|Goodbye, Alice, Hello|
| Season 4, Episode # 10 |
Number (#82) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Mary Treen|
|Original airdate||24 November 1972|
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Goodbye, Alice, Hello is the tenth episode of Season 4 of The Brady Bunch, and the 82nd overall episode of the series. Written by Milt Rosen and directed by George Tyne, it first aired 24 November 1972 on ABC.
Alice believes she has irrecoverably breached the Brady kids' trust and resigns, and her friend, Kay, takes over but is a little too professional, so the kids to go all out to beg Alice for forgiveness and to come back.
An incident between Peter, Greg and a Frisbee inside the house leads to an antique lamp in Mike's den being broken. Alice is aware of the boys breaking the lamp, which Greg and Peter try to repair without their parent's knowledge. As such, the boys ask Alice to keep their secret from their parents, which she vows to do. But when Carol discovers the lamp has been broken, Alice is caught between her vow to the boys and the fact that she has never lied to Carol. Alice feels she has no choice but to tell the truth to Carol. Subsequently, Carol asks Alice a seemingly innocent question about who used the record player, that person being Marcia, who apparently left the record player running all night.
Both the boys and Marcia get punished for their deeds. Because of these incidents, the kids feel like Alice has betrayed them. All six decide to give her the cold shoulder. Feeling now unwanted and unloved by the kids, a heartbroken Alice, using the old excuse of a family situation, decides to take direct action by immediately quitting, not even saying goodbye to the kids. So when the kids find that Alice's friend Kay has taken her place, Kay who has a less emotional approach to being a live-in housekeeper than Alice did, the kids have to figure out how to get their beloved Alice back. Although Kay is very nice, she has no intentions of bonding with the family; instead she does her job. The kids, with help from Kay, track down Alice at a restaurant where she now works and convince her to return.
- Robert Reed does not appear in this episode.