Happy Days

Season 3 Episode 1

Fonzie Moves In

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 09, 1975 on ABC
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Fonzie Moves In
With Howard's hardware store about to face new competition, the Cunninghams decide they need to rent the room above their garage to generate extra income. Howard is shocked when Richie rents it to Fonzie.

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  • A great start to the third season when Howard and Marion decide to rent out their spare room for some extra cash.

    Howard is worried about the family finances when there is new competition in the hardware business and he realises that the Cunninghams will have to tighten their belts as well as generate some extra income. It is decided that they will rent out their little self-contained bed sit apartment above their garage in order to obtain rent money, however, Howard almost blows a gasket when he finds out that Richie has already rented it out - to Fonzie!

    This is a terrific episode where we see Fonzie take the first step to becoming a real part of the Cunningham family. Well worth watching, you'll love it.moreless
  • A new start.

    The first episode of the third season introduced some new things to the show. It was now filmed before a live audience, which allows for better comedy timing (and sometimes loud acting). The new production system meant longer scenes in fewer locations, and that brought out the best in the writers.

    There are also some changes to the (importance of) characters. With Fonzie getting a bigger role, we no longer get a nostalgic show about youngsters in the fifties, but a comedy ensemble with well-honed types. It means that certain characters move slightly to the background. Poor Potsie, once introduced as Richie's best friend, is relegated to a few shorter scenes. Richie's older brother Chuck has not only completely disappeared, he seems to be expunged from the family history.

    With this episode Fonzie gets tied in closer to the Cunningham family, a new start for some hilarious adventures.moreless
Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Arthur Herbert "Fonzie" Fonzarelli

Marion Ross

Marion Ross

Marion Kelp Cunningham

Anson Williams

Anson Williams

Warren "Potsie" Weber

Donny Most

Donny Most

Ralph Malph

Erin Moran

Erin Moran

Joanie Louise Cunningham

Tom Bosley

Tom Bosley

Howard C. Cunningham

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Arnold's gets a new pinball machine, Time Zone. This machine was first manufactured by Bally in 1973, but this episode takes place in approximately 1956.

    • In this episode, Richie says he doesn't know how to play canasta. However, in "Kiss Me Sickly," the Cunningham family plays at the end of the episode.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Vivian: (from outside) Hey, Fonzie! It's me, Vivian.
      Howard: What was that?
      Marion: That's Vivian, dear.
      Howard: Well, I heard that.
      Richie: A date tonight, Fonz?
      Fonzie: A maybe date.
      Vivian: Fonzie, are you coming out?
      Fonzie: This is really embarassing, huh? Some people got no class. They just interrupt a great meal. (to Joanie) Don't you ever do that, Shortcake.
      Vivian: Fonzie, are you in there?
      Fonzie: (shouting) Hey, will you shut up? We're eating!

    • Howard: Hardware Village! It's three stories high, and it's got an escalator and a credit department and 600 different kinds of nails. You know how many kinds of nails I sell? Two: rusty and not rusty.

    • Richie: This could really hurt Fonzie. He's a very sensitive person. I hope he doesn't throw me down the stairs.

    • (Richie finds a reason to let Fonzie stay in the apartment above the garage.)
      Richie: He's a very handy guy to have around. He can fix your car.
      Howard: Oh, that's great. I'll be the first guy in the neighborhood who can go 140 miles an hour in a DeSoto.

    • Joanie: Sit on it, Malph!
      First "sit on it" phrase of the series.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Fonzie says that he hasn't seen his grandmother since he was six and that's when he left the house.

    • Season 3 Cast Opening Credits Sequence:
      Ron Howard
      Henry Winkler
      Marion Ross
      Anson Williams
      Donny Most
      Erin Moran
      Tom Bosley

      The still photos of the cast used in the first two seasons are replaced by action shots, most notably Fonzie's thumbs-up gesture.

    • "Happy Days" replaces "Rock Around the Clock" as the show's opening theme beginning with this episode. From now on, the series is filmed in front of a studio audience, and that explains the new interior design at Arnold's and the Cunningham house.