| Season 5, Episode # 21 |
Number (#116) in series (117 episodes)
|TV series:||The Brady Bunch|
|Guest star(s)||Robbie Rist|
|Writer(s)||Bill Freedman and Ben Gershman|
|Original airdate||1 March 1974|
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"The Hair-Brained Scheme"
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.
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.
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