Jan, the Only Child
Season 4, Episode # 8
Number (#80) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
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Guest star(s) None
Production code: 081
Writer(s) Ralph Goodman
Director Alex Dechowny
Original airdate November 10, 1972
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Jan, The Only Child was the eighth episode of Season 4 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 80th overall episode in the series. Written by Ralph Goodman and Al Schwartz, the episode, which was directed by Alex Duchowny, originally aired on ABC-TV on November 10, 1972.


Jan complains because she has a perceived lack of identity and no privacy. She decides she wants to be an only child, just like her friend Donna. Her siblings try to help her out by being considerate, but when Cindy says the wrong thing, Jan angrily rejects their help. The others respond in kind and exclude her from all Brady-kid activities.


Jan complains about the lack of privacy and personal space, and declares she wants to become an only child. Her angered siblings teach her a lesson; they grant her wish by ignoring her and staying out of her way. Meanwhile in the subplot, the family plans a square dance at a Hoedown party, and Alice and Carol compete by making strawberry preserves for the dance.

Note: This episode caused an argument on-set between Robert Reed and Sherwood Schwartz over lines in the script.


Jan feels that her siblings don't treat her with respect, almost like she is invisible, that she has to line up after all five of her siblings have finished using something first, or that she has no privacy to be able to do what she really wants to do. She makes a rash comment that she wished she was an only child. After thinking about it, she admits that she truly does wish it was true. She even doesn't want to attend the upcoming charity hoedown as a member of the family, where the eight were going to be a square for the square dancing.

Her parents won't force her to go, and they also want Jan's brothers and sisters to treat her a little more kindly as she works through what they hope is just a phase. After that tactic ends up being a miserable failure, the other five kids decide to give Jan exactly what she wants: the feeling of being an only child. Meanwhile, Carol and Alice embark on a competition of the homemade strawberry preserves for the charity hoedown, each using a secret family recipe.

Guest starring/Recurring cast

No guests appeared.

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