The Donna Reed Show

Season 4 Episode 35

The Swingin' Set

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 17, 1962 on ABC
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Hilldale high school students can't attend the junior prom stag and as the episode opens they don't yet have dates. Fortunately, two new girls recently moved into the neighborhood. Jeff meets the first girl, when she brings by mail (for Dr. Stone) delivered, by mistake, to her new home. He finds her stunning. So stunning, in fact, he can't get a word out and she leaves without him asking her anything, such as her name, number, address, to the junior prom, etc.

Later Smitty see her at the malt shop working. As Smitty needs moral support to talk to her and also ask her to the junior prom, he goes and get Jeff to be his wingman. When Jeff sees Smitty is after the girl who tongue tied him earlier in the day, he's beside himself, but being a true friend he lets Smitty ask her out. Later Jeff meets the second new girl (who lives three doors down from him) and his Mother sets him up to invite her to the junior prom. Jan, the second new girl, realizes Jeff really doesn't want to take her to the prom and gives him a way out. As Jeff is a true gentleman, he declines and tells her he really wants to take her to the prom. At the end of the scene they agree he should come by her place at 7:30 PM (19:30) CT to pick her up and she'll be ready at 8 PM (20:00) CT.

Once at the prom Smitty and Jeff's date (the second girl) hit it of, as though they were made for each other. Thus Jeff ends up with the first girl after all, when they switch partners. The girls and boys both dance the night away with their new partners, until it is time for someone to sing with the band.

The Hilldale student body nominates Jeff to sing with the band, by taking one big step backwards. This leaves Jeff out on the floor and looking like he took two steps forward. You should tune in to see how well:

A) Jeff (Paul Peterson) sings,

B) He explains the date switching to his parents, and

C) They're reaction.

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      • Jeff Stone (Paul Petersen) sings to the American teenage audience the song "Just Keep All Your Love Locked," in this episode, during the prom.  The band has a special time for "Sing with the Band."  Everyone other than Jeff takes a few steps backward making him look as though he is volunteering to sing with the band.


        This opportunity for Paul Peterson to sing is the same as Shelley Fabares (Mary Stone) had in the episode, "Donna's Prima Donna" (Season 4, Episode 20).

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