Why I Love “The Teeter-Totter Caper” Episode of The Brady Bunch
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Other episodes got more attention, like the Hawaiian family vacation or “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.” But man, oh, man alive, nothing captures the sweet, goofy ’70s glory of The Brady Bunch like the one about the teeter-totter.
Maybe you remember it. Maybe, like me, you tried it. To refresh: It’s Season 3, and Bobby and Cindy—the littlest Bradys—are super sad that they can’t do things older kids can do, like fix Marcia’s radio or go to Aunt Gertrude’s stupid wedding.
Then inspiration strikes. “We can do something important; that’ll show them,” Bobby says. At three minutes after 8 one morning, the tiny tykes hop on the backyard seesaw (was that thing even there before—or after?) to try to break the world teeter-tottering record of 124 hours. They teeter through their brothers’ scoffs (“Why don’t you quit? I think it’s dumb,” Peter says). They totter one at a time with Alice during bathroom breaks. They ride the ups and downs of sitcom improbability, like when the local newspaperman and photographer show up to chronicle this epic, groundbreaking story. (And good Lord! The size of the headlined piece that runs the next day!) But those darn cuties never give up. “You kids are really serious about this, aren’t you?” Mike says in peak dad mode.
The episode has laughs, suspense, action, and a dewy-eyed, feel-good message to inspire wee ones everywhere. My next door neighbor Jeff and I attempted that seesaw feat at least a dozen times, always making our moms bring out sandwiches and sweaters for us the way Carol Brady did. It didn’t even matter that Bobby and Cindy fell short of the mark by well over 100 hours. Those adorable teeter-tots will always be record-setters in my book.
— David Hochman
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