Richie and Potsie walk at school and meet the school newspaper editor, Mark Summers. Mark gives Richie one final chance to get a big story. Richie plans on getting an interview with Howdy Doody and Bob Smith since the show is in town. Joanie and the Chipmunks plan on presenting Junior Chipmunk of the Year to Howdy Doody. Richie and the gang talk about Howdy Doody at Arnold's. Richie wants to get a bigger exclusive by getting a photo of Clarabell the Clown without makeup on. Joanie goes down to the station (WZAZ) and on the show to present the award and gets nervous in front of the camera. Marion also becomes stagestruck in front of the camera when she goes to get Joanie. Potsie is able to get a photo of Clarabell - without his pants. Summers gives Richie two days for the page-one scoop. Fonzie mentions the Howdy Doody look-alike contest they are having the next day. Richie and Fonzie try to convice Ralph to enter the contest. When he refuses, Richie decides to enter it himself. Richie loses the contest to Danny Glass who wins a trip to Washington. Richie is able to get a picture of a makeup-off, pants-on Clarabell. Life magazine wants to buy the picture for $300. Buffalo Bob and Clarabell come over to the house and talk Richie out of selling the picture for fear that it could jeopardize Clarabell's career. Richie takes the picture, tears it up, and Clarabell cries tears of joy (confetti). Buffalo Bob and Clarabelle leave to make a personal appearance, and Howard tells Richie his life story for his article.
Songs in this episode:
"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino (1956)
"It's Howdy Doody Time" (sung by The Howdy Doody Show audience)
"All I Have To Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers (1958)