Written by Dale McRaven
Produced by Mel Swope
Directed by Charles Rondeau
Original Air Date: September 29, 1973
Keith brings home his new girlfriend Rachel, who to his amazement, has no idea who the Partridge Family is. Keith asks a bewildered Shirley if he can bring her up to his bedroom for an educational project (Show and Tell!), which necessitates three and a half minutes of absolute privacy! In his bedroom, a proud Keith plays a tape of "I Think I Love You" for Rachel. She is unimpressed by the performance, and stuns Keith by asking "Don't you think it's a little simple?" Rachel is a fan of serious music and encourages our hero to write classical music. After all, she senses greatness in him! Taking this rejection to heart, Keith re-evaluates his life, sense of values, and most of all, his music. No longer does he want to write those simple "here today, gone tomorrow pop songs".
With Rachel as his muse, Keith sets out to write his first classical composition, "Partridge Concerto For Cello in D Minor". The family is, at best, uncertain as he has never written classical music before. Late one night, Shirley brings him a snack and some reassuring advice, suggesting that Rachel is too serious, and again expressing her concern that he does not have the preparation necessary for this project. On the eve of the debut performance, his siblings continue ribbing the artist formerly known as Keith Partridge.
Unfortunately, the concerto is not well received. In his dressing room, Rachel reassures Keith his music requires a more sophisticated ear. They are quick to make plans to have the concerto recorded by a professional orchestra and released on the Partridges' record label. Concerned about Keith being hurt any further, Rueben remembers that a classical composer friend, Walter Yost, just happens to be in town. Rueben arranges to have Yost listen to Keith's concerto. In doing so, Keith readily agrees to accept Mr. Yost's opinion of his music, saying that it would be like getting the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval!" After listening to the concerto, Keith asks Mr. Yost if he has talent in the field of "serious music." Mr. Yost tells him that if his opinion, or anyone else's would make Keith quit writing, then he should do so right now. He reminds Keith that music is music, and the music he makes with his family makes people happy. With this acceptance, Keith files away his concerto under "experience" and decides to write some first-rate Partridge rather than second-rate Beethoven.
"I Think I Love You," music and lyrics by Tony Romeo (on Partridge Family Album)
"I Think I Love You (classical version)," music and lyrics by Tony Romeo (unreleased on commercial LP)
"I'm Into Something Good," music and lyrics by Carole King and Gerry Goffin (unreleased on commercial LP) (on Screen Gems Volume 8)
"When I Grow Up," (Ricky) music and lyrics by Rick Segall (on Ricky Segall and the Segalls)
Rachel Weston ------------------------------------------------ Barbara Sigel
Walter Yost ---------------------------------------------------- Harold Gould