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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 buying glue, the clerk tells the kids that the bottle of glue is "the best glue there is." He then takes the time to share the merits about 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 elects to use the unknowingly 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. Mike tells the kids he did not recollect the vase having cracks in it since their mother bought it, and he and Carol realize that the vase was broken and glued back together. Mike asks who broke it and who glued it together again. Then 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. Then at the family meeting, Mike says that one of the kids broke their mother's vase. Since five of them confessed, he discusses their consequences.

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 has the vase fixed, but she and Peter unwittingly break it further. They both opt to be completely honest about it this time.