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"Leave It to Beaver" The All-Night Party (1963)

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Wally does not abandon his date; he is a gentleman

Author: pensman from United States
12 June 2017

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Wally is also graduating and June has decided to hold a party after the event. Just as Ward is explaining why Beaver should attend, Wally announces his class has arranged for an all-night party at the country club.

June is still upset and Gwen Rutherford isn't happy either; but Fred is all for it, he can trust his Clarence. Ward and June retreat for a talk. Ward delivers the news that Wally can go, but there is to be no drinking and the chaperons will call parents to inform them if their kids leave the premises.

Eddie is still studying his little black book before he decides on a date for the party. Lumpy is waiting to see who his father picks to go with him. Wally is planning on taking Kathy Gregory but her father has said no. Kathy asks Wally to come over and meet her parents. Maybe making a good impression will change their mind, but Wally figures to get them to like him, he will have to come across as Pat Boone. After hearing Roger Gregory harangue his daughter about boys, Wally is on target.

Even before Wally arrives Roger has decided he doesn't like him. Wally shows up in a suit. Have a cigarette, Wally doesn't smoke and never has. Wally was also an athlete: he played football and was on the swim team. When Wally tries to engage Mr. Gregory in conversation by mentioning he heard Mr. Gregory was a civil engineer. That lights up Mr. Gregory and it's clear he would talk on that all night, but the Mrs. shushes him. Finally, Mr. Gregory relents.

Everyone has arrived and the party seems to be going as planned. The kids dance and eat and dance, and the guys are ready to call it quits at 3:30. It actually goes fine, but as Wally and Kathy exit the party a drunk knocks Kathy into a fountain outside the entrance. Kathy is terrified as to how her father will react. When Wally and Kathy arrive at her house, Wally refuses to abandon her at the door. When he tries to explain to Mr. Gregory, he tells Wally he's some sort of delinquent and throws him out.

The next morning Wally is explaining to his parents about the drunk; and there is almost a flicker of doubt in Ward's and June's eyes. Beaver asked if they want Wally to blow up a balloon or something. I'm disappointed in Ward and June myself. Lumpy and Eddie stop by, Kathy has been grounded for a month. Hearing that, Wally takes off to talk with Mr. Gregory. It starts rocky but ends well; every parent would love to have a Wally as a son.

At the very end, Beaver wonders if graduating is worth it. Wouldn't it be great to stay in school forever and hide from the real world like teachers? I will try to present Wally's response for the benefit of any teacher who comes across this.

(Wally) "Teachers have just as many problems as anybody else. They have to go home at night and take care of their families, they have to pay the rent, the income tax, have to worry about their car breaking down." (Beaver) "No fooling?" (Wally) "Sure, and on top of that they have to come in in the morning and face 40 or 50 stupid looking kids. If you think that's hiding from the world, you are way off the beam." Thank you, Wally, and your writers; Dick Conway and Roland MacLane.

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