Written by Stan Cutler & Martin Donovan
Produced by Paul Junger Witt
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Original Air Date: February 5, 1971
When the Partridges arrive at a nightclub called "The Town Hall Inn" Laurie receives a warm greeting from an old friend named Marc Baldwin. Marc, who once attended Laurie's high school, is putting himself through college by working at the club. There's barely enough time for introductions when club owner Harry Marino comes out, orders Marc back to the kitchen and the family inside for rehearsal. After Shirley and the kids run through one number, they see Marc come storming out of the kitchen with Marino shouting right behind him. Laurie learns that Marc and the rest of Marino's employees (all of whom are college students) are going to strike -- for better pay and better working conditions -- since the kitchen is hazardously outdated. Laurie, deciding it would be morally wrong to cross their picket lines refuses to perform.
Shirley realizes Laurie's sense of moral obligation -- but there's also the family's legal obligation to consider. So, Shirley tries to talk to Marino on behalf of Laurie and the strikers. But Marino won't even listen. He only shouts and threatens to sue for breach of contract if Laurie or any other member of the family fails to appear. Shirley goes back to the hotel in a rage. Then Danny puts a plan of his own into action. He tells Marc that Marino is ready to settle the strike. Marc and Danny go into Marino's office, then Danny locks the door -- the three are stuck there until some agreement is made. Marino gives in to Marc's reasonable demands, Marc calls off the strike, and the Partridge Family -- Laurie included -- goes on stage as scheduled.
"There's No Doubt In My Mind," music and lyrics by Wes Farrell and Gerry Goffin (on Up To Date)
"Umbrella Man," music and lyrics by Wes Farrell, Jim Cretecos and Mike Appel (on Up To Date)
Marino ---------------------------------------- Harvey Lembeck
Marc ------------------------------------------ Michael Lembeck
- Harvey Lembeck was a regular on "The Phil Silvers Show." He is the father of co-star Michael Lembeck.
- Michael Lembeck was a regular on "One Day At A Time." He has made numerous guest appearances and was a regular on "Foley Square." He was a member of the singing group, "Kaptain Kool and the Kongs" on the "Krofft Supershow." Currently, he is a busy director in Hollywood, on shows such as "Friends."
- Wes Farrell and Gerry Goffin wrote three tunes for the Up To Date album. They also wrote "I'll Meet You Halfway," and "I'm Here, You're Here."
- Songwriting partners Mike Appell and Jim Cretecos wrote 5 songs for The Partridge Family with Wes Farrell, including the group's second hit single, "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted." They switched professions and became managers when they discovered a little known singer/musician. His name? Bruce Springsteen!
- Up To Date was released as this episode aired. So popular was "The Partridge Family," that the album shipped gold!