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Confessions, Confessions is the twelfth episode of Season 2 of The Brady Bunch, and the 37th overall episode of the series. Written by Brad Radnitz and directed by Russ Mayberry, it first aired 18 December 1970 on ABC.

Short Summary[]

Peter fears he will be grounded and will miss an upcoming camping trip after breaking Carol's vase while playing ball in the house.


"Mom said don't play ball in the house." The boys do anyway, and Peter's errant pass of a basketball thrown by his brother Greg breaks Carol's favorite vase. In his dream sequence, the ball repeatedly breaks the vase with different visual effects, and Peter's and Bobby's voices are repeatedly heard, "Mom's favorite vase." "She always says, 'Don't play ball in the house'".

When the boys are at the hardware store buying glue, the clerk shows them the best glue they have and share the merits of the glue. While not invisible, it will take squinting to be able to notice, and it only takes a few hours to dry. While Carol is shopping, it is not very long before she sees the boys at the hardware store. All of the other kids conspire to cover up what Peter has done, and assist in gluing the vase together.

The damage nevertheless comes to light when Mike brings home flowers, and Carol unknowingly elects to use the repaired vase to hold them before the glue is dry. After several tense moments, water trickles between the vase's glued cracks and onto the dinner table. Then the repairs become undone again. As Mike and Carol are trying to control the water, Mike says he does not recollect the vase having cracks in it since Carol bought it. Carol says that it has been broken and glued back together. Mike asks who broke it and who glued it together again. After he and Carol glare at the kids, he tells the kids he and Carol expect an answer after dinner.

One by one, all of the Brady kids except Peter confess. Alice attempts to confess too, but she is not believed. At the family meeting, Mike says that one of the kids broke their mother's vase. But then he decides that no matter who broke it, everyone is going to be punished. Since five of them confessed, he discusses their consequences. The kids's consequences are not going to be decided by Mike nor Carol. It is going to be decided by Peter.

The parents realize what has happened and decree that Peter must decide the kids' punishments. Peter tries to weasel out of this by giving the kids easy punishments, such having Marcia accompany Bobby to the fair, and having Jan help Carol bake cookies. When Mike and Carol don't accept these punishments, Peter is reluctantly forced to give his siblings real chores, such as Marcia mowing the lawn, Jan and Cindy pulling weeds, and Greg and Bobby cleaning the window screens. The kids are not happy about this, but they go along with it. To further guilt Peter, Mike and Carol take him shopping for a new lantern for his camping trip, hoping he will confess. Instead, Peter wants the lantern.

Just as Peter is about to leave for his camping trip, he watches his siblings do their punishments, and his conscience finally catches up with him, and he admits to being the one to break the vase. He decides not to go on the camping trip. And he does all of the chores he had handed out to the others as punishment. Carol wants him to fix the vase as well, but she and Peter unwittingly break it further. They both opt to be completely honest about it this time.


Mike: Taking care of Bobby at an amusement park?

Peter: Kids can be a lot of trouble at his age.

Mike: Yeah; well, going to an amusement park and helping your mother make, don't you think those punishments are a little bit lenient?

Carol: Peter, your brothers and sisters have done something wrong. We're trying to discourage them from doing it again.

Mike: I don't think Greg's gonna get the message if you sentence him to a Saturday matinee with Cindy.

Peter: No. I guess not.

Carol: Well, if I were you, I'd ground him from playing ball Saturday.

Mike: Yeah.

Carol: Have him spend the day taking the screens down.

Peter: I told you I'd make a terrible jury.

Carol: Peter...I think you're going easy because they're your brothers and sisters.

Mike: Why don't you give it some more thought? And this time, let the punishment fit the crime.