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Happy Days (season 11)

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This is a list of episodes from the eleventh and final season of Happy Days.

Happy Days (season 11)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network ABC
Original release September 27, 1983 (1983-09-27) – September 24, 1984 (1984-09-24)
Season chronology
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List of Happy Days episodes


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The season aired Tuesdays at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST)[1][2] and Thursdays at 8:00-8:30 pm (EST).[3][4]


  • Season 11 consisted of 22 episodes.
  • The Happy Days theme song is rerecorded by adding more vocals. A saxophone was added to the theme song.
  • Scott Baio and Erin Moran returned to join the cast for the final season, while Cathy Silvers was removed from the cast due to her character leaving the show, although she returned for the finale. Linda Purl's character, Ashley Pfister, was written out of the show (along with her daughter) because the show had to cut back on its number of extras.
  • Scott Baio moved up to third billing, relegating Anson Williams to fifth, although still crediting him as a co-star
  • Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Scott Baio, and Tom Bosley appeared in all episodes.
  • Erin Moran was absent for two episodes.
  • Ted McGinley was absent for eight episodes.
  • Anson Williams was absent for sixteen episodes.
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Viewers
234 1 "Because It's There" Jerry Paris William Bickley & Michael Warren September 27, 1983 (1983-09-27) 15.4

Fonzie realizes he never accomplished a goal he set for himself as a child, and begins to lose his edge. Only after a pep talk from Chachi does he regain his confidence and set out to attain his dangerous goal. He and Chachi celebrate at the top of the mountain. Meanwhile, Howard, Marion, and Chachi find a prized position of Fonzie's and unknowingly... misplace it.

Notes: In one scene, Fonzie wears an old beige windbreaker like the one he wore in the early seasons, before the network allowed him to wear black leather regularly. Also, this episode marked the final appearance of Pat Morita in his role of Arnold.

Absent: Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham; Anson Williams as Potsie Weber; Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.
235 2 "The Ballad of Joanie and Chachi" Jerry Paris Richard Gurman October 4, 1983 (1983-10-04) 15.3

Chachi resents Joanie's busy college life and wants to settle down. Joanie decides that she and Chachi won't be able to resolve their differences.

Notes: This episode features a very touching scene with Fonzie and Chachi toward the end of the show, right after Chachi breaks up with Joanie. Fonzie delivers one of his most touching speeches ever on the show in an attempt to encourage his brokenhearted cousin. You may want to have a tissue or two handy.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber; Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.
236 3 "Where the Guys Are" Jerry Paris Nancy Steen & Neil Thompson October 18, 1983 (1983-10-18) 14.7

Roger, Potsie, and Chachi trick Fonzie into going to a singles resort to help him get over his breakup with Ashley.

Note: Fonzie explains his offscreen breakup with Ashley to the character portrayed by guest star Rita Wilson.

Guest starring: Rita Wilson and Janine Turner.
237 4 "Welcome Home: Part 1" Jerry Paris Fred Fox, Jr. & Brian Levant October 25, 1983 (1983-10-25) 26.7

Discharged from the Army, Richie and Ralph return home; but after life in the Army, Richie wants to move to California to pursue a career as a screenwriter, which doesn't set too well with his parents.

Special guest stars: Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham; Don Most (billed as Donald Most) as Ralph Malph; Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth Cunningham.

Note: Richie, Fonzie, Potsie, and Ralph are reunited for the first time since the episode "Ralph's Family Problem" (the Season 7 finale).

Side Note: Richie's wanting to move to California to pursue a career as a screenwriter was possibly written as an inside reference to Ron Howard's real-life second career as a director.
238 5 "Welcome Home: Part 2" Jerry Paris Fred Fox, Jr. & Brian Levant November 1, 1983 (1983-11-01) 26.8

Irritated at his parents' disapproval of his wanting to move to California so soon; Richie visits a local bar in search of solace, which he finds in a little too much to drink that makes him lose control. However, Fonzie finds Richie and encourages him to follow his dreams; and Richie and Lori Beth decide to leave for Hollywood.

Special guest stars: Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham; Don Most (billed as Donald Most) as Ralph Malph; Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth Cunningham.

Note: Final appearance of Donny Most as Ralph Malph.
239 6 "Glove Story" Jerry Paris Fred Fox, Jr. & Rich Correll November 8, 1983 (1983-11-08) 11.8
Tired of Fonzie treating him as a kid, Chachi enters a boxing tournament to try to earn some respect. But when Chachi breaks his hand practicing, he tries to keep it a secret.
240 7 "Vocational Education" Jerry Paris Brian Levant November 15, 1983 (1983-11-15) 15.7

Roger and Fonzie are hired as the new administrative team at George S. Patton Vocational High School, a school notorious for disciplinary problems. Their plans to reform the school are easier said than done.

Guest starring: Crispin Glover. Ken Osmond Note: Steven Baio, Scott Baio's real-life brother, guest stars as Joey. He makes two more guest appearances in this season. Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell from Leave it to Beaver) guest stars as Mr. Bascomb a shop teacher.

Absent: Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham; Anson Williams as Potsie Weber.
241 8 "Arthur, Arthur" Jerry Paris Marc Flanagan & Craig Heller December 6, 1983 (1983-12-06) 13.4

Fonzie learns he has a long-lost brother (Michael Holden), who comes to Milwaukee with bad news.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber; Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.
242 9 "You Get What You Pay For" Jerry Paris John B. Collins December 13, 1983 (1983-12-13) 14.5

When Howard is constantly forced out of the bathroom by the household's other inhabitants, he decides to build a second bathroom. He hires Fonzie as the contractor and the shop students of Patton High to do the work. Howard comes to realize that it was a big mistake.

