Happy Days

Season 1 Episode 5

Hardware Jungle

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 1974 on ABC

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  • When Richie buys tickets for the big Rock 'N' Roll show, multiple things send his plans into a backspin.

    Arguably one of the top three episodes of the first season, "Hardware Jungle" could also rate as one of the best of the series. This is when Happy Days did what Happy Days did best and it did it darn good. Potsie scores a date with the best friend of Richie's steady, Arlene. When Richie tells Potsie that he won't be able to attend, due to tending to his father's shop while Howard is in the hospital, Potsie is let down. However, when Howard tells Richie that he can close up the shop a little early, hilarity ensues. Richie buys and sell tickets from and to Fonzie like a scalper in this comedy of errors. While you root for clean-cut kid, Richie, you also get glimpses of the super-cool Fonz and the wordly Potsie. Ironically, the funniest scenes in this episode are arguably the tonsillitis jokes that occur between Howard and Joanie or Howard and the old man next to his hospital bed. It takes talent to write a show like this, with pop culture references dug up 20 years later and the best, cleanest comedy you'll see since the Andy Griffith Show. And that is what TV needs more of these days.