Happy Days (season 4)

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Happy Days (season 4)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original channel ABC
Original run September 21, 1976 (1976-09-21) – March 29, 1977 (1977-03-29)
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List of Happy Days episodes

This is a list of episodes from the fourth season of Happy Days.

Broadcast history[edit]

The season originally aired Tuesdays at 8:00-8:30 pm (EST).[1][2]


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
64/65 1/2 "Fonzie Loves Pinky: Parts 1 & 2" Jerry Paris Arthur Silver September 21, 1976 (1976-09-21)

Fonzie's old flame Pinky Tuscadero (Roz Kelly) returns, and the pair start to get very close. Fonzie is planning to compete in an upcoming demolition derby, but when his co-driver is injured before the event, Pinky resents that Fonzie insists that it is no place for a woman to drive in a derby and chooses Ralph over her to be the replacement. To make matters worse, the ruthless Malachi brothers (Ken Lerner and Michael Pataki) intend to win the derby, using any dirty trick necessary—including their famous "Mallachi Crunch".

This episode marks the first appearance of Al (Al Molinaro), taking over from Arnold as the owner of Arnold's Drive-In. 
66 3 "Fonzie Loves Pinky: Part 3" Jerry Paris Joe Glauberg September 28, 1976 (1976-09-28)

With Pinky injured and out of the demolition derby, thanks to the "Mallachi Crunch", Fonzie is left in the ring by himself. But he has more than just beating the Mallachis on his mind: he wants to marry Pinky.

Pinky (Roz Kelly) was promoted as being Fonzie's new long-term girlfriend, but due to disagreements between her and the producers, this became the character's only appearance in the series. 
67 4 "A Mind of His Own"
"A Mind of Their Own"
Jerry Paris Jack Winter October 5, 1976 (1976-10-05)
When Fonzie gets in his eighth fight in a week, Howard suggests that he go to see a psychologist (Bill Idelson), who comes up with an unusual way for Fonzie to vent his aggression. 
68 5 "Fonzie the Father" Jerry Paris Marty Nadler October 19, 1976 (1976-10-19)
With the rest of the Cunningham family away on vacation, Richie plans a party. But when heavily pregnant Louisa, the wife of an old friend of Fonzie's, arrives on the scene, Richie and Fonzie find themselves minding an expectant houseguest. 
69 6 "Fonzie's Hero" Jerry Paris Teleplay by: Barry Rubinowitz
Story by: Steven Dworman
October 26, 1976 (1976-10-26)
After Potsie rescues Fonzie from a fire at the garage, Fonzie tells Potsie that he can have anything he wants. Potsie wants one thing: for Fonzie to be his best friend, and to do everything with him—including rollerskating. 
70 7 "A Place of His Own" Jerry Paris Bill Idelson November 9, 1976 (1976-11-09)

With Richie, Ralph, and Potsie all cramming into Richie's car, each with his respective date, Richie feels it is cramping his chances romantically, so he and Fonzie come up with a scheme for him to use Fonzie's apartment for an evening to try to woo an art student.

The girl's father, Mr. Kendall, is played by Conrad Janis, who would go on to play Mindy's father Fred McConnell (a somewhat similar character) in the Happy Days spin-off Mork and Mindy
71 8 "They Shoot Fonzies, Don't They?" Jerry Paris Steve Zacharias November 16, 1976 (1976-11-16)
When Joanie is cut from the cheerleading squad, she persuades Fonzie to be her partner in a dance marathon to win a bet with Jill (Charlene Tilton), the head cheerleader and Joanie's rival. But after Fonzie's bike breaks down and he has to push it 12 miles home, will he be able to summon the stamina to see the marathon through? 
72 9 "The Muckrakers" Jerry Paris Alan Mandel & Charles Shyer November 23, 1976 (1976-11-23)
When Potsie breaks a tooth eating meatloaf at the school cafeteria, Richie goes undercover to conduct an investigation for the school newspaper on the poor kitchen conditions, with a little help from Fonzie. But when Richie's story is a big success, he plans to do a follow-up report, including how it happened that Fonzie has a phobia of liver. After Richie refuses Fonzie's request that he not mention it in the report, the two fall out and stop talking to each other. 
73 10 "a.k.a. The Fonz" Jerry Paris Brian Levant November 30, 1976 (1976-11-30)

Officer Kirk has been appointed acting sheriff, and his first task is to run what he considers to be hoodlums out of town—and Fonzie is on his list. Kirk starts to make life very awkward for Fonzie's friends as they try to find a solution to the situation.

Alan Oppenheimer portrays Ralph's father, Dr. Mickey Malph. 
74 11 "Richie Branches Out" Jerry Paris James Ritz December 7, 1976 (1976-12-07)
A couple of weeks before Christmas, Richie falls in love with a girl on a cola advertising poster. The gang pretend to be filming a commercial in order for Richie to try to meet her. 
75 12 "Fonzie's Old Lady" Jerry Paris Marty Nadler January 4, 1977 (1977-01-04)
Richie discovers that Fonzie is dating an attractive older woman (Diana Hyland). What Fonzie doesn't know is that the woman is married. 
76 13 "Time Capsule" Jerry Paris Dave Ketchum & Tony Di Marco January 11, 1977 (1977-01-11)

Richie, Potsie, and Ralph are designing a time capsule for a project, and put it in a vault at Howard's hardware store. However, when the three go to visit the capsule with their girlfriends, they find themselves—and Fonzie—locked in. It's Friday, and the vault will not be opened until Monday.

