Richie walks outside of the house and into his car. He goes to the university to talk to Professor Garrity (Journalism Department) about a "D" on his paper in investigative reporting. His story is about a burned-out stoplight. The professor wants him to dig for more information. At the house, Marion talks to Richie about his grade, and she and Joanie try to give him some story ideas. Howard returns home from work angry that the garbage men are demanding a surcharge to pick up the trash each week. He feels that it is extortion. Richie gets the idea to write a story about the garbage extorters. At Arnold's, Potsie (in his R.O.T.C. uniform) and Ralph exchange some biology notes. Al talks to Mrs. Miller from the Department of Sanitation on the telephone. Richie then talks to her, but she can't get him an interview with the sanitation commissioner. Richie asks Fonzie if he knows anyone from city hall. He runs off a list of women, but Richie says he needs someone in the know. Lori Beth is at the house to study with Richie. A guy from the sanitation department drops some garbage in the house to scare Howard into calling off the snoops (which is Richie). Howard reads a note left on a garbage can lid: "Cunningham, keep your nose out of our business or you'll get your can kicked." Fonzie tells Richie that he found an informant and that he should meet him at Potsie and Ralph's apartment alone at 11:00 PM. Ralph and Potsie are entertaining some girls at their apartment. Richie says he needs their apartment, so they agree to leave him alone. Chachi tries to sell Richie a first-date make-out kit. Fonzie comes in with his girl. The supposed-to-be anonymous informant (Al) is behind the window shade outside in the alley. The signal is one knock for "yes," two for "no." Fonzie and his girl leave. Al tells Richie about the dispatcher who is behind the extortion. After the paper has been completed, Professor Garrity tells Richie the dispatcher had to resign to avoid prosecution and that Richie "took the stink out of Milwaukee's garbage." He gets a "B" on his paper because Garrity knows Richie can do even better. At the house, Howard tells Richie that he is proud of him, and he and Marion leave Richie and Lori Beth alone to "study."
Songs in this episode:
"Yakety Yak" by The Coasters (1958)
an unknown instrumental
"Lady Of Spain" (sung by Potsie) by Eddie Fisher (1952)