Joanie and Marion are hosting a cosmetics party with some ladies at the house as Howard arrives home at 5:30 from work. He not-so-subtly gets them to leave. Howard has a Leopard Lodge meeting that night. Howard and Marion start fighting because Marion feels frustrated and bored. She wants to get a job. She only teaches piano lessons at the moment to beginners. Howard says Marion getting a job is out of the question. Later, he comes down with a limp fez Leopard Lodge hat. Marion again states that she wants to get a job. She gives Howard his dinner (right out of the refrigerator and freezer) and goes upstairs to Fonzie's place crying. Fonzie and Lorraine are there. Marion and Fonzie talk about her getting a job. Fonzie thinks it is a great idea. Marion's new job is as a waitress at Arnold's. Al tells Marion to speed things up a little bit as the orders are stacking up on the counter. Potsie and Ralph speculate that things are going badly at Howard's hardware store or that Howard and Marion are splitting up, but Richie sets the record straight. He talks to Marion who says she was turned down for 40 other jobs. Marion tells Al that his menu is a disgrace with all of the fried foods. Fonzie brings Lorraine to Arnold's where Marion embarrasses Fonzie by mentioning that he likes vegetables and milk and that he'd been out with three other girls the night before. Lorraine leaves upset. Fonzie calls a meeting in his office with the guys and Al and tells Richie to fire his mother. Richie tries to talk Marion into quitting the job instead of having to fire her. Richie tells her that she is cramping his style and that she is fired. She starts crying in the kitchen. Howard and Marion talk at Arnold's where he tells her she's never been a failure. He suggests she go back to school to get her teaching certificate. Howard and Marion dance to "Mona Lisa" as Al shuts off the lights. Howard comes home for lunch, and Marion tells him she has registered for music school and starts in two weeks. Richie and Joanie come home for lunch but leave and go back to school to let their parents be alone together.
Songs in this episode:
"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" by Doris Day (1956)
"Who's Sorry Now" by Connie Francis (1958)
"Mona Lisa" by Nat King Cole (1955)