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"The Slumber Caper"
Season 2, Episode # 3
Number (#28) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) E.G. Marshall
Chris Charney
Hope Juber
Barbara Bernstein
Karen Rietz
Production code: 030
Writer(s) Tam Spiva
Director Oscar Rudolph
Original airdate October 9, 1970
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The Slumber Caper was the third episode of Season 2 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 28th overall episode in the series. Written by Tam Spiva and directed by Oscar Rudolph, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on October 9, 1970.

Synopsis

The famous tale of Marcia's first house party, which almost doesn't happen after she is accused of scrawling an unflattering picture of her teacher in class. Marcia's brothers conspire to ruin the party, with the predictable result.

Summary

Marcia is accused by the school principal J. P. Randolph (E.G. Marshall) of drawing an unflattering picture of her English teacher Mrs Denton. Mike and Carol believe Marcia's claim she merely copied a portrait of George Washington and never wrote Denton's name on the picture. They allow Marcia to have her planned slumber party, but she still has to serve a week's detention at school. Marcia becomes convinced her best friend Jenny was the guilty party and "uninvites" her. Greg and his brothers conspire to disrupt the party and place itching powder in the girls' sleeping bags. While the girls clean up, Paula (Chris Charney), another one of Marcia's friends, admits she took the drawing and added the insulting remark. Marcia re-invites Jenny to the party.

Storyline

The girls are excited that their parents are allowing Marcia to host her first ever slumber party. The boys are less excited about the prospect of a bunch of Marcia's girlfriends invading their house for the night, until Greg comes up with a plan for the boys to have some fun of their own at the girls' expense. It may be a moot point as Mrs. Denton, one of Marcia's teachers, passes along a doodle that was found in Marcia's desk and that has Marcia's name on it to the school principal, Mr. Randolph. The doodle itself is a drawing of a face with the caption "Mrs. Denton or hippopotamus". Marcia admits to having done the doodle, but that the face is supposed to be that of George Washington.

Marcia, however, vows that she did not write the caption. Going only by what he sees as the overwhelming evidence against her, Mr. Randolph decides to punish Marcia. As an extra punishment, Mike and Carol disallow Marcia to have the slumber party. Marcia is more disappointed in her parents not believing her than she is about not having the slumber party. Regardless of Mr. Randolph or her parent's actions, Marcia still wants to find out who wrote the caption. After she thinks she knows who it is, Marcia decides to exact her own form of retribution.

Guest starring/Recurring cast


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Promotional photo for the episode. Top row: Karen Rietz, Robert Reed, Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Barbara Bernstein Bottom row: Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen

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