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Recap / The Brady Bunch S 2 E 3 The Slumber Caper

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Marcia and the girls are excited for an upcoming slumber party, but when Marcia is caught with a drawing she did in class and accused of insulting a teacher with it, the party hangs in the balance.

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  • Cassandra Truth: Marcia's principal outright refuses to believe her when she explains that she did not write the unflattering comment on her picture. He eventually lets her off the hook when Marcia's friend, Paula, confesses to the deed, but of course that doesn't happen until AFTER Marcia's punishment is already over.
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  • Dean Bitterman: Mr. Randolph to a T.
  • Girls Have Cooties: The boys, even Greg (surprisingly), cop this attitude towards Marcia's slumber party.
  • Karma Houdini: A very light example, but Mr. Randolph never did give Marcia the apology she deserved after falsely accusing her. Even Paula counts, since, according to Carol in the epilogue, she was immediately let off the hook without having to suffer any consequences, even after she confessed off camera to Principal Randolph and Mrs. Denton she was the true culprit who started this chain reaction of injustice against Marcia in the first place, .
  • Made Out to Be a Jerkass: A very subtle and implied example in its own special way. All Marcia did was draw an innocent picture of George Washington, which, despite being innocent and innocuous, got severely blown out of proportion due to circumstances beyond her control. Principal Randolph becomes more indignant with her plea of innocence as if she were talking back to him and/or insulting his intelligence, and promptly determines her punishment because, as far as he's concerned, she's having an attitude with him.
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  • Slumber Party: The whole basis of the episode, complete with giggling and scary stories.
  • Teen Idol: The first overt attempt to push Barry Williams as a teen idol came in this episode. During a game of Truth or Dare, one of the girls admits she has a huge crush on Greg. It wasn't long before "Greg dating" stories would come.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: In the Schwartzes' autobiography about the series, Lloyd Schwartz relates a story about how his father, Sherwood, had scrawled a picture of George Washington (it turned out crude and only vaguely resembled the first president), a classmate later sees it and wrote the name of a teacher he didn't like, the teacher sees it, Sherwood is blamed and the principal refuses to accept Sherwood's explanation that while the drawing was indeed his that a classmate had written the inappropriate caption. That situation, according to Lloyd, was used to frame the initial conflict of Marcia being blamed for insulting a teacher.

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