Fonzie Loves Pinky: Part 1 is the season opening episode of the fourth season of Happy Days; it was also the 64th overall episode in the series. Written by Arthur Silver, the episode, which was directed by Jerry Paris, premiered on ABC-TV on September 21, 1976.
Part 1 of a 3-episode story. Fonzie's old flame Pinky Tuscadero (Roz Kelly) returns, and the couple starts to rekindle their relationship. Meanwhile, Fonzie is planning to compete in an upcoming demolition derby; but when his co-driver is injured before the event, Pinky resents Fonzie's disapproval of a woman driving in a derby and chooses Ralph over her for a replacement. To make matters worse, the ruthless Malachi brothers (Ken Lerner and Michael Pataki) intend to win the derby, using any dirty trick necessary—including their infamous "Malachi Crunch."
Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Al (Al Molinaro), who takes over as the new owner of Arnold's Drive-In.
Fonzie's former girlfriend and fellow motorcyclist, Pinky Tuscadero comes back into his life, making him realize he still loves her. She wants to be in a demolition derby with him but Fonzie states that it's no place for a woman.