Fonzie breaks the record on the pinball machine at Arnold's as his grandmother, visiting from Florida, watches. Fonzie and his grandmother leave on his motorcycle. Joanie comes into Arnold's and tells Richie that Howard has a big announcement to make. At the house, Howard announces that Fryfeld's Fish Market is going out of business, and a new hardware store (Hardware Village) is going to open up across the street from Cunningham Hardware. Richie and Marion consider getting jobs (Marion suggests she go back to being a secretary), and Marion has the idea of renting out the room over the garage (the attic; which has its own entrance, electricity, and plumbing). Arnold's gets a new Bally Time Zone pinball machine. Fonzie tells Richie that his grandmother has decided to move to Milwaukee, and Richie suggests that Fonzie's grandmother visit the room they have for rent. Mrs. Nussbaum checks out the room (they are asking $50 a month). She isn't interested. Richie suggests that Fonzie take the place, and his grandmother can take Fonzie's old apartment. Howard nearly chokes Richie when he hears the news. Fonzie gives three month's rent in advance, and Howard relents and gives him a one-week trial. Fonzie moves in. Howard learns that Hardware Village isn't going to open up, after all, because of embezzling by the company's treasurer. The Cunninghams think there is a fire in Fonzie's apartment, but Fonzie's girlfriend (Vivian) is cooking an egg on the stove. Howard tells Fonzie he is like one of the family and would hate to see him him leave. Fonzie agrees to stay.
Songs in this episode:
"Wake Up Little Susie" by The Everly Brothers (1957)
"Perfidia" by The Ventures (1960)