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"Juliet is the Sun"
Season 3, Episode # 7
Number (#56) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Randy Case
Lois Newman
Production code: 053
Writer(s) Brad Radnitz
Director Jack Arnold
Original airdate October 29, 1971
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Juliet is the Sun was the seventh episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 56th overall episode in the series. Written by Brad Radnitz and directed by Jack Arnold, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on October 29, 1971.

Synopsis

Marcia lands the lead role in the school's upcoming production of "Juliet is the Sun." At first reserved, Marcia quickly develops an incredibly huge ego and becomes verbally abusive with her family and co-stars. She continues to press her luck and is let go from the play.

Summary

Marcia wins the lead female role of Juliet Capulet in the school production of Romeo and Juliet opposite Harold Axelrod (Randy Caseas) as Romeo Montague. Peter and Jan are cast as palace guards, and rehearse their brief roles repeatedly. Marcia had auditioned for the part of the nurse and feels that she is not good enough for the lead female role. The family makes an effort to encourage Marcia, but her ego grows and she becomes unmanageable. Marcia is heartbroken when her diva-like behavior results in her dismissal from the play. At the last minute, when the girl cast as Juliet's mother Lady Capulet gets the mumps, a contrite Marcia asks to be given the role and promises she will act in a professional and courteous manner.

Storyline

Although she tried out for the small part of the nurse, Marcia lands the lead role of Juliet in her school's production of "Romeo and Juliet". She isn't happy about this news as she believes her mother, who is Chair of the play committee, influenced the decision, but more importantly that she isn't beautiful and noble as Juliet should be. Once Carol convinces Marcia that she had no influence whatsoever in casting, Marcia's siblings, unknown to Marcia, go on a campaign to make Marcia feel that she is worthy of the role. Their tactic works, a little too well as Marcia not only accepts the role, but becomes a total diva in the process.

Marcia's attitude includes feeling that she is queen of the Brady household, and that she knows what's best for the play to the exclusion of everyone else, even to the point of rewriting Shakespeare's words. Marcia's parents and siblings' words to her about her diva-ish attitude have no effect on her behavior, but Miss Goodwin, the play's director, may still have one last measure up her sleeve to ensure that Marcia does not overtake the play and ruin it, a measure approved by the committee Chair.


Guest starring/Recurring cast

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