Happy Days

Season 5 Episode 27

Fonzie for the Defense

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 30, 1978 on ABC

Episode Recap

Richie, Ralph, and Potsie are in a booth at Arnold's trying to think of a song for the Fraternity Song Fest. Chachi announces Fonzie's entrance into Arnold's as he has been picked to be on a jury. Chachi hands rain checks out to the girls who had dates planned with Fonzie that week. Fonzie says Howard is also on the jury. Back at the Cunningham house, Richie sings "The Three Caballeros." He, Potsie, and Ralph will be singing it for the Fraternity Fest. Chachi is at the door and brings Richie a serape with a plush parrot on it. Joanie leaves for school. Chachi leaves for the library to "study." Howard comes down and gives Marion a list of instructions for the hardware store's paint sale. Fonzie enters the Cunningham house wearing his leather jacket and a tie. At Municipal Court No. 3, the judge tells the jury that it's time for them to deliberate. The defendant (Jason Davis), who is accused of taking a woman's purse, is taken out of the courtroom for disrupting the procedings. The jury deliberates in the court room because the jury room is not available. Howard tallies the votes: 11 "guilty" and 1 "not guiltyamundo." Fonzie thinks the man is not guilty based on the facts of the case. Fonzie almost gets in a fight with fellow-juror Burch who thinks Davis is guilty. Fonzie goes over the evidence and says the eyewitness could not have identified the man's face. She only identified him by the helmet he was wearing. There is reasonable doubt. They take another vote, and Howard (the foreman) thinks they should think more about the case. At the house, Howard and Fonzie return from the court after finishing deliberations for the day. Marion tells Howard that she had a one-cent paint sale at the hardware store and sold the entire inventory. Joanie introduces the Three Caballeros (Richie, Potsie, and Ralph), and they sing as Joanie plays the piano. Back at the courthouse, Howard takes another vote. Fonzie raises his hand with the rest of the jury for "guilty" but changes his mind after reading the transcript of the case. It says that Jason Davis was riding a Grand Mark 2 motorcycle when he was picked up. That particular bike is rare and is made only in England. The criminal had taken the purse with his left hand, but the Grand Mark 2 has the accelerator on the left-hand handlebar. He couldn't swipe the purse and accelerate the bike with the same hand. Therefore, it is impossible that Jason Davis could have been criminal. Everyone votes "not guilty," and Davis is acquitted. Fonzie and Jason talk about motorcycles. Jason wants to be the first black driver in the Indianapolis 500. At the house, Joanie is on the phone with Jenny who tells her about what happened to Richie. Richie comes in with a battered parrot on his shoulder. Phi Nu has a live falcon for a mascot and destroyed the parrot. Richie's group finished second-to-last. Howard can't believe how Marion turned the one-cent sale into a profit. She tells him that the money was made by people who bought things like brushes, rollers, and drop cloths to go along with the one-cent paint. Songs in this episode: "Personality" by Lloyd Price (1959) "I'm Walkin'" by Fats Domino (1957) "The Three Caballeros" (sung by Richie, Ralph, and Potsie) from The Three Caballeros (1945)