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The Elopement
Season 5, Episode # 12
Number (#107) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Allan Melvin
Byron Webster
Bella Bruck
Production code: 098
Writer(s) Harry Winkler
Director Jerry London
Original airdate 7 December 1973
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The Elopement is the twelfth episode of Season 5 of The Brady Bunch, and the 107th overall episode of the series. Written by Harry Winkler and directed by Jerry London, it first aired 7 December 1973 on ABC.

Short Summary[]

The Bradys believe that Alice and Sam are getting married, when they are really going out to bowl and then going to Sam's cousin Clara's wedding.


As Marcia and Jan are walking home from school, they hear a terrible sound. They discover that Bobby is playing the organ. The girls make fun of Bobby's playing then they walk in the house. In the kitchen, Alice is speaking to Sam on the telephone about their plans for the weekend, which include a mixed doubles bowling semi-final match on Saturday night, and both standing up for Sam's cousin Clara and her fiancee at their elopement on Sunday, about which they don't want anyone to know. Marcia and Jan overhear part of the conversation, and assume that the people eloping are Alice and Sam. This secret news spreads through the Brady house, with subsequent further misunderstandings strengthening the family's belief that Alice and Sam are tying the knot.

They want to support Alice as much as they can on what should be the happiest day of her life, without letting her know that they know until she tells them. They prepare a wedding reception, while Carol begins interviewing a replacement housekeeper for Alice's honeymoon. So when Alice and Sam have an argument that affects their Saturday night date - the time when the family thinks they are supposed to elope - the family does whatever it can to make sure that Alice and Sam keep their Saturday night date "for better or worse".


  • At the end of the episode Alice announces to Carol and Mike that she and Sam are engaged. There is no subsequent mention of a wedding in the series.

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