Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wild About Fonzie

Gather around children and let me tell you the tale of The Fonz! He was a man of the '50s by way of the '70s who could start a jukebox with one touch of his mighty fist, and summon any women to his side with a snap of his fingers. The Fonz even jumped a shark (oh yes he did)!

Inevitably, The Fonz would find himself facing a Houdini challenge. This happened on December 5, 1978, in episode #129 of Happy Days Season 6 called, "The Magic Show". The guest star was James The Amazing Randi, but it was Fonzie (of course!) who would perform Houdini's Milk Can escape. Did he make it?

Check out the clip below.

4 comments:

  1. Was this before or after he jumped the shark? Hilarious!

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  2. Ha! He jumped the shark in the opener of Season 5, so this was after. Hey, had he not jumped the shark, maybe the expression would be "doing the Milk Can." ;)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_the_shark

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  3. I remember watching this and i remember cringing when the gimick was exposed on this show yikes

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  4. Haha, this is awesome! And I had no idea "jumping the shark" came from "Happy Days". (Before my time, I guess).

    ... It's amazing how many shows fall into that tendency too, once they've been on the air a long enough time. Perhaps the worst offender was "ER"---it just got completely silly in the end. Seems to happen to a lot of situational shows, like hospital dramas.

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