Howard falls ill and needs his tonsils removed, and with his employee (on vacation) and Chuck (basketball game) unavailable, Richie is pressed into working at Cunningham's Hardware on Saturday, typically the store's busiest day. Richie agrees, even though he may miss a huge rock concert - and in the process, takes responsibility when a glass pane in the front door of the store is accidentally broken.
Richie's enthusiasm for Ralph Malph's costume party begins to wane when he finds out that his and Ralph's parents are chaperoning and Potsie has set him up with a blind date who is tall enough to go dressed as the Statue of Liberty.
Richie gets into the good graces of Dukes gang leader, Frankie Melina, when he rescues the tough's little sister from bullies and walks her home, but trouble still brews when he dares to tread on Dukes turf, trying to rescue Potsie's stolen bike.
The height of the Cold War and fears of an apocalyptic war breaking out at any moment take center stage in this episode, where Howard ponders purchasing a bomb shelter for his family's protection. Richie's friends quickly learn about the shelter and ask if, in the event of war, they can stay too.
Regretfully remembering his dismal date with Arlene Nestrock before her family moved to New York, Richie does a successful do-over when she comes back three years later and winds up going steady before he's ready.
The Cunningham family Christmas is all set but Richie finds out Fonzie (despite being popular) is alone this holiday. So, Richie decides to ask his folks to let him join them ...but will his folks or Fonzie accept?
Having to drive the Cunningham family car and a run-in with a gang stack the odds against Richie and his buddies after Bag Zombrowski challenges them to come up with dates by midnight or walk through popular Arnold's parking lot in their underwear.
Richie gets an in for an interview with famous children's entertainers Bob Smith and Howdy Doody when little sister Joanie appears on the television show to present the popular puppet with the Chipmunk of the Year Award. But Richie is later confronted with an ethical dilemma after Life magazine offers to buy his one-of-a-kind photo of clown Clarabelle caught without his makeup.
Richie is called upon for a favor by an old friend from summer camp (possibly older than he),who is now the member of a successful rock and roll band called "Fish and The Fins". While they're in town he wants to use Richie's home for the band because they can't rehearse with groupies surrounding their hotel. He has to keep it quiet though. Before this,Richie already told people he knows leader, Rocky Rhodes, and has guaranteed his friends free concert tickets. Which end up being in the "rafters" so Richie's rep. is on the line! Will Rocky be able to redeem Richard's reputation as an honest guy?
While in Chicago with their high school choir, Richie, Ralph and Potsie sneak by their chaperons, wind up on the wrong side of an unsympathetic downtown nightclub owner, and win the sympathy of a kind-hearted cocktail waitress.
Due to slow business at the hardware store, Howard Cunningham decides to rent out the adjoining upstairs attic/apartment as a way to make more money. Fonzie brings his grandmother over to rent it, but she hates it. While his dad helps her down the outside steps, Richie talks Fonzie into moving in instead, much to the horror of Howard who still considers Fonzie a "hood" and nothing but trouble. (He nearly chokes Richie!) Will these two very different backgrounds be able to co-exist?
Surgery fixes the Fonz's injured knee but the Cunningham's coddling and his fear that pain will make him appear "uncool" keeps him lying on the couch, until Richie resorts to extreme measures to get Fearless Fonzarelli walking again.
To help secure a lucrative business deal for Cunningham Hardware, Howard asks Richie to take his client's daughter out on a date. Problem is, Richie already has a date ... but then he learns that Potsie doesn't.
Richie is continually harassed by a pair of local hoodlums named Frankie and Rocco. When they humiliate him during in front of his girlfriend at Arnold's, Richie turns to Fonzie for advice in turning the tables on his foes. It all leads to his enrollment in a jujitsu class.
Officer Kirk promises to forgive Howard Cunningham's parking tickets and allow a loading zone space in front of his hardware store, if Howard can convince the Fonz (who is given a temporary Special Police appointment) to stop his old gang, the Falcons, from rumbling with their rivals, the Dragons.
1950's racial prejudice and stereotyping are explored when most of their friends refuse to attend the Cunningham's Hawaiian luau after finding out that Richie's band's new drummer and his date are black.
