"Happy Days": Season Eight


"Happy Days" Season 8 cast

Season Information
Episodes 22 aired
Network/Air Dates ABC-TV, November 11, 1980 - May 26, 1981
Season Guide
Previous Season 7 (Happy Days)
Next Season 9 (Happy Days)

This is a list of episodes from the eighth season of Happy Days.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Also see: Laverne & Shirley
Mork and Mindy

Main CastEdit

Guest StarringEdit

Broadcast historyEdit

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


  • Season 8 consisted of 22 episodes.
  • Casting changes: Ron Howard and Don Most left the show starting with this season in order to pursue other projects. Their characters, Richie and Ralph, were written out as having joined the Army. Ted McGinley was added to the cast in Howard's place as Marion's nephew Roger Phillips, and Cathy Silvers was introduced as Joanie's best friend Jenny Piccalo (after the character was only mentioned in prior seasons, but was never seen). Neither McGinley or Silvers were added to the opening titles until Season 10 (but were added to the closing credits until then). Lynda Goodfriend joined the main cast as Richie's soon-to-be-wife Lori Beth.
  • Henry Winkler, Al Molinaro, Scott Baio, and Tom Bosley appear in all episodes.
  • Marion Ross and Erin Moran were absent for one episode each.
  • Anson Williams was absent for two episodes.
  • Lynda Goodfriend was absent for eight episodes.

Season 8 (1980–81)Edit

Main article: Season 8 (Happy Days)

Season 8 episodes
Image Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date # in Series
Fonzie Image Needed 1 "No Tell Motel" Jerry Paris Lesa Kite & Cindy Begel November 11, 1980 168
Joanie and Chachi sneak off without permission to a Beach Boys concert in Chicago, but they get in over their heads when Chachi's car breaks down and they get stuck in a motel together.

Note: First appearance of Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo, Joanie's boy-crazy best friend, who had only been referred to in prior seasons. She was introduced onscreen to help build up Joanie's role after Richie left.

Fonzie Image Needed 2 "Live and Learn" Jerry Paris Fred Fox, Jr. November 18, 1980 169
Fonzie becomes a shop teacher at Jefferson High School and has to adjust to being an authority figure. He also experiments with growing a beard.

Notes: Although out of order, this was actually the first episode produced for the season, establishing Henry Winkler (Fonzie) as the sole star with the departure of Ron Howard (Richie). Also, this episode also marks the first appearances of Denis Mandel as Eugene Belvin and Harris Kal as Bobby.

Fonzie Image Needed 3 "Dreams Can Come True" Jerry Paris Ria Nepus November 25, 1980 170
Marion becomes a contestant on a game show in order to help Lori Beth win a trip to Greenland to marry Richie.
Fonzie Image Needed 4 "Hello, Roger" Jerry Paris William Bickley & Michael Warren December 2, 1980 171
Richie's cousin Roger Phillips moves in and takes a teaching job at Jefferson High School alongside Fonzie.

Note: First appearance of Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips, Marion's nephew.

Fonzie Image Needed 5 "Joanie Gets Wheels" Jerry Paris Dave Ketchum & Tony Di Marco December 9, 1980 172
Tired of being a pedestrian on dates, Joanie disobeys Howard and buys a car of her own, only to find out that hiding a car is too difficult to handle.

Side note: When Howard and Marion go to see the film "The Music Man", Marion claims the little red-haired boy in the movie poster reminds her of Richie. This was an inside joke, since as an 8-year-old, Ron Howard starred in the movie, and is actually the boy on the poster.

Fonzie Image Needed 6 "White Christmas" Jerry Paris Hollace White & Stephanie Garman December 16, 1980 173
It's Christmas Eve, and a bickering Howard and Joanie are snowed in at the hardware store; as are Fonzie, Roger, Potsie, Chachi, and Jenny at Arnold's. In the end, however, everyone makes it back to the Cunninghams' and is delighted to hear from Richie.
Fonzie Image Needed 7 "And the Winner Is..." Jerry Paris Bosco McGowan December 30, 1980 174
Fonzie and another teacher compete for "Teacher of the Year."

Note: First appearance of Kevin Sullivan as Tommy. Absent: Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth.

Fonzie Image Needed 8 "If You Only Knew Rosa" Jerry Paris Ria Nepus January 6, 1981 175
After twenty years, Al reunites with his great lost love, Rosa Colletti.

Absent: Marion Ross as Marion Cunningham; Anson Williams as Potsie Weber.

