Howard, Marion, and Richie are about to have breakfast. Richie goes out to get the newspaper and finds Fonzie's motorcycle in many pieces. Fonzie gets ready to go to work, and Marion shows him the rear-view mirror from his bike. Fonzie thinks about putting the motorcycle back together, but it is hopeless. He gives Richie and Howard a speech about how he used to be a nerd and how the motorcycle made him "the Fonz." Fonzie had no insurance on the motorcycle. Ralph acts nervous when he sees the guys at Arnold's. Potsie suggests to Fonzie that he use a tactic from Highway Patrol in which they use tire tracks found at the scene to trace down the culprit. Later, Ralph comes to Arnold's dressed in a suit and carrying a suitcase. He tells Richie that he is taking a trip west. He admits to Richie that he was the one who totaled Fonzie's motorcycle. Ralph accidentally ran over the bike several times after a late date. He says the bike was parked in the street instead of in the driveway where it normally is, and he didn't see it. The Cunninghams devise a plan for how to tell Fonzie about Ralph. Joanie performs a magician's trick, and the entire family ties Fonzie to a chair with rope. Ralph comes in and admits that he hit Fonzie's bike and wants to make amends. Fonzie says he wants to kill Ralph and tries to get him while still tied to the chair. That night, Richie and Howard untie Fonzie. Ralph comes back with a new bike from Honest Ira's All-Night Bike Shop (after visiting 27 different bike shops). Fonzie says Ralph can pay off the bike by working at the garage.
Songs in this episode:
"Cry" by Johnnie Ray (1951)
"I'm Walkin'" (instrumental) by Fats Domino (1957)
"Bye Bye Love" by The Everly Brothers (1957)
"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" by Doris Day (1956)