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"The Personality Kid"
Season 3, Episode # 6
Number (#55) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Sheri Cowart
Monika Ramirez
Margie DeMeyer
Karen Peters
Jay Kocen
Pierre A. Williams
Production code: 055
Writer(s) Ben Starr
Director Oscar Rudolph
Original airdate October 22, 1971
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The Personality Kid was the sixth episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 55th overall episode in the series. Written by Ben Starr and directed by Oscar Rudolph, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on October 22, 1971.

Synopsis

The episode that gave birth to the catchphrase, "Porkchops and applesauce." Peter's Humphrey Bogart impression is part of his ill-guided attempt to create a new personality for himself, after being told at a dull party that he has no personality.

Summary

Peter is told he has no personality and takes it to heart. He tries to create a new personality, forcing different personae including an impersonation of Humphrey Bogart as Joe (repeating the family's dinner menu "porkchops and applesauce" in a Bogart like voice). None of the impersonations go over well so Peter buys a joke book. When he tries the jokes at his party everyone knows the punchlines. While trying to keep his party afloat, Bobby and Cindy—who in the subplot are on a safety drill campaign—call a surprise fire drill, forcing everyone to leave the house.

Storyline

A dejected Peter comes home early from Jane's party because only one person talked to him at the party, and the only thing that person told him was that he was dull and had no personality, which he begins to believe. After failed attempts by his siblings to cheer him up through trickery, Mike finally suggests that if Peter isn't happy with his current persona, that he should develop another one. Peter's initial attempts at developing that new personality are taken straight from characters he sees in old movies, to which his parents tell him that he isn't developing a new personality but stealing an old one. Peter finally settles on being the joke teller as his new personality. His parents allow him to hold a party to show off his new personality. The party does eventually cheer Peter up, but not quite in the way that Peter originally thought it would. Bobby and Cindy's safety campaign doesn't help Peter's cause at the party though

Guest starring/Recurring cast

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