Fonzie Image Needed 9 "The Sixth Sense" Jerry Paris Fred Fox, Jr. January 13, 1981 176
When Fonzie wrecks his motorcycle; Joanie, Chachi, and Jenny steal Fonzie's money to buy him a new one for his birthday.
Fonzie Image Needed 10 "It Only Hurts When I Smile" Jerry Paris Barry Rubinowitz January 27, 1981 177
Fonzie has a toothache but refuses to go to the dentist.
Fonzie Image Needed 11 "Welcome to My Nightmare"
(also titled "Horror Show")
Jerry Paris Mark Rothman February 3, 1981 178
After a day of granting favors for his friends, an exhausted Fonzie falls asleep watching a horror movie and dreams that a mad scientist (Dick Gautier) has stolen his cool.

Absent: Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth.

Fonzie Image Needed 12 "Broadway It's Not"
(also titled "Chachi Sings, A Star is Born")
Jerry Paris James P. Dunne & Barry O'Brien February 10, 1981 179
Chachi flies into a jealous rage when he sees Joanie kissing her co-star in the school play, leading to a falling out between them.

Note: In the school play; Scott Baio and Erin Moran, in their respective roles of Chachi and Joanie, perform "You Look at Me", which later became the theme song of Joanie Loves Chachi.

Fonzie Image Needed 13 "Bride and Gloom"
(also titled "Fonzie and Jenny Married")
Jerry Paris Mel Sherer & Steve Grant February 17, 1981 180
Joanie asks Fonzie to be Jenny's date for a masquerade ball held on a ship, where they dress as a bride and groom. But after staging a mock wedding ceremony out at sea with the ship's captain dressed as a priest, the couple learns they may actually be married. Love-starved as always, Jenny takes advantage of the situation religiously, and moves into Fonzie's apartment and redecorates it to her liking. However, Jenny is later disappointed when proof is presented that she and Fonzie aren't married after all.

Absent: Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth.

Fonzie Image Needed 14 "Hello, Mrs. Arcola"
(also titled "Chachi's House")
Jerry Paris William Bickley & Michael Warren February 24, 1981 181
Ashamed of his eccentric family and being poor, Chachi is reluctant to invite Joanie over to meet his mother. Because of this, Joanie begins to think he is ashamed of her; so Fonzie comes to the rescue: He invites the Cunninghams to get together for dinner at the Arcolas' home with Chachi's mother.

Note: Ellen Travolta as Louisa Arcola, who would reprise the role on Joanie Loves Chachi.

Absent: Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth.

Fonzie Image Needed 15 "Fonzie Gets Shot" Jerry Paris Bob Howard March 3, 1981 182
In a Rashomon takeoff, when Fonzie is injured (shot in the buttocks) during a camping trip (presumably, by Potsie), everyone tells a different version of what happened.

Absent: Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth.

Fonzie Image Needed 16 "Potsie on His Own" Jerry Paris Hollace White March 17, 1981 183
After falling behind on rent, Potsie is forced to move back in with his parents. When he learns that Lori Beth's roommate likes men who live alone; Potsie remains in the apartment, but he doesn't reveal to Fonzie how he is earning quick cash to pay his rent.

Side notes: Curiously, this is the only episode of the series that isn't Copyrighted by Paramount Pictures Corporation. The closing credits read, "Copyright 1981 by Barclay's Mercantile Industrial Finance Co." This is the company that produced the Paramount film Reds, directed by and starring Warren Beatty.

Fonzie Image Needed 17 "Tall Story" Jerry Paris Barry Rubinowitz April 7, 1981 184
Chachi vouches for an epileptic classmate to play basketball for the high school team.
Fonzie Image Needed 18 "Scholarship" Jerry Paris Mark Rothman April 14, 1981 185
Chachi is offered a sports scholarship from a Florida college, but Fonzie suspects it is not bona fide.
Fonzie Image Needed 19 "R.C. & L.B Forever" Jerry Paris Fred Fox, Jr. May 5, 1981 186
Richie and Lori Beth finally get married. But because Lori Beth isn't allowed on the Army base where Richie is stationed because she and Richie aren't yet married; Richie and Lori Beth decide to get married over the telephone with Fonzie standing in as proxy for Richie.
Fonzie Image Needed 20 "Howard's Bowling Buddy"
(also titled: "Howard's Girlfriend")
Jerry Paris Bob Howard May 12, 1981 187
Marion becomes jealous over Howard's new female bowling partner.

Absent: Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth.

Fonzie Image Needed 21 "Mother and Child Reunion" Jerry Paris Fred Fox, Jr. & Babaloo Mandel May 19, 1981 188
Fonzie takes his auto shop students on a field trip and, during a stop at a diner, he encounters a waitress (Janis Paige) whom he believes may be his long-lost mother.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber; Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham; Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth.

Fonzie Image Needed 22 "American Musical" Jerry Paris James P. Dunne & Elizabeth Bradley May 26, 1981 189
Fonzie helps Chachi study American history, illustrated by dream sequences featuring seven educational musical numbers.