The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
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After Mike gets a visit from an FBI agent and Sam comes to him with some secret plans, Bobby and Oliver believe that Sam is a spy.


Bernard Wiesen


Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Howard Ostroff

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Reed ... Mike Brady
Florence Henderson ... Carol Brady
Ann B. Davis ... Alice Nelson
Maureen McCormick ... Marcia Brady
Eve Plumb ... Jan Brady
Susan Olsen ... Cindy Brady
Barry Williams ... Greg Brady
Christopher Knight ... Peter Brady
Mike Lookinland ... Bobby Brady
Allan Melvin ... Sam Franklin
Lew Palter ... Mr. Gronsky
Don Fenwick Don Fenwick ... Fred Sanders
Robbie Rist ... Oliver


Bobby and Oliver are at home when FBI agent Fred Sanders stops by the house to speak to Mike. What the boys don't know is that Mr. Sanders' routine and mundane task is to confirm a few issues with Mike's clearance for him to work on a building for a classified government project. Later, Sam stops by the house wanting to discuss a private issue with Mike, which Sam says he will divulge to Alice and the rest of the family at the proper time. Unlike what Alice hopes it is (such as a honeymoon cottage), the issue is Sam wanting to enlarge the butcher shop and needing some rough plans from Mike to see if it is financially possible. Because of the secretive nature of Sam's visit, Bobby and Oliver think it has something to do with Mr. Sanders' visit. After Sam tells Bobby and Oliver some wild tales of sleuthing and spying while he was in the army, Bobby and Oliver believe Sam is a spy working with Mike. Overhearing another story between Sam and his landlord, Mr. Gronsky, Bobby and Oliver ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

15 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Sam is in Mike's office one camera angle shows the front wall (fourth wall) of Mike's office. This is the only time in the entire series that we see this wall and camera angle. See more »


Marcia Brady: [excitedly] It looks like Sam is finally going to ask her to marry him.
Cindy Brady: That's great!
Jan Brady: That's fantastic. How do you know?
Cindy Brady: Did Sam say so?
Marcia Brady: He didn't have to.
Jan Brady: Did Alice say so?
Marcia Brady: She didn't have to.
Cindy Brady: Did Mom say so?
Marcia Brady: She didn't have to either.
Jan Brady: Then who told you they were getting married?
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References The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965) See more »

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Bobby and Oliver give Sam the 'freeze'.
20 December 2013 | by lmcsrbflSee all my reviews

I really like this episode, of course 12 year old Bobby and cousin Oliver jump to conclusions that they assumed Sam(Allan Melvin) was a double agent/spy. Funny scenes were when Greg poured talcum powder on Bobby and Oliver. Sam tells the boys how fearless and courageous army tall tales,they never caught 'Sly Sam'.

Near the end Bobby and Oliver lock Sam and Mr.Gronsky in the freezer. When Mike sees this he unlocks the freezer, 'How in the world could you boys possibly believe something like that,don't lock anyone in anything anymore', Sam replies 'This is one spy who's glad he came in from the cold'.

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