Recently widowed mother, Shirley Partridge who's struggling to raise her five children who are playing in a band and, Shirley works a bank teller. Older brother and sister Keith (Lead vocals and guitar) and Laurie (Keyboards). Younger brothers and sister Danny (Bass guitar), Chris (Drums) and, Tracy (Tamborine and percussion) are playing in a band called "The Partridge Family". Ruben Kincaid, a kid hater was signed as their manager. Finally, the kids asked their mother to join the band. Reluctantly, she agreed but, for a single condition: if she faints the kids have to assist her.
Did You Know?
The title of this episode is based on the following joke that reflects the good and the bad about being an entertainer: Joe was sitting on the corner stool at the bar, sunk in misery. The bartender said, "You look awful, friend. What's your problem?" Joe stared into his drink and said, "I'm tired of being a social outcast. I'm with the circus, you see, and clean up the animal cages. The result is that I can't help smelling a little. Naturally, people avoid me and I don't like it." The bartender sniffed. "Yes, I see what you mean and I've got to admit it's not the best fragrance in the world. But look here, there are openings down at the factory. You could get yourself a job there and they will probably pay better than your circus position. ""What?" said Joe, outraged. "And leave show business?" See more
TV historian, Scott Awley pointed out a mistake in the scene when the kids are frozen on stage, and Shirley is trying to snap them out of it. She says, "Just imagine you're in the back of our garage, all five of us just having fun..." There are six members of the family, not five. See more
[after Ruben hung up, on Danny while playing the demo from the tape recorder
What did he say?
He said, if we don't stop bothering him he could send, a man over with an axe to chop us up into little pieces.
Ooh! Do you think he means it?
No, I'm pretty sure he's bluffing.
I hope so.
Written by Shorty Rogers
and Kelly Gordon See more