| Season 5, Episode # 13 |
Number (#108) in series (117 episodes)
|TV series:||The Brady Bunch|
|Guest star(s)||Darryl Seman|
|Original airdate||21 December 1973|
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Miss Popularity is the thirteenth episode of Season 5 of The Brady Bunch, and the 108th overall episode of the series. Written by Martin Ragaway and directed by Jack Donohue, it first aired 21 December 1973 on ABC.
Jan makes promises she can't keep in order to win a popularity contest at school and gets herself in hot water with family and friends.
Jan has been nominated for most popular girl of her class, but doesn't expect to win against the "brainy, beautiful, and built" Kathy Williams. She and her entire family are nonetheless excited at the news. Marcia suggests she campaign to win, with help from her family. Peter agrees to be her campaign manager and the members of the family pitch in. While the others make and distribute campaign materials, Jan promises anything to voters when asked, including the help of others without even asking them. The campaigning works as Jan wins, but her promises go by the wayside as the election is now over, as she no longer needs votes and as she achieved her only goal of winning.
Jan goes from being most popular girl to being least popular girl, which she doesn't realize as the election win itself is the validation from her peers that she needs that she is the most fantastic girl in her class. Is there any way this turn in her popularity will sink into her head, and if so can Jan redeem herself to her classmates and siblings before an impeachment? Meanwhile, Mike is taking Carol on a long-talked-about extended weekend getaway to the beach as a second honeymoon. But plan after plan is sidetracked to what ends up being a totally different experience for that weekend.
- This is the first aired episode where Cindy starts wearing her hair down like her older sisters (most likely at Susan Olsen's insistence) and has braces. The first produced episode, where Cindy had a new look, was "The Driver's Seat" - two episodes later.
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