The Hustler
Season 5, Episode # 21
Number (#116) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series: The Brady Bunch
Guest star(s) Robbie Rist
Jim Backus
Dorothy Shay
Charles Stewart
Grayce Spence
Jason Dunn
Susan Quick
Leonard Bremen]
Production code: 115
Writer(s) Bill Freedman and Ben Gershman
Director Michael Kane
Original airdate Narch 1, 1974
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The Hustler was the 21st episode of Season 5 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 116th overall episode in the series. Written by Bill Freedman and Ben Gershman, the episode, which was directed by Michael Kane, originally aired on ABC-TV on March 1, 1974.


Jim Backus guest stars as Mike's boss, Harry Matthews, who sends a pool table to the Bradys as a gift, but neglects to mention that fact.

No one in the Brady household can figure out who sent the pool table or where to put it. But one thing is evident, Bobby is developing quite a talent for the game of pool and is betting all the other kids. 


The Bradys receive a pool table as a thank you gift from Mike's boss, and Bobby quickly becomes a billiards expert. Bobby shows off his skills during Mike and Carol's cocktail party, soundly beating Mike's boss. The Bradys decide that, as nice as the gift is, they have no room for the pool table and give it to charity.


Harry Matthews, the president of Mike's architectural firm, gives Mike a gift of a pool table as a thank you for a job well done. The family has a range of emotions concerning the gift. On one side is Carol, who doesn't want the monstrous gift taking up space in the house. On the other side is Bobby, who ends up spending all his waking time playing and thinking about the game. He even dreams of becoming a world famous pool champion. Bobby does show an aptitude for the game, easily beating everyone around him. Mike and Carol hold a small but increasing growing dinner party specifically for Mr. Matthews to show their appreciation for the gift. Problems for Mike may arise when Bobby asks to play against Mr. Matthews, who mistakenly sees himself as a pool shark.

This is the last episode in which Robert Reed appears.

Recurring cast/Guest stars

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