In the end, Frankie is allowed to play on the boys basketball team. In the years since then, California's high school athletics governing body has banned girls from playing on a boys team in a sport if the school also has a girls team. (The most likely reason is, if a girl tries out for the boys team but does not make it, she can still play on the girls team, but if the does make the boys team, the boy she replaces cannot play on the girls team, which is considered "denying someone the opportunity to play because of gender", a Title IX violation. Note that girls can still play sports where there are no girls teams, like football and baseball, or if the school does not have a girls team (for example, few schools have girls wrestling teams).)
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.
If you take a good look at which direction the door opens up in this episode, you will notice that it opens up on the left side. Because you will see that when Reuben is trying to fix the door knob, it's on the right side of the door. In all of the other episodes, the door knob is on the left side of the door, so that when they open the door, it opens up on the right side.
In this episode, the front door opens up on the left side. In previous episodes, the door always opened up on the right side.
The family is wearing dressy clothes prior to leaving for the awards dinner, but when the Partridges perform, they are wearing their season three stage costumes.
In a rare instance of a guest star appearing in two shows airing against one another, William Windom appeared on both this first run episode of The Partridge Family as well as the first run episode of Mission: Impossible called "The Fighter" airing against it on CBS 2/9/1973.
When Danny comes up onto the stage at the fair getting ready to play, he gets his guitar which is an acoustic guitar. But when the family starts to play, the acoustic guitar changes into an electric guitar.
Song: "Every Song Is You"
Although Susan Silver was listed in the credits as the writer, Bernard Slade was the actual writer of this episode.
In this episode, Shirley's parents say that they've been married for 40 years. In the first season episode, "Whatever Happened to the Old Songs?", Shirley's parents said that they were married for 44 years.
There is a blooper in this episode. For most of the first scene with the hamsters, Danny is holding a brown and white one. Yet for the closeup to show the pink eyes, Danny's hamster is white (that particular hamster was probably blind).
Keith's middle name is Douglas.
There is a blooper in this episode. At the dinner table, Chris's plate appears, disappears and then reappears again.
This is the first of five appearances that Bruce Kimmel makes as Laurie's boyfriend, but they all had different names.
Bruce had this to say: "The Partridge Family – the best, they really were like a family and they treated me as one of them. My final show, the one on the cruise ship, was so much fun and we all had the best time. A little known fact is that Susan Dey and I went out for a short time."
This is possibly the most physically beautiful episode of the series and was obviously shot on location. It looks like an early music video.
This is one of the few episodes that has a song featuring Shirley Jones as the lead singer.
This is revolved around Danny thinking he's not a Partridge because he doesn't have a birth certificate. But in "See Here, Private Partridge" didn't Shirley take Danny's birth certificate to the L.A. Induction Center to bail Danny out?
In the scene where the family performs in their living room, Keith's hair has been trimmed in some of the shots.
In the performance of the song "To Be Lovers", Keith is lip synching to the voice of one of the studio singers, with the exception of a short portion of the song where the voice noticeably changes to that of David Cassidy.
In the scene where the skunk enters the bus, you can see a wire tether on the uncooperative skunk as he is being dragged up the steps of the bus.
This episode is referenced in the "Power Rangers Zeo" episode entitled "Scent of a Weasel."