| Season 3, Episode # 20 |
Number (#69) in series (117 episodes)
|Original airdate||February 11, 1972|
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Sergeant Emma was the 20th episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 69th overall episode in the series. Written by Harry Winkler, the episode, which was directed by Jack Arnold, originally aired on February 11, 1972.
When Alice goes on vacation, Cousin Emma - a sergeant from the Women's Army Corps - fills in. She ends up driving the family crazy through her micromanagement of the household and by making them do daily calisthenics. However, the exhausted Bradys learn a lesson about being appreciated when they throw a "welcome home" party for Alice that Emma interprets as a farewell bash.
When Alice goes on a week's vacation, she invites her identical cousin Emma (Ann B. Davis), a former Army WAC, to care for the household. Emma starts the Brady kids on a rigid schedule of exercise and work. When Mike and Carol approach Emma to commend her for teaching discipline to the kids, Emma decides that they too should join the sessions. Everyone can't wait until Alice returns from her vacation, and a "welcome home" party intended for Alice is misconstrued by Emma as the Bradys' show of appreciation.
Alice is taking a week long vacation, she who has arranged for her efficient cousin, Emma, to take over her job during her absence. Emma is a twenty year veteran, a Master Sergeant with the Women's Army Corps. Emma ends up running the household like it is the army, the kids being army privates. She only will allow things that are up to army regulation. Carol and Mike get off only marginally better as "officers". As such, the kids, in their words, would like an "honorable discharge" from Emma's army. Mike and Carol, however, realize that is not possible due to the sensitivity of Emma being Alice's cousin. Is there any way to make their time with Emma less army and more civilian?