"The Deadly Dares" is the sixth episode of the first season of Happy Days. The episode was written by Steve Zacharias and directed by Herb Wallerstein. It aired on February 19, 1974 on ABC.


Ralph enters the school dance, where Richie and Richie unsuccessfully try to get girls, observing "Bag" Zombroni of the Demons gang having greater success. Potsie suggests they try to join the gang, pointing out that Fonzie used to be a member.

Fonzie struggles to start his bike as Richie and Potsie approach him to ask about joining the Demons. He reluctantly agrees to help them.

Howard and Joanie paint as Richie prepares to go meet the Demons. Howard advises him to be smart.

Fonzie attends the Demons initiation with Richie and Potsie. They both make it past the first stage, then say they must do the "deadly dares" in order to be members.

At Arnold's, they are dared to make juvenile crank calls and kiss Marsha. They then are dared to roller skate through the hallway at school, stealing a teacher's toupee in the process. At the movie theater, they are dared to sing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" in a screening room where Richie's family are present.

Howard gets a headache and at home, he suggests to Richie that the girls who fall for Demons may not be worth it. Later at Arnold's, as another dare, they tie a police officer's shoelaces together as he speaks to Marsha and plans a date with her. However, this is ruined when the officer falls on her and she thinks he is assaulting her.

The final dare for the boys to become Demons is to go to a school dance dressed as girls. Fonzie dances with Richie and when he learns that "she" is Richie, he claims to have known the whole time and was trying to help him.

Richie and Potsie later decide that they do not really want to be Demons, reflecting Howard's advice.






  • Neil J. Schwartz makes his first appearance as Bag Zambroni in this episode.
  • Steve Zacharias is credited as "Steven Zacharias."
  • This episode marks the first time, Fonzie wears a leather jacket.
  • Potsie mentions his embarrassment at borrowing mascara from his sister. This would contradict his statement in later seasons regarding being an only child.
  • Warren "Potsie" Weber got his nickname from his mother. When he was growing up, he liked to make things out of clay. His mother called him Potsie once, and it stuck.
  • This episode marks the last time, the 1964 ABC Presentation TV camera logo was used.

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