|Greg Gets Grounded|
| Season 4, Episode # 15 |
Number (#87) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Gracia Lee|
|Original airdate||January 19, 1973|
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Greg Gets Grounded was the 15th episode of Season 4 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 87th overall episode in the series. Written by Elroy Schwartz, the episode, which was directed by Jack Arnold, originally aired on ABC-TV on January 19, 1973.
Mike prohibits Greg from driving the family car for a week after Bobby describes his near-accident on the freeway. Greg then borrows a car from his friend George Thompson to buy tickets to a rock concert before they sell out. 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". Greg is grounded from leaving home for ten days, except for school. Greg convinces his parents to abolish the punishment on the condition he does everything by "his exact words". They make Greg fulfill all his commitments to the letter, to teach him a lesson. In the subplot, Peter and Bobby train their pet frogs for a frog jumping contest.
- Note: This is the second of two episodes to not have an epilogue, after the pilot episode "The Honeymoon".
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.
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. 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.
Guest starring/Recurring cast
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.