The Partridge Family (1970–1974)
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Old Scrapmouth 

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 »

Director:

Herbert Kenwith (as Herb Kenwith)

Writers:

James S. Henerson, Bernard Slade (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Shirley Jones ... Shirley Partridge
David Cassidy ... Keith Partridge
Susan Dey ... Laurie Partridge
Danny Bonaduce ... Danny Partridge
Jeremy Gelbwaks ... Christopher 'Chris' Partridge
Suzanne Crough ... Tracy Partridge
Dave Madden ... Reuben Kincaid
Alan Oppenheimer ... Wink Burgess
Jonathan Daly Jonathan Daly ... Tommy Phillips
Mark Hamill ... Jerry
William Wintersole ... Dr. Kessler
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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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Comedy | Family | Music

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Hamill shows up as Laurie's new boyfriend! See more »

Goofs

During the musical number, Keith's hair changes from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Danny: The Rolling Stones don't make personal appearances in a person's mouth.
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Soundtracks

The Love Song
Music and Lyrics by Steve Dossick
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Alan Oppenheimer and Mark Hamill
5 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee 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 later gets 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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