|"And Now a Word From Our Sponsor"|
| Season 3, Episode # 8 |
Number (#57) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Randy Case|
|Writer(s)||Albert E. Lewin|
|Original airdate||November 5, 1971|
|IMDB||And Now a Word From Our Sponsor|
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And Now a Word From our Sponsor was the eighth episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 57th overall episode in the series. Written by Albert E. Lewin and directed by Peter Baldwin, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on November 5, 1971.
A hip director hires the Bradys (and Alice) to star in his latest project: A TV commercial for laundry detergent. But a few things stand in the family's way to stardom: deciding whether the new brand is better than the family's current choice; and their taking acting lessons from an actress whose style is forced.
The Bradys are hired by a hip director, Skip Farnum (Paul Winchell), to star in a television commercial for laundry detergent, due to their unaffected manner. The detergent is not the family's current brand, but a comparison test shows the new detergent as superior so the family agrees to do the commercial. They take advice from acting teacher Myrna Carter (Bonnie Boland), but as a result their acting is forced. Skip is appalled and fires the Bradys, remarking that the acting methods remind him of a "terrible" actress they worked with: Myrna Carter. As compensation the family receives 2,000 boxes of laundry detergent.
While Carol and all six of the kids are at the supermarket, they are obviously being spied on by a strange man. He ends up being Skip Farnum, a television commercial director, who wants to use the entire family for a TV ad for Safe laundry detergent. Excited by the prospect of being famous actors, they agree to do it, that is until Mike, who learns that they don't actually use Safe. Wanting to keep their integrity, he insists that they do a wash off between their existing detergent, Best, and Safe, before ultimately agreeing.
Even if Safe comes out on top and they decide to do the commercial, Mike in particular is still apprehensive if only because they're not actors, and he doesn't want to come off looking stupid in a public setting. So they ask for the advice of a friend of a friend, an actor named Myrna Carter. Will Myrna's advice change the fundamental nature of why Skip was attracted to the family in the first place?