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Greg Gets Grounded
Season 4, Episode # 15
Number (#87) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Gracia Lee
Hope Juber
Production code: 090
Writer(s) Elroy Schwartz
Director Jack Arnold
Original airdate 19 January 1973
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Greg Gets Grounded is the fifteenth episode of Season 4 of The Brady Bunch, and the 87th overall episode of the series. Written by Elroy Schwartz and directed by Jack Arnold, it first aired 19 January 1973 on ABC.

Short Summary[]

Mike prohibits Greg from driving the family car for a week but, spying a loophole, Greg borrows a car from his friend, then is grounded for ten days.

Summary[]

After doing Bobby a favor of driving him to the pet store to buy a frog for the frog jumping contest which has a $25 first prize, Greg is rewarded for his efforts by getting grounded, when Bobby tells his parents of Greg almost getting into a car accident purely out of his own carelessness. Mike makes Greg spend time thinking about his driving habits while he does not use the car for a week. Greg is very unhappy and protests. He (Greg) says that being grounded from using the car for a week is not fair. And Mike responds by threatening to take away the driving privileges for a year, a lustrum, a decade, a century, or a millennium (1, 5, 10, 100, or 1,000 years).

Greg is more depressed about the repercussions on his dating life. (He is grounded from using the car --starting with one week.) He was forced to ride his bike. And he had been to every store in the neighborhood looking for tickets. (That is, including the library and music store.) Since the places --shops-- in the neighborhood --including the library and music store-- were sold out of tickets, there is no way he can purchase the concert tickets for his already promised date with Rachel (except at the stadium). (Since this is the last day to buy tickets, the stadium is the one place left where anyone can buy tickets for the rock concert.) Greg thinks he's found a loophole in the grounding as he drives a friend's car to buy the tickets instead.

Before that, Greg calls George on the phone. He (Greg) says to George that he was forced to ride his bike. And every place in the neighborhood were sold out of tickets for the rock concert (including the library and music store). Then he says to George the only place he can buy tickets now is at the stadium.

His ruse is discovered when his friend's mother (Jenny McCarthy) crosses paths with Carol at the grocery store. Jenny asks Carol if the Brady family's car is broken. Jenny also mentions that Greg borrowed George's car. (Jenny says to Carol, "Greg borrowed George's car. And he went to the stadium to buy tickets, so he could see some rock concert".) After Carol crosses paths with Jenny, she (Carol) reports the incident to Mike. Then Mike and Carol call Greg out on it. Since Greg borrowed George's car, Mike states that Greg was complying with the letter of the punishment. That is, which was not driving "the family car" for a week.

Caught into this action, Greg is further grounded for ten days. And while grounded for ten days, he can only leave the house to go to school and see his friends during school hours (which means that he might now miss his date with Rachel altogether). (He can only leave the house to go to school --while grounded for 10 days-- and can only see his friends during school hours. And he is to come straight home when he comes home from school.)

Feeling he is being cheated while still doing whatever he can to keep his date, Greg enters into a negotiation with his parents as to his punishment, as he technically did follow their "exact words". Based on Greg's argument, Mike believes that there may be a better way for Greg to learn that what he did was wrong through another method. They make Greg fulfill all his commitments to his "exact words", to teach him a lesson. This forces Greg to have to do such chores as washing the car, and washing the dishes at midnight, as he had earlier said he'd do them "that night".

Meanwhile, Peter, when learning about the frog jumping contest, believes that a wild and free frog from Burke's Pond will do better than Bobby's two-dollar frog. Only the results of contest will tell for sure. Greg's "exact words" deal really comes back to bite him, when his offer to drive his brothers to the frog-jumping contest happens to conflict with his attending the concert, and he is forced to honor it. Since he and Rachel can't go to the concert --as Greg is still grounded for the remainder of the 10 days-- they (instead of the concert) opt to go to a drive-in movie instead. However, it ends in disaster, after some of Peter and Bobby's extra frogs that were left in the car wreak havoc for the couple.

Greg learns his lesson, and he and his parents call off the deal.

Trivia[]

  • Bobby is eleven years old in this episode:
    Greg: How old are you?
    Bobby: Eleven.
    Greg: That's amazing.
    Bobby: What is?
    Greg: How anyone can get to stupid in such a short time.
  • Peter's frog came 35th in the frog-jumping contest, Bobby's came 49th.
  • This is the second appearance of Sherwood Schwartz' daughter, Hope, in the role of Rachel, after "The Big Bet".
  • This is the second of two episodes to not have an epilogue, after the pilot episode "The Honeymoon".
  • Greg makes three phone calls while grounded. He makes two after learning his lesson.

Goofs[]

  • While Greg --even though he was grounded from using the car for a week-- could have asked Alice or Marcia to borrow their bus passes (so he could go to the stadium to buy tickets), ask Carol or Rachel to drive him to the stadium, or ask Rachel --if she could drive-- to buy the tickets at the stadium (with or without Greg --with her driving), all three of these solutions would still have been considered complying the letter with the punishment. (That is, along with borrowing George's car.)
    • And by extension, this would also have been considered a loophole. Carol would have also crossed paths with Alice and/or Marcia (if Greg borrowed their bus passes for real) or with Rachel's mom (if Greg asked her --Rachel-- to drive him to the stadium instead).
      • Even if just Rachel did that, Rachel would have told her mom, her mom would have told Carol, Carol would have told Mike, and Greg would have been grounded for 10 days (and could only leave the house to go to school).
    • Indeed, those other three solutions would have been just as bad as borrowing George's car.
  • When Carol (who crosses paths with Jenny) says, "Greg borrowed George's car?", she smiles when she asks this question. That is, which is really inappropriate (since it was about Greg's incident of borrowing George's car so he could drive George's car and buy the rock concert tickets at the stadium).

Guest starring[]

  • Gracia Lee as Jenny Thompson
  • Hope Juber as Rachel (as Hope Sherwood)



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