"The Brady Braves"
Season 3, Episode # 3
Number (#52) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Jay Silverheels
Michele Campo
Production code: 051
Writer(s) Tam Spiva
Director Oscar Rudolph
Original airdate October 1, 1971
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The Brady Braves was the third episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 52nd overall episode in the series. Written by Tam Spiva, and directed by Oscar Rudolph, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on October 1, 1971.


Mike meets with the young Native American's old-school grandfather, who has decried the boy's dreams of becoming an astronaut. The Grand Canyon adventure ends with the family going to a rain dance and getting honorary tribe names.


Bobby and Cindy are found. Mike comes to the Jimmy's aid; he had run away believing his grandfather Chief Eagle Cloud ([Jay Silverheels]) would scoff at his ambition to become an astronaut. Mike convinces him to talk to his grandfather. Chief Eagle Cloud turns out to be proud of his grandson's ambition, and he invites the Bradys to participate in a ceremony making them honorary members of his tribe, and they each receive titles: Big Eagle of Large Nest/Mike, Yellow Flower with Many Petals/Carol, Stalking Wolf/Greg, Middle Buffalo and Sleeping Lizard/Peter, Wandering Blossom/Cindy, Little Bear Who Loses Way/Bobby, Dove of Morning Light/Jan, Willow Dancing in Wind/Marcia, Squaw in Waiting/Alice.

Note: Part 3 of a three-part episode, filmed entirely on location at the Grand Canyon


Bobby and Cindy, scared as they are lost on the floor of the Grand Canyon, ultimately find and befriend Jimmy Pocaya, the Indian boy they were chasing when they got lost and who lives in the canyon with his family. Jimmy promises to help them get back to their camp, but in turn he asks them not to tell anyone they saw him as he is running away. In addition to not telling anyone about Jimmy, Bobby and Cindy also promise to bring him some food. After Bobby and Cindy return to the camp and their relieved family, they find that it isn't as easy to sneak away this second time around with their vigilant family watching over them. As such, the rest of the family do find out about Jimmy. Mike tries to understand why Jimmy is running away and provide sage adult advice to him, but only Jimmy can decide to take that advice or not. The result is that the Bradys get a closer encounter with true native Indian life.

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