The Partridge Family: Season 3, Episode 21

Forgive Us Our Debits (2 Mar. 1973)

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Shirley buys a $29 cuckoo clock from the local department store and charges it. When the bill arrives she's being charged $290. She goes to the department store and learns that their new ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Keith Douglas Partridge
Mr. Atwater
John David Carson ...
Tom Baker
Robert F. Simon ...
Mr. Gordon
Lou Frizzell ...
Harlan Laws


Shirley buys a $29 cuckoo clock from the local department store and charges it. When the bill arrives she's being charged $290. She goes to the department store and learns that their new automated system misprinted it. So the man in charge rectifies it. When her new bill arrives it says she owes $2900. She then closes her account at the store. Later someone from the collection agency says she owes the department store $29000. Also everyone whom she's been doing business like the grocery store where she cashes checks and her plumber have been getting word that her credit is not good. She suspects the department stores computer has been spreading bad news about her. So she goes to the department store demanding they rectify it. The owner says they will take care of it. When she comes she finds that her furniture has been seized by the collection agency and they have also seized their fee from their last concert. Written by

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The title is a line from the Christian Lords' Prayer. "...and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." See more »


Maybe Someday
Music & Lyrics by Austin Roberts & John Hill
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27 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

The well titled "Forgive Us Our Debits" presents a frightening premise for any potential credit card owner. Shirley buys a $29 cuckoo clock from Bartlett's department store, receiving a computer-generated bill that lists the price as $290. Alan Oppenheimer (his second of three appearances) plays manager Mr. Atwater, introducing Shirley to their new computer 1984z, operated by Tom Baker (John David Carson), who programs the correction himself. Vic Tayback plays a collection agent, demanding that Shirley hand over the $2900 'big ones' owed to Barlett's department store! Even the plumber (Lou Frizzell) insists she pay up front as, according to their new computer system, she's "a deadbeat!" Keith, Laurie, and Danny decide to sneak some new information into the lying 1984z, and, incredibly, escape punishment for their well meaning deception. This gives us our only look at John David Carson, who was nearly cast as Keith Partridge, plus the third and last for Vic Tayback. The featured song is "Maybe Someday," composed by Austin Roberts and John Hill, from sixth LP NOTEBOOK.

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