Since Wally doesn't have his drivers license, busy Ward reluctantly gives Lumpy Rutherford permission to drive the Cleaver family car to an out-of-town track meet. But, in spite of Wally's promises to stay on the main road, troublemakers Lumpy and Eddie Haskell convince Wally to let them take a "shortcut" on the way home from the meet and the boys break down on a dirt road in the middle of the woods. The boys take the car to a shop to have it repaired so that the damage won't be noticed, but unbeknownst to them one of Ward's co-workers had spotted the boys pushing his car along the highway. Ward confronts Wally and Beaver to find out exactly what happened, then tells them the car is off limits "for awhile." Ward also refuses to reveal his informant to his sons, defending his action so as to ensure the boys are always on their best behavior and may be caught at any time. Written by
shepherd1138; Brian Rathjen <email@example.com>
Did You Know?
Ward's occupation is never specified in the series. About as close as we get are his references to "the boys in the home office" and sometimes having to work on clients' files at home. In this episode there is a clue to what he does at work: on the wall in his office, there is a certificate bearing the words, "The Stock Exchange - Certificate of Membership", followed by his name (which appears to be taped onto the prop). The same certificate is seen in other episodes, but then in Leave It to Beaver: Stocks and Bonds
(1962), in which Ward decides the boys should buy some stocks themselves, he says "I gave my broker an order to sell Jet Electro if it dropped below two and a half." It seems unlikely that Ward would have a broker if he, himself, were a member of the Exchange. Again, the "Beaver" writers keep its audience guessing. See more
[Beaver answers the doorbell
Hey Wally, goofy Lumpy's here.
Look, kid, to you the name's Clarence.
Hey Wally, goofy Clarence is here.