Written by Steve Pritzker
Produced by Larry Rosen
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Original Air Date: November 19, 1971
Shirley's dad visits the Partridge family at one-o'clock in the morning and surprises them with the announcement that he and Grandma have split up. Grandpa plans to stay the night before leaving for Big Sur, but he is also surprised when Grandma arrives on the scene. It's a youth versus old-age confrontation between them. Grandpa wants to be "with it" and Grandma is content to live a more quiet life. It's up to the Partridge family to get things patched up, and it isn't easy. Not only are Grandma and Grandpa difficult to live with when they aren't speaking to each other, but the Partridges have a club date and can't leave until the folks are back together.
Plans for a reconciliation backfire and Grandpa leaves to hitchhike to Big Sur. The Partridges set out to look for him on the road and on the way to their club date. Despite the fact that they pick him up in quite a disheveled state, Grandpa is determined to continue to Big Sur. He is convinced to delay his trip and stay for the club date. Grandma and Grandpa are tricked into sitting at the same table and the Partridges get them back together musically. With their differences set aside, Grandma and Grandpa leave for Big Sur together.
" Together," music and lyrics by Shorty Rogers and Kelly Gordon. (unreleased on commercial LP)
"I'm On My Way Back Home," music and lyrics by Jack Keller and Bobby Hart (on Sound Magazine)
"My Best Girl," music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (unreleased on commercial LP)
Grandpa Renfrew -------------------------------- Ray Bolger
Grandma Renfrew ------------------------------- Rosemary DeCamp
- Ray Bolger starred on the vaudeville stage, appeared in dozens of feature films and television series, but is probably best remembered as the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz." He also appeared as Grandpa Fred Renfrew in episodes 3 and 56.
- Rosemary DeCamp starred in "The Life of Riley," "The Bob Cummings Show," and as the mother of Marlo Thomas in "That Girl." She also appeared as Grandma Amanda Renfrew in Episodes 3, 56, and 86.
- "Together" was written for the pilot episode and is not featured on any album. It ties with "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat" as the most performed song in the series (4).
- "My Best Girl" is from the Broadway musical, "Mame."