The Brady Bunch

The Hero - S1-E21

Visible crew/equipment: When the shelf falls in the store, you can see the rope attached to the top of the shelving unit being pulled from off-screen triggering the collapse of the shelving unit, it was not the girl's weight that made it tip.

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Tiger, Tiger! - S1-E18

Visible crew/equipment: When Mike and Bobby drive up in the station wagon, just as Mike stops the car, on the left side of the screen we can see the edge of the house set. Instead of the usual wood fence in the yard, there appears to be a directors chair (provided to all cast members) in the dark background. (00:05:35)

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Dear Libby - S1-E2

Visible crew/equipment: When Carol questions Greg, Jan, and Peter about the argument she heard, Greg tells her it was on TV, and as the three kids sit down the actor's two tapes marks are visible on the floor in front of Peter's feet. (00:10:00)

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The Big Sprain - S1-E19

Visible crew/equipment: In the episode where Alice sprains her ankle, Sam comes over and gives Alice some flowers. He leaves and Mike walks in, and the camera zooms into Alice and you can see two shadows of the boom mic, one on Mike's face and another over Alice. (00:14:00)

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Brace Yourself - S1-E20

Visible crew/equipment: While Alice is hemming up Marcia's party dress, when Bobby and Jan walk into the family room the actor's black tape mark is visible on the floor in front of Bobby's feet. Note that it wasn't on the floor at the start of the scene. (00:10:35)

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore - S1-E4

Visible crew/equipment: While "operation Alice" is underway, after Carol tells Alice to stop organizing the canned goods, when Alice places the step stool chair against the wall the black tape mark is visible on the floor where Carol had been standing, and then it's gone as the scene continues. (00:19:00)

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Never Too Young - S5-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When they're all practicing the Charleston, while Bobby's watching from the stairs, everyone is shown dancing from different angles, and in the low angle shots facing the kitchen the top of the kitchen set is visible, particularly when Carol twirls her necklace.

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Tiger, Tiger! - S1-E18

Visible crew/equipment: While Mike is fiddling with his golf bag the morning after Tiger disappeared, just as Mike tells Bobby there's nothing to worry about because his siblings are checking the neighborhood, the moving shadow of the boom mic is visible in the top right corner of the screen. (00:02:45)

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Sergeant Emma - S3-E20

Audio problem: At the end of the show when Alice is blowing the whistle, the whole family comes to the top of the stairs. Mike says "Alice, it's 6 o'clock in the morning" Watch his mouth. It looks as though he curses and the (curse) word was dubbed out.

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Season 2 generally

Question: In season 2, there were 5 episodes made without one of the kids appearing in the episode. (Marcia, Jan, Cindy, Peter, and Bobby were each absent one episode). What was the reason behind this?

Answer: Much trivia has been written about "The Brady Bunch, " including the various interrelationships and dynamics among the members of the cast. For example, much has been written about why Robert Reed's Mike Brady did not appear in a couple of episodes, including the series finale, due to rancorous creative and artistic differences with series creator, Sherwood Schwartz. However, in contrast, I have never run across any reasons given why a particular child did not appear in specific episodes - only that the episodes were missed. This suggests the causes were likely unexceptional, such as illness, injuries, vacations, or real-life family obligations.

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