5 in-your-face details you never noticed in The Brady Bunch ''The Subject Was Noses''
Did you catch these ties to The Sound of Music, Gunsmoke and recycled wallpaper?
Oh, my nose! Who could forget that moment? Certainly not Marcia Brady, who got smacked square in the schnozz by a football.
"The Subject Was Noses" stands as fan-favorite from The Brady Bunch, thanks to much of the plot turning up again in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995).
But did you catch these little details? They were right there in your face. Let's take a closer look at some fun facts to be found in this classic!
1. Marcia's crush was a von Trapp kid from 'The Sound of Music'
The hunky Doug Simpson — star quarterback for Westdale High — asks Marcia out for a date. Did you recognize him from eight years earlier? Nicholas Hammond, the actor in the orange letterman sweater, was none other than Friedrich von Trapp, the second-oldest child, in The Sound of Music.
2. Marcia's friend was in the final episode of 'Gunsmoke'
In that opening scene, when dreamy Doug pops the question to Marcia, take note of the actress by Maureen McCormick's side. Her name is Lisa Eilbacher, and most people might recognize her as the female lead in Eddie Murphy's action-comedy blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop. She also happened to turn up on Gunsmoke. The Western ended its legendary two-decade run in 1975 with "The Sharecroppers." Eilbacher had a significant role as Lailee in the finale, her second appearance on the show.
3. This wallpaper had been seen on The Brady Bunch before
The drama obviously centers Marcia's swollen snout, but "The Subject Was Noses" features a significant B-plot for other characters. Mike and Carol and renovating their bedroom! That means looking through a bevy of bright, bold Seventies wallpaper samples. Alice unspools a busy pattern dotted with lime and aqua hexagons. This wallpaper was a favorite for Brady set decorators! It was covering the wall behind Jennifer Nichols' bed in "Greg's Triangle" earlier that season!
4. Charley starred in one of the most Seventies movies of the Seventies
There's just one catch when Marcia books a date with Doug — she has to break off a prior engagement with Charley. Stuart Goetz played the freckled redhead. A few years later, he headlined a notorious sex comedy that packed about every 1970s youth-culture cliché into one drive-in movie. The Van (1977), like it said on the tin, told the story of a van — a sweet conversion van. The yellow dodge sported a groovy "Straight Arrow" design on the side, along with a giant porthole window. Naturally, there was a waterbed inside. "Bobby (Goetz) couldn't make it… till he went fun-truckin'!" the poster declared. This corny, cult precursor to stuff like Porky's also featured Danny DeVito and the minor hit song "Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns. (Even though the van in the movie was a Dodge.)
5. We got a rare glimpse at Mike and Carol's fourth wall
The "fourth wall" in filmmaking is that hidden wall where the camera is. For the most part, this part of a soundstage set goes unseen — if it even exists at all. As you know, most interior sets are just three walls sitting in a studio. But Mike and Carol's bedroom did indeed have a fourth wall facing the bed, where we the audience typically stand as the viewer. It had brick. We get a rare glimpse of it in the redesigning project. Look over Mike's shoulder. See that family portrait? It is the same photograph the family snapped together one season earlier in "The Not-So-Rose-Colored Glasses."