One in the series of comedies about life in the 1950s. In this episode, Howard is upset when he comes home to "strangers" in his house yet again -- Marion's friends -- as he wants peace and quiet after work. Marion feels like a slave to Howard, thinking it may be time she gets a job. Howard hates the idea, upsetting Marion. Marion ends up speaking with the Fonz about her situation and he inspires her to pursue her goals. Thus, Marion ends up waitressing at Al's. Richie is embarrassed by the situation, being pelted with questions by Ralph and Potsie. Richie privately speaks with his mother, who explains that waitressing is the only job for which she was qualified. Soon, Marion has noticed how Al's menu is full of greasy, non-nutritional foods, getting on Al's nerves as she voices her opinions to customers. Later, Marion accidentally reveals Fonz's womanizing in front of his date of the moment, Lorraine. With everything going from bad to worse, Richie, Fonz, and Al meet privately in the men's room, knowing that one of them has to convince Marion to quit the job so that they can have their haven back. Richie is enlisted and tries to convince his mother how crummy the position actually is. Surprisingly, Marion looks forward to the job. Richie hints to his mother that she is cramping his style, then tells her that she's been fired. Marion is hurt and refuses to end her shift before it is over. Thus, Howard has to march down to Al's to convince his wife that she isn't a failure as a person. Howard tells his wife that maybe it's time she pursues her real dream: going back to school to get her music teaching certificate. Howard says that keeping her happy is more important, even if it does mean that she'll have less time to take care of him. Includes commercials.


  • DATE: February 1, 1977 Tuesday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:28:18
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:13184
  • GENRE: Comedy
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV series, 1974-1984
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Dynamo detergent^TV - Commercials - Irish Spring soap^TV - Commercials - Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal^TV - Commercials - McDonald's restaurants^TV - Promos - "Laverne & Shirley"^


    • Thomas L. Miller … Executive Producer
    • Edward K. Milkis … Executive Producer
    • Garry K. Marshall … Executive Producer, Created by
    • Jerry Paris … Producer, Director
    • Tony Marshall … Producer
    • Nick Abdo … Associate Producer
    • Dixie Brown Grossman … Writer
    • Frank Comstock … Music by
    • Charles Fox … Theme Music by
    • Norman Gimbel … Theme Music by
    • Ron Howard (See also: Ronny Howard) … Cast, Richie Cunningham
    • Henry Winkler … Cast, Arthur "Fonz" Fonzarelli
    • Marion Ross … Cast, Marion Cunningham
    • Anson Williams … Cast, Potsie Weber
    • Donny Most … Cast, Ralph Malph
    • Erin Moran … Cast, Joanie Cunningham
    • Tom Bosley … Cast, Howard Cunningham
    • Al Molinaro … Cast, Al Delvecchio
    • Jillian Kesner … Cast, Lorraine
    • Patricia Wilson … Cast, Paulette Barker