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"The Tattle-Tale"
Season 2, Episode # 10
Number (#35) in series (117 episodes)
Network: ABC-TV
TV series:
Guest star(s) John Wheeler
Production code: 032
Writer(s) Sam Locke & Milton Pascal
Director Russ Mayberry
Original airdate December 4, 1970
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The Tattle-Tale is the 10th episode of Season 2 of the The Brady Bunch TV series, and the 35th overall episode in the series. Written by Sam Locke and Milton Pascal and directed by Russ Mayberry, the episode premiered on ABC-TV, airing on December 4, 1970.

This episode is one of Susan Olsen's least favorites, as her real-life friends, unable to see the difference between real life and Brady Bunch, would shun her thinking she actually was a tattle-tale.

Note: Christopher Knight does not appear in this episode.

Synopsis

Cindy learns a lesson about discretion when she annoys her siblings because of her tattling, then causes a misunderstanding that nearly results in the breakup of Sam and Alice.

Summary

Cindy's constant tattling is becoming a problem, and her siblings start to avoid her. Things reach a head after Cindy tells Sam that Alice was hugging the mailman (John Wheeler) and Sam misinterprets it, causing tension between Alice and Sam. (Alice was just very happy that a package came, which was part of the subplot where Alice was entering many contests and finally won one of them. She won a stereo system which was put in the family room and the first record the Bradys acquired was the best of Gilbert & Sullivan).

Storyline

Carol and Mike discover that Cindy has been eavesdropping on private conversations and snooping into private affairs, and then talking about those instances, both which they try to tell her is wrong, especially as Cindy sees what she's doing as being fun. Their words don't seem to have any effect on Cindy, her tattling which they hope is only a phase through which she is going. As her tattling continues, she begins to get ostracized by her siblings, who don't trust her. However, they all find that they cannot keep Cindy totally in the dark about every aspect of their lives. Cindy may only learn that what she is doing is wrong after her tattling has a negative consequence in a way she didn't envision. Cindy also has to learn the difference between tattling and when it's important to talk about things that may seem private or confidential.

Guest starring/Recurring cast

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