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Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

Posted by keithosaunders on March 21, 2012

Well here’s something you probably thought you’d never read on my blog — a post about the Brady Bunch.  What I can say —  its time has come.

I was scanning around the dial on Sunday morning when I came across an obscure cable station running The Brady Bunch.  There was nothing else on so I ended up watching most of the show.

In the episode, Marcia, who at that time would have been 15 or 16 years old, has a crush on her dentist, an attractive middle-aged guy who sports a vintage 70s perm.

The dentist asked Marcia if she would like to go to the ballet with him and she accepts, in the process breaking off a date with a friend of her brother’s.

Hilarity ensues as Marcia fantasizes about becoming Mrs Dentist, but she ends up  breaking off the date when she learns that he is already married.

As I watched the show I began to have this strange, nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right.  The episode had all of the normal sitcom trappings — the bad jokes, the double entendres, and  the pat ending, but something about the plot seemed a little off to me.

All of a sudden it hit me.  The moral dilemma was not presented as a middle-aged, married dentist asking a high school student on a date, but rather that Marcia had to break off an already existing date.

Continuing to extrapolate, I have come to the conclusion that in the Brady-universe it would have been OK for Marcia to date a man twenty years or more her senior, providing he was single.  Heck, she could date Sam the Butcher, should be ever decide to break it off with Alice.


Marcia's future suitor?



2 Responses to “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”

  1. bkivey said

    No wonder I had a hard time getting dates in the 70’s, I was totally the wrong age! Unfortunately, pedophilia doesn’t have the same cachet these days. You’ve opened a window into a creepy and disturbing aspect of ‘The Brady Bunch’. Her parents were OK with this? This sounds like a ticket to a Masters degree in one of the social sciences.

  2. zapple100 said

    Sam would never breakup with Alice! The earth would end.

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