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Old 09-29-2003, 10:54 AM   #31
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#154 - The Mechanic

this was one of those "issue" episodes - Fonzie hires a mechanic in a wheelchair, and can't bring himself to fire the guy, even though he's a complete turd and is drivin the Fonz nutso.

Y'know, it never bothered me when HD tried to give us a message, as long as they kept it funny. This one was sorta a downer in my book, I dont even remember seeing Ralph & Potsie at all in it, and there were a couple of parts where they actually made the Fonz look dumb:
- when Chachi tells Fonzie that he has to write an autobiography and the Fonz asks "who's it about?"
- when the Fonz is talking about the problem and he says " I'm not saravoyant"

obviously meant as jokes.... but really came of a little flat what did you think?

tomorrow ... #155 - They're Closing Inspiration Point
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#155 - They're Closing Inspiration Point

(you know, I was really hoping more people would come in here to discuss these - or any other episodes, I also just wanted to make sure any of the less obvious things I notice in some of these EPs are documented here somewhere...)

This was a great episode - they brought back a lot of the feel from the earlier seasons - although I think they coulda broken down and done a couple of outside shots, I mean geez, they were still a top-ratings show, they couldn't fit it into their budget to go on a little field trip???

I loved the fact that when the Fonz ccomes into Arnolds with the sign, his is just an exclamation point

(! - and the parts with the cement blocks on his feet and where hes draggin the boulder on the chain were hilarious....

they shoulda brought back Officer Kirk, actually they shoulda had him in more episodes - every hero needs a nemesis to battle...

Ralph makin out with LoriBeth for the "short dramatization" was hilarious "what? you want it to look realistic don't you Rich?"
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This was a great episode - they brought back a lot of the feel from the earlier seasons - although I think they coulda broken down and done a couple of outside shots, I mean geez, they were still a top-ratings show, they couldn't fit it into their budget to go on a little field trip???

I agree. They should've at least shown a little clip showing Inspiration Point, since its never shown on the series (only on ep #24)
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#146 - Marion Goes to Jail

This one was so funny, they even brought Officer Kirk back!!! I'm gonna have to watch it again for some good quotes 'n stuff, but the parts with Kirk and the Jail's female guard were hilarious....
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#148 - Richie Falls in Love

This was a weird one - at the beginning of the episode, Richie is with LoriBeth, but upset with her about being forced to dress up as Humpty Dumpty for the Homecoming Parade (??!??!)
- so he goes to the bar at the Pfister Hotel, which didn't make a lot of sense to me in the first place, and orders a rootbeer. So when a woman comes in and coincidentally orders a rootbeer, this somehow changes his whole life (??!?!!!?).
If i were rating these episodes, which maybe I should, it'd be easier than going into a long diatribe over the bad ones... I'd giv it a '4' outta 10
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#167 - Ralph's Family Problem

This was the 7th season finale, and it was a tough one for me personally, because (without going into too much intimate detail) - my parents were going through a nasty divorce throughout most of my childhood... so I understood how Ralh felt, probably moreso than Don Most did at the time.

Still, it was a good episode, i love seeing Jack Dodson as Mickey Malph, another GREAT charater they shoulda had on more often
Ralph: "What's yellow and goes 'click-clack'?"
Mickey Malph: "A ballpoint banana!!!"
The editing of the episode sucks on WGN as usual; when Mr Malph first comes into Ralph and Potsie's apartment they go from him saying as an optometrist he's "Busy, busy busy" to "try these on" with the fake nose and glasses - you miss the entire joke, and have no idea where Potsie went, or what happened with the ATO pagent thing???
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A couple of notes about that ATO thing:
- and that would be their fraternity letters, Alpha Tau Omega) - I have no idea if that is consistent or not, I just wanted to make note of it...
- they mention the year being 1961 several times in this episode,

- trivia note - the pageant winner is Ellen Sweeney
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Actually "Ralph's Family Problerms" was made after "A Potsie is Born." We see scenes from the old Arnold's in the former.

