The Partridge Family

Season 1 Episode 5

When Mother Gets Married

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 23, 1970 on ABC
7.8
out of 10
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The Partridge kids are dismayed when their mother Shirley has fallen in love with an old friend.

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  • Great plot, well-written script, and great character development.

    10
    Shirley runs into an old friend in the lobby who takes her out for dinner and it soon develops into a small-time relationship. However Danny thinks he's after her money and gets the whole family plus Reuben involved and things get even more suspicious when Chris and Tracy misinterpret a gift for his daughter as a wedding ring for Shirley. Even worse, they are even more worried when they catch him with a younger girl (not knowing it's his daughter). This is really a great episode because it gets the whole family involved in some way. Also, Shirley's dating side is brought out and her desire for a man gives her more depth. Her scene with Laurie after she gets home from her date establishes their relationship as each try to parent the other and also is humorous. In addition, Danny's relationship with Reuben is furthered when he ends up calling him on a wild-goose chase while he's showering in which it's always funny when Danny calls Reuben at the worst possible moment. Keith's concern for his mother is also brought out too with her wanting male companionship as it will brought in later episodes too. All, it's a funny episode, the characters are more established (Chris and Tracy get rare moments in an individual scene with Larry Metcalf and more comedy lines as well. Alas, they don't get to do too much in the series). Definitely though a classic of Season 1 (especially Danny calling Reuben in the middle of a shower. That's a riot!)moreless
  • Mom "falls in love", audience falls asleep.

    6.0
    What a drag is this episode! The lowest point in the first 6 episodes of the series. Why is it so boring? because the jokes are not funny, you already know what is going to happen from the beginning, and once again, it doesn't feel as if they were a real family. The stories with a grown up as the main role of this show have been really dull. While the episodees in which the whole family or one of the children is the focus have been much better. Hopefully, the series is just starting and we'll get to see improvement little by little.moreless
  • Nothing much happened

    5.0
    Shirley has fallen for an old friend and the rest of the family is worried. I happen to see this episode before in Tv shows that got single parents. It's no big deal for the show. It's not much different from any old show. Even the music is lukewarm. I like the Partridge Family. If you get a bad episode of th show, they played a good somg, you will walk away with something. Only this time, I walk away from either, so a so-so rating of a 5.). One half of a 10.0. I like Shirley Jones. that's one thing I got out of this series.moreless
Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones

Shirley Partridge

Danny Bonaduce

Danny Bonaduce

Danny Partridge

Susan Dey

Susan Dey

Laurie Partridge

David Cassidy

David Cassidy

Keith Partridge

Jeremy Gelbwaks

Jeremy Gelbwaks

Christopher Partridge

Suzanne Crough

Suzanne Crough

Tracy Partridge

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