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"Goodbye, Alice, Hello"
Season 4, Episode # 10
Number (#82) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Mary Treen
Snag Werris
Harry Crigger
Production code: 084
Writer(s) Milt Rosen
Director George Tyne
Original airdate November 24, 1972
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Goodbye, Alice, Hello was the 10th episode of Season 4 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 82nd overall episode in the series. Written by Milt Rosen, the episode, which was directed by George Tyne, originally aired on ABC-TV on November 24, 1972.

Note: Robert Reed does not appear in this episode.

Synopsis

A series of miscommunications and misunderstandings leads Alice to believe she has irrecoverably breached the Brady kids' trust, prompting her resignation as the Bradys' housekeeper. Her friend, Kay, takes over but is a little too professional about her work. This leads the kids to go all out to beg Alice for forgiveness and to come back.

Summary

A series of misunderstandings leads Alice to believe she has irreparably breached the Brady kids' trust, prompting her resignation. Alice's temporary replacement is Kay (Mary Treen), Alice's friend who had a similar unpleasant experience with another family. Although Kay is very nice, she has no intentions of bonding with the family; instead she does her job. The kids, with help from Kay, track down Alice at a restaurant where she now works and convince her to return.

Storyline

An incident between Peter, Greg and a Frisbee inside the house leads to an antique lamp in Mike's den being broken. Alice is aware of the boys breaking the lamp, which Greg and Peter try to repair without their parent's knowledge. As such, the boys ask Alice to keep their secret from their parents, which she vows to do. But when Carol discovers the lamp has been broken, Alice is caught between her vow to the boys and the fact that she has never lied to Carol. As such, Alice feels like she has no choice but to tell the truth to Carol. Subsequently, Carol asks Alice a seemingly innocent question about who used the record player, that person being Marcia, who apparently left the record player running all night.

Both the boys and Marcia get punished for their deeds. Because of these incidents, the kids feel like Alice has betrayed them. All six decide to give her the cold shoulder. Feeling now unwanted and unloved by the kids, a heartbroken Alice, using the old excuse of a family situation, decides to take direct action by immediately quitting, not even saying goodbye to the kids. So when the kids find that Alice's friend Kay has taken her place, Kay who has a less emotional approach to being a live-in housekeeper than Alice did, the kids have to figure out how to get their beloved Alice back.

Guest starring/Recurring cast

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