Richie, Potsie, Ralph, and company goof off while doing some marching drills in R.O.T.C., and their squad leader is fired. Richie is named the new squad leader by Mr. Binicky. Howard works on a hammock in the driveway. Richie asks for a medical note from Howard to get out of being the squad leader. Howard refuses saying that Richie needs to get his squad to love him in order to be an effective leader. Richie tries to get on his buddies' good side by giving Potsie a dollar and by joking around with him and Ralph. Richie talks with the head leader, Mr. Binicky, who tells Richie that his men have to hate him in order to be a good leader. The next day, the squad runs off on him again, so he puts them on report. Ralph and Potsie play pinball at Arnold's and ignore Richie. Fonzie criticizes Richie for putting his friends on report. Richie has a dream in which there is a trial to determine if he is a fink, and he is found guilty and sprayed with whipped cream. The next day, Richie tears up the report, and the squad walks through the water sprinklers on the field during a demonstration. Howard tells Richie that it is sometimes better to be a good follower than a good leader.
Songs in this episode:
"Little Darlin'" by The Diamonds (1957)
"Yakety Yak" by The Coasters (1958)
"Who's Sorry Now" by Connie Francis (1958)
"My Prayer" by The Platters (1956)