The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
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The Subject Was Noses 

Marcia breaks a date with Charlie when "big man on campus" Doug Simpson asks her out. However, after she gets hit in the nose with a football, Doug Simpson breaks his date with her.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Reed ... Mike Brady
Florence Henderson ... Carol Brady
Ann B. Davis ... Alice Nelson
Maureen McCormick ... Marcia Brady
Eve Plumb ... Jan Brady
Susan Olsen ... Cindy Brady
Barry Williams ... Greg Brady
Christopher Knight ... Peter Brady
Mike Lookinland ... Bobby Brady
Nicholas Hammond ... Doug Simpson
Stuart Goetz ... Charley (as Stuart Getz)
Lisa Eilbacher ... Vicki


Marcia is in seventh heaven when the school's star football player, Doug Simpson, asks her out for a date for this Saturday. After she accepts, she remembers that she already has a date for Saturday night with a nice but somewhat plain boy named Charley, who adores her. As she would rather go out with Doug, she uses the advice given to her by Greg. He says that to get out of a date, she should use the non-committal statement, "something suddenly came up", which is what she tells a dejected but understanding Charley. She's happy that she managed not to hurt Charley and keep her date with Doug, but she still feels terrible doing it. A few days before the date, Marcia gets hit in the face by an errant football, bruising and swelling her nose. Marcia tries to avoid Doug before Saturday, but if she does see him, she hopes he will be understanding of her less than perfect looks and that she won't hear the words "something suddenly came up" from him. Meanwhile, Mike and Carol can't agree on ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family


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The title was based on "The Subject was Roses" by Frank D. Gilroy, which opened at the Royale Theater in New York on May 25, 1964, ran for 832 performances, and won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Play. The play also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1965. See more »


When Alice and Carol are preparing the two sofas in the family room for Carol and Mike to sleep on as their bedroom had just been painted, Carol states that this will be the first night that she and Mike have not slept in the same bed since they got married. That statement is an error as they did not sleep together on the night of their first family camping trip, where the males slept in one tent and the females slept in another tent. They also did not sleep together when Alice sprained her ankle while Carol was away tending to an ailing relative. See more »


Marcia Brady: Something suddenly came up.
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Alternate Versions

Strangely, the DVD release of this episode didn't have the usual Brady Bunch squares appearing on the screen before the final end teaser, just a fade-out. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Snoop Dogg/Avril Lavigne (2004) See more »


Theme from 'The Brady Bunch'
Written by Frank De Vol & Sherwood Schwartz
Sung by The Brady Bunch Kids
Vocal Recordings Supervised by Jackie Mills
(seasons 2-5)
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Something Suddenly Came Up
17 August 2020 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

Marcia has a date with Doug Simpson the school football hero but breaks a date with Charlie, another boy.

One of the best episode, it has become a classic. Doug Simpson is played by Nicholas Hammond who appeared in "The Sound Of Music" and later played the title role in the TV "Spiderman" series. Marsh uses the excuse "something suddenly came up" when breaking the date with Charlie (she got it from Greg). Then she gets hit in the nose when Peter overthrows Bobby while playing football. The nose gets swollen and when Doug sees it he breaks the date using the same excuse Marcia had given Charlie. It has a good ending when Marcia comes home describes what happened when Doug sees Charlie with Marcia.

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