Written by Susan Harris
Produced by Larry Rosen
Directed by Bob Claver
Original Air Date: January 5, 1973

By coincidence, Shirley meets a doctor whom she once dated, named Bernie Applebaum. Trapped into accepting a date with him for the following evening, they go to a fine French restaurant. But Bernie allows her to eat only plain lambchops, carrots, and buttermilk -- the rest is too high in cholesterol. The doctor is evidently very wrapped up in his vocation, for the following night, he takes Shirley to the hospital cafeteria for an after concert dinner.

Shirley finds herself in the embarrassing position of having to tell Bernie she's really not interested in him without hurting his feelings. Her plans to do this are complicated when the doctor brings his mother to visit the Partridge household. However, the enthusiasm of the two members of the Applebaum family does not diminish even when the kids try and help out their mother by misbehaving. Later, Bernie approaches Shirley with what he feels will be terribly upsetting news -- that he can't marry her because he enjoys the swinging bachelor life too much, and because he's too involved in being a doctor! Shirley hides her delight and tells Bernie that she'll try to get over it ... somehow.

"One Day At A Time," Music and Lyrics by Terry Cashman and T. P. West (on Crossword Puzzle)

Guest Cast:
Bernie Applebaum ------------------------------------- Gerald Hiken
Mrs. Applebaum --------------------------------------- Nancy Walker
Maitre'D' ----------------------------------------------- Donald Phelps

Tube Trivia:
-Gerald Hiken also played Bernie Applebaum in Episode 27.
- Nancy Walker is best known for playing Ida Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and it's spin-off, "Rhoda." She also played Rosie in TV commercials for Bounty paper towels.
- Susan Harris wrote for many popular TV series, including "All In The Family," "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," the famous abortion episode on "Maude," "Love American Style," and "Happy Days." She created or co-created an incredible array of TV classics, including "Soap," "Empty Nest," "Nurses," "Loves Me, Loves Me Not" (starring Susan Dey), It Takes Two," "Benson," "The Golden Girls," and "Golden Palace." She is married to Paul Junger Witt. To read more about Susan Harris, click here: 
- This is one of 7 episodes directed by Executive Producer Bob Claver. He also directed episodes 6, 46, 54, 63, 66, 69, and 96.

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