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The Great Earring Caper
Season 4, Episode # 20
Number (#92) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) None
Production code: 089
Writer(s) Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz
Director Robert Reed
Original airdate 2 March 1973
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The Great Earring Caper is the twentieth episode of Season 4 of The Brady Bunch, and the 92nd overall episode of the series. Written by Larry Rhine and Al Schwartz aqnd directed by Leslie H. Martinson, it first aired 2 March 1973 on ABC.

Short Summary[]

Cindy loses a pair of earrings and enlists budding detective Peter to help find them.


Carol lends Marcia her favorite earrings, which are family heirlooms. Although she is explicitly told not to touch them, Cindy can't help but try them on when Marcia isn't around. When called by her mother, Cindy hides the earrings in a towel on the bathroom counter.

When finished dealing with her mother, Cindy returns to the bathroom to find the earrings are gone. The one person Cindy confides in is Peter, who is learning how to be a detective akin to Sherlock Holmes. She thinks he can help her locate the earrings without anyone else finding out what they're doing. Meanwhile, Mike is letting Carol decide what costumes to wear for a costume party they attend every year. Mike isn't as easygoing about Carol's suggestions to dress as Antony and Cleopatra as he initially lets on he would be.

When the truth comes out about the earrings, the family reconstructs the events before Cindy lost them, and find them in the washing machine – damaged. At the end, one of the ear rings gets ruined (by the washing machine). Mike tells Carol that she (Carol) might need to go to the costume party without the earrings. Cindy promises to never again touch anything that does not belong to her. Carol (before leaving with Alice, Mike, Greg, Peter, Marcia, and Jan) tells Cindy, "All right Cindy". However, she says that she and Cindy are going to have a long talk about this in the morning. (That is, as she says, "But you and I are going to have a long talk about this in the morning".)