Posted August 05 2004 - 04:48 AM
Leather Tuscadero Is My Muse
| Leather Tuscadero appeared in only a handful of episodes of Happy Days in 1977-1978, but I think about her all the time. I was just five when Leather strode into Arnold's diner. In my memory she's wearing a tight leather jumpsuit that zipped up the front and a silky scarf tied around her neck. You could almost hear every jaw in the joint drop. She was the only girl Fonzie ever considered his equal. You could see it in his eyes that he respected her more than those pontailed, poodle-skirted cheerleaders he led up to his apartment above the Cunningham's garage (but strangely she later put on a flouncy dress and shared a kiss with Ralph Malph). Even Joanie was in love with Leather. This was the first woman she'd met who was tough but nice, strong but feminine. None of the girls that Richie made out with on the living room couch oozed the kind of sexual strength that Leather did. Her friend Jenny Piccalo was just a silly tease. And Mrs. C would have looked pretty ridiculous rising a motorcycle in her full skirts and aprons. So Joanie hatched a plan to run away from home and join Leather's band, The Suedes (I'm sure she was talked out of it by her wuss brother). Leather was so much cooler than her sister Pinky, whose tough act always seemed so artificial. And Leather sang Elvis songs. As soon as Leather came to Milwaukee, you knew that a quiet town like that couldn't hold her, but when she left everyone was a little sad and heartbroken--life was going to be less exciting without her. |
Suzi's episode of "Happy days":
-# 96- Fonzie: rock entrepreneur, part 1- 1977
Leather Tuscadero and the Suedes audition at Arnold's. Suzi plays "Cat size" and "All shook up"
-# 97- Fonzie: rock entrepreneur, part 2- 1977
Joanie wants to go on tour with the rock band. Suzi plays "Heartbreak hotel" and "Devilgate drive"
-# 105- Marion's misgivings - 1978
After a family friend leaves his wife for a younger woman, Marion thinks Howard might do the same thing. Suzi plays "I maybe too young"
-# 106- Richie almost dies - 1978
Richie is involved in a very serious accident with his new motorcycle. Suzi plays "Believe" (written by S.Quatro - L.Tuckey)
-# 114- Rules to date by - 1978
When Lori Beth is friendly to other guys, Richie becomes upset. Suzi plays "Johnny B goode"
-# 134- Stolen melodies - 1979
Richie and company and Leather Tuscadero audition for a musical talent show, and have their songs stolen from them by another band. Suzi plays "Moonlight love" and "Do the Fonzie"
-# 136- Marion fairy Godmother - 1979
Ralph Malph and Leather Tuscadero go to a military ball.
-# 139- Mork returns - 1979
Mork returns to Milwaukee to learn about relationships in the 1960s.A short clip of Leather kissing Ralph from #136 episode was shown in this one.