Dora, Dora, Dora
The Partridge Family returns home exhausted from a tour only to learn that Reuben has booked them to play the next Saturday... he owes a man a favor. When Shirley hears it is for the Point Loomis Air Force Base, she agrees to do it. The is one hitch, however. The Partridges must back up Stillman Kelly's daughter, Dora, 18 years old and beautiful...but can't sing a note on key. She does a number and each member of the family winces, except Keith, who's hopelessly smitten with her loveliness and her music ability. Later, Shirley tries to explain to Keith that Dora's singing very bad, but he won't believe her. She tells him to listen carefully at the next rehearsal; he is late and misses it. The Partridges simply can't tell her the truth. Keith walks Dora home, and when he returns, they play a tape for him. The singing is so rotten that he quickly turns it off. They break it to him...the voice was Dora's. Shocked, Keith promises he will tell her. He comes back later and tells them instead that he and Dora are going steady. Shirley decides she'll have to tell Stillman. After listening to him describe how he taught his daughter every (wrong) note she knows, Shirley just can't tell him the facts. The Partridges turn on Reuben next...he assures them he will do what he can. On the night of the performance, Dora is introduced. As she comes on stage, a roar of cheers and applause from the servicemen drowns out her song. Dora receives a standing ovation and great reviews in the papers...but she decides she does not want to pursue a musical career, much to the relief of everyone.