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The Fender Benders is the twenty-third and final episode of Season 3 of The Brady Bunch, and the 72nd overall episode of the series. Written by David P. Harmon and directed by Allen Baron, it first aired 10 March 1972 on ABC.

Short Summary[]

A minor parking lot car accident winds up in small claims court after the other driver claims he was seriously hurt because of Carol's supposed reckless driving, but Mike decides to expose the ruse in court.


Carol is involved in a minor fender bender in the supermarket parking lot. Marcia, Bobby and Cindy were passengers in the car at the time. Carol struggles to tell Mike about the accident, but Greg walks in and asks about the dent. Mike goes outside to look at the car, and asks what happened.

According to Carol, she was backing out of her stall. A Harry Duggan was backing his car out of its stall across the aisle without looking and hit her. Since both cars sustained about the same amount of damage, a dented fender apiece, Mr. Duggan and Carol decide to fix their own cars and leave it at that. When Peter and Jan see the dent, they assume Greg is responsible, but Mike and Carol inform them he isn't.

However, Mr. Duggan later shows up at the Brady house to recant. He states that his car requires major repairs, and that the accident was due to Carol's reckless driving. He threatens to sue unless Carol pays for the damages. The problem for Carol is that Marcia, Bobby and Cindy, as witnesses, can't agree if Carol's story is indeed accurate. Marcia claims she did see Carol look back before she backed up, while Bobby and Cindy claim they didn't.

The four people in Carol's car have to figure out whether or not Carol was at fault for the accident, and if she wasn't, how to prove that Mr. Duggan's increasingly elevated sense of injustice against him is a total lie. They re-enact the scene with help from Greg, and determine for themselves that Carol was not at fault for the accident, as the reason Bobby and Cindy didn't witness Carol looking back was because they were arguing about dropped ice cream at the time.

Carol goes to court to dispute the charges, where Mr. Duggan further exaggerates things, now by wearing a neck brace, and claiming that he can't turn his head from an injury he obtained in the accident. Both parties give their sides of the story, with Marcia, Bobby, and Cindy claiming as to what they did (and didn't) witness. Carol goes on to win with a big assist from Mike, who throws his briefcase to the floor. It lands with a slamming sound, causing Mr. Duggan to turn his head in response, thus proving he's faking his injury.