|The Fender Benders|
| Season 3, Episode # 23 |
Number (#72) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Robert Ermhardt|
|Writer(s)||David P. Harmon|
|Original airdate||March 10, 1972|
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The Fender Benders was the 23rd episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 72nd overall episode in the series, and the final episode of Season 3 of the series. Written by David P. Harmon, the episode, which was directed by Allen Baron, originally aired on March 10, 1972.
A minor parking lot car accident involving the Bradys winds up in small claims court, after the other driver claims he was seriously hurt because of Carol's supposed reckless driving. Mike decides to expose the ruse in court.
Carol is involved in a minor car accident with Marcia, Bobby, and Cindy as passengers. Carol and Harry Duggan (Jackie Coogan), the other driver involved, initially agree to pay for their own damage. Duggan later files a lawsuit against Carol, claiming the accident was due to her reckless driving and that he was injured as a result. Carol goes to court to dispute the exaggerated charges, and wins with a big assist from Mike.
Carol got into a minor fender bender, with Marcia, Bobby and Cindy in the car at the time of the accident. It occurred in the supermarket parking lot. According to Carol, she was backing out of her stall. Another car driven by Harry Duggan was backing out of its stall across the aisle, he without looking and after she had started backing out when he hit her. Since both cars sustained about the same amount of damage - a dented fender apiece - Mr. Duggan and Carol decided to fix their own cars and leave it at that.
However, Mr. Duggan later recants, stating that his car requires major repairs and that the accident was Carol's fault. 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. The four people in Carol's car have to figure out if Carol was indeed at fault, and if not how to prove that Mr. Duggan's increasingly elevated sense of injustice against him is a total lie.