In my opinion, the fourth season (1972-73) of the Brady Bunch is the best and most fun of the entire series. It has the most memorable episodes and the most quotable lines. I won't bother summarizing the Hawaii episodes, as many of us are already familiar with them. Instead, I'll comment on only a handful of the episodes that stand out the best.
TODAY I AM A FRESHMAN
Marcia (Maureen McCormick) gets the jitters on her first day of high school and she tries way too hard to make a good first impression on her classmates. She then signs up for every school club available and makes a total fool of herself.
JAN, THE ONLY CHILD
Poor Jan (Eve Plumb). Every season, she has something to whine about. First, there was middle child syndrome. Then, she found herself competing with Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Now, she complains that she has no privacy living with 2 sisters and 3 brothers. So the rest of the Brady kids alienate Jan by staying far out of her way.
GOODBYE, ALICE, HELLO
Housekeeper Alice (Ann B. Davis) begins to piss off the Brady kids by inadvertently snitching on them (Marcia left the stereo on and Peter broke Mom's lamp). Convinced that she's on a mission to get them into trouble, the Brady kids give Alice the cold shoulder, and she ends up quitting.
GREG GETS GROUNDED
Bobby (Mike Lookinland) puts Greg (Barry Williams) in the hot seat by telling his parents that he almost got them into a car accident. Mike (Robert Reed) almost throws a fit and bans Greg from driving for a week. This is problematic, as Greg already has a date lined up with Rachel.
Apparently, Bobby has bad taste in picking his heroes. When his principal tells his parents that he wrote a gleaming essay on Jesse James, Mike and Carol (Florence Henderson) get concerned to say the least.
THE SUBJECT WAS NOSES
Here's a favorite of mine. Marcia breaks her date with Charlie to go out with Doug, the big man on campus. Later that afternoon, she gets whacked in the face by a stray football ("Oh, my nose!"), putting her date with Doug in serious jeopardy.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS
Peter (Christopher Knight) learns a valuable lesson that, sometimes, trying too hard on the job can get you fired. He gets a job as a mechanic at Martinelli's bike shop, but when his slow pace hurts business, Mr. Martinelli has no choice but to let Peter go. Peter is too ashamed to tell his parents the bad news, but the truth eventually emerges.
ROOM AT THE TOP
Let the battle of the sexes continue! When Carol and Alice clean out the attic, both Greg and Marcia fight over who gets to move into it.
These episodes are spread over 4 DVDs, none of which have any bonus features. The picture quality varies, and the sound is in mono. Regardless, fans of the beloved TV series would be foolish to pass up on this DVD, which is a must-own for any Bradyholic.