I think my favorite from that period is "Father & Son" in which Ritchie & Dad try to become buddies. The problem is they weren't meant to be that way. Mr. C has a real problem trusting Rich who is in his room with the cake girl & lets Potsie & Ralph know about it. Doesn't it seem strange that it would be that way, since Rich was the perfect son who never drank nor smoked?
By the way what happened to Lori Beth in this one? I assume she was still Rich's girlfriend.
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Actually "Ralph's Family Problerms" was made after "A Potsie is Born." We see scenes from the old Arnold's in the former.

I think my favorite from that period is "Father & Son" in which Ritchie & Dad try to become buddies. The problem is they weren't meant to be that way. Mr. C has a real problem trusting Rich who is in his room with the cake girl & lets Potsie & Ralph know about it. Doesn't it seem strange that it would be that way, since Rich was the perfect son who never drank nor smoked?
By the way what happened to Lori Beth in this one? I assume she was still Rich's girlfriend.
it always bugged me that LoriBeth was conveniently not in an episode where Richie was involved with some other girl... I don't know how serious their relationship was supposed to be, but Richie seemed to forget all about Loribeth at the drop of a hat...
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#149 Fonzie's a Thespian

this is the one where Marion's theatre group is putting on a benefit production of "the Rainmaker", and their star, Sloane Marlowe hits on Marion, gets slapped, insults her and Fonzie scares him off, so ends up replacing him in the play.

Some of the best parts:

Potsie (after Richie explains that he has to review his own mother in the play): "A writer shouldn't have parents"

the Fonz's 'chat' with the creep-
Fonzie: *knocks on stage door* "Uh-Oh, who could that be?" *punches fist through door* "It ain't opportunity!"

Riichie: "No-no, a chat is just threatening, a discussion is hitting"

Fonzie (on acting): "But that's Shakespeare - anybody can do that!"
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The word Phister seems to come up on HD every so often. It was the name of a hotel, & was Fonzie's girlfriend Ashley's last name. Were there other episodes that had the name Phister? Was it one of the producers names?
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The word Phister seems to come up on HD every so often. It was the name of a hotel, & was Fonzie's girlfriend Ashley's last name. Were there other episodes that had the name Phister? Was it one of the producers names?
I believe that there actually was/is a Pfister Hotel andother buildings IN Milwaukee, and you are correct, the name DOES show up in MANY episodes, also it was in quite a few episodes of Laverne & Shirley, and as you mentioned Fonzie's girlfriend's name.

Of course, all of this doesn't EXPLAIN much, i have no idea why, other than it actually IS a popular name in the real-life city of Milwaulee....
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#150 - Burlesque

Similar to the episode with the Magic show, in this episode they are putting on a burlesque show for the Leopard Lodge, and when the performers are snowed in , they gang has to perform in their place....

aside from the hokey setup, this was a great ep... i'd like to sit down and transcribe all of the jokes in this ep, cuz there's a LOT of them.... it aint gonna be today though
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Similar to the episode with the Magic show, in this episode they are putting on a burlesque show for the Leopard Lodge, and when the performers are snowed in , they gang has to perform in their place....

aside from the hokey setup, this was a great ep... i'd like to sit down and transcribe all of the jokes in this ep, cuz there's a LOT of them.... it aint gonna be today though
trivia note: this episode is the one where Howard is made the grand Poohbah (Poopah?) - at the end of the episode, after the show is a success, Al tells him
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I've always wondered if "Father & Son" might have been a sequel of sorts to "Burlesque." The reason I say that is because at the end of "Burlesque" Howard learns that he will be installed as the Grand Poopah of his lodge. However, in Father & Son the installatation actually takes place. I always have liked Burlesque, though some have criticised it. I thought Irv Benson was very funny. I notice he was on Johnny Carson a few times. Did he pass away later? I don't remember him on tv besides HD & the tonight show.

Irv: By the way the girl is crazy about me. You know she knocked on my door for 4 hours & I finally had to let her out! He's talking about Cassandra Peterson who we know as Elvira.
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