The Partridge Family: Season 2, Episode 4

The Undergraduate (8 Oct. 1971)

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Shirley enrolls in college using her maiden name so her real name does not draw unwanted attention. A younger classmate develops a crush on her. He tells his parents and they do not approve of his dating an older woman.

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Shirley enrolls in college using her maiden name so her real name does not draw unwanted attention. A younger classmate develops a crush on her. He tells his parents and they do not approve of his dating an older woman.

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Danny: I wonder if your going to college is such a good idea.
Shirley Renfrew Partridge: I don't think a little psychology course is going to take up that much time.
Danny: Well, campuses are a hotbed of radicals. I'm afraid you're going to get mixed up in some kind of protest march.
Laurie Partridge: I thought you had to be over 30 to be that establishment.
Keith: Maybe it's inches instead of years.
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Music and Lyrics by Wes Farrell and Danny Janssen
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Michael Burns and Norman Fell
13 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Undergraduate" finds Shirley taking a college course in psychology, careful to use her maiden name of Renfrew to avoid being identified. Learning the ropes from classmate Paul Bruner (Michael Burns), Shirley's sweet and encouraging nature has the 19 year old quickly enamored, especially when they run out of gas following a lecture out of town. Shirley only becomes aware of his feelings when she receives a visit from his concerned parents (Norman Fell and Ann Morgan Guilbert), telling her how they saw "The Graduate"- twice! (quite a few references are made to the Dustin Hoffman-Anne Bancroft movie). And all this while an embarrassed Shirley is fetchingly dressed in hot pants, to the father's (and the male viewer's) obvious delight! The best way to gently discourage her young suitor is to invite him to dinner with the entire family, totally unaware that she's the mother of five children. Michael Burns was a former child actor from WAGON TRAIN, Ann Morgan Guilbert was best remembered for THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, and Norman Fell's greatest fame soon came on THREE'S COMPANY. The featured song is "Brown Eyes," composed by Wes Farrell and Danny Janssen, from the LP SOUND MAGAZINE.


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