Happy Days: Season 8 episode guide

1980-1981 (22 episodes)


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#168- No Tell Motel (11/11/80)

Joanie and Chachi sneak off without permission to a Beach Boys concert in Chicago.

Marion is sewing as she and Howard watch Perry Mason on tv. Fonzie comes in and announces that he has a letter from Richie. Richie is in the army at Fort Silverman. Marion starts reading the letter, Fonzie shows Marion a photo of Richie in his g.i. haircut. Richie applied for a job as editor of the camp newspaper, but was assigned to latrine duty. Ralph is also in the army. Marion starts to read a dirty joke and then stops. Joanie returns home from a date with Chachi. Joanie and Chachi kiss. Fonzie breaks them up. Howard tells Joanie not to date Chachi for 2 weeks and he will give her a phone. Howard brings over a date for Joanie - he works part-time at the hardware store and works for less than the minimum wage. His name is Wilbur and brings flowers for Marion. Joanie doesn't want to go out on a date. Howard and Marion leave for bowling. Wilbur invites Joanie around the living room. Howard returns for his bowling shirt and he chases off Wilbur. At Arnold's, Jenny chases Potsie around. Chachi has tickets to the Beach Boys concert, but they can't go. Joanie and Chachi go to Chicago for the concert. They check into a honeymoon suite at the motel. The motel guy doesn't believe they are married. Chachi goes to sleep on the desk and falls off. Joanie suggests they both keep one foot on the floor on the bed. They fall in when they turn go to turn the light off. Fonzie is at the door, and Joanie hides in the bathroom. Fonzie got a call for a part from the garage and recognized the license plate number. The car won't be ready until 4 on Wednesday, so Fonzie will take him home. Fonzie gives him $6 for the bus. Fonzie spots some girls' white shoes. Fonzie is shocked to see Joanie in the room. Fonzie learns they asked for separate rooms. Back at the house, Joanie gives back her phone and tells the truth. Chachi comes to the door with a ladder and tells Joanie he got some tickets to a Johnny Mathis concert. Chachi offers to paint the house. Marion reads a letter to Lori Beth from Richie. Fonzie got another letter from Richie and he left the good parts upstairs.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Cindy Begel & Lesa Kite
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Steve Peterman as Wilbur, and Jim Begg as bellhop.

Note:
In the opening credits, the sign outside of Arnold's reads Fonzie & Big Al Proprietors.
Chachi has a Jefferson High letterman's jacket.


#169- Live and Learn (11/18/80)

Fonzie becomes the auto mechanics instructor at Jefferson High School.

Joanie is on Chachi's shoulders and is hanging up a big Welcome Home Fonzie sign over the fireplace. Mother Kelp calls down to Marion for juice after she sprains her ankle. She then changes to lemonade. Howard brings Fonzie home, Fonzie was in Rome and grew a beard. He didn't know the Italian word for razor. Chachi shows Fonzie his sack of mail for the day. He asks if he saw something official looking. Joanie tells him about a letter from the board of education that Al has. Fonzie goes to Arnold's to look at the letter. He is the new teacher of auto mechanics at Jefferson High School. He starts the next day. Fonzie introduces himself to the class. A kid comes into the class late. Eugene asks if he can make out a seating chart and hang up Fonzie's coat. Fonzie says the class is 2 days a week for 36 weeks, but it will only take 5 weeks. Fonzie shows the class about the carbuerator. Fonzie teaches at a very fast pace. Fonzie tells Euegene to go stand in the corner. Later, the whole class is standing in the cornet except for 1 kid. He doesn't get it either. Everyone asks for a transfership out of the class and then Fonzie quits. At the house, Fonzie asks Howard for some blades and then scissors to shave off his beard. Howard asks him why he quit. Howard tells him about Roger Hornsby - a former baseball player and coach. Fonzie drinks some juice before leaving. The next day Fonzie is back teaching the class. Mr. Transfer Slip talks about dropping out. Fonzie tells a story on how he learned to tie a tie. Fonzie helps the kid with the carbuerator. The kid finished at around 7:20PM well after the class ended. The kid Fonzie an apple as he leaves for a date. At the house, a woman shaves Fonzie's beard as Al sells hot dogs outside to all of the ladies.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Fred Fox, Jr.
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Danny Spector as Danny, Denis Mandel as Eugene, and Harris Kal as Bobby.

