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"Grand Canyon of Bust"
Season 3, Episode # 2
Number (#51) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Jim Backus
Hoke Howell
Production code: 050
Writer(s) Tam Spiva
Director Oscar Rudolph
Original airdate September 24, 1971
Episode Guide
IMDB Grand Canyon of Bust
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Grand Canyon or Bust was the second episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 51st overall episode in the series. Written by Tam Spiva, and directed by Oscar Rudolph, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on September 24, 1971.


The Bradys convince the prospector that they are no threat to his fictional gold claim and continue their trip to Grand Canyon. After the family gets settled, Bobby and Cindy spot a young runaway Native American and, while chasing him down, get lost.


The family, stranded in the ghost town, seeks help by starting a signal fire. Zachariah (Jim Backus) returns with Peter, Mike, and the car. Mike has convinced Zachariah they are not stealing his claim. The family heads to the Grand Canyon. There, they ride mules down into the canyon, and Cindy and Bobby notice a Native American boy. They follow him, but get lost. The others frantically search for Cindy and Bobby.

Note: Part 2 of a three-part episode, mostly filmed on location at the Grand Canyon.


While stranded in a desert ghost town, most of the Brady family tries to figure a way to save themselves, while Mike and Peter head off on foot for help. They are eventually saved when Mike and Peter return with Zaccariah and their car. Zaccariah really was coming back to set them free after he registered his gold claim. With their vehicle and gear returned, the family heads to their ultimate destination of the Grand Canyon, which does not disappoint them. After spending the first day and night atop the canyon, they descend to the canyon floor on mule-back, much to Alice's dismay.

After they set up camp, Mike tells all the kids not to go exploring on their own as they don't know the terrain. But the family hits its second crisis of the trip when Bobby and Cindy go missing. Unknown to the rest of the family, Bobby and Cindy were intrigued by an Indian boy they spotted, who disappeared when they ran after him. Bobby and Cindy eventually get lost. As night approaches, everyone becomes concerned.

Guest starring/Recurring cast

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