Written by Lloyd Turner and Gordon Mitchell
Produced by Larry Rosen
Directed by Roger Duchowny
Original Air Date: November 12, 1971

With 67 cents worth of backing from Chris and Tracy, plus his own savings, Danny's newest investment is hamsters! Shirley reluctantly agrees, seeing the hamsters as a good experience in responsibility for Chris, Tracy and Danny. In a matter of weeks, the number of hamsters has grown tremendously! Danny, of course, is overjoyed at the prosperous results of his investment. When the family departs on a tour, no one can be found to "hamster-sit"," so they are packed into the bus. After a series of mishaps -- due entirely to Danny's "investment" -- Shirley decides the hamsters must go.

She finally convinces the kids that it's not fair to the hamsters, as it is impossible to love that many pets. They see the wisdom in her decision and Danny (with Shirley's help) tries to find homes for the constantly growing number of hamsters. Much to Shirley's dismay no one wants to relieve the Partridge family of their private population explosion.

Finally, Danny comes up with a great idea -- a free hamster with every purchase of a Partridge Family album! The family spends an afternoon at the neighborhood department store handing out hamsters and the problem is solved.

"Twenty-four Hours A Day," music and lyrics by Wes Farrell and Danny Janssen (on Sound Magazine)
"I Woke Up In Love This Morning," music and lyrics by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown (on Sound Magazine)

Guest Cast:
Recording Engineer ------------------------------------- Martin Speer
Hotel Manager ----------------------------------------- Lindsay Workman
Patterson ----------------------------------------------- Dick Yarmi
Albertson ----------------------------------------------- Gordon Jump
Young Boy --------------------------------------------- Brian Tochi
Karen -------------------------------------------------- Karen Lee Bowman

Tube Trivia:
- Martin Speer played the Recording Engineer in Episodes 27 and 31, and played Lazaar Hannibal in Episode 74.
- Gordon Jump also appeared in Episodes 1, 47, 56, 62, 78, and 87.
- Dick Yarmi is the younger brother of Don Adams ("Get Smart").
- Brian Tochi was a regular on "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" and "Space Academy."
- Actual footage of hamsters giving birth was filmed for this episode.
- Karen Lee Bowman was the winner of Tiger Beat's Official Partridge Family Smile Contest. Her prize was a trip to Hollywood to appear on "The Partridge Family." To read more about Karen and the contest, click here!
- "I Woke Up In Love This Morning" was the Partridge Family's fourth hit single, rising to #13 on the Billboard charts, on August 21, 1971. Thirty years later, the tune is still being played! Burger King used the song for a TV commercial promotion during the summer of 2002.
- "Cherish," David Cassidy's first solo single, peaks at #9 on the Billboard charts the week this episode aired.

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