Happy Days (1974–1984)
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Richie Almost Dies 

What begins as a humorous escapade with a motorcycle turns into a tragic vigil for the Cunninghams and their friends. Richie purchases a motorcycle from Fonzie, but Howard angrily refuses ... See full summary »


Jerry Paris


Garry Marshall (created by) (as Garry K. Marshall), Marty Nadler


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Episode credited cast:
Ron Howard ... Richie Cunningham
Henry Winkler ... Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli
Marion Ross ... Marion Cunningham
Anson Williams ... Potsie Weber
Don Most ... Ralph Malph (as Donny Most)
Erin Moran ... Joanie Cunningham
Al Molinaro ... Al Delvecchio
Scott Baio ... Chachi Arcola
Tom Bosley ... Howard Cunningham
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynda Goodfriend Lynda Goodfriend ... Lori Beth Allen
Robert Patten ... Doctor
Suzi Quatro ... Leather Tuscadero


What begins as a humorous escapade with a motorcycle turns into a tragic vigil for the Cunninghams and their friends. Richie purchases a motorcycle from Fonzie, but Howard angrily refuses to let him keep it, leading to a deliberately petulant tantrum from Richie to embarrass his father. But Fonzie convinces Howard that the bike is safe and Richie wears proper safety gear, so Howard reluctantly relents. Richie takes Lori Beth along one day while Fonzie is out and Chachi is repairing a truck rented by Al Potsie, and Ralph. The group is ecstatic when Chachi gets the truck running, but then an injured Lori Beth runs into the garage begging for help: she and Richie have been in a horrible crash. At the hospital the doctor can only tell Howard and Marion that Richie was fortunate to have been wearing his helmet, but he might never regain consciousness. The family returns home to their friends (Leather offers a touching song to comfort everyone). Late that night Fonzie goes to the hospital, ... Written by Michael Daly; Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Family | Music


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Release Date:

31 January 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli: [to Richie] Hi Red, I'm right here with you.
[to Howard]
Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli: How is he?
Howard Cunningham: Well he's not very good, Fonzie, but there is a chance.
Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli: Is there anything I can do?
Howard Cunningham: Nothing. Come on, let's go home.
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Written and performed by Suzi Quatro
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One of the better 'sentimental' episodes of "Happy Days"
17 September 2007 | by blockerloverSee all my reviews

"Happy Days" did attempt some serious shows once in awhile, but usually they were cringe-worthy. Possibly in an attempt to let break-out star Henry Winkler stretch his acting muscles, they actually let his character Fonzie go blind in one episode. Although tragedy strikes Richie in this fifth-season show (via a motorcycle accident), once again it is pal Fonzie who gets to do all the emoting--praying and grieving at Richie's hospital bedside. The sequence which worked for me was a montage of happy family memories set to a tune sang and played on the piano by Leather Tuscadero (Suzi Quatro). The song was not listed in the credits for this episode, nor did it end up on any of real-life rocker Quatro's records, but it is hauntingly sung and, when coupled with the clips, very emotional. But, not to worry, the episode ends happily, with a rather unsubtle warning to kids that cycles can be dangerous...if you're not Arthur Fonzerelli, that is.

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