The Grass Is Always Greener
Season 1, Episode # 9
Number (#9) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) None
Production code: 008
Writer(s) David P. Harmon
Director George Cahan
Original airdate March 13, 1970
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The Grass Is Always Greener was the 24th episode of The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 24th overall episode in the series. Written by George Cahan and directed by David P. Harmon, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on March 13, 1970.


Carol and Mike switch roles to see who is better at the other's household chores. Just as Carol tries teaching baseball to her sons, only to give new meaning to the word incompetence, Mike tries to help Marcia with her cooking project in order to earn a Girl Scouts cooking badge, only to be the victim of several accidents in the kitchen.

Note: During the filming of this episode, Robert Reed took issue with Sherwood Schwartz's direction to slip on an egg.


Both Mike and Carol are complaining about how difficult their typical gender role parenting is in comparison to the other. Mike is practicing baseball with the boys, while Carol is helping Marcia obtain her guide merit badges while keeping Jan and Cindy equally preoccupied.

As Mike and Carol are in an impasse in their discussion about whose job is harder, Alice comes up with a solution to break the impasse to which they both agree: next weekend, switch roles, where Mike helps Marcia with her cooking badge, while Carol helps the boys with the art of bunting. Although Mike and Carol still feel that their traditional role is by far more challenging, they don't want to admit that they know little about their upcoming task. Will this experiment prove to Mike and Carol whose job is really harder once and for all?

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