Amateur Nite
Season 4, Episode # 16
Number (#88) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Stephen Dunne
Robert Nadder
Harold Peary
Production code: 093
Writer(s) Sam Locke & Milton Pascal
Director Jack Arnold
Original airdate January 26, 1973
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Amateur Nite was the 16th episode of Season 4 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 88th overall episode in the series. Written by Sam Locke and Milton Pascal, the episode, which was directed by Jack Arnold, originally aired on ABC-TV on January 26, 1973.


Jan's misunderstanding of the price for the engraving of a silver platter they intend to give their parents as an anniversary gift leaves the kids scrambling for cash. To raise the funds they participate in television talent show as "The Silver Platters".

  • Featured songs: "It's a Sunshine Day" and "Keep On", sung by the Brady Kids


The kids want to buy Mike and Carol an engraved silver tray as their anniversary gift, but Jan goofs up on paying for the tray. To fix the mistake, Jan convinces her siblings to audition for an amateur talent show.


Taking them six months to save enough money, the kids have purchased a silver platter for their parent's wedding anniversary. Wanting the gift to be even more special, Jan, without telling her siblings, gets the platter engraved. However, she misinterprets the cost of the engraving which is not 85¢ as she believes, but rather 85¢ per letter for a grand total of $56, money which she and her siblings don't have. So they have to figure out a way to raise the money within the week. After the kids exhaust other options such as selling personal items and even trying to take out a loan from a bank, Jan has an idea that could net them $100: perform on the Pete Sterne Amateur Hour, the first prize being that $100. But they have to pass the audition and win the contest, neither of which are guarantees, and all without their parents or Alice finding out what they're up to.

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