Marion wants to join a dance contest but Howard and the kids think it's ridiculous. But she decides to enter with Fonzie and they spend their free time practicing. When she acts strangely because she's keeping it a secret from everybody, Howard wonders what's going on. And when Arnold who knows about it let's it slip that Marion is seeing someone else, Howard follows her. And when he sees her with Fonzie he loses it.
In a sneaky scheme to widen their dating pool, Richie, Potsie and Ralph stage a bogus beauty contest, planning to rig the vote to insure that a ringer provided by the Fonz will win but won't accept the promised fabulous prizes the boys can't afford and never intend to award.
Fonzie's former girlfriend and fellow motorcyclist, Pinky Tuscadero comes back into his life, making him realize he still loves her. She wants to be in a demolition derby with him but Fonzie states that it's no place for a woman.
After being injured in the head at the derby from "The Millachi Crunch". Pinky is hospitalized. Fonzie gets revenge with the brothers and wins the derby, he also realizes that he wants to be more than just Pinky's boyfriend.
Richie's plans to party while his parents are out of town are ruined when Fonzie invites the very pregnant wife of one of his oldest friends to stay in Joanie's room and orders Richie to keep an eye on her until her husband returns from a road trip.
Richie's secret scheme to convince sophisticated Cindy Kendall that he has his own apartment by exchanging bedrooms with Fonzie is foiled when her furious father comes looking for her in the middle of the night.
The Fonz accepts a sophisticated, older woman's invitation to play tennis at her country club, but later discovers that the game his pretty new lady is playing may not be confined to just the tennis court.
Fonzie enters his shy, visiting cousin, Angie, into an Al's Drive-In sponsored publicity event for the "Magilla Book of Records" to help the timid teenager uncover his famous Fonzarelli self-confidence.
Richie Cunningham basks in glory after winning his high school basketball game with a lucky shot in the final seconds of a nail-biter until a rival team and their femme fatale kidnap him to keep him off the court.
Tired of being treated like a servant in her own home and searching for self-worth, frustrated housewife, Marion Cunningham, gets a job at Al's Drive-In. But Al's teen customers start leaving when Marion's waitressing takes a back seat to motherly meddling, and an emergency meeting is called in the Fonz's office to decide her fate.
Marion Cunningham is forced to reveal Fonzie's secret plan to graduate with Richie's senior class just before Principal Conners' startling announcement at the high school prom that puts the graduation ceremony itself in jeopardy.
Fonzie's friends convince their principal to let the night school graduate participate in Jefferson High School's commencement ceremony, but then must find a way to help the Fonz make his valedictory speech.
Forced to spend the night in the hospital's children's ward, Fonzie worries more about who will be making time with his girl at the Halloween party than the tonsillectomy he's scheduled for the next morning.
Richie Cunningham asks Al to give fresh-from-reform school, Leather Tuscadero, and her do-wop back-up girls, the Suedes, an audition at Arnold's Drive-In, but the Fonz isn't sure that the girl who stole his wallet when last they met can be trusted.
Refusing to go quietly into forced retirement from the police force, Howard's visiting dad, former Detective Captain Sean Cunningham, causes upheaval in the household while struggling to define the next phase of his life.
Jealous Richie Cunningham bridles at Lori Beth's too-enthusiastic participation in a charity kissing booth, while unable-to-swim Potsie Weber fears that the traditional dunk in the lake following his fraternity pinning ceremony will embarrass him in front of his intended sorority pin-ee, lovely Jennifer Jerome.
Sophomore Joanie Cunningham gets basic back-seat defense tips from Richie and Fonzie before her first "car date" with a senior boy, and then cramps her older brother's style when she and her date show up at his college "make-out" party.
When she hears that one of hubby Howard's friends divorced his middle-aged wife and married a much younger woman, Marion Cunningham fears that if she can't spice up her marriage, her fate may be the same.
