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"The Dropout"
Season 2, Episode # 1
Number (#26) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Don Drysdale
Production code: 026
Writer(s) Ben Gershman
Director Peter Baldwin
Original airdate September 25, 1970
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The Dropout was the season opening episode of Season 2 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 26th overall episode in the series. Written by Ben Gershman and directed by Peter Baldwin, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on September 25, 1970.

Synopsis

Greg's ego runs amok after a compliment from Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team pitcher Don Drysdale. When Greg decides to dedicate his whole life to the sport, Mike invites Drysdale over to talk about the drawbacks of life on the road, making sure Greg overhears. However, it only convinces Greg more that he is the next big thing. It takes a 12-run shelling in his Pony League game to knock Greg back to reality.

Storyline

Mike asks one of his clients, former major leaguer Don Drysdale, to stop by the house so that the boys can meet him. A few pointers and a few compliments Don throws toward Greg's way, a pony league pitcher, makes Greg believe that a major league career as a pitcher for the Dodgers is his imminent destiny. This becomes Greg's sole focus to the exclusion of all else, including his homework, as he doesn't see the need since he will be rich and famous regardless. He even talks about dropping out of school. Since nothing else seems to convince Greg otherwise, Mike and Carol are hoping that a few other words by Don as to the importance of an education and that a baseball career is not all wealth and glamor will do the trick. Ultimately, Greg may have have to find out first hand that his road to the major leagues is not as easy or preordained as he would think.

Guest starring/Recurring cast

Trivia

  • Greg's voice is deeper in the episode and onward, due to Barry Williams going through puberty.

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