercial break)

Interior livingroom of a new house never seen in the original Brady Bunch. The Brady kids decide to dump their father from the show because, according to Bobby, “he’s stinking up the act”. Carol becomes angry and accuses them of being “miserable, ungrateful kids”. Tony Randall rings the doorbell seeking his script for this week’s show, Bobby suggests he replace Mike as their father. Mike overhears from upstairs, and agrees Tony Randall would be a terrific Mike Brady. Mr. Randall declines the part, and the kids begin to feel guilty. Bobby proclaims that only Mike Brady can play their father on the show.

Dissolve to:

Musical number, “One” from A Chorus Line (Kleban/Hamlish) (all)

(Commercial break)

Greg and Marcia discuss what life must have been like in the 1950’s.

Dissolve to:

1950’s parody/sketch involving the Bradys at the roller rink- “Ratsie’s Rollerama.” Ricky (Mike) and Ditsy (Carol) decide to go steady. The Bradys can’t decide what should be their song, Donny & Marie come in to help them decide. Donny insists on “Splish Splash”.

Musical number, “Splish Splash” (Darin/Murray) (Greg, Marcia, Donny, Marie)

(Commercial Break)

Greg welcomes everyone back to the second half of the show. Peter comes by and pushes him into the pool, Greg yanks him in seconds later (Note: This was cut from the version that aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite)

Dissolve to:

Sketch involving the Bradys dressed up as clowns boating/swimming around the pool. Carol is propelled flying through air from some kind of mock explosion.

Dissolve to:

Peter and Marcia fight over using the phone. Peter makes a phone call and uses a phony story to break a date to go out with another girl. Mike and Carol do not approve of his lying. Peter ends up losing his date with the new girl who, by coincidence, uses the same phony story to break their date.

Dissolve to:

Cindy and Bobby make an extended comparison between the Brady Bunch and a bunch of bananas. (Note: This sketch was cut from the version that aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite)

They then introduce Greg.

Dissolve to:

Musical number, “Corner of the Sky” (Schwartz) (Greg)

(Commercial Break)

Mike is embarrassed to be dressed as a rabbit and expresses his displeasure to the audience in an extended dialoge. Peter shows up in a chicken suit and is equally unhappy. They expected to be in a sketch with Tony Randall, but Tony has no idea what they are talking about. Greg shows up in a bear suit. Tony makes sarcastic remarks about the Brady men. (Note: The beginning portion of this sketch was cut from the version of this episode which aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite). The Brady men reluctantly introduce Tony Randall.

Dissolve to:

Dressed as Dr. Doolittle, Tony Randall recites poetry while music plays and forest animals dance around everywhere.

Poetry: “Façade” (Walton)

Dissolve to:

Alice makes a special guest appearance. She talks about the special love amongst the Bradys.

Dissolve to:

Musical number, “What I Did for Love” (Kleban/Hamlish) and “The Way We Were” (Bergman/Hamlisch)(Carol)

The Bradys embrace each other.

(Commercial Break)

The Bradys can’t decide what to sing for their Finale. Alice arrives to hold the Bunch together and says “Sing something dummy!” (Note: Alice then says “These kids are so out of it!”, a line which was cut from the version of this episode which aired on Nick-At-Nite and TV Land)

Check out the dancer kicking the wrong direction in this image! Idiot.

Finale: “Young and Old”

“Attitude Dancing” (Brackman/Simon) (Greg) (Note: This number was cut from the version that aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite)

“Cheek to Cheek” (Berlin) (Mike & Carol)
“Dance With Me” (Hall/Hall) (all)
“I Could Have Danced All Night” (Lerner/Lowe) (Carol)
“The Hustle” (McCoy) (all)
“Shake Your Booty” (Case/Finch) (Jan, Alice, and the Bradys)

(Commercial break)

Mike is happy to have made it through the show, Bobby acknowledges that he did okay. Carol thanks the audience for making The Brady Bunch possible.

The Bradys say goodnight.

Carol reprises the opening melody of “The Way We Were” (Bergman/Hamlisch)

The Donny & Marie Show

Air Date:October 8, 1976
Taped: September 23-24, 1976 at KTLA Studios
Guest Stars: Ruth Buzzi, Chad Everett, Florence Henderson, Mike Lookinland, Patty Maloney, Maureen McCormick, Susan Olsen, Greg Rice, John Rice
Synopsis: This was the genesis of The Brady Hour. The Brady’s guest starred on The Donny and Marie Show (another Sid and Marty Krofft variety show), and the idea was born.

Synopsis of scenes featuring Brady cast:

Florence Henderson is introduced, she tells Marie that “us country girls have to stick together” and reminds the audience of her childhood on an Indiana farm. Donny, Marie, and Florence then sing a medly of country songs including favorites such as Don’t Fence Me In, I’m an Old Cowhand From the Rio Grande, She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain, On Top of Old Smokey, and You are My Sunshine.

Dissolve to: a parody of the 1970’s soap opera “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”.

Wholesome Playhouse presents another episode of : “Marie Heartburn, Marie Heartburn”

Marie is seen chatting on the telephone. She hangs up, exclaiming, “That was the best wrong number I ever had.” The doorbell rings. It is Chad Everett. Marie recognizes him as a doctor on TV, Chad explains that he is no longer practicing since the malpractice lawsuit. Instead of taking out a boy’s tonsils, he performed a Hammond Organ transplant. He laments that the parents had no sense of humor and leaves.

(doorbell rings) Marie: I wonder who that could be. (opens door)

Marie: Florence Henderson! Wow! And The Brady Bunch! Come in!

Florence: Marie, we can’t stay, we’re just passing through the neighborhood collecting old clothes to give to the Waltons.

Marie: Well, surely you have time for a cold drink. Florence: What do you have? Marie: A wide assortment! Any kind of milk you want! Any kind! White, chocolate, low fat, gold, and not to be sold after April 10.

Susan: I don’t want any milk! Maureen: Me neither! Florence: Girls!

Marie: How have you been…Bobby? Bobby mouths the words “okay” but all that comes out is the sound of an organ. Marie: What was that?? Florence: He’s been that way ever since he had his tonsils out. Some crazy doctor gave him a Hammond Organ transplant.

Maureen: But the good news is that we found a replacement for Greg. Florence: Yes Greg left us and moved to Milwaukee. Marie: He’s gone to college? Maureen: No, he’s trying to get a date with Laverne & Shirley.

Susan: We’ve been trying to find a teenage boy to replace him. Florence: We had to have someone wholesome enought to fit our wholesome image. (doorbell rings) That must be him now!

Donny: Hi. (Marie shields her face) Marie: Would you mind not smiling so brightly? Wow! He looks so familiar! Donny: Well maybe that’s because I’ve had previous experience with a large family. Marie: Don’t tell me. Let me guess. The Partridge Family? Seven Brides for Seven Brothers? The Jackson Five? Florence: Marie, I’m sorry but we have to keep his identity a secret. You understand. Donny: Hey, we’d better hurry. They’re having a sale on mom’s apple pie down at the store. Bradys: LET’S GO!! Marie: Thanks for stopping by. Florence: Anytime. Bye-bye. Hope you get well soon.

The theme of the musical finale for this episode is “Renaissance Fair”

Florence sings “Have I Spent Too Long at the Fair”

Susan, Michael, and Maureen sing “We Open In Venice” (Cole Porter) and dance themselves into exhaustion.