The Partridge Family: Season 1, Episode 8

But the Memory Lingers On (13 Nov. 1970)

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While the family is on a picnic, a skunk sneaks on board the bus and winds up spraying them. They try the best they can to get rid of the odor without much success; even bathing in tomato ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Douglas Partridge
Jeremy Gelbwaks ...
1st Bell Boy
Howard Morton ...
Jerome Donkin
Joseph V. Perry ...
Sergeant (as Joseph Perry)
Robert Gibbons ...
Clerk (as Bob Gibbons)
George Spell ...
Dick Balduzzi ...
Elevator Boy
Jo Anne Meredith ...
Sweeney (as Bill Lucking)


While the family is on a picnic, a skunk sneaks on board the bus and winds up spraying them. They try the best they can to get rid of the odor without much success; even bathing in tomato juice. However, things go from bad to worse when Reuben informs them that they have been requested to play at a local hospital to entertain some of the children that are patients there. Written by Brian Washington <>

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The skunk is being pulled onto the bus by a wire. See more »


Brand New Me
Music by Wes Farrell
Lyrics by Edward Stapleton
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The sweet smell of success
1 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"But the Memory Lingers On" is another well remembered episode, particularly for Shirley Jones, quite a knockout in her brief showgirl costume. Enjoying a family picnic outdoors, hours before a booking at a children's hospital, the Partridges endure a run-in with an unwelcome intruder on the bus- a skunk! At their first stop, the motel manager calls the cops on these masked bandits, but the police are understandably reluctant to 'frisk' the suspects. They do find comfortable lodgings, but quickly clear the elevator on the way up, and even a thorough scrubbing doesn't help, Reuben noting the aroma of "freshly washed skunk!" With the ailing children waiting to catch their favorite group, Reuben hits upon the idea of bathing in tomato juice, and has Danny literally charming the pants off of unwary guests. Perhaps the best line comes from Danny when Tracy mentions that funny smell: "don't look at me!" Good turns from familiar faces like Gino Conforti, Joseph Perry, Howard Morton, and George Spell. This was the episode that introduced their first hit (in truncated form), "I Think I Love You," composed by Tony Romeo, while the main song is "Brand New Me," composed by Wes Farrell and Edward Singleton; interesting that it would showcase not only the debut single but also the first song on the just released first LP, THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY ALBUM.

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