Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver's First Date 

Beaver's dread turns to relief when he learns Wally is picked to chaperon his first dance...with a girl!...and knows he can depend on his savvy older brother for much needed advice.



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Episode complete credited cast:
June Cleaver
Ward Cleaver
Frank Bank ...
Clarence Rutherford
Richard Rickover (as Richard Correll)
Cheryl Holdridge ...
Julie Foster
Pam Smith ...
Betsy Patterson
Whitey Whitney
Donna Conn ...
Lumpy's Date
Mrs. Thompson


After two years of using every excuse to try and avoid going to dancing class, Beaver comes home from dancing class stating it was one of the best times he's ever had. Wally gets it out of him that it's because of a new girl in the class named Betsy Patterson. Beaver isn't sure why he likes her, but it is his first ever case of puppy love for a girl his own age. Mrs. Thompson, the dancing school teacher, is holding a party in a week's time to which all the boys in the class are supposed to invite a girl from the class. Beaver manages to get up enough nerve to ask Betsy, who accepts. In addition, Wally, a former dancing school student, is asked to chaperon. Wally's presence may make a nervous Beaver feel more comfortable since he can follow Wally's lead in how to act properly to a girl. Will this dance make Beaver forget all about being a kid or will it be his full fledged entrance into puberty? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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30 December 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Beaver says Betsy Patterson is a new girl in town, but later when he goes to call her he looks her phone number up in the phone book. If she was new in town, her phone number would not be in the phone book yet. See more »


Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: [Beaver tries to call a girl for a date, but hangs up the phone while dialing] What's the matter now?
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: I just thought: what if her mother answers?
Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: Oh, it usually pays to be real nice to mothers. If she answers, you should say, um, "Good evening, Mrs. Patterson. I hope I'm not disturbing you, but may I please speak to Betsy?"
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: Okay.
[resumes dialing, then pauses]
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: What if her father answers?
Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: Oh, uh, when that happens, I usually just hang up.
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Dancing schools? Wow, who sent boys to dancing schools?
28 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beaver has tried everything to avoid dancing school, but today is different; Beaver is actually happy. What's wrong? Even Wally is shocked. Why did he like staying there for two hours? It's a girl, Betsy Patterson. Now Beaver wants a new suit so Betsy won't laugh at the one he's wearing. Mrs. Thompson is having a party at dancing school, and Beaver intends to ask Betsy. Beaver finds her number and Wally tries to coach Beaver on phone manners, but Beaver asks her in his own style, and she accepts. Now after having ditched so many classes, Beaver has Wally try and teach him to dance. Wally tries but concludes that Beaver is a horrible dancer.

I love June's views on dancing school. If parents didn't make their children go to dancing school they would grow up to be crude and rude teenagers. It certainly was a differ time. Frequently, I view Leave It to Beaver as a sort of fictional documentary of my childhood, but I gather you had to live in a neighborhood much more upscale than mine to even hear about boys attending a dancing school. Sadly, I must have been one of those crude teenagers June referenced. Wally gets an invitation to the dance also. In his case, as a former student, he's wanted as a chaperon. Wally's going, but under protest; and Ward gave him five dollars.

Wally is escorting Julie Foster, who will also be a chaperon. Now that Saturday night has arrived, Beaver is nervous. Wally says just follow him and do as he does. Beaver's nervousness increases, even more so when Betsy now looks like a girl. Back at home, June is wondering if Beaver is having a good time. Ward says no, no sixth-grade boy ever enjoyed his first dance. And it is obvious Beaver missed a few lessons: how to pour punch, how to ask other girls for a dance, and how to stay away from friends who will lead you astray.

Beaver survives the night but disappeared. Wally asked if was because Betsy was dancing with other boys. Naw, he just went outside with Richard and Whitey and forgot all about her. No doubt Ward would be pleased to hear that as he felt from the start sixth graders shouldn't be out any sort of "date." June might be a little disappointed to discover her efforts to teach Beaver social graces didn't quite take. I'm with Ward, and I'm pretty sure that not only me but most of my friends didn't "see" girls until somewhere around ninth grade. Today with parents dressing their daughters from fourth grade up to look like they're in their late teens, who knows how soon boys notice them.

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