Recap: The Brady Bunch S 1 E 11 Vote For Brady
It's been said that a person's true character is shown when they do the right thing and show integrity when nobody is watching, without the expectation of somebody watching ... or even if they think nobody is watching.It's also been said that the best way to nip a brewing family feud in the bud is to call attention to it, then address it before it even has a chance to get going and then stop it right away.Two key events are set in stone as Greg and Marcia vie against each other in a heated campaign for student body president. It's a campaign that will mean their fellow students will have to ... "Vote For Brady."Greg comes home, excited that he has been nominated for student body president at Filmore Junior High (presumably a sixth- through eighth-grade building). But that is all tempered by the announcement of who is opponent is ... and he doesn't have to look very far to find her: Marcia. "We're running against each other," Marcia – a sixth-grader – announces.Mike and Carol decide immediately that they will not take sides and show impartial support for both the eldest Bradys, but that's where the lack of taking sides ends. Greg manages to enlist the support of Peter and Bobby, while Jan and Cindy are loyal to the end to Marcia. Bickering soon begins, and as pro wrestling announcer Jim Ross would say 30 years later on TV, "Business is about to pick up!"
- Round 1: (*ding* *ding* *ding*) Using his dad's tape recorder, Greg records a series of "commercials" to play over the intercom, encouraging his fellow students to vote for him. Simple commercials ... except when he plays the tape back to his friends, all there is is silence. Greg immediately decides Marcia got ahold of the tape recorder and erased the tapes. Meanwhile, Marcia has copiously been taking notes for her campaign speech and leaves them on the family room table to get a snack. When she returns, the notes are missing ... and who would be the only one – in her mind, at least – to want to spy on her campaign by taking them (or in the very least, just simply dispose of them)? Why, Greg, of course, since he must be afraid of losing to a girl.
- Round 2: (*ding* *ding* *ding*) Mike and Carol have the idea of allowing Greg and Marcia to rehearse their campaign speeches before an audience, that audience being their parents and siblings. Only Marcia's speech is heard, and the stone-faced looks on the boys is priceless as they sit there, disgusted and refusing to acknowledge her speech. Marcia begins to cry at the boys' rude refusal to even give polite applause.
- Round 3: (*ding* *ding* *ding*) Greg has called his friends over to get the results of a straw poll and plot campaign strategy. When they see that the vote is going to be close, one of the boys – Rusty – comes up with a great idea ... by spreading a rumor about Marcia. Greg allows Rusty to explain – he suggests that Marcia is easy and that she and class creep Felix Brown were seen kissing and necking in the movie theater.
Tropes present in this episode:
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Greg outright rejects Rusty's suggestion that he engage in splattering Marcia's name through the mud and tells him to get lost.
- Feud Episode: The siblings, by gender. Which Mike and Carol put a decisive stop to.
- The Gloves Come Off: What Greg's campaign manager proposes late in the episode with his rumor about Marcia being seen with school creep Felix Brown, this coming after he sees that the race is too close to call.
- Student Council President: Greg and Marcia running against each other for this position is the backbone of this episode's plot.