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"Tell it Like it Is"
Season 2, Episode # 24
Number (#49) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Dick Simmons
Jonathan Hole
Elaine Swann
Production code: 039
Writer(s) Charles Hoffman
Director Terry Becker
Original airdate March 19, 1971
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Tell it Like it Is was the 24th episode of Season 2 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 49th overall episode in the series, as well as the season finale episode. Written by Charles Hoffman, and directed by Terry Becker, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on March 19, 1971.

Synopsis

Revisions abound when Carol is invited to write a story about her hectic family life for a women's magazine. The first version paints a less than flattering portrait of the Bradys, while the second (which impresses the editors) seems too good to be true, particularly when they arrive to find out it is.

Summary

Carol is invited to tell her family's story for Tomorrow's Woman Magazine, but the story is rejected for being too realistic. During a second interview, Carol exaggerates her "liberation" in the hopes of getting the article published. The truth about Carol's exaggeration is revealed when the editors visit the Brady home.

Storyline

Mike finds Carol in his den in the middle of the night writing something she refuses to discuss at this time. Mike respects her privacy. It isn't until Mike catches Carol having lunch with a Mr. Delafield - who both Mike and Carol met at a party a week earlier - that he finds out what Carol's been writing. Mr. Delafield is the editor of Tomorrow's Woman magazine. Carol, based on a casual discussion at that party, was encouraged by him to submit an article to the magazine about their family.

After word spreads within the house of the article, the whole family is behind Carol in this endeavor, which ends up being a long, painstaking process for her. That's why she's so heartbroken and despondent when her article, which tells of their life in all its good and bad, is rejected. Mike takes it upon himself to speak to Delafield, who tells him that he wants the magazine and thus any article included in it, to reflect the positives of "tomorrow's woman's" life.

Will Carol go through the long, painstaking process of writing yet another article, and if she does, will a syrupy sweet version of the Brady clan appeal to Delafield and his advisers? A site visit to the Brady house may provide the answer.

Guest starring/Recurring cast

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