"Happy Days": Season Seven
|Network/Air Dates||ABC-TV, September 11, 1979 - May 6, 1980|
|Previous||Season 6 (Happy Days)|
|Next||Season 8 (Happy Days)|
This is a list of episodes from the seventh season of Happy Days.
|TV season guide|
|Also see: Laverne & Shirley|
- Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham
- Henry Winkler as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli
- Marion Ross as Marion Cunningham
- Anson Williams as Warren "Potsie" Weber
- Don Most as Ralph Malph
- Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham
- Al Molinaro as Alfred "Al" Delvecchio
- Scott Baio as Chachi Arcola
- Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham
- Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth Allen
- Ed Peck as Officer Kirk
- Jack Dodson as Dr. Mickey Malph
- Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio
- Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney
- Jimmy Brogan as Random
- Season 7 consisted of 25 episodes.
- Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, Erin Moran, Scott Baio, and Tom Bosley appear in all episodes.
Season 7 (1979–80)Edit
Main article: Season 7 (Happy Days)
|Season 7 episodes|
|Image||Episode||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||# in Series|
|1||"Shotgun Wedding: Part 1"||Jerry Paris||Fred Fox, Jr.||September 11, 1979||143|
| The gang visits a farm, where Richie and Fonzie romance the very strict farmer's daughters and get themselves in a jam.
Note: In its original airing, this episode was the first part of a two-part crossover with Laverne & Shirley. For syndication, an alternate ending, in lieu of the original cliffhanger ending, was filmed. In fact, many local stations skipped this episode altogether from their syndication schedule, as they didn't have the rights to Laverne & Shirley.
|2||"Chachi Sells His Soul"||Jerry Paris||Walter Kempley||September 18, 1979||144|
|Feeling that the guys treat him like a kid, Chachi falls asleep in a booth at Arnold's, and has a dream that he sells his soul to the devil's nephew.|
|3||"Fonzie Meets Kat"||Jerry Paris||Dave Ketchum & Tony Di Marco||September 25, 1979||145|
| The gang needs help in a big bar fight, but Fonzie has vowed not to engage in violence for 24 hours. Fonzie meets the mysterious Kat Mandu (Deborah Pratt).
Note: A spinoff pilot was written for the role of Kat, but it wasn't picked up and therefore never evolved.
|4||"Marion Goes to Jail"||Jerry Paris||Barbara Berkowitz||October 2, 1979||146|
| Marion crashes Howard's beloved DeSoto into Arnold's and ends up behind bars. Meanwhile, Al tries to find a way to keep the cold out of Arnold's.
Note: Ed Peck returns as Officer Kirk.
|5||"Richie's Job"||Jerry Paris||Terry Hart||October 9, 1979||147|
| In hopes of working his way up the corporate ladder as a writer, Richie takes a loading dock job at the local newspaper and learns about life on the other side.
Note: Although out of order, this episode was the first episode of the season produced.
|6||"Richie Falls in Love"||Jerry Paris||Ria Nepus||October 23, 1979||148|
|Richie decides he needs to grow up, and tries to fulfill that decision by romancing an older woman.|
|7||"Fonzie's a Thespian"||Jerry Paris||Hollace White||October 30, 1979||149|
|When Marion needs a male lead in her community production of "The Rainmaker," only Fonzie can fit the bill.|
|8||"Burlesque"||Jerry Paris||Dave Ketchum & Tony Di Marco||November 6, 1979||150|
|When the performers don't show up for Howard's Leopard Lodge Fundraiser, the gang must step in and take over the show.|
|9||"Joanie Busts Out"||Jerry Paris||Beverly Bloomberg||November 13, 1979||151|
| Chachi gets a job as a photographer's assistant, and panics when he finds out that Joanie will be one of the models appearing without clothes.
Guest starring: Rhonda Shear.
Absent: Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio.
|10||"King Richard's Big Night"||Jerry Paris||James P. Dunne||November 20, 1979||152|
| Richie loses control at a college party after a troublemaking frat boy nicknamed Bullfrog slips a Mickey Finn into his drink. After his friends turn against him because of his behavior at the party, Richie seeks Fonzie's help to expose Bullfrog and bust him for getting Richie in trouble.
Absent: Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio.
|11||"Fonzie vs. The She-Devils"||Jerry Paris||Sam Greenbaum||November 27, 1979||153|
|Richie, Potsie, and Ralph go to a party with a girl biker gang, and discover that they have kidnapped Chachi and are planning to shave his head. Fonzie comes to the rescue posing as a nerd.|
|12||"The Mechanic"||Jerry Paris||Fred Fox, Jr.||December 4, 1979||154|
|Fonzie's new assistant at the garage is handicapped and confined to a wheelchair, and has a very bad attitude about it.|
|13||"They're Closing Inspiration Point"||Jerry Paris||Beverly Bloomberg||December 11, 1979||155|
|The gang protests to save Inspiration Point from development—and it turns out that Howard is behind the development project.|
|14||"Here Comes the Bride Again"||Jerry Paris||Bob Howard||December 18, 1979||156|
| Howard and Marion decide to renew their wedding vows.
