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Old 05-16-2016, 05:09 PM   #31
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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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My guess is that Anson had fulfilled his requirement and wasn't asked back. Or he was asked back and had other commitments.

I wonder if budget reasons were why only Ron Howard appeared in the finale?

It's also worth noting that when the finale was filmed (in November, 1983), Happy Days had not been cancelled yet. Even when the finale aired in May 1984, TV Guide wrote in an article that it was likely HD would not renewed for an 12th season.

With the declining ratings, Garry Marshall must've seen the writing on the wall and decided to film the season 11 finale as the final episode. The previous season, Archie Bunker's Place was cancelled after the season ended, thus depriving Carroll O' Connor a chance to film a proper farewell and say goodbye to the audience of over 12 years.

You definitely want to write your own exit rather than the network deciding it for you.
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You're welcome.

My guess is that Anson had fulfilled his requirement and wasn't asked back. Or he was asked back and had other commitments.

I wonder if budget reasons were why only Ron Howard appeared in the finale?

It's also worth noting that when the finale was filmed (in November, 1983), Happy Days had not been cancelled yet. Even when the finale aired in May 1984, TV Guide wrote in an article that it was likely HD would not renewed for an 11th season.

With the declining ratings, Garry Marshall must've seen the writing on the wall and decided to film the season 10 finale as the final episode. The previous season, Archie Bunker's Place was cancelled after the season ended, thus depriving Carroll O' Connor a chance to film a proper farewell and say goodbye to the audience of over 12 years.

You definitely want to write your own exit rather than the network deciding it for you.

Wow, I may be dense, but I did not know that. So the finale was actually filmed as the season 10 ending?
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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.

Good point but Don Most was doing voice work on Dungeons and Dragons at the time and I don't know what Anson Williams was doing at the time
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Wow, I may be dense, but I did not know that. So the finale was actually filmed as the season 10 ending?

Another typo (I really have to read these things before I post!)

I meant the season 11 finale was filmed as the final episode, because they didn't know it would be renewed for a 12th season.

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