Happy Days

Season 7 Episode 9

Joanie Busts Out

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 1979 on ABC

Episode Recap

Jake, a photographer, chooses Michelle, a model, for a nude bathtub layout. Chachi is working at the model studio. Fonzie is kissing one of the models in the waiting room. The shoot starts, and Fonzie is shocked to see Michelle drop her robe. He covers Chachi's eyes. Fonzie and Chachi leave as an older lady comes in to sweep the floor. At the house, Joanie tells Howard and Marion that she wants to go to Chicago with Sally for two days to see Fabian in concert. Howard doesn't want to let her go. Richie is asked his opinion on the issue, but he only gives pros and cons for both sides. Richie and Joanie leave to go upstairs. Howard says they've failed in raising Joanie, but Marion says everything will work out. Howard drives Marion to the butcher. Fonzie arrives and wants Richie to tell Chachi that he can't keep his job. Fonzie tells Richie about Chachi's assistant job. Richie is asked to give his opinion, and he flip-flops again just as he did over Joanie going to Chicago. Richie looks at the brochure as Fonzie and Chachi leave the house. Joanie and Sally sit on the couch and see the brochure for Jake Whitman's photography studio, and Joanie says it is exactly what she is looking for (glamour, travel, clothes, money, and men). At the studio, Chachi tells Jack that he has to quit, and he recommends Ralph Malph for the job. Chachi opens the door to let in the next model, and Joanie walks in. Chachi tries to tell her about the place, but she won't let him. At Arnold's, Chachi talks to Fonzie about Joanie and her modeling. Richie comes storming out of Fonzie's office after Fonzie tells him the news. At the studio, Jake prepares to take some shots of Bernice while Joanie goes behind the curtain to change. She says there's no costume there, and Jake tells her about the nude shots. She pretends it doesn't bother her but changes her mind and leaves the studio. Richie and Fonzie arrive at the studio and see Joanie's sweater (that Richie gave her for Christmas) hanging over the screen. Richie goes to confront Joanie behind the screen but sees another girl changing. He and Fonzie leave. They talk in the Cunningham kitchen after seeing Joanie sitting on the couch reading a magazine. Fonzie leaves. Richie confronts Joanie with the sweater, and she says that as soon as she found out about the nude photos, she left. Richie apologizes for thinking she would ever pose nude in the first place. Howard and Marion return with some groceries and eavesdrop on Richie and Joanie. Howard and Marion try to escape the kitchen and pretend they are just coming in as Richie and Joanie enter. Richie and Joanie go up to talk to Fonzie. Marion and Howard look at an envelope from the Irish Sweepstakes that was returned for insufficient postage. At Arnold's, Joanie calls Chachi a "smut brain" for telling everyone that she was going to be a model. Ralph says he was fired by Jake for kissing the negatives.

Songs in this episode:

"Runaround Sue" by Dion and the Del-Satins (1961)

"I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee (1960)
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