Ward is happy to write a letter of recommendation to his old fraternity, Alpha Kappa, when Wally decides to attend his dad's alma mater, State College; but Wally finds himself in a real ... See full summary »

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Ward is happy to write a letter of recommendation to his old fraternity, Alpha Kappa, when Wally decides to attend his dad's alma mater, State College; but Wally finds himself in a real dilemma when he's told that Alpha Kappa has a bad reputation and even Eddie Haskell doesn't want to join it. Written by shepherd1138

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Wally and Eddie Prepare for College Life
20 November 2015 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Throughout LITB's last season we see Beaver and Wally preparing for the next stages in their lives - high school and college, respectively. Here the theme is continued as Wally and Eddie decide which fraternity to join at the state university. Ward belonged to the Alpha Kappa fraternity and is thus in a position to help Wally and Eddie get in. But a burning question remains: is Alpha Kappa still what it once was? Or is it now a "pig outfit" full of "creeps" and "weirdos"?

The episode has two problems. First, it deals with things that happen off screen and are remote from the show's world. It is of no real concern to us what fraternity Wally and Eddie join; it has no direct bearing on the world of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER and doesn't contribute to the characters and their relationships. Second, the episode's values seem skewed toward a trendy vision of college life in which the social-butterfly aspect is paramount. One would have thought Ward was above this stuff and would have taught his children to be above it too. College is about intellectuality and learning; one would have expected LITB to reinforce this.

Essentially, then, this episode is a pointless attempt to stretch the series' frame of reference toward going-to-college concerns. As often occurs with the weaker LITB's, the writing saves the day.


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