|Law and Disorder|
| Season 4, Episode # 14 |
Number (#86) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Shawn Schepps|
|Original airdate||January 12, 1973|
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Bobby learns about power, discretion and responsibility when he is named safety monitor at school (involuntarily). His classmates avoid him, and when he writes up Cindy for running in the hallway and gets her a detention, she gets mad at him. Bobby still abuses his power and writes people up for minor infractions, including his older siblings. Bobby learns his lesson when he breaks the rules himself to save a classmate's cat from an abandoned house. In the subplot other family members restore an old sailboat.
Bobby is losing all his friends. The reason?: in his new role as safety monitor at school, he has to snitch on his friends if they break the rules. He didn't even want the job, but since no one volunteered, the teacher chose him. As such, his parents convince him that he should be the best safety monitor that he can be. So he decides to report every single violation he sees, big or small, and even if it involves a family member.
In that vein, Bobby self-appoints himself as safety monitor at home, writing a report to his parents on every rule broken around the house, even if the offender has a good reason for breaking the rule. This act extends the bad feelings toward Bobby from his siblings as well. Bobby learns the hard way that there are good reasons for the breaking the rules. Meanwhile, Mike buys a small run down sailboat that he figures just needs some tender love care to make seaworthy.
Guest starring/Recurring cast
Barry Williams admitted that he was stoned on the set, as seen in the opening scene, where Greg is seen pumping up the bike tire. Apparently, it had been his day off and thus he had smoked some marijuana, when he was suddenly recalled because some scenes needed to be re-shot. It's visible in the scene when he stumbles on the bicycle pump, and there's a stilted delivery of his lines. The producers were furious about it and as a result, his role in the episode was reduced.