The One Line Robert Reed Refused To Say on ‘The Brady Bunch’

by Halle Ames

Robert Reed, who played Mike Brady, the father of six kids on the hit show, The Brady Bunch, reveals one line he refused to say on set. 

The sitcom, The Brady Bunch, aired for five seasons on ABC from 1969 until 1974. While the show never broke records or was seen as a critical success, it became a staple in many households.

As dedicated fans tuned in to watch Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy’s antics on-screen, Robert Reed had his own issues to address. Reed frequently would voice his concerns with the script, especially for his lines as Mike Brady.

Robert Reed Sniffs Out a Mistake

At one point, Robert Reed put his foot down. In an episode, Reed was directed to walk onto the set and say the family’s house had the scent of a “strawberry heaven.” 

This didn’t fly with Reed. He refused to refer to the smell in such a manner. 

According to the Daily Mail, Robert Reed brought the creator, Sherwood Schwartz, an encyclopedia. He argued to Schwartz that strawberries don’t have a smell, and he rejected the notion to say it to the audience.

However, Schwartz fired back at Reed. He told the actor that, when cooked, strawberries will create a scent. 

This wasn’t the only time that Robert Reed was picking apart the lines for legitimacy issues. After reading the script for the final episode of The Brady Bunch, Reed refused to participate. 

The issue this time? In the episode, Bobby tries to sell tonic water to make some extra cash. When Greg tries the drink, the chemicals turn his hair orange. Yes, the idea is far fetched, but it’s The Brady Bunch, not Bill Nye the Science Guy

“[Reed] had written another one of his familiar diatribes to the studio which ended with his firm declaration: ‘And that is why I cannot do the episode,'” Lloyd Schwartz wrote in his book, Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch. “Robert’s big complaint this time was that hair tonic can’t do that to hair.”

Robert Reed remained close to his fictional children until his death in May of 1992 from colon cancer and an unknown HIV diagnosis. He was 59. 

[H/T Showbiz Cheatsheet]