Special Guest stars: Bob and Ray.
|15||"Ah, Wilderness"||Jerry Paris||Barry Rubinowitz||January 8, 1980||157|
| Richie's promise to show the gang a great time in the outdoors does not go according to plan.
Side note: This episode marks the network television debut of actress and comedian Julie Brown.
|16||"Joanie's Dilemma"||Jerry Paris||April Kelly||January 15, 1980||158|
| Joanie debates whether or not to visit Inspiration Point's "Alamo" with her new boyfriend.
Side note: The original prints for this episode indicated that the episode was written by April Clough. This was later changed on request from the writer and now appears in all subsequent prints of the episode.
|17||"Hot Stuff"||Jerry Paris||Fred Fox, Jr.||January 22, 1980||159|
| When Al leaves Arnold's early, he leaves Chachi in charge. After Joanie (finally, after several past rejections) accepts a date with Chachi, Chachi becomes so overwhelmed with joy that he puts his feelings for Joanie in the way of responsibility, leaving the kitchen grill on and throwing his apron on the grill when he leaves, causing Arnold's to go up in flames.
Fonzie, Potsie, and Ralph get trapped in the restroom; so Fonzie, using his motorcycle helmet, tries to break them out using his head; but gets knocked unconscious. Luckily, Richie and Lori Beth are nearby making out in Richie's car when Lori Beth hears Potsie and Ralph's desperate cries for help. Realizing what's happening, Richie and Lori Beth quickly rescue Ralph, Potsie, and Fonzie by tying a cord from their car to the restroom window's grate, breaking it away and bailing the guys out. Regardless, Arnold's unfortunately burns down. Later, as the gang surveys the damage, Chachi admits his irresponsibility that caused the disaster, which infuriates Fonzie. In the end, however, Fonzie offers his life savings to Al, volunteering to become Al's business partner as they set out to rebuild a more modern (for the 1960s) Arnold's.
Note: This storyline was part of a decision by producers Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz that the old '50s-style Arnold's was no longer appealing enough to teen audiences; it was burned down so it could be replaced with a more modern 60s-style restaurant set to coincide with the turn of the decade from the 1950s to the 1960s.
|18||"The New Arnold's"||Jerry Paris||Hollace White||January 29, 1980||160|
| With insurance money now in hand, Al begins to rebuild Arnold's, and considers Fonzie as a business partner. (In fact, Al and Fonzie name the new drive-in "Fonzie & Big Al" for a while before reverting it back to "Arnold's.") But being partners in the newly rebuilt restaurant is harder than they expected.
Note: This episode unveils the new Arnold's 60s set, which would be used for the remainder of the series' run, as well as a new "office" in the men's room for Fonzie, complete with a desk and telephone.
|19||"The Hucksters"||Jerry Paris||Mark Rothman||February 5, 1980||161|
| Howard explores television advertising to boost business for the hardware store.
Special Guest star: Hank Aaron as himself.
|20||"Allison"||Jerry Paris||Harriett Weiss & Patt Shea||February 12, 1980||162|
|Fonzie dates a deaf girl (Linda Bove), and Richie thinks he is leading her on. Even so, Fonzie thinks she may be "the one."|
|21||"Fools Rush In"||Jerry Paris||Beverly Bloomberg||February 26, 1980||163|
|Joanie and Chachi finally go on their first date, but the kids whom Joanie is babysitting that night keep getting in the way.|
|22||"Father & Son"||Jerry Paris||Fred Fox, Jr.||March 4, 1980||164|
|Howard decides he wants to get to know Richie better, and takes him along on a Lodge weekend in Chicago.|
|23||"A Potsie is Born"||Jerry Paris||Ria Nepus||March 11, 1980||165|
| Potsie is offered a lucrative singing contract by a manipulative promoter (Pat Crowley), and the fame goes to his head.
Note: Although out of order, this episode was the last episode of the season produced.
|24||"The Roaring Twenties"||Jerry Paris||Dave Ketchum & Tony Di Marco||March 25, 1980||166|
| Richie asks his great-uncle to review his report on the 1920s. In turn, he spins for Richie a tale of the family's activities during prohibition.
Special Guest star: Pat O'Brien.
|25||"Ralph's Family Problem"||Jerry Paris||Dave Ketchum & Tony Di Marco||May 6, 1980||167|
| Ralph is shocked to learn his parents are divorcing.
Notes: This episode marks the final regular appearances of Ron Howard and Donny Most as Richie Cunningham and Ralph Malph, respectively, on the series. Also, this episode was shot prior to "Hot Stuff," since the Arnold's scenes take place in the original Arnold's set.