Note:
This episode was the first episode actually produced for the 8th season.
Henry Winkler actually had grown a beard and had just returned from Italy for the first time where he won an Italian TV award when this episode was shot, the fact that he had a beard was written into this episode.
Mother Kelp calls Howard - Herman.


#170- Dreams Can Come True (11/25/80)

Richie calls from Greenland to propose to Lori Beth.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Ria Nepus
Guest stars: Lyle Waggoner as Bobby Burns, Michael Prince as Mr. Korrigan, Jeane Byron as Mrs. Korrigan, Brad Blaisdell as Lou, Pat Lentz as Emily Sitts, and Kathryn Fuller as Helen Hanley.


#171- Hello, Roger (12/2/80)

Roger Phillips, Marion's nephew, comes to Milwaukee to become a teacher at Jefferson High School.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Ria Nepus
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Teddi Siddall as Lucille, Sandie Newton as Adrian, Randy Stumpf as Spider, Denis Mandel as Eugene, and Harris Kal as Bobby.


#172- Joanie Gets Wheels (12/9/80)

Joanie secretly buys a car to keep Chachi interested in her.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Dave Ketchum & Tony DiMarco
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, John Miranda as man, and Rita Crafts as woman.

Note:
The movie that Howard and Marion went to see "The Music Man" had Ron Howard (Richie) in it. Marion makes a comment on how she wanted to see that movie because the little boy in it reminder her of Richie. Then they showed the picture and it was Ron Howard.
The car that Joanie buys (a yellow convertible with red flames) looks similar to the one that Ralph drove in the early episodes of Happy Days.


#173- White Christmas (12/16/80)

It is the night before Christmas. Marion waits for a call from Richie while Joanie wants to spend the summer in New York with Jenny Piccalo.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Holly White & Stephanie Garman
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo and Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.


#174- And the Winner Is... (12/30/80)

Fonzie wants to win the "Teacher of the Year" award and has Joanie and Chachi conduct his campaign while he attends an out-of-town seminar.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Bosco McGowan
Guest stars: Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Wil Albert as Mr. Bellgoodie, Denis Mandel as Eugene, Harris Kal as Bobby, Merie Earle as Mrs. Frick, Raymond Guth as Mr. Gampolo, and Kevin Sullivan as Tommy.


#175- If You Knew Rosa (1/6/81)

Al hopes to reunite with his lost love, Rosa Coletti.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Ria Nepus
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo (in picture), Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Nancy Marvy as Rosa Coletti, Poppy Lagos as Teresa, David Paymer as Dwayne, and Rebecca Holden as Lola.


#176- The Sixth Sense (1/13/81)

Fonzie thinks he has been robbed, but Joanie, Chachi, and Jenny have used his savings to buy him a new motorcycle.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Fred Fox, Jr.
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Erica Hope as Tina, and Steven Ford as Frankie.


#177- It Only Hurts When I Smile (1/27/81)

Fonzie visits a dentist after he comes down with a terrible toothache.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Barry Rubinowitz
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Warren Berlinger as Dr. Logan, Martha Smith as Kathy, and Barbara Treutel as Lois.


#178- Welcome to My Nightmare (2/3/81)

Fonzie has a dream where a mad scientist tries to drain his cool.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Mark Rothman
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Dick Gautier as Dr. Ludlow, Denis Mandel as Eugene, and Hillary Horan as Elaine.


