|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||5 November 1971|
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And Now a Word From our Sponsor is the eighth episode of Season 3 of The Brady Bunch, and the 57th overall episode of the series. Written by Albert E. Lewin and directed by Peter Baldwin, the episode premiered 5 November 1971 on ABC-TV.
A hip director hires the Bradys to star in a TV commercial for 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 hip 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 learns that they don't actually use Safe. Wanting to keep their integrity, he insists that they do a wash off between Best, their existing detergent, and Safe. The comparison test shows the new detergent as superior so the family agrees to do the commercial.
Mike is still apprehensive 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, 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 he worked with, Myrna Carter. As compensation the family receives 2,000 boxes of laundry detergent.
- Robert Reed wrote a four-page memo complaining about Sherwood Schwartz and the character of Skip Farnum, but he did like Paul Winchell's acting.