Nora arrives to surprise Greg. Cindy is currently a college undergraduate and in an issue similar to Bobby's, Cindy lies to her parents about overwhelming college student issues, when in actuality she plans to go skiing in with her roommates. Say it with me--I know you know the line. After many rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas service at church, mother Carol Brady has strained her vocal cords. Davis, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb Directors: Peter Baldwin Format: Color, Dolby Digital D 2. You won't find a more fun Christmas movie then spending it with the Brady Bunch. Recognize the actor playing Santa Claus? The episode is adorable but that bit.
The only sad thing was to know that everyone was going to be together and I might not see them. You may recognize the actor who plays Santa Claus in the episode as Hal Smith. Knowing what a fine singer Florence Henderson was, I wondered if she ever experienced a similar incident in real life. Some of the situations here were continued in the series The Bradys, which followed a year later. I also love that they reference this episode in the equally great reunion film. To enjoy this episode as a sugary treat is to appreciate the series as an oasis from the complex and often difficult real world. I can't speak for others, but I know I've always wished it was Florence Henderson's version of the song on the album.
Use of these names, logos, and brands does not imply endorsement. I'll post the questions to an all-new mini-questionnaire and I welcome everyone to participate. However, the family's Christmas dinner is disrupted when Mike learns that a ruthless businessman he designed a building for has cut corners, resulting in the building collapsing and trapping two security guards inside. The boys require some adult assistance in order to bring in the family's Christmas tree. It is the Brady family at Christmas, what more can a fan want? That always struck me as weird. When they realize their ideas collide, they use the money to try to reunite the entire family for Christmas by paying for airline tickets for their children, grandchildren and their in-laws.
Mike Brady returns just in time to hear his daughter's impossible Christmas request and he gently tries to suggest that Santa may not have the power to make her wish come true. The store Santa Claus is touched by Cindy's unselfish request and promises her that her mommy will be okay in time for Christmas. Despite its strong unpleasant odor, Carol submits to the towel soaked in Alice's cure-all wrapped around her irritated throat. One by one, the four oldest children get out of their beds on Christmas Eve and sit by the Christmas tree dreading the morning's inevitable disappointment. All the Brady's are having a wonderful time back at their old Brady family house for the Christmas Holiday, that is until Mike learns of a design problem within the structure of a building he designed. However, all of the Brady kids are facing personal obstacles that might keep them from enjoying the festivities: Greg's wife Nora is spending Christmas with her family; Peter is romantically involved with his boss Valerie and his inferior position and salary is affecting his self-confidence; Bobby has dropped out of college to become a race car driver but has not revealed this to his parents; Marcia's husband Wally was fired from his job at a toy company; Jan is separating from her husband Philip and Cindy is fighting for her independence since she is the youngest and still gets treated like the baby of the family.
But Carol's laryngitis places a pall over the entire family, so much so that the older kids contemplate cancelling Christmas altogether. Doesn't he realize he's setting the young girl up for a disillusioned Christmas morning? Any use on this website is for identification purposes only. Mike manages to free the trapped employees, but an results in Mike getting trapped in rubble himself. Then, to have a dad come into the locker room and talk to him just seems strange. It reunited the original cast members of the 1969—1974 , with the exception of , who was on her honeymoon at the time of filming.
When Cindy climbs upon Santa's lap, she doesn't ask for a toy like most other children. With that in mind, I was quite happy to go to Jamaica rather than be in the special. Through each child deciding to spend the holiday and eventually opening up about their issues, Mike and Carol are able to help them out. Mike gives Cindy an additional little hug as they listen to mommy sing. And yet, the the episode still entertains--because sometimes traveling to a known destination with the right friends is still a worthwhile journey. Not only does Carol not feel well but she is asked to wear a smelly remedy around her neck. Won't Carol feel better if the whole family makes the best of Christmas rather than wallow in their own miseries? This promise brings up a problem for Mike, who has to try and explain to Cindy why her mother probably will not get her voice back by Christmas, while not bursting Cindy's innocent notions of the magic and spirit of Christmas.
A Very Brady Christmas is Very Brady special! After asking why he would lead Cindy to believe that Santa could make her mommy well, the store Santa confesses that he only wanted to make Cindy happy. Will Dad be all right? And if he did, that would break her heart. We see her not only singing in bed but singing in church at the Christmas service. Alice overhears the children's discussion and reminds them about their parents' feelings. Everyone is chipping in to help prepare for Christmas so that Carol can rest and feel better.
Summary The Bradys are excited about spending their first Christmas together as a combined family. Mike has been listening to Alice's guidance to his family and thanks her for helping. Perhaps enough people will make it known that they want to see it, and maybe it will play, I hope. All three featured a new, younger cast filling the roles of the Bradys. I love the Brady bunch.
And, Smith also performed quite a bit of voice work for Hanna-Barbera and has brought Santa to life in multiple holiday cartoons for them as well. This Santa can't resist the youngest of his faithful believers. But this review is so great that it may get me to watch this episode at Christmas this year. Pleas show it this year. Sadly, Susan Olsen wasn't in the film was on her honeymoon at the time , but the rest of the family is back! A nice little film to enjoy come holiday season.