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R.I.P. Sam the Butcher

By Tony Hicks
Sunday, January 20th, 2008 at 2:08 pm in Uncategorized.

It’s a sad day around the Hicks household, as Sam the Butcher, AKA Sgt. Hacker, has passed on.

To be honest, I had no idea he was still alive.

Allan Melvin’s character was only on a handful of episodes of the Brady Bunch. But the fact that Melvin, a character actor for decades on a number of shows, is best known as Sam, the boyfriend of Brady maid Alice, shows how big of an impact the Brady Bunch had on popular culture.

I’ve always had questions about those two, some of them pretty obvious and nothing I want to ponder on a full stomach. Among the most obvious, though:

Why did they make Alice wear that horrible blue uniform?

Did Alice ever get days off?

Did the kids ever catch Sam sneaking out of the house in the morning?

Did they ever catch him sneaking outĀ of their father’s den in the morning?

Did Alice actually live in the laundry room?

Was Sam’s jolly demeanorĀ a front for his serial killer ways? After all, the man was a skilled butcher. Did he have any involvement in the death’s of Mike’s first wife and Carol’s first husband?

And why, when there are two NFL conference championship games on today, am I spending so much time pondering the nature of the relationsip between Alice the maid and Sam the butcher – especially since I haven’t blogged for days?

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2 Responses to “R.I.P. Sam the Butcher”

  1. Tiffany Says:


  2. HeyJoe Says:

    Thankfully, Sam happened by with a frozen leg of lamb just as Mark Mallard was trying to flee the scene when it was discovered that he (Mark) was trying to abscond with Alice’s life savings. Mark cold-cocked himself on Sam’s meat.

    Once again, Sam saved the day!

    Sad news indeed.