Written by Bernard Slade
Produced by Paul Junger Witt
Directed by Alan Rafkin
Original Air Date: January 22, 1971

Shirley gets the notion that show biz may be robbing the kids of a normal life. Thinking that the hectic grind may be too much of a strain on them, she takes them all for a medical checkup -- only to find they're in perfect health. Still convinced that they're missing something, Shirley tells them that she thinks they should quit show business for six months. All are baffled by the announcement -- except Laurie, because she thinks that the reason for Shirley's sudden decision is handsome, eligible Jim Lucas, Shirley's former doctor. When Laurie tells the others, they agree not to stand in the way of Shirley's happiness, and after consenting to the six month rest, Shirley thinks she was right about her fears.

Several days later, the kids are bored to death without their music and, feeling they're sacrificing in vain, Danny plays matchmaker by finding Jim and dropping a not-so-subtle hint that Shirley is always at home. Jim drives Danny home, sees Shirley and the kids think they've finally gotten the romance on it's way. After five dates, Shirley tells Laurie that Jim has something to ask her. Everyone thinks Jim will propose, but to Shirley's relief, he only asks her to look at some songs he's written. The kids find out that Shirley wasn't serious about Jim, Shirley learns the real reason they agreed to give up their music and to everyone's delight -- especially Reuben's -- the group is ready to work again.

"I'm Here, You're Here," music and lyrics by Wes Farrell and Gerry Goffin (On Up To Date)
"I Can Feel Your Heartbeat," music and lyrics by Wes Farrell, Mike Appel, and Jim Cretecos (on The Partridge Family Album)

Guest Cast:
Jim Lucas ----------------------------------- Richard Mulligan
Mabel --------------------------------------- Reva Rose

Tube Trivia:
- Richard Mulligan is best remembered for his roles on "Soap," and "Empty Nest." He also appeared in Episode 82.
- Reva Rose was a regular on "That Girl" and "Temperatures Rising."
- This episode was written by series creator Bernard Slade. He also wrote Episodes 1, 3, 5, 8, 13, 25, 36, and 38. To read our exclusive interview with Bernard Slade, visit the People and Places section of the website!
- Wes Farrell briefly considered releasing "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat" as the Partridge Family's second single but decided against it, as he feared it would water down album sales.
- Wes Farrell and Gerry Goffin wrote three tunes for the Up To Date album. They also wrote "I'll Meet You Halfway," and "There's No Doubt In My Mind."

Return to Episode Guide

Return to Season 1

Back to Episode 16

 On to Episode 18