"Happy Days": Season Three

Happy Days Season 3 DVD cover

Season Information
Episodes 24 aired
Network/Air Dates ABC-TV, September 9, 1975 - March 2, 1976
Season Guide
Previous Season 2 (Happy Days)
Next Season 4 (Happy Days)

This is a list of episodes from the third season of Happy Days. It was the first season of the show to be filmed in front of a live audience.

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Also see: Laverne & Shirley
Mork and Mindy

Main CastEdit

Guest CastEdit

Broadcast historyEdit

The season aired Tuesdays at 8:00-8:30 pm (EST).[1][2]


Season 3 (1975-76)Edit

Season 3 episodes
Image Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date # in Series
Fonzie Image Needed 1 "Fonzie Moves In" Jerry Paris Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman September 9, 1975 40
Howard's hardware store begins facing competition. Now increasingly concerned about finances, Howard decides to rent the room above the family garage to generate some extra income. He looks around for a suitable tenant, but becomes aghast when Richie rents it to Fonzie. Howard is certain that Fonzie's unsuitable and plans to evict him.

Note: As of this episode, Happy Days permanently switched from a single-camera setup to a multi-camera setup with a live studio audience. To accommodate, the main sets were rebuilt - most notably the interior of the Cunningham house. Also, Fonzie's catchphrase "Sit on it" and his nickname for Joanie, "Shortcake," are first spoken.

Happy Days episode 3x2 - The Motorcycle 2 "The Motorcycle" Jerry Paris William S. Bickley & Michael Warren September 16, 1975 41
Fonzie is devastated when he discovers that someone wrecked his beloved motorcycle, leaving it scattered in pieces. Vengeance is vowed, and soon a plan is hatched to track down the culprit—-but why is Ralph acting so concerned?
Fonzie Image Needed 3 "Fearless Fonzarelli: Part 1" Jerry Paris Michael Weinberger September 23, 1975 42
Worried that he is losing his edge, Fonzie decides to attempt to break a record and jump fourteen garbage cans on his motorcycle. The stunt is set to be televised on the TV show You Wanted to See It.

Note: Pat Morita appears as Arnold for the first time in this episode.

Side notes: You Wanted to See It was a takeoff on the 50s hit television show You Asked For It, and starred that show's original host Jack Smith. Also, Fonzie's attempted motorcycle stunt is a reflection of the Evel Knievel phenomenon from the 1970s.

Fonzie Image Needed 4 "Fearless Fonzarelli: Part 2" Jerry Paris Bob Brunner September 30, 1975 43
Fonzie is successful in his motorcycle jump, but he crashes into Arnold's chicken stand, injuring his leg. He faces surgery to repair a torn cartilage in his knee; and self-conscious about his condition, Fonzie secludes himself by making himself at home on the Cunninghams' sofa.
Happy Days episode 3x5 - The Other Richie Cunningham 5 "The Other Richie Cunningham" Jerry Paris Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant October 7, 1975 44
Howard is possibly about to close a big business deal for his hardware store, and asks Richie to take the client's daughter on a date. But Richie already has another important date planned, so he asks Potsie to take his place and pose as Richie, causing chaos.
Happy Days episode 3x6 - Richie Fights Back 6 "Richie Fights Back" Jerry Paris Arthur Silver October 14, 1975 45
After being humiliated in front of his date by local hoodlums Frankie and Rocco, Richie turns to Fonzie for advice, and soon decides that he wants to learn jujitsu to defend and stand up for himself.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #88 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[3]

HD ep 3x7 - Jailhouse Rock 7 "Jailhouse Rock" Arthur Fisher Bob Brunner October 21, 1975 46
Officer Kirk imposes a 10:00pm curfew after some unruly kids break a window at the school. Richie and his friends plan to demonstrate against the strict curfew, but things don't go according to plan.

Note: Ed Peck makes his first appearance as the gang's nemesis Officer Kirk in this episode.

