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The Not-So-Rose-Colored-Glasses is the thirteenth episode of Season 3 of The Brady Bunch, and the 62nd overall episode in the series. Written by Bruce Howard and directed by Leslie H. Martinson, it first aired 24 December 1971 on ABC.

Short Summary

Jan learns the importance of wearing her new glasses after an accident in the garage ruins the children's anniversary gift to Mike and Carol.


Mike and Carol receive disturbing news of an eyewitness account that Jan stole someone else's bicycle from the park. Upon investigating, they find that it was all a misunderstanding as the bicycle that Jan took looks almost exactly like her own and thus she thought it was hers. But when Mike and Carol receive some more bad news about Jan, a note from her teacher that she is unfocused in class and as a result her grades are slipping, they discover what the culprit for all these problems with Jan is: her eyesight. Jan is mortified to learn that she will need glasses, which she feels will make her look goofy, especially troublesome as she is trying to attract one of her male classmates. As such, Jan tries at every turn not to wear her glasses.

Jan learns her lesson about the need to wear her glasses as she gets into an accident while riding her bicycle without wearing her glasses. Although she is unharmed, she ruins the photograph of her and her siblings that Mike was going to give to Carol for their third wedding anniversary. Jan tries to replace the photo without her father's knowledge which, because of the scatterbrained photographer, requires the six kids to take another photograph. Other obstacles include coming up with enough money to pay for the new photograph, especially as all the kids are broke having bought their own anniversary gifts, all the kids being able to sneak out of the house in their good clothes, and remembering the continuity between the first photograph and the retake. However, Mike realizes it is a new photograph, as Jan is wearing her glasses in the new portrait, and the original photo had been taken before she got them. Jan confesses she was not wearing her glasses at the time she rode her bike, thus causing an accident and wrecking the old photo. Mike is prepared to punish Jan for her deception, but when he learns that she sold her bicycle to pay for the replacement portrait, he decides no further action is needed.