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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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 <Sargebri@att.net>

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15 January 1971 (USA)  »

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In the opening scene, when Shirley is telling Keith and Danny about Laurie's problem, Chris had run out of the garage and it was just the three of them. They do a close up of one of the characters and when the go back to showing the three of them, it's now four because Tracey has mysteriously appeared out of nowhere. See more »

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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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Laurie is told all women are talkers with a walk on part by Luke Skywalker
6 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like this one mainly because I remember it's initial airing, plus I was the exact age at the time that our family dentist could have easily decided to put my teeth in those dreaded metal cages. Years before invisalign, braces were never an attractive addition to ones face. So Laurie (Susan Dey) refuses to smile or do anything but talk through her hand. Meanwhile she WAS thinking that the boy across the street might ask her out, but if he sees this cowcatcher on her kisser she figures he'll run for the hills. To complicate matters her braces pick up radio waves and cause her to sing and play off key, jeopardizing her family's act.

Mom gives Laurie a heart to heart talk which includes telling her that it is unnatural for women not to talk! I had forgotten that sexist line, mainly because it was probably not considered sexist in 1971. Plus I had also forgotten that Laurie's heartthrob was played by none other than Mark Hamill of Luke Skywalker fame! He didn't make a great impression in the few lines he had, so of course I forgot all about him even being in this episode.

I'll let you watch and see how this turns out, but even if Laurie doesn't get the guy she'll probably be grateful. Something tells me she would have not liked his father!


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