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"Our Son, the Man"
Season 2, Episode # 18
Number (#43) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Julie Cobb
Chris Beaumont
Production code: 043
Writer(s) Albert E. Lewin
Director Jack Arnold
Original airdate February 5, 1971
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Our Son, the Man was the 18th episode of Season 2 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 43rd overall episode in the series. Written by Albert E. Lewin, and directed by Jack Arnold, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on February 5, 1971.


Greg - by now, a high school freshman - wants to become a young adult, so he renovates Mike's den into his own "far out" pad and tries to woo a girl three years his senior. But Greg learns that, even though he's 15, he still has a lot of growing up to do.


Greg tries too hard to act like an older teenager: he wants his own room and, in trying to pick up an older girl, tries acting too mature for his age at school. He gets Mike's den as a room since the attic is too small. Greg refuses to participate in family activities such as planning the annual family camping trip. Greg soon realizes that he has a lot of growing up to do.

Note: Carol suggests they make Greg's room in the attic but Mike says that would only work if Greg were only two and a half feet tall, meaning it was too small. A later episode shows the family cleaning the attic and it is large enough to become a bedroom.


Since he's now in high school albeit a freshman, Greg sees himself as a man, but doesn't feel like one at home with all his brothers and sisters around not giving him any privacy. He feels he's too old to go on the family camp out this upcoming weekend, but more importantly he wants his own bedroom. After Mike and Carol discuss the issue, Mike, not without a fight, relinquishes his den as a bedroom for Greg.

While Greg makes a big deal about his new bedroom and his associated status as a man in the house, his brothers and sisters pay him little attention much to his chagrin. Once he gets his "groovy new pad" set up the way he wants, he believes his life will change for the better, which includes getting the pretty high school senior he has his eye on. Attracting her attention in turn requires a funky new wardrobe. Greg ultimately learns that thinking he's a man and what others perceive about him may be two totally different things.

Guest starring/Recurring cast

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