To impress pretty, out-of town girl Kitty, Wally writes letters to her exaggerating his family's wealth and importance; but he must later eat his words when Ward and June tell Wally that he will be taking Kitty to the country club dance.

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To impress pretty, out-of town girl Bernadette, Wally writes letters to her exaggerating his family's wealth and importance; but he must later eat his words when Ward and June tell Wally that he will be taking Bernadette to the country club dance. Written by shepherd1138

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June Cleaver: [the family is seated at the dinner table] Beaver, you're storing food in your cheek there like a squirrel.
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: Sure, Mom. By doing it this way, I get more mileage out of one mouthful.
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Wally Tells Tall Tales
18 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Over the summer Wally engaged in a romantic correspondence with pretty and high-class Kitty Bannerman, a young girl he met at summer camp. Through his letters he created the impression that he led an extravagant lifestyle, complete with a rich father, fancy cars, and birthday parties featuring Frank Sinatra. When June sets Wally up on a date with Kitty, Wally faces the terrifying prospect of having to eat his words!

Variations on this plot were used on I LOVE LUCY, THE HONEYMOONERS, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, and I'm sure many others (in fact, the ANDY GRFFITH "Floyd the Gay Deceiver" has strong parallels with the present BEAVER episode). "Wally's Glamour Girl" follows the formula to the letter, but we also have a bit of a surprise in that it's Wally at the center of this crisis; usually it's Beaver painting himself into a corner with his wild fibs.

The episode has some very funny moments: Wally reading his wildly exaggerated letters in that deadpan tone of his; Beaver enjoying a chance to act smug for a change at the predicament his brother finds himself in. This is also an episode about Wally's relationship with Ward. Ward, after he learns about Wally's predicament, lends his support to his son and at the end Wally reflects that his father is "one of the best friends he has." The girl playing Kitty is perfectly cast.

Perhaps it stretches credibility that guileless Wally would misrepresent himself the way he does in this episode. It seems more like the sort of thing Beaver would do. Certainly, if this episode had occurred a season later it would have been much less believable; but at the age Wally is here, and under the spell of a pretty female, who knows?

The plot may be well-worn, but it's done here in such sweet and wholesome LITB fashion that you can't help but love it.


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