The Partridge Family (1970–1974)
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M is for the Many Things 

Shirley is awarded Mother of the Year by a magazine. The family travel by bus to Sacramento to accept the award. Taking the back road leads them to wrong turns, lost wallet, traffic tickets, and other annoyances.

Director:

Lou Antonio

Writers:

Bernard Slade (created by), William Bickley (as William S. Bickley)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Shirley Jones ... Shirley Partridge
David Cassidy ... Keith Partridge
Susan Dey ... Laurie Partridge
Danny Bonaduce ... Danny Partridge
Brian Forster ... Christopher 'Chris' Partridge
Suzanne Crough ... Tracy Partridge
Dave Madden ... Reuben Kincaid
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge McElwreath
Rick Hurst ... Deputy Haynie
Yvonne Wilder ... Sheila
Mitzi Hoag Mitzi Hoag ... Mrs. Malfussi
Jack Lukes Jack Lukes ... Driver
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Shirley is awarded Mother of the Year by a magazine. The family travel by bus to Sacramento to accept the award. Taking the back road leads them to wrong turns, lost wallet, traffic tickets, and other annoyances.

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Comedy | Family | Music

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Crew visible in the reflection of the bus windows. See more »

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As Long As There's You
Music & Lyrics by Tony Romeo
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Mother of the Year/Year's Worst Tour Guide
20 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"M is for the Many Things" finds Shirley awarded the 'Mother of the Year' by Women's Journal magazine, getting ready to attend the ceremony in Sacramento. Eschewing Reuben's plane tickets, Shirley decides on the scenic route, but everything quickly goes wrong. They arrive for lunch at a small diner (Yvonne Wilder's fourth and last wisecracking waitress), only for Shirley to discover she left her wallet at home in another purse. Encountering a speed trap in Crater City, Shirley insists that the deputy (Rick Hurst, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD) take her to see Judge McElwreath (Edgar Buchanan, in one of his last roles), interrupting his planned fishing trip. She refuses to sign any confession or pay any fine, successfully beating the rap (they can't put the 'Mother of the Year' in jail!), then runs out of gas a short time later. By the time they arrive for the ceremony, a disheveled Shirley is left speechless after such a hard day, leaving Keith to explain how the family sticks together 'through thick and thin' (watch for Mitzi Hoag, in her third of four appearances). The featured song is Tony Romeo's "As Long As There's You," from the forthcoming seventh LP CROSSWORD PUZZLE.


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