|Today, I Am a Freshman|
| Season 4, Episode # 4 |
Number (#76) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||John Howard|
John Reilly (uncredited)
|Original airdate||13 October 1972|
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Today, I Am a Freshman is the fourth episode of Season 4 of The Brady Bunch, and the 76th overall episode of the series. Written by Myles Wilder and directed by Hal Cooper, it originally aired 13 October 1972 on ABC.
Marcia panics about becoming a freshman, joining every group or club available. Meanwhile, Peter tries to build a model volcano on the patio
It's the first day of the new school year, and many of the kids aren't looking forward to going back. It's an especially bad day for Marcia, who is scared of her first day in high school. She's afraid she'll be a nobody being a freshman, especially as she'll be attending a different school than most of her friends.
On Mike's urging, Greg offers to be her guide through her initial days at Westdale High. Greg's job is not made any easier by Marcia's preconceived notions about the way she should act as a high schooler. Marcia ultimately takes her parents' advice of meeting new friends by partaking in a school club. But Marcia goes one or two or three steps further by joining every club, even if she has no interest in the club activity or the people associated with the club itself.
She's particularly interested in the most popular or exclusive clubs such as the Westdale Boosters, a club of conceited girls who administer strict social rules which only takes in three freshmen per year. Peter's science project may unwittingly help Marcia find her way. When Marcia invites the Boosters over for her interview, Peter's previously malfunctioning science project model volcano finally erupts, spewing "lava" over Marcia and the outraged Boosters. Marcia breaks into laughter and realizes the humorless Boosters are not the types of girls she wants to socialize with.