What begins as a humorous escapade with a motorcycle turns into a tragic vigil for the Cunninghams and their friends. Richie purchases a motorcycle from Fonzie, but Howard angrily refuses to let him keep it, leading to a deliberately petulant tantrum from Richie to embarrass his father. But Fonzie convinces Howard that the bike is safe and Richie wears proper safety gear, so Howard reluctantly relents. Richie takes Lori Beth along one day while Fonzie is out and Chachi is repairing a truck rented by Al Potsie, and Ralph. The group is ecstatic when Chachi gets the truck running, but then an injured Lori Beth runs into the garage begging for help: she and Richie have been in a horrible crash. At the hospital the doctor can only tell Howard and Marion that Richie was fortunate to have been wearing his helmet, but he might never regain consciousness. The family returns home to their friends (Leather offers a touching song to comfort everyone). Late that night Fonzie goes to the hospital, where the sight of unconscious Richie so horrifies him that he utters a rambling prayer to God...and finally breaks down in tears at the possible death of his friend. He keeps a beside vigil, and Richie eventually awakens. He makes a full recovery, quickly becoming his old self, and Fonzie thanks God for pulling his friend through.
Fonzie and friends try to dig up what's depressing his faithful canine companion, Spunky, while Howard saddles Marion with a hundred pounds of potatoes to peel for his Leopard Lodge picnic's potato salad.
No one believes Richie's claims that he not only saw a flying saucer but personally interviewed its pilot, an alien named Mork, who tried to take him back to planet Ork as an example of an average, humdrum human.
Richie's girlfriend, Lori Beth, finds that the Cunninghams and their friends re-define the word "typical" when she interviews them for her college term-paper on what it means to be typical, middle-class Americans.
Fonzie's latest romantic interest,a ballet teacher,is secretly yearning to turn professional and dance with the greats in New York. Fonzie,however,has trouble accepting that she may forgo their relationship to pursue her dreams of fame.
Richie interrupts his summer job search to help choose a cute little meter maid from Fonzie's big black book to accompany dateless Al DelVecchio to the Sons of Italy banquet honoring him as Man of the Year.
Richie and Lori Beth fight over her casual friendships with other guys on the eve of a much anticipated trip with his band to play back up for girl-group, Leather and the Suedes, at remote Blue Ox Inn.
The Cunninghams and their friends go west to help run Marion's injured Uncle Ben's Colorado dude ranch, soon finding that they only have five days to pay the balance on a loan owed to nasty neighbor, H.R. Buchanan, to save it from foreclosure.
Pretty wrangler, Thunder McCoy, helps the Milwaukee city slickers stage the dude ranch's annual rodeo, planning to use the proceeds from the event to pay off the loan, while H.R. Buchanan lurks on the sidelines, hoping they'll fail.
Fonzie's new best friend is six-year-old Bobby, son of his girlfriend Peggy, whose husband abandoned them years earlier. Wrestling demons from his own past, Fonz faces an ethical dilemma when the father returns.
Committee co-chairmen Howard Cunningham and Al DelVecchio must somehow replace accidentally drunk magician, the Amazing Randi, star of the Leopard Lodge's annual Sunnyside Orphanage fund-raising dinner show.
Trying to save his reputation and his candidacy, Richie and his pals plan to steal the film that will soon be used to incriminate him after his sophomore class president opponent photographs him in a massage parlor.
A cold, snowy Wisconson Christmas finds Howard Cunningham trying to convince his family to put up a new-fangled, artificial tree, and a mysterious sailor delivers a gift from Fonzie's father, forcing the Fonz to deal with his long-suppressed feelings of abandonment.
The Fonz makes an appearance on popular dance show "National Sock Hop" to accuse host Skip Oliver of stealing Leather Tuscadero's new song," Moonlight Love", from her audition tape and giving it to not-so-hot rockers, Freddie and the Red Hots, to jump-start the band's stalled career.
Richie gets a call from Fonzie to see him at his garage. When Richie arrives he finds Fonzie finishing up repairs on a hearse - in whose casket is contained thousands of dollars in counterfeit money. Fonzie recognizes the funeral home that owns the hearse is a front for illegal movement of counterfeit money, and Richie tells him to call the police. Fonzie, however, decides that to avoid suspicion from the funeral home he'll return the hearse as if nothing is wrong. Later that day, however, when Fonzie is not seen anywhere, Richie grows concerned, and he takes Postie and Ralph to the funeral home to look for Fonzie. Fonzie, however, returns to Howard and Marion's house unharmed, having gone to the police after returning the hearse. Unaware of this, Richie, Postie, and Ralph uncover the mastermind behind the counterfeiting ring, a flamboyant heavyset criminal known as Candy Man for his obsessive indulgence in lollipops. Richie overhears Candy Man lamenting that Fonzie has found his counterfeit loot, and vows to kill him. Richie manages to sneak out of the funeral home, but Ralph and Postie are grabbed by Candy Man's henchmen. When Richie returns home he learns that Fonzie is going to his garage. Fearing Candy Man has set a trap, Richie drives desperately to the garage just as Fonzie enters - and Richie's worst fear erupts in his face as the garage explodes, with Fonzie inside.........