Recurring guest: Steven Baio as Joey.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber; Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.
243 10 "Kiss Me, Teach" Jerry Paris Fred Fox, Jr. January 10, 1984 (1984-01-10) 14.0

Joanie gets her first teaching job at the infamous Patton High School. Her pride gets in the way of her reasoning when she refuses to heed Chachi's advice. Joanie gets in way over her head when a student devises a plan to show his feelings for his teacher, whether Joanie likes it or not.

Notes: This episode is the last of several "Fonzie-comes-to-the-rescue" episodes of the series, where Fonzie shows up to save Joanie from being a victim of sexual assault at the hands of one of the Patton students. Also, this episode marks the final appearance of Steven Baio as Joey.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber; Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.
244 11 "The People vs. The Fonz" Jerry Paris Richard Gurman January 17, 1984 (1984-01-17) 16.7

Fonzie allegedly strikes a student who is bullying another student. With Roger's help, he has to defend his actions at a school board hearing.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber.
245 12 "Like Mother, Like Daughter" Jerry Paris Robert Pekurny January 24, 1984 (1984-01-24) 14.0

Howard gets jealous when Marion's old flame (special guest star Lyle Waggoner) comes for a visit, but gets really upset when he dates Joanie.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber; Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.
246 13 "Social Studies" Jerry Paris Paula A. Roth January 31, 1984 (1984-01-31) 14.1

With Joanie and Chachi officially broken up, Chachi starts to doubt his ability to ask girls out. Fonzie tries to help, telling him he has "Fonzarelli Power."

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber; Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.
247 14 "The Spirit Is Willing" Jerry Paris Larry Strawther April 24, 1984 (1984-04-24) 12.9

Fonzie wishes things could be the way they were back in the '50s when he was younger. He then meets a young woman named Nancy Haley and later finds out from a resident that Nancy is actually her ghost, her family having moved after she was killed in a car accident.

Note: This episode is loosely based on the 1965 Dickey Lee hit "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)," which itself is based on the urban legends known as the vanishing hitchhiker and Resurrection Mary; and because of it, the episode also reflects the teen death song phenomenon from that period.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber; Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips.
248 15 "Fonzie Moves Out" Jerry Paris Al Aidekman May 1, 1984 (1984-05-01) 15.54

When it appears the Cunninghams are planning to sell their home (so Howard can accept a job as vice president of a hardware store chain based in New York state), Fonzie may have to leave, too. Fonzie eventually gets his own apartment and adjusts to his new life

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber.
"Passages" Jerry Paris Neil Thompson & Nancy Steen
William Bickley & Michael Warren and Brian Levant & Fred Fox, Jr.
May 8, 1984 (1984-05-08) 20.0

Joanie and Chachi realize that they were meant for each other, and Chachi proposes to Joanie, and she accepts. Meanwhile, Fonzie becomes a Big Brother to a young orphan named Danny (Danny Ponce), and decides to adopt him; however, Fonzie's dream may be derailed when he finds out about regulations prohibiting single parents from adopting. He adopts Danny on the day of Joanie and Chachi's wedding. At the wedding, Richie and Lori Beth arrive just in time to watch their sister/sister-in-law tie the knot. Fonzie serves as Chachi's best man and Jenny is Joanie's maid of honor.


  • The series finale originally aired as a one-hour episode; in syndication, it is aired as a two-part episode. Though this episode is the finale, several earlier unaired episodes were burned off by the network during the coming summer months. The finale was filmed on Stage 19 at Paramount Pictures Studios on November 27 & 28, 1983.
  • Potsie and Ralph are the only two characters in the original cast who did not attend Joanie and Chachi's wedding.
  • At the beginning of his speech to toast newlyweds Chachi and Joanie Arcola, Howard mentions that "Both of our children are married now," officially writing Chuck (from Seasons 1 and 2) out of existence.
  • Howard ends his speech, as well as the episode (and thus the series), by "breaking the fourth wall," looking directly into the camera and thanking viewers "for being part of our family" before raising a toast "to happy days." Afterward, a closing montage of classic clips from past seasons is played over a portion of "Memories" by Elvis Presley, before a final shot of the current cast celebrating Joanie and Chachi's marriage.

Special guest stars: Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham; Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio; Ellen Travolta as Louisa Delvecchio; Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo; and Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth Cunningham.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber.

251 18 "So How Was Your Weekend?" Jerry Paris Paula A. Roth June 28, 1984 (1984-06-28) 13.67

Marion and Joanie spend a weekend with Marion's mother

Note: This was the first of the next five previously unaired episodes to be aired in the summer months after the finale. Episodes #251-255 actually take place before "The Spirit is Willing," "Fonzie Moves Out," and "Passages."

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber.
252 19 "Low Notes" Jerry Paris Al Aidekman July 5, 1984 (1984-07-05) 13.9

Chachi gets a job as a ballroom dancing instructor to pay back the half of the rent he owes Potsie.

Guest starring: Linda Kaye Henning, Elinor Donahue
253 20 "School Dazed" Jerry Paris Roger Garrett July 12, 1984 (1984-07-12) 13.8

Joanie tries to help one of her students who has a problem with drugs.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber.
254 21 "Good News, Bad News" Jerry Paris William Bickley & Michael Warren July 19, 1984 (1984-07-19) 13.5

Chachi is devastated when he learns he has diabetes.

Absent: Anson Williams as Potsie Weber.
255 22 "Fonzie's Spots" Jerry Paris Nancy Churnin September 24, 1984 (1984-09-24) N/A

Howard's position as the Grand Poobah at the Leopard Lodge is threatened when he realizes he hasn't recruited any new members in the past five years; so Fonzie, Roger, and Chachi volunteer to join

Note: Although this was the final episode to be aired due to some previously unaired episodes being presented in the coming summer months after the finale, the episode is actually #251 in chronological order.