"Demons" Initiation Ceremony - The 1950s
Milwaukee-based sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84 featured a local club of teenagers
who called themselves the "Demons."
On episode No. 6 "The Deadly Dares" when
Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his friend Potsie Weber (Anson Williams)
notice how all the girls in town were attracted to guys wearing jackets from the
"The Demons" club, they asked their friend Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli (Henry
Winkler) to help them get into the group.
As neophytes Richie and Potsie stand
before the tribunal of hooded Demon Elders, they are told they can join but not
before participating in the initiation known as the "Deadly Dares."
The Deadly Dares
included pulling such pranks as:
- Calling an unsuspecting person and asking
them "Do you have Prince Albert in a can?" and they telling them to "Let him out
before he suffocates";
- Doing a hit and run "Kiss" attack on Marcia, the
waitress at the local burger drive-in joint;
- Roller skating down the hallways
of their high school in hooded mask and snatching off a teacher's toupee;
- Singing the National Anthem in a crowded theater;
- Tying the shoe laces of an
unsuspecting police officer;
- Going to the school dance dressed as
a girl and getting a guy to dance with them.
After a week of making fools of
themselves, Richie and Potsie are accepted into the Demon's. However, they
decline membership when they realize that girl's who'd only date guy for his
jacket aren't really worth dating, after all.
Back to Top