Written by Dale McRaven
Produced by Larry Rosen
Directed by Bob Claver
Original Air Date: February 23, 1973
America's "heartthrob", Keith Partridge, is failing his sex education course at school. When the family hears about this they find it hard to stifle their laughter, until they realize that if he does fail, he won't graduate. He can make it up in summer school, but that would mean canceling the Partridge Family summer tour, their biggest yet.
When Shirley tries to find out why Keith is failing, Keith tells her it must be because Mr. Grisbee, his teacher, doesn't like him. He feels his work is better than that of others in his class, but he gets lower grades. Shirley goes to the school to talk to Mr. Grisbee and learn if he really is being unfair to Keith, but Mr. Grisbee is in a rush and curtly dismisses her.
Keith decides that he will get an 'A' on the final exam and make it impossible for Grisbee to fail him. He studies night and day, getting very little sleep. The day of the test he goes to school early to get in every minute of studying possible. He falls asleep under a tree and misses the test. Convincing Mr. Grisbee to let him make the test up, Keith is sure he failed when the teacher asks him and Shirley to come up to school.
Grisbee announces that Keith got an 'A' on the exam and the reason he had been so hard on Keith was because he did not feel Keith was doing as well as he could. He had done just enough work to get by with, but had proved by passing the final that if he really tried he could be an excellent student.
"It Means I'm In Love With You," music and lyrics by Tony Romeo and Ralph Landis (On Crossword Puzzle)
Mr. Grisbee -------------------------------------- Ramon Bieri
- Dale McRaven was the Story Editor for "The Partridge Family." He wrote 16 episodes for The Partridge Family. He went on to produce and co-create such shows as "Mork & Mindy," "Laverne & Shirley," and "Perfect Strangers."
- This is one of 7 episodes directed by Executive Producer Bob Claver. He also directed episodes 6, 46, 54, 63, 66, 69, and 96.
- David Cassidy's third solo album, "Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes" is in stores as this episode aired. After cutting a deal with Bell Records president, Larry Uttal, David paid-off Wes Farrell, who was contracted to produce all Cassidy material released by Bell, and brought in his own producers and studio musicians for this album, including Michael McDonald (Doobie Bros.) and Kim Carnes. The album hit No. 1 in England.