The Partridge Family: Season 1, Episode 16

Old Scrapmouth (15 Jan. 1971)

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Laurie gets the bad news that she needs braces just as she thinks Jerry, the boy across the street, might finally get up the nerve to ask her to go steady. However, if that wasn't bad ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Keith Douglas Partridge
Jeremy Gelbwaks ...
Wink Burgess
Jonathan Daly ...
Tommy Phillips
William Wintersole ...
Dr. Kessler


Laurie gets the bad news that she needs braces just as she thinks Jerry, the boy across the street, might finally get up the nerve to ask her to go steady. However, if that wasn't bad enough, Reuben informs the Partridges that they have been booked to appear on a high profile talk show. Things then go from bad to worse when Laurie's braces somehow pick up radio signals during rehearsals and causes her to play a different tune than what the band is. Who knew braces could be so complicated? Written by Brian Washington <>

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Comedy | Family | Music




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15 January 1971 (USA)  »

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Danny: The Rolling Stones don't make personal appearances in a person's mouth.
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The Love Song
Music and Lyrics by Steve Dossick
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Alan Oppenheimer and Mark Hamill
5 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Old Scrapmouth" finds Laurie having to wear braces for a period of two years, just as her boyfriend Jerry (Mark Hamill) works up the nerve to ask her to go steady. A more immediate problem arises when talk show host Wink Burgess (Alan Oppenheimer) decides to host his next show in the Partridge family living room. Laurie gamely tries to rehearse at the piano, but her braces cause havoc, intercepting radio waves that carry The Rolling Stones! (Mick Jagger got a mention in "Me and My Shadow"). Alan Oppenheimer (two further episodes) is an egomaniacal delight, and 19 year old Mark Hamill was making only his third TV appearance. The featured song is "The Love Song," composed by Steve Dossick, still unreleased, in a full arrangement not heard in "Go Directly to Jail." Obviously recorded in the very brief pre-David Cassidy era, with the harmonies of Shirley Jones particularly prominent.

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