Richie's band hunts for a piano player, Howard and Marion practice their bridge signals, and Fonzi plans a sting on the shyster who duped Chachi into selling a miracle wax that soon destroys what it shines.
Fonzie promises the good Father Delvecchio (Al's twin brother) that he'll go one day without fighting. This, when a former rival, Rico, shows up in town with his merchant seamen crew and a mystery woman named Kat Mandu.
After Howard loses his temper and blasts her for forgetting to set the emergency brake and wrecking the car, Marion Cunningham opts for jail-time instead of a traffic fine to prove to her husband that she can be responsible for her actions.
Embarrassed when girlfriend Lori Beth makes him wear a silly Humpty Dumpty costume for the Homecoming Parade, unhappy Richie Cunningham storms off to a bar for a root beer and is swept off his feet by a sophisticated freelance photographer he meets there, beautiful Barbara Thomas.
Richie's reluctant friends agree with his plan to go camping in the woods over spring break under two conditions: that Richie, not Fonzie, will be the leader of the expedition ... and if nobody has a good time, it will be all Richie's fault!
After Joanie's boyfriend gives her a ring, big brother Richie worries that they will take their relationship to the point of no return at the Alamo, the special make-out spot at Inspiration Point that couples always remember...or try to forget!
Chachi is entrusted to close Arnold's, but he forgets to turn off the grill and carelessly tosses his apron on the hot surface. The result is a fire that destroys the drive-in restaurant, traps Fonzie, Ralph and Potsie, and lands Al in trouble with his insurance agent.
Fonzie agrees to help Al fund the rebuilding of Arnold's, but their business partnership - and the restaurant's future - is threatened when the two can't resolve disagreements on crucial aspects of the project.
When Richie's amateur commercial doesn't bring more customers into his Dad's hardware store, the Cunninghams hire a smooth-talking advertising expert who promises a huge increase in business but who also has a hidden agenda that challenges Howard's business ethics.
A dispute over the Cunninghams' electric bill results in Richie and Fonzie learning sign language after the Fonz falls hard for a pretty, hearing-impaired electric company receptionist who appears to be unaffected by his usually devastating charisma.
Potsie (aka Warren Weber) lands an audition to possibly become a performer at a local club. Making his egotism a bit difficult for his friends to deal with but,an underlying truth may alter Potsie's outlook.
Visiting Uncle Joe Cunningham puts Richie's journalism report on the right track by relating the (mostly) true, 1920's bootleg-battling exploits of his intrepid cousin, Assistant D. A. Cecil Cunningham.
Feeling Joanie and Chachi date too much, Howard offers to install a phone in her room but she can't see Chachi for 2 weeks first. She and Chachi try to find a way to get around this that may spell trouble.
Fonzie returns from Italy, with a beard, and excited about a new job. He'll be teaching mechanics at the High School. But he starts to lose his cool when his students are not as adept as he was at their age. With his students ready to quit his class, he starts to wonder if he has what it takes to be a teacher.
Howard and Marion's nephew Roger Phillips comes to Milwaukee to start a new life. He is clean cut,straight laced and quite naive' for a college graduate. The Cunninghams give him Richie's old room but it may take more than their advice to help him fit in to his new surroundings.
On a very snowy Christmas eve, Marion frets over Richie's absence, Fonzie and his friends are stuck in Al's restaurant, and Joanie uses the time spent snowbound with her dad in the hardware store to try to convince him to let her spend summer in New York City with Jenny Piccalo.
