Written by Dale McRaven
Produced by Paul Junger Witt
Directed by Claudio Guzman
Original Air Date: November 27, 1970

The Partridges agree to do a concert for a real "captive audience" -- the convicts at the Federal Penitentiary. Inmate Hank Beuford's only reason for arranging the concert is to sell the Partridge Family several new love songs. When the show is over, Hank tries to see Shirley but can't get past Reuben Kincaid. To prevent them from leaving, Hank, who's a hospital orderly, uses his convict pal, Monty, as his patient and convinces the Warden that Monty's illness may be contagious. Then the Warden places the entire prison under quarantine -- which means Reuben, Shirley and the kids must spend the night in jail. The prison doctor's office will sleep only four, so Keith, Danny and Reuben are assigned to a regular cell amid the convicts.

The next morning, after receiving a mysterious, threatening note, Shirley learns that Hank had stolen the music from Max, a scar-faced, mean-looking convict who is the leader of all the inmates. Everyone, especially Keith, wants to record the songs, but Max won't sell. Shirley finds out that Max is afraid he'll lose the respect of his "cons" if they know he wrote poetic love songs. By promising to publish the music under a pen name, Shirley finally gets Max to change his mind and sign a contract.

"Singing My Song," music and lyrics by Wes Farrell and Diane Hilderbrand (on The Partridge Family Album)
"Only A Moment Ago," music and lyrics by Terry Cashman and T.P. West (on The Partridge Family Album)

Guest Cast:
Hank ------------------------------------------- Stuart Margolin
Max -------------------------------------------- Ron Feinberg
Monty ------------------------------------------ Ken Swofford
Warden ----------------------------------------- Lindsay Workman
Convict ----------------------------------------- Ben Frank
Guard ------------------------------------------ Ron Pinkard
Joe --------------------------------------------- Frank Baron

Tube Trivia:
- Stuart Margolin also appeared in Episode 54. He was a regular on "Love American Style," "The Rockford Files," and is currently a well-known director in Hollywood.
- Ken Swofford is best known for playing principal Quentin Morloch on the TV series, "Fame." He also appeared in Episode 90.
- Ron Pinkard was a regular on "Emergency!"
- Claudio Guzman was a staff director for "I Dream of Jeannie" from 1966 - 1970.
- Dale McRaven was the Story Editor for "The Partridge Family." He went on to produce and co-create such shows as "Mork & Mindy," "Laverne & Shirley," and "Perfect Strangers."
- Songwriters Wes Farrell and Diane Hilderbrand also wrote "When We're Singing," the theme song for the first season.

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