Lumpy and Eddie try to sabotage Wally's efforts to help new kid Dudley fit in with the school crowd but, when they invite Dudley to a popular girl's party just to embarrass him, Dudley turns the tables on the sneaky pair.

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Ruth McMillan, who was June's bridesmaid, has just moved into the neighborhood with her family. Her son, Dudley, is Wally's age and will be attending the same school, so June would like Wally to show Dudley around. Wally reluctantly agrees, his reluctance because he has never met Dudley and doesn't know what kind of guy he is. Despite Dudley being a nice guy, he and Wally end up having nothing in common, Wally who considers Dudley "different". Dudley wears a suit, tie, overcoat and hat as his regular attire, plays flute in the band, is overly polite even to his peers, and is scared of girls. Eddie and Lumpy can't help but slyly give Dudley the business. In fact, Eddie invites Dudley to Christine Staples' upcoming party just because he knows the other kids will make fun of him. Although Wally doesn't condone Eddie's prank, Wally feels Dudley brings many of these problems onto himself. But based on advice from Ward, Wally ends up being Dudley's "Henry Higgins". Can Wally or someone or ... Written by Huggo

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Dudley McMillan: It's OK Wally I don't mind him watching at all.
Wally Cleaver: Look Dudley if you want to be one of the guys around here you gotta quit being so polite.
Theodore Cleaver: Yeah Dudley it's OK to be polite to teachers and parents and stuff but don't waste your time just being polite to kids.
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Another Moral Lesson from LITB
23 November 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Leave it to Beaver often contained moral messages about how people treat each other in the world and how people SHOULD be treated. This episode in particular touches home, as it shows how kids (especially boys) who are a little different or "geekish," or timid in behavior or appearance are often made fun of by his/her peers. I was that geek as a teenager - a little too gentle, naive and philosophical for some of my peers' tastes.

Maybe I'm getting old and soft, but sometimes LITB makes me a little teary-eyed - god has the world changed in a half a century. Of course, even on the show it was apparent that not all families were as functional as the Cleavers, but going from teen dances where kids dressed formerly to the way kids act today, it's almost like another world.


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