Written by Peggy Chandler Dick
Produced by Larry Rosen
Directed by E. W. Swackhamer
Original Air Date: October 22, 1971

Danny comes up with an idea for cashing in on the ecology movement -- the Partridges should get a whale to be their lead singer! He had just played Laurie's new record, "Song of the Humpback Whale."

Laurie explains that whales are becoming extinct and she doesn't want to profit from their plight, but Danny doesn't understand. He puts an ad in the paper for a singing whale, and loads of people show up with their animals -- a dancing bear, singing dog, chimp -- but no whale.

The Partridges go to Marineland and talk to Dr. Whelander, who agrees that they should make a record -- to allow people to become aware of the plight of the whales so that maybe they'll do something to stop them from being slaughtered. He said that any profits Marineland receives will go to the New York Zoological Society, where they are working to save the whales.

Shirley says that her family will devote their profits to the whales too, much to Danny's chagrin.

At the recording session, E. J. Flicker walks in and claims the whale belongs to him since he was the one who alerted Marineland four years ago to get the whale out of his inlet. He wants 50 percent!

Shirley gets an idea -- they will cut the record at Marineland and invite the press and Mr. Flicker. She sets everything up with Mr. Blanchard of ABC News, and shames Flicker in front of thousands of people into donating his 50 percent to the Zoological Society.

"Whale Song," music and lyrics by Dan Pevton and Marty Kaniger (unreleased on commercial LP)

Guest Cast:
Dr. Whelander ---------------------------------------- Bert Convy
E. J. Flicker ------------------------------------------- Dub Taylor
Bear Man --------------------------------------------- George O'Hanlon
Recording Engineer ------------------------------------ Martin Speer
Man's Voice ------------------------------------------- Mat Reitz
Howard Cosell ----------------------------------------- Himself

Tube Trivia:
- Sportscaster Howard Cosell hosted Monday Night Football and had his own variety series, "Saturday Night With Howard Cosell."
- Bert Convy is best known as the host of such game shows as "Win Lose or Draw," "Tattletales" and "Password." He also appeared in Episodes 57 and 67.
- Dub Taylor was a regular on "Please Don't Eat the Daisies."
- George O'Hanlon was the voice of George Jetson on "The Jestons." His son, George Jr. was a regular on the first season of "The Nancy Drew Mysteries" starring Pamela Sue Martin.
- Martin Speer also played the Recording Engineer in Episodes 27 and 34. He played Lazaar Hannibal in Episode 74.
- "Whale Song" is one of the few solo Partridge Family songs sung by Shirley Jones.
- This episode was filmed on location at California's Marineland.
- To read more about this episode in Tiger Beat, click here!
- TV Guide featured a two-page pictorial the week this episode aired. To read it, click here!

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