The Dropout is the first episode of Season 2 of the The Brady Bunch, and the 26th overall episode in the series. Written by Ben Gershman and directed by Peter Baldwin, it first aired 25 September 1970 on ABC.
After a compliment from Don Drysdale, Greg dedicates his whole life to playing baseball.
Mike asks one of his clients, former major leaguer Don Drysdale, to stop by the house so that the boys can meet him. A few pointers and a few compliments Don throws his way makes Greg, a pony league pitcher, believe that a major league career as a pitcher for the Dodgers is his imminent destiny. This becomes Greg's sole focus to the exclusion of all else, including his homework, as he doesn't see the need since he will be rich and famous regardless. He even talks about dropping out of school. Since nothing else seems to convince Greg otherwise, Mike and Carol are hoping that a few other words by Don as to the importance of an education and that a baseball career is not all wealth and glamour will do the trick. Mike invites Drysdale over to talk about the drawbacks of life on the road, making sure Greg overhears. However, it only convinces Greg more that he is the next big thing. Ultimately, Greg has to find out first hand that his road to the major leagues is not as easy or preordained as he would think. It takes a twelve-run shelling in his Pony League game to knock Greg back to reality.
- Greg's voice is deeper in the episode and onward, due to Barry Williams going through puberty.
- From this episode on, the theme song is now in F-Major then in G-Flat Major after the key change.