The Partridge Family

Season 4 Episode 5

Reuben Kincaid Lives

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 13, 1973 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • When Margaret Hamilton's character (Reuben's mother) first greets her son, she calls him "Ruby", which makes the other characters in the scene repeat the nickname in a questioning manner, then snicker.

      When Margaret Hamilton played the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, a big topic the character mentioned was the "ruby" slippers that the Dorothy character wore. Having Margaret Hamilton say "Ruby" adds another layer of comedy and intertextuality for those who know who she once played, and who caught the Reuben/Ruby/ruby slippers connection.