Beaver reads an ad in one of his magazines of a New York modeling agency requesting people to send in their photo to become a model, who can make up to $100 a day. Beaver thinks his brother is good looking enough to send in his photo, but Wally refuses. So Beaver sends in a photo of himself instead. Beaver receives a letter from the agency, the letter which his father, who can see it is a scam, tells him to ignore and to ignore any future correspondence from them. Eddie, however, convinces Beaver to send in the application anyway for his photo to appear in the agency's book of its models. The next piece of correspondence Beaver receives, as per the terms of the signed agreement, tells him that he is required to send the agency the $30 registration fee. This time, Beaver thinks the best thing to do is take his father's advice and ignore the letter. But when he receives further letters from the agency stating that the company will take legal action if it doesn't receive the $30, which ... Written by
As adults, we know minors can't sign contracts; but in the late 50's I'm not so sure parents were that sophisticated. I would say in my neighborhood, which was built to accommodate the new G.I. families, only 5%, if that, had a college degree. Many were lucky to have picked up a high school equivalency from the Army, as they enlisted at 18 before graduation.
And back then there were no warnings that you had to be 18 to join a record club or book club. More than one of us got into jams similar to the one Beaver found himself in. And the one person you did not want to confess to was your father. Most were not Ward; they applied a belt to the behind of the problem. Families were more like those of Beaver's friend, Larry Mondello, who mentioned the punishments he received.
A good episode that shows off a thoughtful Theodore who really tries to find a way to solve the problem on his own.
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