|"Today, I Am a Freshman"|
| Season 4, Episode # 4 |
Number (#76) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||John Howard|
John Reilly (uncredited)
|Original airdate||October 13, 1972|
|IMDB||Today, I Am a Freshman|
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Today, I Am a Freshman was the fourth episode of Season 4 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 76th overall episode in the series. Written by Myles Wilder, the episode, which was directed by Hal Cooper, originally aired on October 13, 1972.
It's the beginning of another school year, and Marcia panics about becoming a freshman in school, going as far as pretending to be sick. However, after parents see through her act, they give her some advice, get involved and she does, joining every group or club available. Meanwhile, Peter tries to build a model volcano on the patio
Marcia is anxious about her freshman year of high school, and Mike asks Greg to introduce his sister around. Marcia decides to join every club at school, including the Boosters, a club of conceited girls who administer strict social rules. When Marcia invites the Boosters over for her interview, Peter's previously malfunctioning science project model volcano, which is the subplot, finally erupts, spewing "lava" over Marcia and the outraged Boosters. Marcia breaks into laughter and realizes the humorless Boosters are not the types of girls she wants to socialize with.
It's the first day of the new school year, and many of the kids aren't looking forward to going back. It's an especially bad day for Marcia, who is scared of her first day in high school. She's afraid she'll be a nobody being a freshman, especially as she'll be attending a different school than most of her friends.
On Mike's urging, Greg offers to be her guide through her initial days at Westdale High. Greg's job is not made any easier by Marcia's preconceived notions about the way she should act as a high schooler. Marcia ultimately takes her parent's advice of meeting new friends by partaking in a school club. But Marcia goes one or two or three steps further by joining every club, even if she has no interest in the club activity or the people associated with the club itself.
She's particularly interested in what seem to be the most popular or exclusive clubs such as the Westdale Boosters, which only takes in three freshmen per year. Peter's science project may unwittingly help Marcia find her way in what she really wants to do.