Happy Days

Season 4 Episode 22

Fonz-How, Inc.

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 1977 on ABC

Episode Recap

Fonzie gets on his motorcycle and leaves Arnold's for the Cunningham house. Richie, Marion, and Joanie have their eyes covered at the dinner table. Fonzie arrives and also covers his eyes as Howard has a big surprise for them. Howard shows them a bag of garbage on the kitchen counter. Marion picks up the bag and the garbage falls out the bottom and onto the living room floor. Howard says that his secret ambition was always to be an inventor. Howard's idea is to compact trash into one small package so that it only has to be emptied once or twice a week. Marion picks up the garbage. Fonzie reviews Howard's blueprints and suggests he use hydraulic lifts. Richie talks Fonzie into being partners with Howard on the invention. Howard brings "The Gulper" into Arnold's where Fonzie is dancing with Eileen. Howard says there is a part that isn't working and wants Fonzie to fix it right away. Fonzie complains to Richie about Howard in his office while Howard dances with Eileen. Richie says that Howard plans to form a company called Fonz-How, Incorporated. Fonzie, suddenly, becomes excited about the prospect of Fonz-How, Inc. Fonzie fixes The Gulper, and he and Howard take it into the kitchen to test it out. Howard calls the whole family downstairs late at night to see The Gulper in action for the first time. After it fails to work properly, Howard sends the family back upstairs. Howard tells Fonzie that he wants to quit. Fonzie lays a guilt trip on Howard about letting women down, and he changes his mind. The next day, Howard, Fonzie, and company take The Gulper for a presentation to a board group. The Gulper takes a week's worth of garbage and compacts it into one small package. Richie gives a sales pitch and introduces Marion who gives a speech as the typical American housewife. Richie, Potsie, and Ralph hum in the background. Everyone then loads all of the trash they can find into The Gulper. The Gulper jams, so Fonzie takes a man's walking stick and jams it into the trash compactor. He breaks off all of the cane except the most valuable part - the silver tip. At Arnold's, Howard and Fonzie explain that they were paid $300 for the hydraulic system and have a patent pending. Richie takes a picture of Howard, Fonzie, and Fonzie's dream (small model) blimp with "FONZ-HOW, INC." on it.

Songs in this episode:
"Yakety Yak" by The Coasters (1958)
"Raunchy" (played by the band) by Bill Justis (1957) "All I Have to Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers (1958) "Raunchy" (played by the band) by Bill Justis (1957) "Raunchy" (played by the band) by Bill Justis (1957)
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