Happy Days

Season 4 Episode 24

The Last of the Big Time Malphs

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 1977 on ABC

Episode Recap

Al and another kid carry a color television onto a table at Arnold's. Fonzie comes in. Fonzie tells Al that his bike is being repaired and girls are lining up to drive him home. The new Ralph comes into Arnold's with his girl Sheila, a manicurist. Richie and Potsie come wearing their hockey gear into Arnold's. Ralph sells football betting cards (pick 3 winners pro or college) for $1 with 10-1 odds. Richie fills out one of the football betting cards. Ralph doesn't go to the hockey game. He takes a bet from Bruiser. Fonzie comes out of his office and tosses up his comb. Cicely catches it and gets to drive him home. Richie and Ralph talk about the betting cards at the Cunningham house. Richie thinks Ralph is getting carried away. Ralph says his father doesn't know about what he's doing. Howard and Ralph's father, Mickey, talk about Ralph being Junior Leopard of the Year. Ralph and Mickey leave. At Arnold's, Ralph asks Fonzie to help him collect the money he's owed, but Fonzie calls betting a dirty business. Everyone watches the Packers game as Green Bay puts an injured Paul Hornung back into the game and wins after trailing by 11 points. Most everyone had bet for the Packers, so Ralph is out a lot of money. Bruiser wants to collect his winnings and tries to rough up Ralph in the men's room. Fonzie stops Bruiser from beating up Ralph. Bruiser gives Ralph 24 hours at Fonzie's insistance, and Ralph gives Sheila to Bruiser as collateral. Ralph gets Richie to get Howard to talk to Mickey at the optometrist office about Ralph's gambling problem. Ralph tells his father about his situation and Mickey agrees to let Ralph pay off his $80.00 debt by working two nights a week at the optometrist office. Ralph says he doesn't want to be an optometrist like his father. Instead, he wants to be a comedian. Howard talks to Mickey as they all leave the office. Songs in this episode: "I'm Walkin'" by Fats Domino (1957) "The Great Pretender" by The Platters (1954) "Splish Splash" by Bobby Darin (1958)