You Can't Win Them All
Season 4, Episode # 22
Number (#94) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Edward Knight
Vicki Schreck
Harlen Carraher
Claudio Martínez
Miyoshi Williams
Tracey M. Lee
Production code: 083
Writer(s) Lois Hire
Director Jack Donohue
Original airdate March 16, 1973
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You Can't Win Them All was the 22nd episode of Season 4 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 94th overall episode in the series. Written by Lois Hire, the episode, which was directed by Jack Donohue, originally aired on ABC-TV on March 16, 1973.


Bobby and Cindy vie for a spot on a kids' television quiz show Question the Kids with host Monty Marshall (Edward Knight, Christopher Knight's father). Cindy earns her spot, and gains a huge ego as a result, but blanks when the cameras start rolling. In the subplot, Mike and Carol plan a dinner party which was originally going to be a barbecue, then Mexican food, then a smorgasbord, changing dates several times, without resolving a date for the party.


Bobby and Cindy try out for the "Question the Kids" scholastic bowl show. Bobby fails to study and the result is predictable; Cindy studies and passes the test, but becomes convinced she will be a huge TV star as a result. She bombs miserably when she develops stage fright.


Bobby and Cindy have been chosen to take the test for their respective grades to see which four students will represent Clinton Grammar School at the upcoming "Question the Kids" television quiz show. Humble Cindy asks for help studying from everyone in her family as she believes only hard work will yield positive results. Right before the exam, Cindy, despite her constant studying, states that she can only do her best and hopes that is enough to be chosen. Bobby, however, gets an extreme case of swelled head, he who believes he's a cinch to be chosen.

As such he forgoes studying. Cindy's hard work pays off as she is indeed chosen, but Bobby, to use his own words, gets "wiped out" by the exam and doesn't make the final four. These results lead to the swelled head getting transferred to Cindy, who believes that she is now a celebrity. Her swelled head does affect her performance on the quiz show, but not quite in the same manner that it previously affected Bobby. Meanwhile, Mike and Carol are planning on holding a small barbecue for a few friends. That planned dinner constantly gets changed, from the ever growing invitation list, to the meal to the date.

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