The Brady Bunch

Season 3 Episode 15

Big Little Man

Aired Unknown Jan 07, 1972 on ABC
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Bobby becomes extremely self conscious about his height and tries different ways to make himself "big." First he tries stretching himself, and then he decides to improve his mind by memorizing a bunch of worthless facts. Meanwhile, Greg gets a job working at Sam's Butcher Shop. Later, Greg finds himself and Bobby locked in Sam's meat locker.


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  • Bobby's struggle and triumph.

    This episode starts as Greg tells Bobby he is too short to be on a ladder. Greg leaves, and Bobby holds on to the window ledge as the ladder had fell to the ground. Greg saves Bobby, and makes another comment about Bobby's lack of height. Bobby is down about being short. Sam jokingly calls Bobby "shrimpo", and then apologizes to Bobby and then encourages Bobby in a heartwarming scene. Bobby tries to stretch to add height. He thinks he has grown an inch and a half, but his 3 sisters added an inch a piece to the line to make Bobby think he has grown a little, in a good will gesture for Bobby. Bobby is mad and discouraged again. These scenes do well in establishing a strong rooting interest for Bobby to succeed. Greg is working at Sam's butcher shop, and Greg and Bobby get trapped in the meat locker after Bobby shuts the door. They are freezing, and Greg is too big to fit in the small window at the top of the door. Bobby is the right size, and gets to the other side of the door, as Greg is rescued. So Bobby saved Greg due to his height. I thought the ending was very good, with a strong message. The scenes throughout were well done, including Carroll's history lesson about Napolean, and Alice had funny scenes, like her sensitivity to Bobby by deciding to call the dessert strawberry tall cake. I rate this a very good episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In "The Winner" from the previous seaon, Carol said Bobby was 4'3". in this season, Bobby was 4'8". Therefore, he grew 5 inches in one year.

    • Sam said if Bobby grew 6 inches a year until he was 21, he'd end up 10"2'. If Bobby was 10 at the time, he was 4"8'. That is normal size for a boy that age.

    • The boy Sam hired before Greg wanted 3 filet mignons as fringe benefits in addition to his $1.50 wages. Assuming the far outdated value of $5 per filet, the boy was asking for 10 hours wages as fringe benefits.

    • Bobby hangs from a crossbar in hopes that gravity would force him to grow. Even if that plan had merit, only his arms would have lengthened. His head to foot height would have remained static.

    • When Greg and Mr. Brady are waxing Greg's surfboard, Bobby comes and tells them one of his brainpower facts. He says that the Ob is the fourth longest river in the world. I guess Bobby didn't study hard enough because the Ob is actually the sixth longest in the world, not the fourth. The fourth longest river in the world is the Mississippi-Missouri.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Greg throws Bobby a coin from the freezer)
      Bobby: That's an awful cold dime.
      Greg: If you think the dime's cold, how do you think I feel?

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