Director Jerry Paris
had this to say about working on the series Happy Days – same thing, great folks to work for and with. When I got my first Happy Days, the producers, who’d worked on Partridge Family, just called me and gave me the part. When I got on the set, Jerry Paris, the director, took one look at me and told me I was all wrong. That was some greeting. After we did our first rehearsal, he came running up to me and said, “Oh, thank God, you’re a good actor, that’s great.” And every day thereafter, whenever I’d see him he’d say, “There he is, that good actor.”
Episode 10: Give the Band a Hand (First Aired March 26, 1974)
Written by Dick Bensfield and Perry Grant Directed by Jerry Paris
Richie and his friends set out to conquer their financial woes as a rock 'n roll band.
Richie is working at Arnold's while Richie and Potsie think about how they can make some money. Richie, Potsie, and Ralph form a band in order to earn some extra money. They practice in the garage and play the song All Shook Up with Fonzie critiquing them. Potsie later comes over in a werewolf mask while the Cunninghams play Monopoly at the kitchen table. Richie and the gang are able to get a gig at a college frat party for $11.25 each. After cleaning up the house, they lose $50 playing some poker. They lose by the Hoboken Hustle with a marked set of cards. "Chips" (Howard) Cunningham and Richie go back over to the Zena Phi house to win back their money. Howard lets them win every hand and then at the end uses his own deck of cards to play fair and square. They return to the house early the next morning, and Howard has to go to a Father/Daughter Junior Chipmunk outing with Joanie when he arrives home.
Guest stars: Bruce Kimmel as Murf, Gavan O'Herlihy as Chuck, Richard Rasof as Animal, Neil J. Schwartz as Bag, Don Carter as Brian, and Ding Dingle as waitress.
Episode 33: The Howdy Doody Show (First aired February 15, 1975)
Written by Bob Brunner Directed by Jerry Paris
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. 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 the show to present the award and gets nervous in front of the camera. Marion also becomes stage-struck in front of the camera. Potsie is able to get a photo of Clarabell- without his pants. Summers gives Richie 2 days for the page one exclusive. Fonzie mentions the Howdy Doody look-alike contest they are having the next day. Richie and Fonzie try to convince Ralph to enter the contest, and then Richie decides to enter it. Richie loses to Danny Glass who won a trip to Washington. Richie is able to get a picture with makeup off, pants on of Clarabell. Life magazine want to buy the picture for $300. Buffalo Bob and Clarabell come over to the house and talk Richie out of selling the picture fearing that it could jeopardize Clarabell's career. Richie takes the picture and tears it up and Clarabell cries tears of joy (confetti). Buffalo Bob and Clarabell leave to make a personal appearance and Howard tells Richie a story for his article.
Bruce Kimmel appears as Mark. Robert E. Smith appears in the role he created Buffalo Bob Smith. Robert Brunner who wrote the episode appears as Clarabell.