Mail Order Hero
Season 5, Episode # 2
Number (#97) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Joe Namath
Tim Herbert
Kerry MacLane
Eric Woods
Larry Michaels
Production code: 097
Writer(s) Martin Ragaway
Director Bruce Bilson
Original airdate September 21, 1973
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Mail Order Hero was the second episode of Season 5 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 97th overall episode in the series. Written by Martin Ragaway, the episode, which was directed by Bruce Bilson, originally aired on ABC-TV on September 21, 1973.


Bobby lies to his friends that he knows Joe Namath, but they don't believe him. So with Cindy's help, Bobby fakes a serious illness in order to get Namath to come to the house and visit him.


Discovering the New York Jets will be playing in town, Bobby boasts to his friends that he personally knows their quarterback Joe Namath. When Bobby's friends demand he back his words, Cindy secretly helps to arrange Namath's visit, by writing the star quarterback and claiming that Bobby is deathly ill. Bobby learns of Cindy's plan only when Namath comes to visit and plays along, but Mike and Carol catch on to the plan. Meanwhile, Jan is learning first aid in the subplot.


When Bobby's friends tell about the close encounters they and their fathers have had with sports stars, Bobby, when asked, can't help but say that he personally knows one himself, namely Joe Namath, and that he comes for dinner whenever he is in town. Neither of Bobby's statements are true. This creates a problem for Bobby as his friends now believe Bobby can arrange for Namath to meet them all when he will be in town next week.

Bobby was going to tell the truth to his friends based on advice from his family, that is until all Bobby's friends spread the word throughout their entire school before he can do so. Various family members try to help Bobby figure out a way to arrange a meeting with Namath, but Cindy takes it to an extreme when she creates a lie herself on behalf of Bobby in the matter without Bobby's knowledge, that lie which could get Bobby into deeper trouble if Namath believes it and ultimately finds out the truth. Meanwhile, Jan is using other family members as guinea pigs for her first aid training.

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