|Greg Gets Grounded|
| Season 4, Episode # 15 |
Number (#87) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Gracia Lee|
|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.
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.
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 - no use of the car for one week - as Bobby tells his parents of Greg almost getting into a car accident purely out of his own carelessness. Greg is annoyed enough about Bobby blabbing on him and being grounded in and of itself, but he is more depressed about the repercussions on his dating life, as there is no way he can now pick up the concert tickets for his already promised date with Rachel. Greg thinks he's found a loophole in the grounding as he drives a friend's car to pick up the tickets instead. When Greg's parents call him on it, he states that he was complying with the letter of the punishment, by not driving "the family car".
Caught in this action, Greg is further grounded, which means that he will now miss his date with Rachel altogether. 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. 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 the letter, to teach him a lesson. 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 $2 frog. Only the results of contest will tell for sure.
- 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.