The Partridge Family

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Season 3, Episode 25
Reuben books the Partridges in what they all believe to be a mountain resort called Rose Mansion. At the family's first performance, they realize that there is only one person seated in the audience, named Sidney Rose. A multimillionaire who has become a recluse for the sake of privacy, Sidney must bring all entertainment to his own estate. On the rare occasions that he does go out, he does so in disguise. The lonely man develops an affection for the Partridge family and tries to persuade them to stay at Rose Mansion for a few weeks, but they are unable to do this and so invite him to come to their house. Sidney says he is afraid of crowds that would attack him if he did this, thus politely refusing the invitation. A few days later, a policeman comes to the door, who turns out to be Sidney, planning to spend a few days with the family. Unfortunately, a news reporter comes in for an interview, and although Sidney is now disguised as a TV repairman, the reporter recognizes the millionaire and broadcasts his presence on TV. To everyone's surprise, mobs of people do not immediately gather at the Partridges' doorstep, and in fact, Sidney is rather crushed by the lack of response. But by now, he is ready to come out of seclusion in order to lead a normal life.

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Season 3, Episode 24
Laurie is chosen to be campaign manager for Phyllis Goldberg, who is a candidate for the school presidency. Unfortunately, Phyllis, an intelligent but very timid girl, will have to compete for this chosen position with Keith, who is without a doubt the more popular of the two. Overly assured that he will win because of his personal charm and magnetism, Keith is rather surprised to learn from Danny, the official pollster, that although he is far ahead, his strongest support comes from the students to whom he spoke during music and woodshop. This is significant, for these students could not really hear his speech, and judged him solely on his popularity. Keith's lack of awareness of school problems becomes quite evident when Phyllis challenges him to a debate, after which Danny informs him that the school is equally divided between the two candidates. Keith seriously considers dropping out of the race because he is afraid of losing. Instead, he throws his support to the Goldberg camp by telling students that Phyllis' qualifications are far superior to his, which he sincerely believes. But Keith has far underestimated his own popularity, for he still manages to win the election. Phyllis is a good sport about losing, and is satisfied with having made so many new friends during the campaign.

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Season 3, Episode 23
The yo-yos in Mr. Phelps' store look great to Danny and his friend Punky Lazaar, but they've spent their money on ice cream. Punky figures where there's a will there's a way, and when Mr. Phelps isn't looking, he puts a yo-yo in his pocket. Danny is shocked, but when Punky calls him chicken, he, too, steals a yo-yo. Danny has a very guilty conscience and finally can bear no more and confesses to the family. Shirley goes with Danny to see Mr. Phelps and returns the yo-yo. After this, Danny is so relieved and proud of his act that he goes about preaching integrity to anyone and everyone. When Shirley sends Danny for some shampoo, he meets Punky. When Mr. Phelps sees Punky steal a bottle of perfume, he puts part of the blame on Danny who he believes acted as decoy for Punky. He writes their names on a card for his "records." Danny promptly turns himself over to the police and confesses everything he has ever done or thought of doing. Danny feels he is a disgrace to the family, a criminal. Anything they say or do to change his feelings only makes things worse. The Partridges are to receive the annual award for good citizenship at an award dinner. Danny refuses to go; he feels he doesn't deserve to be there. Reuben convinces Danny to at least sit inconspicuously in the audience if not on stage with the family. Shirley goes on stage and announces that they cannot accept the award since the family voted that Danny would accept it, and he isn't there. Danny quickly goes up to receive the award and is thrilled.

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Season 3, Episode 22
All havoc breaks loose when Shirley bays a cuckoo clock for $29 at Bartlet's Department Store. It seems Bartlet's has recently installed a computer to handle all their accounts. When Shirley receives her computerized bill for the clock, it reads $290 instead of $29. She goes down to the store to straighten things out with Mr. Atwater. Atwater apologizes and instructs the computer operator, Tom, to program the 1984-Z to move the decimal point and correct the bill to read $29. (Tom is quite impressed with Laurie.) The decimal point is moved -- the wrong way! Shirley's bill is now $2,900. The computer has sent bad-risk notices to other companies, ruining the Partridge's credit rating. It has also had a collection agency pick up the check from the family's last engagement. Shirley again goes to Bartlet's; things are quite out of hand, While she's seeing the manager, Laurie leads a picket line outside the store. When they arrive home, the collection agency has repossessed all their furniture. More promises from Atwater don't satisfy the kids. They form a conspiracy. While Laurie flirts with Tom and gets him to desert his post at the computer, Danny distracts Atwater and Keith tinkers with the computer. Shirley soon receives a check for $50,000! When Atwater rushes over to get the check back, the Partridges tease him a little but finally return it. When everything is straightened out, Shirley realizes that the cuckoo clock does not work.

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Partridge Family's Dave Madden Dead at 82

Partridge Family's Dave Madden died on Thursday, reports. He was 82.

Madden, who played... read more

David Cassidy Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

David Cassidy was arrested Wednesday after allegedly driving under the influence, reports.

The Partridge Family star was pulled over in New York early in the morning after... read more

Shirley Jones Pens Jaw-Dropping Autobiography

If you want to maintain the image of Shirley Jones as the wholesome matriarch on The Partridge Family, you probably shouldn't pick up her new autobiography, Shirley Jones.

In the book, Jones, 79, goes into graphic detail about her marriage to late actor Jack Cassidy, whom she describes as a "sexual Svengali," The Associated Press reports. read more

Hot in Cleveland Exclusive: Shirley Jones Joins the Live Episode!

Hot in Cleveland is welcoming another famous face for its live episode: Shirley Jones!

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Keck's Exclusives: CSI Casts Partridge Family's David Cassidy

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Premiered: September 25, 1970, on ABC
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Premise: A widow and her five children became a chart-topping singing group in this fan favorite, loosely based on the Cowsills, a popular '60s band. The Partridges were something of a music phenomenon in the early 1970s, with several of their songs becoming hits even though only two of the performers, Shirley Jones and her real-life stepson David Cassidy, actually did their own singing. Cassidy became a teen idol and top-selling recording star in his own right.



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