‘The Brady Bunch’: ‘Marcia Brady’ Once Got ‘Married’ to Zach Braff’s ‘J.D.’ on ‘Scrubs’

by Chris Haney

If you blinked you may have missed it, but The Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick once made a cameo appearance on the hit comedy series Scrubs.

McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, had a brief role in a 2003 episode of the sitcom. Of course, most fans know her as the eldest daughter on The Brady Bunch. From 1969 to 1974, McCormick starred on the classic television show for all of its five seasons. While she struggled to find constant roles in Hollywood following the series finale, the actress has popped up here and there over the years.

Fans of The Brady Bunch were in for a small surprise if they happened to tune in to Scrubs and were paying attention. The actress shares the screen with the main character of Scrubs – J.D. actor Zach Braff – during her cameo.

J.D. is taking a break while working at the hospital as he sits down to talk to his best friend Turk, Carla and Elliot. Carla shares that she and her fiancé Turk have finally picked a wedding date. Elliot chimes in that they picked the day before her own wedding date. However, Elliot isn’t even engaged yet.

After J.D. and Turk jokingly call her “crazy,” she asks J.D. if he’s ever dreamed of his own wedding day. J.D. starts to daydream, and that’s when Maureen McCormick aka Marcia Brady enters the sitcom. The pair are saying their vows to each other at the alter in the hilarious scene.

“Do you, John Dorian, take Marcia Brady to be your wife?” the priest asks J.D.

“My name is Maureen McCormick,” McCormick corrects the priest.

“Marcia, please,” J.D. amusingly interrupts before saying, “Father, continue.”

J.D. wasn’t the only one to have a crush on Marcia Brady growing up we’re sure. There’s likely plenty of The Brady Bunch fans out there that would agree.

‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Missed Her Screen Test Because of Heavy Drug Use

While most everyone that watches TV knows The Brady Bunch well, they may not even know there was a spinoff series as well. The Brady Brides continued the story of Marcia and Jan as young adults as they get engaged. The series didn’t last long as you might have already gathered. The 1981 reboot only lasted seven episodes before its cancellation.

Yet as the show filled out the rest of its cast members, McCormick was going through some of the toughest years of her life and career. By the end of The Brady Bunch, she had begun to use cocaine on a regular basis. Seven years after the sitcom went off-air, McCormick still struggled with her drug use.

Years later the actress wrote a tell-all account of her career in Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice. McCormick shares one story about missing her screen test with numerous actors vying for the part of her on-screen husband.

“Instead of showing up on the set that morning, I blew it off,” McCormick wrote. “I was at home, getting high, as I’d done for days.”

However, her agent came to her home and told her to shower and get ready. She wasn’t going to let her miss the scheduled screen test. McCormick’s agent proceeded to rush her client to Paramount Studios for the audition.

“I sat in the passenger seat with my head thrown back and eyes shut or else I stared out the window, feeling sick and unable to focus as the buildings and storefronts whizzed by in a blur,” McCormick added.

The Brady Bunch actress knew she had an ongoing issue with cocaine and opened up to her agent about needing help. Although it took time to get clean, McCormick did eventually beat her addiction. Additionally, she had the love and support from friends and family, including her The Brady Bunch family members.