Happy Days

Season 3 Episode 14

Tell It to the Marines

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 1975 on ABC

Episode Recap

Richie and Potsie talk about who they are taking to the Goalpost Dance that night when Ralph brings in a book called Lady Chatterly's Lover. The book turns out to be a fake, and snakes pop out. Ralph puts on some funny glasses and a nose and talks to Olivia whom he has been going out with for two weeks. Olivia Hunsecker breaks up with him. Ralph goes into Fonzie's office. He tells his problems to Fonzie and says he is joining the French Foreign Legion. Ralph tries to become more sophisticated like Rex Harrison as Fonzie suggests. The new Ralph takes Olivia outside of Arnold's to talk, but he goes back to his old ways and starts telling jokes. Ralph again says that he wants to join the French Foreign Legion but enlists with the U.S. Marines instead. At the Cunningham house, the family tries to talk Ralph out of enlisting, but he leaves to sign up. Richie goes to talk to Fonzie at Arnold's (Arnold's is closed on Sundays, but Arnold gives Fonzie one day a year to take his Christmas-card pictures) to get him to talk Ralph out of it. Potsie stays at the house and aggravates Howard. As Fonzie takes his Christmas-card pictures with some girls, Richie talks to him. Potsie comes into Arnold's and says Ralph's father wouldn't let him enlist but that he would run away to Chicago to do it. Ralph writes Fonzie a note and plans on leaving his car at the garage. He and Fonzie talk. Fonzie tells him that he was wrong (without actualy saying the word) when he told him to join the Marines and that he would miss him because he is so funny. He tells Ralph that he just needs to find a chick that will respond to his sense of humor. At Arnold's, he meets a new girl, Sheila, who is wearing a fake nose, and it is love at first sight.

Songs in this episode:
an unknown instrumental
"Cry" by Johnnie Ray (1952)
"Wake Up Little Susie" by The Everly Brothers (1957)
"My Prayer" (instrumental) by The Platters (1956)