The Subject Was Noses
Season 4, Episode # 18
Number (#90) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Nicholas Hammond
Stuart Goetz
Lisa Eilbacher
Ruth Anson
Production code: 091
Writer(s) Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz
Director Jack Arnold
Original airdate 9 February 1973
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The Subject Was Noses was the 18th episode of Season 4 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 90th overall episode in the series. Written by Larry Rhine and Al Schwartz, the episode, which was directed by Jack Arnold, originally aired on ABC-TV on 9 February 1973.


Marcia is asked out by school hunk Doug Simpson (Nicholas Hammond) so breaks her date with Charley (Stuart Getz), the nice but unspectacular son of a wallpaper salesman, using the excuse "something suddenly came up". When Peter's wildly thrown football hits Marcia's nose causing it to swell and bruise ("Oh, my nose!"), Doug breaks their date with the excuse "something suddenly came up". When Marcia's nose quickly heals, Doug asks her out again. Marcia rejects him, admits to Charley what she did, and goes on the date with him. Marcia reveals that during the date Doug showed up and, after some teasing, fights with Charley, resulting in a swollen nose for Doug. Mike and Carol redecorate and can't decide on a wallpaper pattern for their bedroom in the subplot.


Marcia is in seventh heaven when the school's star football player, Doug Simpson, asks her out for a date for this Saturday. After she accepts, she remembers that she already has a date for Saturday night with a nice but somewhat plain boy named Charley, who adores her. As she would rather go out with Doug, she uses the advice given to her by Greg. He says that to get out of a date, she should use the non-committal statement, "something suddenly came up", which is what she tells a dejected but understanding Charley.

She's happy that she managed not to hurt Charley and keep her date with Doug, but she still feels terrible doing it. A few days before the date, Marcia gets hit in the face by an errant football, bruising and swelling her nose. Marcia tries to avoid Doug before Saturday, but if she does see him, she hopes he will be understanding of her less than perfect looks and that she won't hear the words "something suddenly came up" from him. Meanwhile, Mike and Carol can't agree on which wallpaper to use for their bedroom.

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