Happy Days

Season 2 Episode 12

Open House

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 1975 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Richie and Potsie plan to host a poker night at the Cunningham house as Howard and Marion will be out of town. However, their plans change when three young women stop by after their car breaks down, and Potsie invites them to stay the night.

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  • Marion and Howard are away for the weekend so Richie, Ralph and Potsie spend the night at the Cunningham house but an unexpected knock at the door changes everything.

    Richie, Ralph and Potsie decide that they are going to have some fun on the weekend because Richie's family are out of town and they have the house to themselves.

    They are all set for a fun weekend but when there is a knock at the door and they find three young, beautiful girls standing there, they think they have died and gone to heaven!

    It turns out that the girls' car has broken down and they are stranded so the boys, after some fast talking, get them to agree to spend the night while Fonzie does his best to fix their car. The boys think they really have it made but all of the girls are far too sophisticated for them and find the boys awqward behaviour amusing. A lesson is learned about girls, behaving like adults and, of course, acting like gentlemen.moreless
  • With his parents away, Richie takes in three stranded college girls.

    An excellent episode featuring Joan Prather who played Janet on "Eight Is Enough". She is one of three girls whose car breaks down, and can't be fixed till the next day. With his parents away, and Potsie pushing him, Richie agrees to take them in.

    The boys try to figure away to "get together" with them, and all efforts fail dismally. Mr and Mrs return early, and Howard gets quite a surprise both in his bedroom and his bathroom.

    The boys effort to keep Ralph out (while Fonzie took one for a bike ride) is also very good.

    A very enjoyable show, that shows how good this series could be. Compare it to any later episode of Season 4 and onwards, and you'll know how far it came down to reach the lowest common denominator to attract viewers.

    Fonzie, like seasoning, is just right when using the correct pinch.moreless
  • With Howard and Marion away, Richie and Potsie find themselves playing host to three stranded young women...

    Another fine series from season two. Actually, in many ways, the second season is a high qualifier for the best season of the show in my opinion.

    With his parents out of town, Richie plans to hold an all-night poker game with Potsie and Ralph - until he and Potsie find themselves playing host to three pretty, stranded young women whose car has broken down and are forced to spend the night.

    I just find this such a likeable, enjoyable episode. It is also more in the mold of the first season in that in revolves around Richie and Potsie.

    I particularly like Richie and Potsies lame attempts to get some attention after the girls have gone to bed.

    Another second season great.moreless
Marion Ross

Marion Ross

Marion Kelp Cunningham

Anson Williams

Anson Williams

Warren "Potsie" Weber

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Arthur Herbert "Fonzie" Fonzarelli

Donny Most

Donny Most

Ralph Malph

Tom Bosley

Tom Bosley

Howard C. Cunningham

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Richard J. Cunningham

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Potsie is looking at a Playboy magazine. They make a reference to "Miss September." However, the issue he is looking at is the June, 1956 issue.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Richie: (hiding Potsie's Playboy magazine under a couch cushion) Don't leave stuff like this lying around.
      Potsie: Expecting your minister to drop in?

    • Richie: (trying to stop Potsie from calling Ralph to cancel the poker game) Come on, Potsie. It's just, well, they seem like very nice girls, but I'm not sure my parents would go for the idea.
      Potsie: You're right, Rich. Parents never go for chances of a lifetime.
      (Richie begins to argue again, but is interrupted by Rose, who comes down the stairs in a short nightgown)
      Rose: Hey, thanks for letting me use the shower. I feel so nice and refreshed.
      Richie: (staring) You... you smell nice.
      Rose: Oh, thanks. That's my perfume: Midnight Desire.
      Potsie: (also staring) How long 'til midnight?
      Rose: (smiling) Hey, that's cute. (She walks away then stops to fix her shoe, revealing most of her leg to the boys.)
      Richie: Call Ralph and give him the bad news.

    • Potsie: I give up. I'm a failure with chicks.
      Richie: Oh, Potsie.
      Potsie: No, it's true. All those dates and making out? It's just a front.
      Richie: Potsie, you're not a failure.
      Potsie: When a naked girl yells at you to shut up, man, you are a failure.

    • Howard: What is it you did last night?
      Richie: Do you wanna hear what really happened or the lie we're gonna tell everybody else?
      Howard: Start with the lie. It's probably more interesting.

    • Richie: You know what my idea of a perfect girl is, Fonz?
      Fonzie: (rolling eyes) I have no idea. Thrill me.
      Richie: I like a girl... with a cute face... a cute build... and a nice personality.
      Fonzie: No, you don't say.
      Richie: What's your idea of the perfect girl, Fonzie?
      Fonzie: 45-22-34... with her own Harley.

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