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The Hustler
Season 5, Episode # 21
Number (#116) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series: The Brady Bunch
Guest star(s) Robbie Rist
Jim Backus
Dorothy Shay
Charles Stewart
Grayce Spence
Jason Dunn
Susan Quick
Leonard Bremen]
Production code: 115
Writer(s) Bill Freedman and Ben Gershman
Director Michael Kane
Original airdate 1 March 1974
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The Hustler is the 21st episode of Season 5 of The Brady Bunch, and the 116th overall episode of the series. Written by Bill Freedman and Ben Gershman and directed by Michael Kane, it first aired 1 March 1974 on ABC.

Short Summary[]

Mike's boss gives the Bradys a pool table.


Harry Matthews, the president of Mike's architectural firm, gives him a gift of a pool table as a thank you for a job well done. However, at first he forgets to mention it, and no one in the Brady household can figure out who sent the pool table or where to put it. Carol doesn't like the monstrous gift taking up space in the house. Bobby spends all his waking time playing and thinking about the game. He quickly becomes a billiards expert and is betting all the other kids. He even dreams of becoming a world famous pool champion. Bobby does show an aptitude for the game, easily beating everyone around him. Mike and Carol hold a small but growing dinner party specifically for Mr. Matthews to show their appreciation for the gift. Bobby shows off his skills during Mike and Carol's cocktail party, soundly beating Mike's boss, who had thought himself something of a pool shark. The Bradys decide that, as nice as the gift is, they have no room for the pool table and give it to charity.


  • This is the last episode in which Robert Reed appears.
  • This is the only episode in which dinosaurs are mentioned. It's surprising that they weren't mentioned more often in the series. Alice makes a joke about the container in which the pool table is delivered being "big enough to hold a dinosaur". Oliver responds with "Not really; most species of dinosaurs were well over 30 feet long". Dinosaurs that were discovered up to that point, that could have fit in the pool table container (if it had air holes), included Anchisaurus, Hypsilophodon, Oviraptor, Protoceratops, Psittacosaurus, and Stegoceras. Dinosaurs that were "well over 30 feet long", that were discovered up to that point, included Alamosaurus, Apatosaurus, Barosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Cetiosaurus, Diplodocus, Mamenchisaurus, Spinosaurus, Shantungosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus. Dinosaurs that were named between 1969 and 1974, while the series was running, included Deinonychus (1969), Daspletosaurus (1970), Staurikosaurus (1970), Gallimimus (1972), Vulcanodon (1972), and Shantungosaurus (1973).

Source: Benton, Michael. "THE A-Z GUIDE TO THE PREHISTORIC ANIMALS". Dinosaur and other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder, edited by John Grisewood and Nicola Barber, Kingfisher Books (of Grisewood & Dempsey Inc.), 1988, pp. 30, 37, 42, 53, 55, 67, 79, 84, 93, 108, 119, 135, 166, 188, 191, 213, 217, 219, 239, and 242.

Recurring cast/Guest stars[]

  • Robbie Rist as Cousin Oliver
  • Jim Backus as Harry Matthews, Mike's boss
  • Dorothy Shay as Freance's Matthews, Harry's wife
  • Charles Stewart as Joe Sinclair
  • Grayce Spence as Muriel Sinclair, Joe's wife
  • Jason Dunn as Hank Thompson
  • Susan Quick as Gloria Thompson
  • Leonard Bremen as Truck Driver