Pass the Tabu
Season 4, Episode # 2
Number (#74) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Vincent Price
Lippy Espinda
Cris Callow
Patrick Adiarte
Production code: 074
Writer(s) Tam Spiva
Director Jack Arnold
Original airdate September 29, 1972
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Pass the Tabu was the second episode of Season 4 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 74th overall episode in the series. Written by Tam Spiva, the episode, which was directed by Jack Arnold, originally aired on September 29, 1972.


After bad luck continues to befall the family, the Brady boys set out to learn about the ancient tiki. They learn the tiki is tabu and must be discarded at an ancient burial ground.


The tiki apparently brings continued bad luck to the family: Greg is reeling from his surfing crash, a wall hanging in the boys' hotel room falls and almost hits Bobby, and a tarantula finds its way into their room and nearly bites Peter. Bobby tries to get rid of the tiki, but it is returned to him by an unknowing Jan. The boys learn that the idol must be discarded at an ancient burial ground in order for the curse to be removed.


With the idol around his neck for good luck, Greg suffers a near tragic surfing crash. Bobby surmises that it could have been worse if Greg wasn't wearing the idol. Next, Jan, with the idol in her possession, unknowingly has a close encounter with a tarantula. It is then that David, seeing the idol for the first time, tells the boys that island superstition deems the idol to be a source of bad luck, news which the boys pass along to the rest of the family. Peter, who doesn't believe in the bad luck, takes the idol, upon which bad luck befalls him.

Although David doesn't believe in the superstition, he points to the boys to old Mr. Hanalei, a construction worker who does believe in the superstition. He tells the boys that to rid themselves of the bad luck, they need to return the idol to the ancient burial site of the island kings, to which he himself has never been. The boys head off on their mission, telling only the girls of their plans and vowing them to secrecy. What the boys don't know is that an unknown sinister element is also at the burial site.

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