The gushing that Jan's teacher, Mrs. Watson, does over former pupil Marcia is the last straw for Jan in always being compared to her older, seemingly perfect sister. The plethora of Marcia's awards and trophies in their bedroom does not help matters. To get out of Marcia's shadow, Carol and Mike encourage Jan to find out what she's good at and develop that talent. Jan wants to find something specifically that Marcia has never done. However, an unexpected talent emerges as an essay Jan wrote for Mrs. Watson's class wins first prize in the honor society essay contest with the highest mark they ever awarded. Jan is excited by the fact that the award will be presented at a school assembly with her parents present. However, Jan notices that there is an error in the grading and that she didn't actually win. She has to decide to accept the award or tell the truth and continue to be in the shadows. Written by
Did You Know?
Although it is one of the series' best known quotes, this is the only episode of the entire series in which Jan says, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" and she only says it once. Jan's feelings of inferiority when compared to Marcia were heavily parodied in The Brady Bunch Movie
(1995), which used the line much more extensively. See more
Well all I hear all day long at school is how great Marcia is at this or how wonderful Marcia did that, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!
Spoofed in The Brady Bunch Movie