Episode Name/Number: Why Did the Fireman... (Episode 5.18)
Original Air Date: February 4, 1980
Summary: Laverne meets and falls madly in love with Randy the fireman. After two months of dating, he is getting ready to propose to Laverne, but dies in a fire that very night.
Guest Stars: Ted Danson as Randy the Fireman
Best Quote: "Fire, fire, fire! Someone get a net! Here come the firemen to get the fire wet!" -Lenny and Squiggy
Most Touching Moment/Quote: Randy telling Laverne all the things about her that he likes after their first date, and why he thinks she’s so special.
Funniest Moment: Carmine swearing to Randy that Shirley won’t say a word to Laverne about his upcoming plan to propose - followed immediately by Laverne’s shrieks after clearly being told the news by Shirley.
Squiggy Hello: "There was something you wanted to tell me?" -Laverne "Yes, now that we are finally alone..." -Randy "Hello!" -Squiggy
Featured Songs: Shirley singing "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking," to describe her thoughts about Randy
Strangest Moment: Shirley’s "I Must Increase My Bust" exercises - hilarious.
Best Insult: "Laverne, you are a yellow-bellied, sap-sucking, lily-livered coward and I DARE you to go down that pole." -Shirley
Saddest Moment: Ummm, hello - the entire plot of this episode is gut-wrenching, possibly more so than any other Laverne & Shirley episode. The saddest moment though has to be Frank’s talk with Laverne on her bed, and her ultimate acceptance of Randy’s death.
Fun Tidbit: Randy's twelve-year-old brother works as a paper boy.
Episode in One Ridiculous Picture:
Star Rating: 3/5
Verdict: This is arguably the most emotional, most serious episode of Laverne & Shirley. The tone comes as a bit of a shock to those who are used to the show’s typical lighter content, and it feels a bit awkward and confusing at times... but nonetheless, Penny Marshall’s performance here is truly exceptional.