Fonzie Image Needed 8 "Howard's 45th Fiasco" Jerry Paris Frank Buxton October 28, 1975 47
It's Howard's 45th birthday but he is down about it, feeling he hasn't achieved very much in his life. Channeling this, everyone decides to put on a This Is Your Life-type show for him; but it makes him even more depressed, and he considers fleeing to Tahiti.

Note: When Howard comes back home, he says that he has a smart son, a lovely daughter, and a beautiful wife. But he doesn't mention about Chuck, his oldest son. His character phased out in the Season 2 and is completely out of family, but nobody knows why.

Happy Days episode 3x9 - Fonzie-the-Flatfoot 9 "Fonzie the Flatfoot" Jerry Paris Teleplay by: Marty Nadler
Story by: Arthur Silver
November 4, 1975 48
With rumors of a possible fight between Fonzie's former gang the Falcons and their rivals the Dragons, Officer Kirk asks Howard to persuade Fonzie to become a special officer to keep the peace.

Note: This episode marks the last official appearance of Marsha Simms (Beatrice Colen). She would later return for a flashback scene in the season five episode "Our Gang."

Happy Days episode 3x10 - A Date with Fonzie 10 "A Date With Fonzie" Jerry Paris Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman November 11, 1975 49
Richie is in a slump meeting and dating women. After a little help from Fonzie ends in yet another failed attempt, Fonzie thinks he's found the perfect girls for a double date—Laverne and Shirley.

Note: This episode introduces Penny Marshall as Laverne DeFazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney. They would subsequently star in their own series, which is a spin-off of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley from 1976 to 1983.

Happy Days episode 3x11 - Three on a Porch 11 "Three on a Porch" Jerry Paris Bobby Boswell & Tiffany York November 18, 1975 50
Richie, Potsie, and Ralph think they have rented a cabin at Lake Whitefish for the Easter holiday, but find out instead that they have only rented the porch of the place. Nevertheless, they decide to stay and pose as rich Tunisian businessmen when they discover that their neighbors are three attractive young women.
Fonzie'sNewFriend1 12 "Fonzie's New Friend" Jerry Paris Sid Arthur & Artie Laing November 25, 1975 51
The Fonz has struck up a friendship with Sticks Downey, a new youth in the area, and has enlisted him to play drums with the band at Richie's upcoming Hawaiian luau. But racial prejudices arise when Sticks turns out to be black.

Notes: "Bag" (Neil J. Schwartz) makes a rare appearance after being absent for several episodes. Also, "Sticks" Downey (Jack Baker) makes his debut.

Happy Days ep 3x13 -They Call it Potsie Love 13 "They Call It Potsie Love" Jerry Paris Marty Nadler December 2, 1975 52
After Potsie practices a song at Arnold's, serenading Joanie with "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," Joanie develops a crush on Potsie and starts writing him anonymous "secret admirer" love notes, under the advice of Fonzie. Finally, Joanie arranges a meeting with Potsie at Arnold's at midnight, although Potsie sets his standards too high about who his mystery lover is.
Happy Days ep 3x14 - Tell it to the Marines 14 "Tell it to the Marines" Jerry Paris Sid Arthur & Artie Laing December 16, 1975 53
After being jilted by his girlfriend, Ralph becomes convinced that he's useless and not sophisticated enough to ever keep a girl interested in him, and threatens to join the Marines.

Note: Amy Irving makes a guest appearance.

Fonzie Image Needed 15 "Dance Contest" Norm Gray Bob Howard January 6, 1976 54
Tired of the monotony of everyday house chores, Marion tries to get Howard to enter a televised dance contest with her. When he refuses, she secretly enlists Fonzie to be her partner, but Howard soon becomes suspicious that Marion is having an affair.
TheSecondAnniversarySpecial1 16 "The Second Anniversary Show" Jerry Paris Bob Brunner & Arthur Silver January 12, 1976 55
In the series' first "clip show," the gang gets together on Fonzie's birthday to remember certain events in their lives through clips from past episodes.
Fonzie Image Needed 17 "Fonzie the Salesman" Jerry Paris Dave Duclon January 13, 1976 56
When the garage is taken over by an eccentric new owner, Fonzie does not agree with the new working conditions and resigns. Fonzie is then unable to find another job as a mechanic; but after a pep talk from Howard, he vows to find another career, and takes a job selling encyclopedias door-to-door.
Fonzie Image Needed 18 "Football Frolics" Jerry Paris James Ritz January 20, 1976 57
Richie, Potsie, and Ralph need some money to buy tickets to a big football game from Arnold. When Howard refuses to loan them the money, Ralph comes up with the idea of volume babysitting to raise the funds.

