There is a "Beat Mandeville" pep rally outside of Arnold's. Richie picks up the instruments to take them to the Leopard Lodge Annual Poobah Doodah Dance. Al isn't allowed to go because he doesn't have enough spots. Joanie does a cartwheel and then goes outside. Chachi enters Arnold's in a Lords gang jacket. Richie has a talk with Chachi and tells him about the police and rumbles. Chachi counters saying that Fonzie was in a gang, and he's doing all right. Richie says that Fonzie quit being the leader of the Falcons. Richie tells Chachi about the first time he met Fonzie. It was 3 1/2 years ago - the first day of his sophomore year at Jefferson High School. In the flashback, everyone dances to "Rock Around The Clock." Marsha takes Richie's and Potsie's orders (it's their first time at Arnold's). Potsie introduces Ralph to Richie. Fonzie comes in with the Falcons and sees Richie, Ralph, and Potsie at a booth. Richie hides his lunchbox. Potsie says he just got his braces off. Ralph takes off. Richie and Potsie read the engraving on the table: "This is Falcon turf." Richie is challenged by Fonzie to meet him in the alley at 10:00 PM without weapons on Saturday. At the house, Richie talks to Howard about the situation. Richie shows up in the alley and hears Potsie and Ralph hiding. Potsie and Ralph then run off. Fonzie shows up at 10:00 PM and is impressed to see that Richie has shown up. Fonzie tells Richie reasons why he rumbles (bumping into a member, looking at a member's girl, reading Falcon magazines). Fonzie takes off his Falcons jacket, and Richie fakes drawing out a gun. Fonzie becomes friendly with Richie after he stands up to Fonzie, and Fonzie decides to leave the Falcons. Back in real time, some Lords members give Chachi a rumble chain for their rumble against the Hornets. Chachi quits the gang because they are going to fight for a dumb reason (stepping on a member's foot). The Lords leave Arnold's.
Songs in this episode:
"Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley And The Comets (1955)
"The Great Pretender" by The Platters (1954)