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"The Wheeler-Dealer"
Season 3, Episode # 4
Number (#53) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) Christopher Beaumont
Charles Martin Smith
Production code: 053
Writer(s) Bill Freedman & Ben Gershman
Director Jack Arnold
Original airdate October 8, 1971
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The Wheeler-Dealer was the fourth episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 53rd overall episode in the series. Written by Bill Freedman and Ben Gershman, and directed by Jack Arnold, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on October 8, 1971.

Synopsis

Greg gets his driver's license ... and his first set of wheels, thanks to his fast-talking buddy. But the car turns out to be a beat-up buggy, and no amount of restoration can turn this lemon into lemonade.

Summary

Greg learns the principle of Caveat Emptor when he gets his driver's license and buys his first car, a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, from a slick-talking friend. But all the restoration in the world can't change the fact the car is a lemon. Greg plans on selling the car to a gullible friend, but has a change of heart and sells it for junk instead.

Storyline

Despite his father's assurances that he will do fine, Greg is outwardly confidant but inwardly nervous about his driver's test. He does end up passing on his first try. Despite his parents stating that they will lend their cars to him on occasion, Greg would rather buy his own car. Although his aspirations exceed his pocketbook, Greg, vowing to let Mike approve anything he wants to buy, plans to go ahead to buy something immediately. Mike figures that Greg won't buy anything yet as he won't be satisfied with what he could get with only $100 in his wallet.

Given the tough sales job by his friend Eddie to buy immediately or risk having someone else snatch it up in the meantime, Greg goes against his word and buys Eddie's jalopy of a car without Mike having seen it. It ends up being a lemon, even after Greg's valiant repair effort. As such, Greg decides he will pull an "Eddie" on some other unsuspecting soul to get rid of the heap of scrap metal, or will his conscience get the better of him?

Guest starring/Recurring cast

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