In this episode, Richie has a girlfriend named Kim, played by Lynda Goodfriend. She later goes to the prom with Ralph. Lynda Goodfriend would return in the fifth season as Richie's regular girlfriend (and later his wife) Lori Beth. 
77 14 "The Book of Records" Jerry Paris Michael Weinberger & Yvette Weinberger January 18, 1977 (1977-01-18)

In a scheme to win free publicity for Arnold's, Al offers a $100 prize for anyone who can get into the Magilla Book of Records, and the gang all come up with various ideas of records to break. Meanwhile, Fonzie tries to find work for his well-meaning but clumsy cousin Angie (Charles Galioto), but he fails at every job. Perhaps there is a record that Angie can break!

This episode marks the final appearance of "Bag" Zombrowski (Neil J. Schwartz), which is rare since he had been absent for several episodes. 
78 15 "A Shot in the Dark" Jerry Paris Teleplay by: Fred Fox, Jr.
Story by: Steve Zacharias
January 25, 1977 (1977-01-25)

During a big basketball game, the star player is injured and Richie is put into the game to replace him. After he scores the winning basket, he becomes an overnight local hero and a big hit with the girls. But plans are afoot from the opposition to see that he doesn't follow up his success in the forthcoming game.

Howard delivers the closing line of the episode to Richie: "Here, have a Life Saver. It'll make you feel better," a nod to the Life Savers commercials that aired during that period. 
79 16 "Marion Rebels" Jerry Paris Dixie Brown Grossman February 1, 1977 (1977-02-01)
Marion is frustrated by her life as a housewife and falls out with Howard. Encouraged by Fonzie, she lands a job working as a waitress at Arnold's. But after she insults Al's menu and interferes with people's orders, Fonzie calls a meeting and insists something is done about it. 
80 17 "The Third Anniversary Show" Jerry Paris Bob Brunner & Arthur Silver February 4, 1977 (1977-02-04)

Richie, Joanie, and the gang prepare to throw a party for Marion in honor of hers and Howard's anniversary.

Nancy Walker guest-stars as Nancy Blanksy, Howard's cousin who was the main character of Blansky's Beauties
81 18 "Graduation: Part 1" Jerry Paris Calvin Kelly February 8, 1977 (1977-02-08)

Marion lets slip to Richie, Potsie, and Ralph that Fonzie has been going to night school to be able to graduate along with his friends. Fonzie is upset with Marion for letting his secret out, but that turns out to be the least of the group's worries when the principal delivers some shocking news.

Featured song: "Deeply" by Anson Williams (reached #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April, 1977) 
82 19 "Graduation: Part 2" Jerry Paris William S. Bickley & Michael Warren February 15, 1977 (1977-02-15)

The gang study through the night in order to retake their exam and graduate. But Fonzie gets some disappointing news when he finds that, as a night school student, he won't be able to participate in the presentation ceremony.

Pat Morita (Arnold) returns to make a special guest appearance in this episode. Spike (Danny Butch) makes his final appearance. 
83 20 "The Physical" Jerry Paris Dave Ketchum & Tony Di Marco February 22, 1977 (1977-02-22)

Richie, Potsie, and Ralph each receive letters instructing them to attend a physical to evaluate them for the Army draft. They are surprised when Fonzie is called up too—but he is more interested in the physical nurse than doing push-ups.

Guest stars: Warren Berlinger and Linda Kaye Henning 
84 21 "Joanie's Weird Boyfriend" Jerry Paris Bob Brunner March 1, 1977 (1977-03-01)

Feeling like she's being treated as a little kid, Joanie jumps at the chance when she is invited to be initiated into a troublesome gang called the Red Devils. But does she know what she has gotten herself into?

Eddie Mekka makes his first appearance as Carmine Ragusa. The character would appear on the Happy Days spin-off Laverne & Shirley
85 22 "Fonz-How, Inc." Jerry Paris Joe Glauberg March 8, 1977 (1977-03-08)
Howard has come up with the idea for an invention that he calls the "Garbage Gulper" (a trash compactor), and Fonzie is convinced to become his partner and help construct the prototype. They have high hopes for the invention, but will the world of big business prove to be as lucrative as they hope? 
86 23 "Spunky Come Home" Jerry Paris Arthur Silver & Fred Fox, Jr. March 15, 1977 (1977-03-15)
Fonzie has a pet dog named Spunky to keep him company. But Ralph and Potsie accidentally let Spunky escape, and make up a story about the dog being stolen to cover their mistake. 
87 24 "The Last of the Big Time Malphs" Jerry Paris Joe Glauberg March 22, 1977 (1977-03-22)

Ralph is taking huge bets on an upcoming sporting event whose outcome he feels certain of. But when the results are in, and they are the opposite of what he predicted, he is left owing a lot of people some serious money—including a local thug named Bruiser.

Jack Dodson returns as Ralph's father, Dr. Mickey Malph. 
88 25 "Fonzie's Baptism" Jerry Paris William S. Bickley & Michael Warren March 29, 1977 (1977-03-29)

After nearly being killed in a stock-car race, Fonzie questions his mortality. Al suggests that he go to see his brother, a Catholic priest, for guidance, leading Fonzie to decide to be baptized.

This episode introduces Al's twin brother Father Anthony (also played by Al Molinaro). Marion refers to Richie as the first child, ignoring the existence of Chuck who appeared in eleven episodes of the first two seasons.