Wally and Beaver are excited that they have managed to get jobs with a traveling carnival for the three days that it is set-up in Mayfield. They are getting paid $20 for their work. By the smell of the boys, their parents can tell the job entails working with animals. June doesn't like the idea, but Ward thinks it will be good for the boys, and gives them the advice not to do anything dangerous, especially as animals can be unpredictable. After the fact, Ward does think the work itself has been positive for the boys. What both Ward and June don't think is as positive is that the boys were not paid $20 in cash, but rather in an old horse named Nick, which they have brought home with them. While Ward and June decide what to do with Nick, they all come to learn what sort of constitution Nick has and what little use he would be as a work animal. So even selling Nick may be a problem. But old farm boy Ward comes up with what he thinks will be a good solution for all. Written by
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related in an interview how this episode stood out for her as both one of her worst days on the set and at the same time one of the funniest, due to the fact that the titular horse, which the script called for to be lying down virtually all the time it was on camera, refused to do so on cue. A vet was called in to sedate the horse for an hour so that the scenes could be done, but misjudged the dosage and wound up putting the horse to sleep for the entire day, whereupon the horse could not be moved and all the scenes had to be done around it. This was complicated by the fact that the horse snored loudly and ruined take after take, causing the cast to have to stay well after regular quitting time. Billingsley recalled that six men had to guide the still-groggy horse off the set at the end of the day. See more
[Wally and The Beaver have to sell their old horse
Boy, you know, I'm really gonna miss Nick.
Yeah, me too. Well, at first it wasn't like havin' a dog or a rabbit that you could hold, but when I was sittin' with him this morning he put his head *right in my lap*.
Yeah? No foolin'?
Yeah. I never had anything that big like me before.