Happy Days

Season 3 Episode 12

Fonzie's New Friend

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 25, 1975 on ABC

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  • Trying too hard.

    Once in while, this show tried to add a message to the fun, with mixed results. Was it Hollywood producer Sam Goldwyn who said, "If you've got a message, send a telegram"? Watching the show in the twenty-first century can be quite confusing too. After all, we get the seventies interpretation of life in the fifties. Jack Baker plays the role of Sticks very much like the great African-American sitcom characters of the seventies. (You could imagine him cutting down Archie Bunker with his sarcasm.) And all the main characters have a very enlightened view of racial matters. Isn't it surprising that the parents of Ralph or Potsie didn't mind about the presence of a coloured couple at the party, while all the other parents did? Earlier in the season Howard still had some reservations about accepting Fonzie in his house, now he has no problems with another "strange" friend of Richie's.

    The episode is filled to the brim with good intentions, but sometimes loses its logic. For instance, Fonzie does not have the authority we always thought he had; the kids at Arnold's actually disobey him. When the only parental figure who actually checks out the people their kids hang around with, proves to be the Afro-American aunt, you realize the writers went a bit too far with their message.