Superstitious Fonzie would rather suffer from a toothache than admit he's afraid he may lose his cool-ness if the dentist should pull the tooth, until his pain interferes with his favorite past-time...kissing pretty girls!
After a trying day of doing favors for friends and an encounter with a blood-bank doctor, an under-the-weather Fonzie falls asleep on the Cunningham's couch while watching a horror movie and feverishly dreams that a mad scientist is after what makes him the Fonz...his cool!
Dressed as a bride and groom at the Jefferson High masquerade party held aboard a boat cruising Lake Michigan, Jennie Piccolo and Fonzie both say "I Do" in a wedding skit performed by their drunk host, Captain Singer, unaware that a ceremony performed at sea by a bona fide ship's captain may be the real deal.
Under pressure from cousin Fonzie, Chachi invites Joanie and her parents to his house for dinner to meet his mother, but worries that his eccentric family will embarrass him in front of the Cunninghams.
During a week-end at Potsie's uncle's hunting cabin, Fonzie is accidentally shot in the vicinity of his favorite jeans' back pocket; but accounts of the incident vary when the guys tell their stories to a small-town sheriff while the Fonz is treated in the local hospital's emergency room.
Potsie pressures Lori Beth for a date with her sophisticated roommate and gets an embarrassing job to pay his rent; Fonzie joins the Big Brother program and enlists Howard's help for "little brother" Joey's best-friend dilemma.
Roger and Chachi are thrilled when a star basketball player transfers to Jefferson High and joins the team. But the excitement changes to deep concern when the talented player leaves practice on his father's orders without offering the explanation - which Roger soon finds out - that he suffers from epilepsy.
A major university offers basketball star (but academic non-standout) Chachi a scholarship to attend their school. Fonzie is excited, but Roger and Howard not only fail to show the same enthusiasm, they become suspicious at the college's academic background.
The Fonz stands in for his best friend when the Cunninghams and the rest of the gang arrange a wedding by proxy for Lori Beth and Richie after Army red tape tangles the couple's efforts to get the bride-to-be to Greenland.
Joanie prepares a narrated home movie to send to big brother Richie's overseas army base to bring him up to speed on the gang's summer activities, her break-up with Chachi and Fonzie's reunion with his old gang, the Falcons.
Originally 2nd half in first airing,"continued" episodes in re-runs): Fonzie,after being called "normal" by a woman he's dating,is re-uniting with his old gang and they're confronted by rival gang "The Warmongers" at Arnolds to settle an old score. Meanwhile, Joanie is avoiding Chachi after discovering he had spent time with a girl at the lake while she was working there that evening. Lori Beth has revealed to everyone that,on her last visit to Richie in Greenland,has become pregnant with their 1st baby. Howard,learning that he's going to be a "grand-father" becomes depressed about getting older. The whole storyline of "Home Movies" is based around the idea of getting older or maturing. In the case of Chachi's immaturity,Lori Beth's pregnancy and how it affects Howard and most of all,Fonzie coming to terms with the fact he's not the "rebel" he used to be.
Misunderstanding rules the day when Roger discovers why pretty Mona Hildebrand won't date him, Marion uncovers one of hubby Howard's carefully kept courting secrets and Joanie gets flowers from a mystery man.
Joanie regrets agreeing to join a popular girls' club with friend Jenny Piccalo when the snobby club officers try to keep Jenny from passing the initiation ritual by altering it to include stealing a park statue.
While her parents week-end in New York and sister-in-law Lori Beth flies to visit faraway husband Richie, Joanie Cunningham must prove more than her babysitting mettle when she is challenged with both a sick baby nephew and a broken furnace.
Howard Cunningham promises a new car to daughter Joanie if she'll go to the University of Wisconsin instead of UCLA; but his determination turns to dismay when she decides that she doesn't want to go to college...at all!
Angered by a television broadcast showing a black man being beaten at a lunch counter for just wanting a meal, Al convinces Fonzie to head south to march in a week-end civil rights demonstration and it's not long before they both find out, firsthand, what's at stake for the black community.
Al Delvecchio promises to provide the guest entertainment for the local Leopard Lodge's musical, the 15th annual "Poobah Doodah"; but can he really deliver his fifth cousin, once removed...teen heart-throb Frankie Avalon?
