Leave It to Beaver: Season 6, Episode 1

Wally's Dinner Date (27 Sep. 1962)

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Wally gets more than a little help from his dad and an understanding maitre'd when girlfriend Julie Foster picks a new, and very expensive, restaurant for their first dinner date.

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As Wally has accepted invitation after invitation to dinner at Julie Foster's house, Ward and June believe it would be proper for Wally to repay Julie's kindness by taking her out to dinner. When Wally learns what his parents want him to do, he, despite never having taken a girl on a formal dinner date, thinks that it is a good idea. Ward and June also believe it would be nice for Wally to allow Julie to decide what she wants to do, such as the choice of which restaurant. Regardless of if she is aware, Julie chooses what is considered one of the most expensive restaurants in town and one outside of Wally's budget. After getting advice from his father to explain the situation to Julie and have her pick a more modestly priced restaurant, Wally feels pinned between a rock and a hard place when he learns from Julie that she has already told all her girlfriends where they're going, which makes it more difficult to back out of taking her there. Through the process, Wally learns that there ... Written by Huggo

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A Strong Start to LITB's Final Season
24 August 2015 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

LEAVE IT TO BEAVER's sixth and final season opened promisingly with "Wally's Dinner Date." Wally is taking the charming and vivacious Julie Foster to dinner at The White Fox. Unfortunately, neither of them realizes that it is the most expensive place in town. To make matters even worse, Wally forgets his wallet! This is a very strong episode with a warm, wonderful sequence at the restaurant. Wally's attempts to seem worldly and sophisticated are amusing, and the acting of Than Wyenn as the French waiter is perfect. Ward shows his paternal love for Wally by "bailing him out" at a critical moment, but in general the episode highlights Wally's growing maturity. Beaver is on the sidelines here - thankfully so, as the teenage Beaver had lost most of the charm he had as a child. Eddie also appears with his usual wiseguy savoir-faire.

The sixth season saw Beaver fully entered into adolescence, with all the turmoil that that implies; he was no longer the cute Beav of the first few seasons. Wally was growing into an admirable young man, taking on more adult responsibilities and situations, but the floppy, flippant Wally of the earlier years was more endearing. The writing in the sixth season tended towards the lackluster, and a certain self-conscious cuteness was in evidence from such details as the jazzed-up version of the opening theme. Ken Osmond's portrayal became more and more exaggerated just as Hugh Beaumont's and Barbara Billingsley's became stiff and humorless. It's as if the show was, to some extent, turning into a parody of itself. There were still some great stories and situations - most of them involving Wally and his friends - but much of the show's charm and humor were gone. But "Wally's Dinner Date" is an exception to all this, and remains one of the best episodes of the final season as well a memorable episode of the entire LITB canon.


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