Episode 6 – The Deadly Dares

Potsie and Richie believe that wearing a ‘Demons’ jacket is ‘date bait’. They persuade Fonzie, who used to be a Demon, to help them join the group. They somehow pass their panel interview at Demon headquarters and are deemed ready to progress to the next stage.
(Episode 6 – The Deadly Dares)

Richie and Potsie are challenged to complete six ‘deadly dares’. These involve such things as making a prank phone call, kissing Marsha the waitress at Arnold’s, pulling the wig off a teacher’s head, standing up and singing the national anthem inside a packed movie theatre and tieing a policeman’s shoelaces together so he topples over.

It is the final dare that proves the most challenging. The pair must dress up as girls and attend the Sock Hop. Their mission is to stay until someone dances with them. The Fonz attends the night and chooses Richie dressed as a girl to dance with, not knowing it is Richie.

While slow dancing together, the Fonz begins blowing in his ‘date’s’ ear. Eventually Richie whispers to Fonzie that it is him. Fonzie pretends to have known all along and says he was just helping Richie out.

After passing all the dares, Richie and Potsie conclude they don’t really like any of the other Demon members. They decide not to join the group afterall. The friends say they now realize – as Howard had advised Richie earlier – any girl impressed with a guy because he wears a Demons jacket isn’t really worth impressing.

A young Ed Begly Jr played the role of head Demon, Hank. Begly’s first credited screen role was in the 1969 Kurt Russell movie THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES. In 1972 the actor almost died after being stabbed multiple times during an attack by a street gang. To date he has appeared in 111 films including…

7 thoughts on “Episode 6 – The Deadly Dares

  1. Pretty wholesome demands to be a demon, unlike recent TT challenges to slap a teacher and worse. I remember this episode and my suspension of disbelief was really challenged with Fonzie’s choice of dance partner, but then I told myself that Fonzie loved anyone in a skirt. I don’t think I knew who Ed Begley, JR was until I started watching St. Elsewhere in the ’80s.
  2. Best line ever: “They somehow pass their panel interview at Demon headquarters.” LOL I remember this episode. “I knew it was you,” indeed, Fonz, ha ha ha. It’s adorable how the “deadly dares” were basically such benign deeds, reflecting those “lighter” times. Did not know about Ed Begly, though, getting stabbed. I wonder what the hell he was doing around any gangs?! He kind of annoyed me years ago when he bragged about having an electric car and said everyone needed to get one, like immediately. I was like, yeah, good idea, and you’re absolutely right. Are YOU gonna write a check for all of us plebeians to pay for these electric cars? The idiotic things actors are always touting, like what they say matters, lol. But I would never wish a gang stabbing on him or anyone else. Eeeeek
  3. Oh, and I looked up the stabbing incident. Seems he and his friends took a bus into some part of town they hadn’t been to before to play poker. Sad to hear that a group of guys just walked up to him and attacked him. That’s a lot of rage, and though I’m not excusing it, of course, I do understand where that rage comes from. A VERY different world from the Cunningham universe, of course. I’m glad Ed survived.

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