"The Private Ear"
Season 3, Episode # 9
Number (#58) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) None
Production code: 059
Writer(s) Michael Morris
Director Hal Cooper
Original airdate November 12, 1971
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The Private Ear was the ninth episode of Season 3 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, also the 58th overall episode in the series. Written by Michael Morris and directed by Hal Cooper, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on November 12, 1971.


Peter uses his father's tape recorder to snoop on his siblings' conversations, creating dissension in the household. Mike catches on and counsels Peter on his behavior. Greg and Marcia, ticked that Peter got off easy, decide to really teach him a lesson.


Using Mike's tape recorder, Peter eavesdrops on his siblings' conversations. Mike counsels Peter on his behavior and considers the matter settled, but Greg and Marcia take things into their own hands for revenge, and discuss a surprise party for Peter ensuring he overhears. Mike and Carol learn of this and sabotague the revenge by throwing an actual surprise party for Peter.


Marcia isn't talking to Jan because Marcia told her a secret which she told to you know who. Greg isn't talking to Marcia because Greg told her a secret which she told to you know who. Bobby isn't talking to Cindy because Bobby told her a secret which she told to you know who. When Mike and Carol find out that no one seems to be talking to anyone else, they come to the quick realization that the common "you know who" is Peter. They learn directly from the horse's mouth that Peter, just as a joke, has been bugging the boys' and girls' bedrooms with Mike's tape recorder.

Peter apologizes to his siblings, but deep down, Greg and Marcia think Peter will keep on doing what he's been doing since his punishment was no punishment at all. So they decide to test their theory by planting a message on the tape recorder concerning Peter himself to see if he ends up listening to it. After Peter takes the bait, some others decide to throw in their own to out-fish the fishermen.

Guest starring/Recurring cast

No Guests appeared.

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