Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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One of the Boys 

Wally and Eddie are excited to be judged 'cool' enough to be invited to join The Barons, a popular school club, especially when the perks seem to include pretty girls and fast sports cars.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Eddie Haskell
Frank Bank ...
Clarence Rutherford
Reuben Singer ...
Ted (as Robert Singer)
Martin Dean ...
Rick Davis


Eddie believes that the best thing ever in their high school lives has just happened to himself and Wally: they've just been asked the join the Barons, a popular "club" at high school. Wally doesn't know the boys in the club too well, so is a bit hesitant about joining until he gets an official invitation directly from them and meets them. He finds out that they are all about fast sports cars, expensive clothes and attracting fast girls. But Ward's adult perception of them is that they are overly privileged, spoiled and not academically inclined, which in combination doesn't amount to much. Despite June's protests, Ward convinces her that Wally is old enough to make up his own mind about joining, even if they aren't the type of boys that Wally usually associates with, or conversely associate with him. Ward doesn't tell Wally how he feels about the club. Conversely, Wally doesn't tell Ward how he feels about the club, or the reason he was asked to join. This silence between father and ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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26 May 1962 (USA)  »

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Ward Cleaver: [Wally has been invited to join The Barons, a High School club] They seem like a nice bunch of fellows?
Wally Cleaver: Gee, I don't know, Dad. Eddie says they're the craziest.
June Cleaver: Craziest?
Wally Cleaver: Oh, that doesn't mean they're squirrely or anything, Mom. It just means they're real cool guys.
Ward Cleaver: You know, when I was a boy, when we said 'crazy' we meant 'crazy'.
June Cleaver: [gently mocking] How backward!
Theodore Cleaver: Boy, Mom, I'll bet in those days you said somethin' like 'swell', or somethin', huh Mom?
June Cleaver: Well, no, I think we said, 'keen'.
Theodore Cleaver: Keen? They ...
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References The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) See more »

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Wally and the Debonair Nihilists
29 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

As Wally progressed through adolescence, he increasingly came up against teenage peer pressures. In this episode, Eddie and Lumpy are talking endlessly about the new boys' club at the high school, the Barons; they're the coolest thing in town, what with their sports cars and pretty girls. (Eddie desperately wants to join the Barons, but he knows that in order to be accepted he'll need Wally around to make him look better.) The one mystery surrounding the Barons is: what do they actually do? What's their purpose? Well, over lunch at the cafeteria one day it becomes clear that they are arrogant spoiled brats in blue blazers who thrive on knocking everything and everyone, especially their "moth-eaten educational establishment." They're jaded aristocratic nihilists who drive fancy cars (for which their fathers pay the insurance) and look down their nose at everyone outside their circle.

As all fans of the series know, LITB excelled in sharp social commentary. June, not immune from social snobbery herself, is at first fooled by the spiffy appearance of the Barons, the image of "nice young gentlemen." But when she and Ward eventually realize that the Barons are not the kind of group they want their son associating with, they trust Wally to do the right thing - which, thanks to the solid upbringing they gave him, he does. Attending a meeting of the Barons, he quickly realizes how lame they are and how sad their lives are (parents away on various trips, servants taking care of everything). He comes home much the wiser: "I never realized that a house could be TOO big."

That the Barons' meeting is never shown to us, merely related after the fact, is a weak point of the episode. Nevertheless, the point that social acceptance isn't everything comes across clearly. "You know, Dad," declares Wally while drinking his accustomed glass of milk, symbol of purity and innocence, "I don't think I'll ever be a 'cool guy.'" "Some of us never make it, son," answers Ward. LEAVE IT TO BEAVER always gave a vote to the square and the un-hip; that was its strength and charm.

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