|Jan's Aunt Jenny|
| Season 3, Episode # 17 |
Number (#66) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Imogene Coca|
|Original airdate||Janaury 21, 1972|
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Jan's Aunt Jenny was the 17th episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 66th overall episode in the series. Written by Michael Morris, the episode, which was directed by Hal Cooper, originally aired on January 21, 1972.
While the family is cleaning the attic, Jan is awed when she sees a portrait that she finds out is her Aunt Jenny, and asks to meet her. When Jenny visits, the family learns she has not aged gracefully - at least appearance-wise. The family - particularly Jan - learns that beauty is only skin deep.
Jan discovers an old photograph of a child that looks just like her. Carol explains it is Aunt Jenny (Imogene Coca) and describes her to Jan. Jan is anxious to meet her great aunt, but changes her attitude on seeing a current photo of Jenny. Jan worries she will resemble the old and eccentric-looking Jenny at that age. Jan's doubt is placated when she meets Aunt Jenny, a fun-loving Auntie Mame-type, and realizes her beauty within. The subplot has the Bradys cleaning junk from the attic and Mike attempting to restore an old record player.
Jan and Cindy come across a photograph of Jan that neither remembers Jan ever taking. Their mother tells them it's because it's not a photograph of Jan, but of their Aunt Jenny, taken forty years ago when she was Jan's age. Jan wants a glimpse into her future and writes to Aunt Jenny asking for a current photograph. Jan regrets doing so as Aunt Jenny forty years older is an odd looking woman, and Jan believes she will look like that when she's Aunt Jenny's age. Jan is even less excited when she hears that Aunt Jenny is coming by for a visit to meet the family, most specifically Jan. Jan can't hide her feelings about Aunt Jenny, to who Jan's feelings are obvious. Aunt Jenny learns what the problem is, but is not offended. But over the course of what ends up being Aunt Jenny's truncated stay, Jan learns that there are far more important facets to Aunt Jenny than what appears on the surface.