Note: Laverne and Shirley arrive with a kid named "Booker Brown," who was portrayed by actor Kristoff St. John (in guest appearance).

Fonzie Image Needed 19 "Fonzie the Superstar" Jerry Paris Arthur Silver & Barry Rubinowitz January 27, 1976 58
With Potsie out of town, the band has no lead singer for the Saturday Senior Dance, until Ralph informs Arnold that Fonzie could fill in. When Fonzie finds out, he is less than pleased; and worried that he is no Elvis, Fonzie may actually not be good at something for once.

Notes: Laverne and Shirley sing backup for Fonzie on his rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel". This episode originally aired on the same night that Laverne & Shirley debuted on ABC. Also, this episode marks the final appearance of "Sticks" Downey (Jack Baker).

Side note: Although set in the 1950s, the costume Fonzie wears during his "Heartbreak Hotel" performance is an obvious reflection of the stage jumpsuits that Elvis Presley wore when touring and playing in Vegas in the 1970s.

Fonzie Image Needed 20 "Two Angry Men" Jerry Paris Marty Nadler February 3, 1976 59
When a blizzard hits the Milwaukee; the weight of Fonzie's new pigeon coop, combined with that of the snow, causes the roof to collapse. Howard and Fonzie argue over who should pay for the damage, and end up facing each other in court.
Fonzie Image Needed 21 "Beauty Contest" Jerry Paris William S. Bickley & Michael Warren February 10, 1976 60
Tired of dating average girls; Richie, Potsie, and Ralph—with help from Fonzie—sponsor a beauty contest as a scheme to meet and become involved with more sophisticated girls; but trouble ensues when the fake winner doesn't show up, leaving the boys unable to deliver the promised, non-existent prize (a trip to Hollywood) to the actual winner.
Fonzie Image Needed 22 "Bringing Up Spike" Jerry Paris Joe Glauberg February 17, 1976 61
Fonzie finds himself playing father figure when his young cousin Spike comes to stay, but soon regrets not following Howard's advice about laying down ground rules when Spike is caught as one of a group of thieves stealing from the cash register at Arnold's.

Note: Fonzie and Spike's kinship is further explained. Howard mistakenly thinks that Spike is Fonzie's nephew, as he always refers to Fonzie as "Uncle Fonzie." Fonzie explains that even though he is Spike's cousin, he serves as an uncle to Spike.

Fonzie Image Needed 23 "A Sight for Sore Eyes" Jerry Paris Dave Duclon February 24, 1976 62
Fonzie is horrified when Ralph's optometrist father tells him that he must wear glasses to prevent the headaches he has been experiencing. A self-conscious Fonzie thinks glasses are uncool and refuses to wear them, so his friends try to make him see the light.

Note: Ralph's father, Dr. Mickey Malph (Jack Dodson) makes his debut.

Arnold'sWedding 24 "Arnold's Wedding" Frank Buxton Bob Brunner March 2, 1976 63
Arnold announces that he is to marry his pen pal, a woman from Japan, and asks Fonzie to be his best man. But Fonzie is convinced that the "Fonzarelli Curse" will strike after the previous two weddings he attended ended in disaster, and it starts to seem that the wedding may indeed be doomed when Arnold's bride has second thoughts.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of Pat Morita in his role of Arnold, until appearing as a guest star in 1977 and 1979 before returning in Season 10 as a recurring character after Al Molinaro departed in 1982.


  1. TV Listings for September 9, 1975
  2. TV Listings for March 2, 1976
  3. "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.

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