Danny receives a letter from the Draft Board that he's been drafted into the United States Army. Shirley contacts he Draft Board and tries to convince them that Danny is 12, but they won't ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Jonathan Daly ...
Officer Moody
Laurence Haddon ...
Sergeant Sizemore
Corporal Wrzesinski
Recording Engineer
Ted Scott ...
Eye Doctor


Danny receives a letter from the Draft Board that he's been drafted into the United States Army. Shirley contacts he Draft Board and tries to convince them that Danny is 12, but they won't believe her; On top of that, they say the Draft Board doesn't make mistakes and he is to report. Now the family has to try once again to convince the Army that Danny is too young to serve and he reports as ordered. Written by goleafs84

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16 October 1970 (USA)  »

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The title comes form the 1942 comic novel 'See Here, Private Hargrove' by journalist Marion Hargrove about his personal experiences as a soldier. See more »


During Danny's dream sequence, Shirley's hat appears, disappears, then reappears. See more »


Reuben Kincaid: Danny Partridge in the Army? What a lovely thought.
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On the Road
Music by Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
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Wow, people sure trusted government in 1970...
27 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...even the ten year olds! This episode has ten year old Danny - always the smart mouth - finding his ideas about salesmanship rejected by the adults in the room and is unhappy about it, considering himself to be a very smart guy. Then he gets a notice from the draft board. His mom tries to reason with the army -she even brings in his birth certificate. She is ignored. Danny thus must show up for his enlistment physical, even though he is 10, not 19 as the draft board says. He is rejected - not because it is obvious he is about ten years too young for this task - but because he is too short! That night he and Mom have a heart to heart and Danny says - to my surprise - that what he has learned during this draft board fiasco is that he is only ten years old and maybe adults do know more than him. I'll say now what I said in 1970 at age 12 - Huh??? You've just been exposed to the absolute peak of stupidity in being drafted at age ten, no ADULT bureaucrat willing to read a simple birth certificate, only looking at their procedures with blinders on, and then you are rejected for height, with no ADULT in charge admitting or even noticing that you are ten years old, and you think that the adult in the room - whoever that might be is probably smarter than you BECAUSE of this experience? I guess we'll have to wait six months for "All in the Family" to challenge the status quo, but then that was not what The Partridge Family was all about.

One thing I DID notice that I did not in 1970. Major corporations are now handled pretty much like the government is. Try to complain to one and all you get is corporate blather-speak. I don't think things were quite that way in 1970 - too many small businesses still around, even in big cities. So if I can't tell government from business in the realms of incompetence and total lack of concern for their impact on the public - maybe Bernie Sanders is right, maybe socialism is the answer. At least drug prices would come down out of the stratosphere. But I digress.

This episode did establish that Danny Bonaduce was a very good child actor.

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