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Old 06-01-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default Did Howard Want His Eldest Son Nuked?

It's bad enough that Chuck completely disappeared starting in S3 and nobody -- not even his family -- every noticed, but it's still just Season 1 when Howard decides to build a bomb shelter for his family. He organizes a drill for the family and insists that everyone participate . . . except Chuck!
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Whatever happened to Chuck Cunningham?

The mystery still remains.

Will it ever be solved?
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It's bad enough that Chuck completely disappeared starting in S3 and nobody -- not even his family -- every noticed, but it's still just Season 1 when Howard decides to build a bomb shelter for his family. He organizes a drill for the family and insists that everyone participate . . . except Chuck!
Good Point! But I think Chuck was at school (college) or some excuse

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IIRC, Mr. Bosley himself was heard to shout during a taping 'Chuck! Chuck! Where ARE you?' so I don't think the character's subtraction was his idea.
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Good Point! But I think Chuck was at school (college) or some excuse.

This episode is from the first season. Was Chuck already in college in the first season? I know in the second season he had his own apartment, but even then he was still in Milwaukee. And for crying out loud, this is Howard's son! It shouldn't matter whether he's in college, he should want him in that shelter with the rest of the family.

Early in the episode, Howard made a comment to Richie about Chuck being too busy bouncing his basketball. That seemed to be the excuse to allow him not to participate in the drill. Which is pretty lame.
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They made light of it on the Happy Days Reunion show in 2005. They actually had both Chuck's on the show.
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Well Chuck insisted that his basketball be allowed in the shelter and when Howard said no, Chuck bowed out. lol
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Well Chuck insisted that his basketball be allowed in the shelter and when Howard said no, Chuck bowed out. lol

On principle, he didn't participate and things were never the same.

Howard was so distraught by Chuck's betrayal that he not only never spoke of him again, but didn't allow anyone else to, either.
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Both Chucks' bodies are buried in the basement that appears in later seasons.
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On principle, he didn't participate and things were never the same.

Howard was so distraught by Chuck's betrayal that he not only never spoke of him again, but didn't allow anyone else to, either.
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