#179- Broadway It's Not (2/10/81)

Chachi is jealous after he watches a love scene between Joanie and an actor during rehearsals for a school play.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: James P. Dunne & Barry O'Brien
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Larry Anderson as Granville, Harris Kal as Bobby, and Kelly Britt as woman.

Note:
Blooper/inconsistency: Chachi tells the Fonz that he hates singing, and even lip synched in his church's choir as a little boy. Now, if he hated singing so much, why did he suddenly decide to want to be a rock star in the following episodes?
Larry Anderson would late work with Lucille Ball in her final sitcom, Life With Lucy & was the hose of Truth or Consequences in 1987.
It was also in this episode that Scott Baio first sang with his voice changed (prior to that on episode #108) & that he & Erin Moran would sing "You Look at Me", the future theme song of Joanie Loves Chachi (they used a shortened and slightly different version on Joanie Loves Chachi). This was only the second television show to have a new song introduced that would later become the theme song (Eight Is Enough was the first).


#180- Bride and Gloom (2/17/81)

Jenny Piccalo is stood up by her date for the high school costume ball.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Steve Grant and Mel Sherer
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Lawrence Law as Phil, Millie Jackson as Arlene, Will Hunt as Captain Singer, Kathi Marshall as Kathi, and Andrew Paris as Andy.


#181- Hello, Mrs. Arcola (2/24/81)

Chachi is afraid of having the Cunninghams over for dinner because of his mother's and uncle's ways.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: William Bickley & Michael Warren
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ellen Travolta as Louisa Arcola, J.J. Barry as Uncle Gonzo.


#182- Fonzie Gets Shot (3/3/81)

Fonzie gets shot in the rear end while a sheriff tries to find out who did it.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Bob Howard
Guest stars: Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Michael McManus as Sheriff, Sam Edwards as Dr. Abner, and Michele Tobin as Allison.


#183- Potsie on His Own (3/17/81)

When Potsie refuses to reveal how he is earning extra money to romance Lori Beth's rich and beautiful roommate, Fonzie sets out to unravel the mystery.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Holly White
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Beth Schaffel as Courtney, Meeno Peluce as Joey, and Tony Brafa as Uncle Bobo.


#184- Tall Story (4/7/81)

Chachi wants John Barnett, who has epilepsy, to play basketball for Jefferson High.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Barry Rubinowitz
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Happy Hairston as Mr. Barnett, Kevin Sullivan as Tommy, Raymond Guth as Mr. Gampolo, and Chris Milton as John Barnett.


#185- Scholarship (4/14/81)

Chachi is offered a basketball scholarship to Eastern Florida by a college scout.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Mark Rothman
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Phillip R. Allen as Eddie, and Doug Dowd as Morty.


#186- R.C. and L.B. Forever (5/5/81)

Richie and Lori Beth want to get married, but Lori Beth can only get in Greenland if she is already married to him.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Fred Fox, Jr.
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Billy Morey as Captain Slaughter, John Edwards as Reverend Edwards, Peter MacLean as David Allen, Anne Gee Byrd as Emily Allen, and Marvin Braverman as Max.


#187- Howard's Bowling Buddy (5/12/81)

Howard's new bowling partner, Fern Flagg, is attracted to him.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Bob Howard
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, and Patricia Carr-Bosley as Fern Flagg.


#188- Mother and Child Reunion (5/19/81)

Fonzie meets a waitress at a roadside diner that bears a remarkable resemblance to his long-lost mother.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Written by: Fred Fox, Jr. & Babaloo Mandel
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Janis Paige as Angela, Ray Girardin as Big Harold, Denis Mandel as Eugene, and Harris Kal as Bobby.


#189- American Musical (5/26/81)

Chachi struggles with a term paper on the causes, hardships, and influences of immigration, until Fonzie reveals its historical roots in a series of musical vignettes.

Directed by: Jerry Paris
Teleplay by: James P. Dunne & J. Elizabeth Bradley
Story by: James P. Dunne
Guest stars: Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo and Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.


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