|A Fistful of Reasons|
| Season 2, Episode # 8 |
Number (#33) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Russell Schulman|
|Original airdate||November 13, 1970|
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A Fistful of Reasons is the 8th episode of Season 2 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, and the 33rd overall episode in the series. Written by Tam Spiva and directed by Oscar Rudolph, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on November 13, 1970.
A bully named Buddy Hinton teases Cindy about her lisp ("Baby talk, baby talk. It's a wonder you can walk."). Peter tries to defend Cindy, but backs out of a fight with Buddy, and Buddy tells everyone at school that Peter is "chicken". Mike tells Peter to reason with Buddy, but instead Peter ends up with a black eye. Mike and Carol try to talk to Buddy's parents, but both realize that they're twice as bad as their son. Mike tells Peter that he can defend himself and Cindy if Buddy teases again. The next day, Peter and Cindy are again teased by Buddy, but this time Peter punches him, which knocks Buddy's tooth loose. Cindy starts to tease Buddy, but Peter stops her. He tells her that the teasing hurt them, so it must hurt Buddy, too. In the end, Buddy shows up at the Brady house to borrow Cindy's tongue twister book for his loose tooth.
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 two Bradys, who he calls "Baby Talk" and "Peter Chicken". Mike's advice to Peter to reason with Buddy escalates matters when Buddy gives Peter a black eye. Once Mike meets Mr. Hinton and Carol meets Mrs. Hinton, they come to realize that they're bullies themselves. 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.