But when many people heard the sad news today of Jones’s death, one of the first things they may have flashbacked to was “The Brady Bunch” episode, “Getting Davy Jones.” That was the season three classic in which a determined Marcia Brady — president of the Fillmore Junior High Davy Jones Fan Club — bragged about the fact that she could get the esteemed Mr. Jones to perform at her prom and grew distraught when she realized this might not happen just because he wrote her a nice letter.
What happened after that, arguably, may have set a precedent for the modern approach to celebrity worship, one in which the average citizen thinks it’s entirely possible to score a date with a famous person simply by making a charming YouTube video.
Here’s the moment from the episode in which we get to hear Jones perform the song “Girl” in its entirety, Marcia bursts into the recording studio unannounced and Jones’s manager tells her to scram. (“Kids,” he says, shaking his pageboy haircut in disgust.) You can totally tell from the look on Jones’s face that he is going to change his mind and save the day for Marcia. Because that’s what pop stars do! All of them! Even in present times!
Here’s the part where Jones shows up unannounced at the Brady residence; apologizes to Marcia; finds out her prom is Friday, a night on which a very famous pop star has absolutely no plans whatsoever; and agrees not only to perform but to go as Marcia’s date. It is, without question, the dreamiest thing that ever happened to Marcia, at least until hottie Doug Simpson asked her out in season four.
And just to bring this whole thing full circle, here’s a mediocre-quality clip of Jones performing “Girl” at Marcia’s dance more than 20 years later, in “The Brady Bunch Movie.” Getting the celebrity crush of your dreams to become part of your reality ... it really is timeless.