While I had yet to really begin my tasting of all the mind altering substances life had to offer, Maureen was obviously having a problem with substances. ...In her own memoir, Maureen McCormick confirms:
But there came a point where she could not get away with it. Finally Marty Krofft had had enough and he took take a stand. Right in front of all of us, he let Maureen have it with both barrels. He gave her a tongue lashing that was truly scary. Physically, Marty is a presence. He is big and tall and has a booming voice.
When Marty began his rant I think we all were in his corner. I know I was. How dare she? Who does she think she is? You tell her, Marty! But then it was like watching an elephant stomp on a fly. It was frightening. When he was done yelling, I experienced a dichotomy of emotions I will never forget. Maureen looked wounded. Fighting tears, she looked to all of us. She looked at us with these gigantic, sad and beautiful eyes.
I did coke throughout those shows. It was the first time I'd showed up for work high. I never should have crossed that line, because once past it, I kept going. One day I showed up strung out after three straight days without sleep.She adds:
We joked that it was the first time any of us could remember [Robert Reed] wanting to do something Brady-related. But he sang and danced without caring that he was lousy and the show itself was worse. His inner Dorothy had found her calling.Barry Williams wrote:
... we rehearsed hard, working night and day trying to pull this debacle into shape, but it didn't help. Actually, the situation can best be described by deploying the age-old Hollywood edict that "no matter how hard you try, you can't polish a turd."All nine episodes are available on YouTube, for those who dare. But do not miss the Disco Medley.
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