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"Kelly's Kids"
Season 5, Episode # 14
Number (#109) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series: The Brady Bunch
Guest star(s) Ken Berry
Brooke Bundy
Billy "Pop" Atmore
Todd Lookinland
Carey Wong
Jackie Joseph
Production code: 107
Writer(s) Sherwood Schwartx
Director Richard Michaels
Original airdate January 4, 1974
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Kelly's Kids was the 14th episode of Season 5 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 109th overall episode in the series. Written by Sherwood Schwartz, the episode, which was directed by Richard Michaels, originally aired on ABC-TV on January 4, 1974.

Synopsis

Ken Berry and Brooke Bundy star as the Brady's new neighbors, Jim and Kathy Kelly, who decide to adopt a son and end up with three. Jim and Kathy Kelly select eight-year old Matt from an orphanage. Matt likes his new home, but misses his two friend, Dwayne and Steve, so the Kellys decide to adopt them too.   

Summary

Ken (Ken Berry) and Kathy Kelly (Brooke Bundy), friends of Carol and Mike, plan to adopt a boy named Matt (Todd Lookinland (Mike Lookinland's brother)) from a local orphanage. By chance they also adopt Matt's two best friends: Dwayne (William Attmore II), an African-American and Steve (Carey Wong), who is Asian-American, much to the chagrin of the Kelly family's bigoted neighbor Mrs. Payne (Molly Dodd).

  • Notes: This is the only episode other than the pilot episode, "The Honeymoon", credited to Sherwood Schwartz. It is a backdoor pilot for a planned series that was never produced. Sherwood Schwartz used the concept for Together We Stand in 1986, which would later relaunch as Nothing Is Easy in 1987. Due to the episode being produced before "Miss Popularity", Cindy still wears her hair in pigtails (for the last time), yet in previous episode she had already let her hair down.

Storyline

The Bradys' friends, Ken and Kathy Kelly, announce plans to adopt a little boy named Matt from a local orphanage. They wind up adopting Matt's friends - an Asian and an African American - and upsetting their racist next-door neighbor. When the boys find out about their neighbors' less-than-welcoming attitude, they run away to the Bradys, but Ken and Kathy convince them there is nothing to worry about.

Recurring cast/Guest stars

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