|"The Liberation of Marcia Brady"|
| Season 2, Episode # 19 |
Number (#44) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||John Lawrence|
|Original airdate||February 12, 1971|
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The Liberation of Marcia Brady was the 19th episode of Season 2 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 44th overall episode in the series. Written by Charles Hoffman, and directed by Russ Mayberry, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on February 12, 1971.
Marcia is polled at school for a television news story about how the women's liberation movement is affecting teenagers. Greg sees the report and taunts Marcia. Tired of Greg's constant sexism, she becomes resolved to join the all-male Frontier Scouts to prove a point that women can do anything men can do.
t school, Marcia is approached by a television news reporter Ken Jones (playing himself in a cameo) doing a story on the women's liberation movement. Greg watches the news report and tries to rebut his sister's comments. Marcia decides to make a point by declaring that she is joining the Frontier Scouts, an all-male Scouting organization to prove she is more than capable of completing the initiation tasks. Too old to be able to do the same in retaliation for Marcia's Sunflower Girls, Greg decides to enlist Peter to join in his stead. While Peter's attempt to sell cookies wilts under his gross embarrassment, Marcia proves she is well suited to join the Frontier Scouts by passing all the tests. Marcia ultimately does not join, she just wanted to make her point known
It isn't until a local news reporter shows up at the school with a microphone asking about young women's thoughts on the issue that Marcia even thinks about women's liberation. She states on camera that she, as a female, should have at least the same opportunities as males. She regrets doing so immediately after the microphone is put away, but decides to fight for those statements when she is later mocked by especially Greg after the piece airs on the evening news, and after Greg issues her an informal challenge to prove that she can do anything boys can. In answer to Greg's challenge, what Marcia ultimately decides to do is join the Frontier Scouts, in which Greg is a member and Mike council master, and which does not have anything listed in the regulations about membership gender requirements. However, Marcia has to pass the field initiation test before she can join. Greg does whatever he can both to make Marcia see what he considers the silliness of what she is trying to do