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Old 12-08-2008, 09:13 PM   #31
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Agreed - that ep was indeed a low point of HD.
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Wow, you're right. I just looked it up in the episode guide. My memory failed me. I thought that episode was so bad that it must have been towards the very end of the series.

According to the episode guide, it was the season finale and aired on 5/15/79. I was in 6th grade at the time. I just remember watching it and thinking this episode is so dumb, and wondering how could my favorite show have fallen so low, when just 3 years prior it was the greatest show it the world (for me, anyway.)
Yeah, it's as bad as some of those later shows, to be sure. I think another reason the show should have ended in 1980 is that the show was starting to show it's age -- it was getting a little tired.

Shows like that one and the one where Fonzie and The Devil battle for Chachi's soul - I say let the devil take him, please! - indicated that the writers were running out of good ideas and takes on the characters.

They were getting too old to be playing kids - even college kids - and they should have just ended it in 1980 with a graduation -- and Chachi's murder, of course.
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Yeah, it's as bad as some of those later shows, to be sure. I think another reason the show should have ended in 1980 is that the show was starting to show it's age -- it was getting a little tired.

Shows like that one and the one where Fonzie and The Devil battle for Chachi's soul - I say let the devil take him, please! - indicated that the writers were running out of good ideas and takes on the characters.

They were getting too old to be playing kids - even college kids - and they should have just ended it in 1980 with a graduation -- and Chachi's murder, of course.
I can't believe the "Fonzie gets shot in the butt" episode hasn't been mentioned. That was another low point.
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I can't believe the "Fonzie gets shot in the butt" episode hasn't been mentioned. That was another low point.
I haven't seen that episode in such a long time, I've forgotten it. Was it during the original run or the later years?
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Originally posted by Dr. ThongI haven't seen that episode in such a long time, I've forgotten it. Was it during the original run or the later years?
It aired during the later years (season 8), and yes, it was a low point. Season 8 had a couple of episodes that were really silly and it seemed like the writers were just phoning it in (Fonzie gets shot, Fonzie dreams that he loses his cool, the American Musical ep).


IMHO, of the later years, Season 9 was the best. I HATE Season 10, and Season 11, as it has been discussed in another thread, was focused on more serious storylines.
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The big song and dance Valentine's show was REALLY hokey and embarrassing - and that was in the Ron Howard era!!
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The big song and dance Valentine's show was REALLY hokey and embarrassing - and that was in the Ron Howard era!!
One of the worst episodes ever. As much as I like the original run with Richie and Ralph, there were a few stinkers in there too.
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One of the worst episodes ever. As much as I like the original run with Richie and Ralph, there were a few stinkers in there too.
Glad to know I wasn't the only one who hated that ep.
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Glad to know I wasn't the only one who hated that ep.
It was bad enough that Anson Williams sang in several episodes, but to bring in everyone else!! Yeeccchhh!!

That was a terrible episode. One that I will skip over when the season five DVD set comes out.
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It was bad enough that Anson Williams sang in several episodes, but to bring in everyone else!! Yeeccchhh!!

That was a terrible episode. One that I will skip over when the season five DVD set comes out.
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It was bad enough that Anson Williams sang in several episodes, but to bring in everyone else!! Yeeccchhh!!

That was a terrible episode. One that I will skip over when the season five DVD set comes out.
That Valentine's episode will unfortunately be forever scarred into my memory. I remember watching it in disbelief. Such utter nonsense.
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That Valentine's episode will unfortunately be forever scarred into my memory. I remember watching it in disbelief. Such utter nonsense.
My exact feelings when I was watching that episode for the first time!! As Phoebe Buffay would say - "MY EYES!! MY EYES!!"
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My exact feelings when I was watching that episode for the first time!! As Phoebe Buffay would say - "MY EYES!! MY EYES!!"


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I think that in the final episode if the show ended in 1980, Fonzie would've been dared to kick Howard up the butt. (I got the idea from a Father Ted episode where Ted kicked a Bishop up the butt)
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If it was me, I would have ended Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley in 1981 (after the same season, 1980-81). If that happened, then the title characters of L&S probably would have remained in Milwaukee. What do you think about the idea of HD and L&S both ending in 1981?
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