Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Marcia meets Desi Arnaz Jr The Brady Bunch

A Lost Diary, Innermost Thoughts and Desi Arnaz Jr.
Marcia will never wash her cheek again
The Possible Dream, The Brady Bunch

Aired February 27, 1970

Arnaz, Desi Jr
B&W 8x10 Photo
Back in the seventies, many 14-year-old girls like Marcia Brady kept diaries in blank books. They hid them from the prying eyes of family members.

If you had a sneaky sibling it might be found and read. If you were on a TV show like The Brady Bunch, the diary was apt to be found and donated to a used book sale. Could this get any worse?

Of course it can if you've written all about your secret crush on the hunky dunky Desi Arnaz Jr. Housekeeper Alice ends up saving the day.

This was long before the Internet and Marcia didn't want anyone to know about this, especially not Davy Jones! (His appearance in the Brady Bunch Movie is below, too.) Wonder she also wrote about the wonderful dentist who she liked so much?

This is the first Brady Bunch episode to feature a big name guest star with an appearance by Desi Arnaz Jr. 

He was a co-star on his mother Lucille Ball's show, Here's Lucy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He and other young actors like Warren Beatty were popular in the tabloids.

Gordon Jump (WKRP in Cincinnati) and Kitty Carry-All also make a special appearances in this episode.    
Do you think the Brady kids would be keeping diaries online if they were teens or tweens today? 

Would she have a blog or facebook page? Would Cindy and Bobby Brady tweet? Who would their crushes be today? The modern-day Davy Jones and Desi Arnaz Jr.

What's the most unusual thing you ever found at a flea market or yard sale? Something personal like a diary? 

I'll never wash this cheek again! is almost as famous a Marcia quote as Oh! My nose!

Brady Bunch Cool 1970s Needlepoint 8x10 Photo
Maureen McCormick Robert Reed Florence Henderson

Desi Arnaz Jr, 1983 Interview

Diary (1969) excerpt
by Bread (from the CD/album The Best of Bread)

I found her diary underneath a tree
And started reading about me
The words she'd written took me by surprise
You'd never read them in her eyes
They said that she had found the love she'd waited for
Wouldn't you know it
She wouldn't show it

When she confronted with the writing there
Simply pretended not to care I passed it off as just in keeping with
Her total disconcerting air
And though she tried to hide the love that she denied
Wouldn't you know it
She wouldn't show it .... 

In 1977  Desi Arnaz Jr., Robert Carradine, Anne Lockhart and Melanie Griffith were in a film called Joy Ride. 

This reminds me of Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live in the late 1980s. He did a series of sketches called James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub Party. Remembering the 1970s.
Melanie Griffith Desi Arnaz Jr Original 8x10" Photo

Excerpt from his Celebrity Hot Tub Theme Song....

Hot tub! Ha! Da!
Ah-full of water!
I say hot tub! Ha!... 

Hot tub! Ah!
Get in!
Gonna get in the water!
Gonna make me sweat! Ah!
Here I go in the hot tub!


Too hot in the hot tub! Ma!
Burn myself!
Make it cooler!
Good God!" .....

Davy Jones appeared on Season three of The Brady Bunch. The episode is called Getting Davy Jones. Marcia tells people that she can get him to perform at a school dance, but she really can't. Then she has to deliver on what she's said. Jones sings Girl at the dance. 

The appearance by Davy Jones in the 1995 Brady Bunch Movie is a riot and really special for those baby boomers out here who lived through the original episode.


The Great Earring Caper : The Brady Bunch

Jan Brady and the Year of the Horse, Props that appear on different shows

Lucille Ball meets Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the 69.42 carat engagement ring on Here's Lucy

Jan Brady's Dark Wig The Brady Bunch

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