The Partridge Family (1970–1974)
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Who Is Max Ledbetter and Why Is He Saying All Those Terrible Things? 

The Partridges hire a psychic performer for Tracy's birthday party. Keith and Danny keep asking for predictions about their lives, so the psychic asks them to help his failing business from a foreclosure.


Christopher Morgan


Bernard Slade (created by), Bernie Kahn

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Episode cast overview:
Shirley Jones ... Shirley Partridge
David Cassidy ... Keith Partridge
Susan Dey ... Laurie Partridge
Danny Bonaduce ... Danny Partridge
Brian Forster ... Christopher 'Chris' Partridge
Suzanne Crough ... Tracy Partridge
Dave Madden ... Reuben Kincaid
John Banner ... Max Ledbetter
Richard Bull ... Thompson
Joe Di Reda Joe Di Reda ... Coach (as Joseph Di Reda)
Greger Vigen Greger Vigen ... Peterson (as Greg Vigan)


Max Ledbetter is a friend of Reuben's who appeared on TV as a psychic. Reuben brings him to Tracy's birthday party. He ends his routine by predicting how Keith will do at the basketball game he'll be playing. And he sees Keith will make a spectacular shot. Now Keith doesn't play that much but when there are no more players that the coach can field in, he lets Keith play. And Keith throws a Hail Mary that not only goes in but wins the game. Danny thinking that Max is real decides to ask him to help him with his stock investment. Max who retired and opened his own bakery, is told by the bank that unless he pays his loan they'll foreclose and all he needs his $156. When Danny calls him and Danny mentions money he decides to trick him into giving him the money by saying a catastrophe will befell them on a certain day which just happens to be when they have a concert. So Danny and Keith try to get the money. And they do whatever they have to try to get it but are unable to and what they ... Written by

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17 March 1972 (USA) See more »

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The last film performance of John Banner. See more »


Shirley Renfrew Partridge: ...Danny wanted an advance on his allowance.
Reuben Kincaid: What's so strange about that?
Shirley Renfrew Partridge: A six-year advance?
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References Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) See more »


Come On Get Happy
Music by Wes Farrell
Lyrics by Danny Janssen
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The final performance of John Banner
5 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Who is Max Ledbetter and Why is He Saying All Those Terrible Things?" marked the final performance of John Banner, whose HOGAN'S HEROES had ended only the year before after six successful seasons (he passed away in his native Vienna Austria on his 63rd birthday, Jan 28 1973). Cast as phony psychic Max Ledbetter, he's hired to entertain at Tracy's birthday party, so Danny sees an opportunity to predict easy money. Unfortunately, Max too is desperate, hoping to save his bakery from foreclosure, telling Danny that if he doesn't receive $156, something bad is destined to happen. The featured song is Tony Romeo's "You Don't Have to Tell Me," the last episode to select a track from third LP SOUND MAGAZINE.

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