"The Not So-Rose-Colored-Glasses"
Season 3, Episode # 13
Number (#62) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Robert Nadder
Production code: 062
Writer(s) Bruce Howard
Director Leslie H. Martinson
Original airdate December 24, 1971
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The Not-So-Rose-Colored-Glasses is the 13th episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, and the 62nd overall episode in the series. Written by Bruce Howard, the episode, which was directed by Leslie H. Martinson, the episode originally aired on December 24, 1971.


Jan's grades begin to worsen, and she takes someone else's bicycle from the park, a tipoff that she needs a vision exam. She learns the importance of wearing her glasses after an accident in the garage ruins the children's anniversary gift - a portrait of the kids - to Mike and Carol.


Jan accidentally takes someone else's bicycle and her grades are falling. It is learned her eyesight is failing and she needs glasses – which she refuses to wear. She bicycles without her glasses, but crashes her bike destroying the portrait of the kids Mike intended as an anniversary present for Carol. Jan tells the kids the photographer lost the negative and they have to be photographed again for the replacement portrait. Mike realizes it is a new photograph – Jan wears her glasses in the new portrait. Jan says she was not wearing her glasses at the time of her accident and that she sold her bicycle to pay for the replacement portrait. In the subplot, Carol and Mike are trying to hide anniversary presents from one another.


Mike and Carol receive disturbing news of an eyewitness account that Jan stole someone else's bicycle from the park. Upon investigating, they find that it was all a misunderstanding as the bicycle that Jan took looks almost exactly like her own and thus she thought it was hers. But when Mike and Carol receive some more bad news about Jan - a note from her teacher that she is unfocused in class and as a result her grades are slipping - they discover what the culprit for all these problems with Jan is: her eyesight. Jan is mortified to learn that she will need glasses, which she feels will make her look goofy, especially troublesome as she is trying to attract one of her male classmates. As such, Jan tries at every turn not to wear her glasses.

Jan learns her lesson about the need to wear her glasses as she gets into an accident while riding her bicycle without wearing her glasses. Although she is unharmed, she ruins the photograph of her and her siblings that Mike was going to give to Carol for their third wedding anniversary. Jan does whatever she can to replace the photo without her father's knowledge, which because of the scatterbrained photographer, requires the six kids to take another photograph. Other obstacles include coming up with enough money to pay for the new photograph especially as all the kids are broke having bought their own anniversary gifts, all the kids being able to sneak out of the house in their good clothes, and remembering the continuity between the first photograph and the retake.

Guest starring/Recurring cast

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