Fonzie helps music teacher Cynthia take on the seemingly impossible task of trying to convince the Jefferson High School student body to choose classical music over rock'n'roll for their annual concert.
Howard and Chachi go above and beyond to try to win a dinner with the Lone Ranger for Fonzie's birthday while the Fonz begins to wonder if he should start thinking about settling down with just one girl.
When his parents send his rebellious, younger brother, Flip, for a visit, Roger needs his friends' help to find out why Flip behaves so irresponsibly and the two always seem to be at odds with each other.
Joanie starts spending much of her time with insecure new friend Mikki, who has recently come to Milwaukee to get a fresh start. A jealous Jenny learns that rumors had abounded at Mikki's old college that she had gotten pregnant and starts spreading the word. It isn't long before it is suggested that Fonzie is the father.
Coming home to Milwaukee after a summer playing with the band in Chicago, Joanie Cunningham tries to convince her over-protective father that she's mature enough to move away from home and continue her career in the Windy City.
Howard's teen-aged niece, K.C., comes to stay with the Cunninghams after a scandal closes her Houston boarding school while Fonzie hopes a night at the circus will help him win little Heather's heart when nothing else seems to work.
Fonzie surprises Ashley...and himself!...by asking her to go steady with him after throwing a party to introduce her to his family and friends; but when jealousy raises its ugly head, neither of them are sure they're ready to commit.
Howard Cunningham dreads his quarrelsome older brother's Christmas visit and little Heather Pfister asks Santa Claus to help her mother, Ashley, make-up with the parents who disinherited her for marrying against their wishes.
Roger becomes concerned that Flip is falling under the influence of a gang of hoodlums who drink heavily. Flip tells his big brother to butt out of his social life. One night, the teen-agers get very drunk and become involved in a hit-and-run accident. The victim: Heather, making Roger's reaction the least of Flip's worries. What will the police - and Fonzie - say when they have their turn with Flip?
Joanie and Chachi agree to work towards a common goal with their squabbling band members after Fonzie gets them a chance at a record contract; but what will they do when the record company agent tells them that the contract is only for the two of them and not the rest of the band?
The Fonz keeps his cool after a clerical error lands him and his 4-F knee in an Army reserves training camp just before little Heather's birthday; but he doesn't know that his commanding officer is someone he knows...and hates...all too well, and who believes that he finally has Fonzie right where he's always wanted him.
An unexpected surprise waits for him at the church when Fonzie agrees to be former Falcon's gang member Jake 'Hey Fonz' Nelson's best man at his second wedding; Howard and Marion help K.C. rehearse for her school play audition.
Babysitter Fonzie makes a grave mistake when he listens to championship boxing on the radio during little Heather's tea-party; Joanie has more on her mind than Marion's mothering when she and Chachi head to the comfort of the Cunninghams after she catches the Canadian flu while on tour with the band.
Jenny Piccalo's party plans are jeopardized after she dumps mild-mannered Don the dentist's son to start dating hot Olympic swimmer Eric who confides to K.C. that he doesn't want to get serious with anyone...and especially not Jenny!
Fonzie shocks his friends when he throws his leather jacket away after finding a note taped to the bottom of the old cookie jar that held the last three cookies his mother baked for him before she deserted him...until he finally tells them why.
It seems like a bad fit when Yale-educated Roger Phillips is hired over street-savvy Fonzie as the new principal of the George S. Patton Vocational High School, known for it's rampant juvenile delinquency.
Howard's fear that wife Marion's former college boyfriend will sweep her off her feet when he comes to the Cunninghams for dinner turns to shock when the man instead shows interest in...daughter Joanie!
Fonzie begins restoring a wrecked 1955 Chevrolet convertible, unaware it comes with more than just broken seats, a broken engine and a rusted shell. It comes with a beautiful young woman, to whom there's more than meets the eye.
Joanie primps and Chachi nervously paces as their family and friends gather on their wedding day, while Fonzie and Howard try to convince a by-the-book adoption administrator that some rules are meant to be broken.
Fonzie, Roger and Chachi soon regret agreeing to help Howard Cunningham save his Grand Poobah position by becoming new Leopard Lodge recruits when they find out their pledge master is prankster Potsie "Sabu" Weber.