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Old 05-05-2011, 12:44 PM   #16
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Or the baby could have been with a babysitter. Most people don't bring infants to weddings.
I forgot about little Richie not being at the wedding either, you could be right on this.
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That really, really bugs me that they somehow couldn't figure out a way to fit those two in. Anson Williams stuck with the show long after Postie had any relevance left (i.e. after Richie and Ralph joined the army), so it's incredibly ironic and sad that Postie isn't at Joanie and Chachi's wedding. I also would've liked to find out what Ralph was going to do with his life (other than heading off to Madison, WI) after the series was over. Richie didn't have a big part in the last episode, but of course, you can't do a last episode of Happy Days without him (and they already provided closure to his arc with him going to Hollywood to become a writer).
If you watch all the shows from first season to last, you will note that while Potsie and Ralph were Richie's best friends, they were like Joanie's other brothers - often even helping her through issues - as well as good friends to Chachi. They were definitely as family, very close to each member in their own exceptional ways. There is absolutely no excuse for them not being at Joanie's & Chachi's wedding aside from producer/writer idiocy.
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Jenny was Joanie's best friend and maid of honor, Al was Chachi's stepfather, and Father Anthony Delvecchio officiated the wedding. Of course they would be there. Ralph and Potsie were Richie's best friends, not Joanie's or Chachi's. It would have been nice if they were there, but it makes sense that they weren't given the rather small guest list.
If you watch all the shows from first season to last, you will note that while Potsie and Ralph were Richie's best friends, they were like Joanie's other brothers - often even helping her through issues - as well as good friends to Chachi. They were definitely as family, very close to each member in their own exceptional ways. There is absolutely no excuse for them not being at Joanie's & Chachi's wedding aside from producer/writer idiocy.
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If you watch all the shows from first season to last, you will note that while Potsie and Ralph were Richie's best friends, they were like Joanie's other brothers - often even helping her through issues - as well as good friends to Chachi. They were definitely as family, very close to each member in their own exceptional ways. There is absolutely no excuse for them not being at Joanie's & Chachi's wedding aside from producer/writer idiocy.
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Potsie and Ralph should have been in the finale. They were a big part of the show and should be recognized for it.
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If you watch all the shows from first season to last, you will note that while Potsie and Ralph were Richie's best friends, they were like Joanie's other brothers - often even helping her through issues - as well as good friends to Chachi. They were definitely as family, very close to each member in their own exceptional ways. There is absolutely no excuse for them not being at Joanie's & Chachi's wedding aside from producer/writer idiocy.
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The finale was on MeTV last week and another annoying thing was that Ron Howard as Richie didn't even show up until the episode was nearly over. And he wasn't wearing a tie.

He just shows up at the last minute and sits down, as the wedding ceremony had already begun. Even Fonzie seemed annoyed, making him sit down and shut up.

I think Richie should have at least been there for the second half. He should have had some pre-wedding scenes with Joanie where they talked about the big step she was making.
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potsie and ralph could tried take chachi to a bachler party or something and up getting lost something funny they would do
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Potsie and Ralph should have been in the finale. They were a big part of the show and should be recognized for it.
I totally agree with you there, mets82. I'm also glad Flip and KC didn't show up
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I'm also glad Flip and KC didn't show up
As the anti-matter universe replacements for Joanie and Chachi, I agree it was good that KC and Flip weren't there; otherwise, everything would have blown up! (Though I never mind seeing Billy Warlock, regardless of how annoying his character was. )

Anyway, I agree that it would have been great to see Ralph and Potsie at the wedding.

Since he was no longer a regular, Don Most may have had other things to do, and In-universe, if Ralph was living somewhere else, I could buy him not making it to a rather impromptu wedding.

But Postsie? My opinion, the writers and producers were punishing Anson for sticking with the show. Potsie became less and less seen and more and more idiotic (if that's possible) after Richie and Ralph left. Does anyone know the story behind this? Did Anson sign a multi-season contract before Ron and Don left? It just seems the producers and writers didn't want him around.
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As the anti-matter universe replacements for Joanie and Chachi, I agree it was good that KC and Flip weren't there; otherwise, everything would have blown up! (Though I never mind seeing Billy Warlock, regardless of how annoying his character was. )

Anyway, I agree that it would have been great to see Ralph and Potsie at the wedding.

Since he was no longer a regular, Don Most may have had other things to do, and In-universe, if Ralph was living somewhere else, I could buy him not making it to a rather impromptu wedding.

But Postsie? My opinion, the writers and producers were punishing Anson for sticking with the show. Potsie became less and less seen and more and more idiotic (if that's possible) after Richie and Ralph left. Does anyone know the story behind this? Did Anson sign a multi-season contract before Ron and Don left? It just seems the producers and writers didn't want him around.
Alex makes a lot of sense. I agree, Anson must have been locked into a contract and they just didn't know what to do with Potsie anymore. His character just did not develop, and I often wondered why he wasn't at the wedding either. It's Not Like Potsie didn't know Joanie? When Joanie was younger they even had that episode when she dreamed of marrying him.
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Not only that, but Potsie was included in the opening credits of that season. How is he not at the wedding?
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Didn't Anson Williams say in an interview from a few years ago that he had secretly quit Happy Days not long before it ended? I wish I could find a link.
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But Postsie? My opinion, the writers and producers were punishing Anson for sticking with the show. Potsie became less and less seen and more and more idiotic (if that's possible) after Richie and Ralph left. Does anyone know the story behind this? Did Anson sign a multi-season contract before Ron and Don left? It just seems the producers and writers didn't want him around.
Anson's absence from later season episodes was deliberate. He felt they didn't know what to do with his character anymore (which was painfully obvious) and that he wanted to look into other opportunities like directing, which he eventually pursued. He was only contracted to appear in a limited number of episodes. It was his choice, not the producers.

Ironically, because the episodes were aired out of sequence, the last episode aired featured Anson in it prominently.
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Anson's absence from later season episodes was deliberate. He felt they didn't know what to do with his character anymore (which was painfully obvious) and that he wanted to look into other opportunities like directing, which he eventually pursued. He was only contracted to appear in a limited number of episodes. It was his choice, not the producers.

Ironically, because the episodes were aired out of sequence, the last episode aired featured Anson in it prominently.
Thank you; that explains a lot! Still, too bad one of those episodes wasn't the finale. I know other episodes aired after that (in fact, that's how they showed them on MeTV), but the wedding was the obvious ending. It's a shame Anson wasn't there, but at least it wasn't some deliberate conspiracy.
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