The Partridge Family Episode #15

The Partridge Family Episode #15

The Partridge Family Episode #15

Hello there! Thanks for joining me for my review of The Partridge Family Episode #15. This episode is called “Mom Drops Out” and originally aired on January 8, 1971. FYI, the number one song on that day was My Sweet Lord by Beatles member George Harrison.

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Dried up?

The Partridge Family Episode #15 is about some contractor who thinks Shirley is a dried up ho-bag. This contractor books the family for a European tour, but it’s only for the kids. He doesn’t think the hip people over in Europe will dig Shirley. She doesn’t want the kids to miss out on the tour, so she retires from the group. The kids learn the real reason why Mom dropped out so they pretend to sing poorly at a performance. (Pretend…..cough, cough.) The kids get to Europe and everyone wants the ho-bag back. They start chanting Ho-bag, Ho-bag. And they all live happily ever after.

Logan the Ass

The episode opens with Reuben talking to concert promoter Logan. Logan looks like a bad porn star or a pimp. I’m not sure what he’s wearing. FYI, Logan is played by Gino Conforti. Shirley walks in and they start talking about the upcoming tour. Logan the ass tells her she’s not wanted because the young and hip European kids aren’t going to want to see a band led by a middle aged mom. Reuben gets pissed and throws Logan the ass out. Shirley decides to retire so that the kids can go on the tour.

Shirley bakes up quite a feast for dinner. It’s then that she tells the kids she’s retiring and how she wants to just be a normal mother. Chris (played by my sweet baby Jeremy Gelbwaks) says that they like having an abnormal mother. Funny.

Keith and Laurie overhear Reuben on the phone and figure out why Shirley suddenly retired. They go over to Logan’s to beat his ass. He threatens them with contracts and all that stuff. This Logan guy has really bad hair.

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Beautiful Shirley Jones

Bad Music

The kids are practicing in the garage and wait for Shirley to appear before purposely singing like crap.  Keith yells at Danny for not keeping the tempo. He says he just can’t do it without Mom there. They all try to make Shirley feel wanted and needed, but it’s not working. FYI, there are some very cool camera angles in this episode.

The kids get a gig at a small club and play for the first time without Shirley. Logan the ass is in the audience so the kids purposely sound like absolute crap. Awesome.

Shirley tells the family at breakfast that she’s decided to come out of retirement after the European tour. The kids are happy. The end. Oh wait. There’s more.


The family flies to Paris and performs. Tracy looks stoned. The crowd starts chanting Shirley’s name and something else I can’t understand. Maybe they said Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir. Shirley goes out and sings a song with the family. The crowd goes wild and now Logan the ass (who is dressed like Austin Powers) wants to sign Shirley as a solo artist. Shirley tells him to eat crap and die. The kids all laugh. Now it’s the end.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review of The Partridge Family Episode #15. Click here to read my other Partridge reviews. Have a great day and I hope to see you back here again soon!


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