Wendell is 16 years old, skinny, unsure of himself and a real klutz. He is a student at Laurie's and Keith's school and also delivers groceries to the Partridges. The family suddenly realizes that he has flipped over Laurie, but he is much too shy and awkward to ask her out.
Danny goes to the store where Wendell works and asks him if he'd like to have a date with Laurie. He drags Wendell back to the house and recruits Keith to give him a few lessons concerning girls. Both Partridge boys take Wendell into the house and hold him there until he finally stammers out an invitation for Friday night. Laurie accepts.
Later, the Partridge Family realizes that they will be doing a concert in Phoenix Friday night, so Laurie has the difficult job of breaking her date. Meanwhile, Wendell has gained such confidence from her acceptance that it is doubly hard for her. She tells him and he immediately slips back to his former self... stumbling and clumsy.
Laurie wants to make it up to him the next week, but Wendell avoids her and the other members of the family. Finally, Laurie goes to the store and tells him she would like him to take her to the football party that Saturday night. Once again, he is overwhelmed.
The evening goes beautifully and Wendell is eating it up. Everyone pays attention to him, even the girls, and his is full of pride and confidence. It is the greatest evening of his life.
The following day he wants to see Laurie and she is afraid he will ask her to go steady. Instead – much to her surprise – he tells her they are too young to get serious and he would like to take out other girls (even those who are not 'nice' girls).
Shirley tells her family the latest... Wendell has asked her out for Friday night.