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My Brother's Keeper
Season 5, Episode # 8
Number (#103) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) None
Production code: 106
Writer(s) Michael Morris
Director Ross Bowman
Original airdate November 2, 1973
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My Brother's Keeper was the 8th episode of Season 5 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 103rd overall episode in the series. Written by Michael Morris, the episode, which was directed by Ross Bowman, originally aired on ABC-TV on November 2, 1973.

Synopsis

Bobby saves Peter from being hit by a falling ladder and the older Brady promises to become Bobby's slave for saving his life. Peter becomes overprotective and insists upon doing all Bobby's chores. Bobby enjoys the situation and soon is unloading projects on Peter.

Summary

Bobby saves Peter from being struck by a falling ladder in their backyard. Peter, grateful to Bobby for saving his life, offers to become Bobby's "servant for life". Bobby takes advantage of the situation, forcing Peter to do all Bobby's chores. Peter soon regrets his offer, and breaks the pledge. The feud between Peter and Bobby causes Peter to tape a line across the middle of their shared bedroom; Bobby emphasizes that the bathroom is on his side by going in and flushing the toilet. Bobby is later accidentally locked in their bedroom closet; Peter arrives and opens the door, rescuing him. To resolve the dispute, Bobby effusively praises Peter for this supposedly heroic, life saving rescue. In the subplot, the girls' room is being wallpapered.

  • Note: Although the toilet is never seen in the series, it is heard to be flushed for the only time in this episode.

Storyline

While the boys are doing chores outside, a ladder almost falls on Peter, the only thing saving him is Bobby pushing him out of the way. A grateful Peter believes Bobby saved his life and is willing to show Bobby that gratitude in whatever way he can. After Bobby recovers from the immediate consequences of his actions, namely getting covered with a can full of green paint that was on the ladder, he quietly appreciates all the adoration he is getting from the family, which is heaped on him by Peter who vows to be his slave. It begins with Peter offering to do things for Bobby without Bobby asking. Bobby then takes it to the next level by asking Peter to do things for him, at the expense of Peter carrying on with his own life. Will even a grateful slave be able to take so much pushing around before rebelling? Meanwhile, Mike has agreed to wallpaper the girls' bedroom. The problem is that the girls can't agree on a pattern.

Recurring cast/Guest stars

No guests appeared.

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