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The Brady 500
Season 1, Episode # 1-2
Number (#1-2) in series (117 episodes)
Network: CBS
TV series: The Bradys
Guest star(s) Jerry Houser
Ron Kuhlman
Caryn Richman
Martha Quinn
Jaclyn Bernstein
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Michael Melby
Production code:
Writer(s) Sherwood Schwartz, Lloyd J. Schwartz
Director Bruce Bilson
Original airdate 9 February 1990
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The Brady 500 is the pilot two-hour movie of The Bradys, the short-lived 1990 spin-off of the The Brady Bunch. Written by the original series' creators, father and son Sherwood and Lloyd J. Schwartz, the episode premiered 9 February 1990 on CBS.

The movie consists of two one-hour episodes, "Start Your Engines", and "Here We Grow Again".


Mike, Carol and Alice are at the Brady house watching Bobby racing at Riverside 400 on television. Elsewhere, Greg, Nora and Kevin are watching the race at their home, Marcia, Wally, Jessica and Mickey watch it in their home, Peter watches it from a portable TV in his office, Jan and Philip watch it in their cruise ship cabin, and Cindy watches it in her radio office.

Bobby eventually wins the race, and in his hotel room is congratulated by Mike and Carol as they call him, and inform him that they will come see him race in his next race - Nashville 500. Bobby has also received messages from all his other siblings and their respective families. However, just then, Marcia, Wally and their kids arrive at the Brady house, after Wally had just lost yet another job.

Only Mike, Carol and Cindy are able to come see Bobby race in the Nashville 500, with Greg and Peter being busy with work, the Logans can't afford the trip due to Wally's employment loss, and Jan and Philip are still on their cruise.

At Nashville raceway, Mike and Carol and Cindy, from her radio booth are watching the race, when suddenly Bobby loses control of his car. However, just as he regains control, he is blindsided by another car, much to everyone's horror, and is taken to hospital. Greg's son Kevin asks if his Uncle Bobby will be okay, but Greg can't answer. Seeing the crash on TV, Peter breaks up with his fourth fiancee, Valerie, after she still refuses to go to Nashville with him. Also, Wally decides to take his family and Alice to Nashville, by using the credit card. Jan and Phillip rush to Nashville as soon as their cruise docks as well.

One by one, the Bradys with their families gather in the Nashville hospital waiting room. Greg, a doctor himself, tells the Bradys that Bobby is paralyzed from the hips down, due to spinal cord trauma, and whether or not he will recover from the paralysis is uncertain. Mike and Carol see a conscious but disheartened Bobby and assure him that they're proud of him and grateful that he's alive. The doctors explain Bobby will begin physical therapy soon, but any possible recovery from the paralysis will take considerable time.

The Bradys return home, and Carol, Cindy, Jessica, Mickey and Alice decorate the house for Bobby's return while Marcia and Wally install the ramp for Bobby. Carol asks everyone not to cry when they would see Bobby in the wheelchair. However, each time they expect Mike to wheel Bobby in, someone else arrives. First comes Alice, then Peter, then an insurance salesman, who offers Wally a job, and then Bobby's physical therapist. Finally, when Mike and Bobby arrive and Carol greets them, she still bursts into tears. The family looks at Bobby with sorrow, but he tells them all that while he might be in the wheelchair for an unknown duration, he's still glad to be home.

Meanwhile, Greg is considering going back to medical school and changing his specialty to orthopedics; Jan and Philip can't conceive kids of their own; Bobby begins rehabilitative therapy with Wally and Alice; Peter gets a new job at "People for a Better Planet" and becomes a womanizer; and Mike intends to have the public buildings remodeled to add ramps for wheelchairs. Marcia and Wally's two kids, Jessica and Mikey, keep Bobby company, although Mikey can sometimes be mischievous.

Jan and Philip, still unable to conceive a child, counsel with Greg and Nora, and eventually agree to adopt; Cindy begins dating her boss, Gary Greenberg, a Jewish widower with two teenagers; and Bobby reunites with his ex-girlfriend, Tracy. At first, though, he wants to send her away, not wanting the pity, but Carol, reprimands Bobby for giving up like this and tells him that it might not be about the pity that she showed up again, and eventually Bobby proposes to Tracy in the park.

The Bradys prepare another wedding, mainly due to the fact that Tracy's family won't be in town for long. On the wedding day, the Brady kids all show up, with Jan and Philip having now adopted Patty, a shy five-year-old girl from Korea, who's reluctant to give her new grandmother a hug. Tracy's sister, due to go in labor, suddenly has contractions, and when Greg arrives in the house, he goes to help her, as Bobby and Tracy marry. Greg decides to stay with the obstetrics. Also, the Bradys receive the letter that Mike's bill on ramps in public buildings has been passed.