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The Subject Was Noses
Season 4, Episode # 18
Number (#90) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Nicholas Hammond
Stuart Goetz
Lisa Eilbacher
Ruth Anson
Production code: 091
Writer(s) Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz
Director Jack Arnold
Original airdate 9 February 1973
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The Subject Was Noses is the eighteenth episode of Season 4 of The Brady Bunch, and the 90th overall episode of the series. Written by Larry Rhine and Al Schwartz and directed by Jack Arnold, it first aired 9 February 1973 on ABC.

Short Summary[]

Marcia breaks a date with reliable Charley to go out with a hunk, until a football swells her nose and he breaks the date on her.


Marcia is asked out by school hunk Doug Simpson, so she breaks her date with Charley, the nice but unspectacular son of a wallpaper salesman, using the non-committal excuse Greg suggested, "Something suddenly came up." One day when Peter's wildly thrown football accidentally hits Marcia's nose, causing it to swell and bruise, she tries to hide it from Doug at school, but fails. When Doug notices, he breaks their date with the ubiquitous excuse, "something suddenly came up."

Now Marcia is potentially without any date for Saturday night... unless she can find a way to explain to Charley that she wasn't exactly honest with him, and that she canceled for her dream of having a date with the perfect hunk. Both Mike and Carol make sure Marcia understands just that. "I think your problem isn't a swollen noise. It’s a bruised conscience."

Meanwhile, Mike and Carol redecorate and can’t decide on a wallpaper pattern for their bedroom.

When Marcia's nose quickly heals, Doug asks her out again. This time, Marcia rejects him before admitting to Charley what she did; thankfully, Charley is understanding and forgives her. This time, Marcia hopes that their date is still on, and Charley says it is; she goes on the date with him. Marcia reveals that during the date Doug showed up unexpectedly and proceeded to tease her. Charley defended Marcia, and the two boys got into a physical fight, that ended with Charley belting Doug, giving him a swollen nose.

Guest starring[]


  • Maureen McCormick injured her nose in a car accident prior to this episode.
  • The title refers to the 1968 Martin Sheen film The Subject Was Roses.
    • Like Roy Hinkley, she gets a swollen nose
    • Like Gilligan, she mentions Pinocchio
    • Like Gilligan, she gets a swollen nose