Newly seventeen-year-old Wally's anticipation of getting his driver's license is dampened by mom June's worry that he's still too young and know-it-all classmate Shirley's back seat driving.

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It's Wally's seventeenth birthday, and he's hoping that his parents will keep to their promise made a few years back that they'll sign his driver's license application. Wally's concerns about them possibly not signing are founded as June believes Wally is still too young. But never having gone back on a promise made to either of their sons, they agree to sign, especially after they hear that Wally will be going through the driving program offered through the school, it being the only class taught by Mr. Barnsdall. Beyond the general nerves associated with learning how to drive, Wally faces a few extra pressures. One is the overly cautious advice June is always providing. And two is Shirley Fletcher, a girl who is taking the practical part of the lessons with Wally. Driving seems to come naturally to Shirley. As Shirley does everything in the driving lesson first, she can't help but continually comment to Wally on how easy everything is. As the exam day arrives, Shirley's results add ... Written by Huggo

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Props used in the show may or may not help determine what state Mayfield was located in, though they could also have been used just for their convenience. In the episode where Wally gets his driver's license, he is seen studying a Vehicle Code Summary booklet from California, of the style used during the governorship of Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, in office from 1959-1967. See more »

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Theodore Cleaver: [Wally asks to get his driver's license, and his parents leave the room to discuss the matter] What are you gonna do, Wally, if they say No?
Wally Cleaver: What can I do?
Theodore Cleaver: I think you can get Dad to OK it, but Mom's the one who's puttin' up the fight.
Wally Cleaver: Yeah. That's because she was never a guy.
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Wally is right. It's fun to drive but not as much fun as you think.
18 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wally is seventeen and is hoping to get his learner's permit. The commercial is playing and I'm guessing June won't be happy. I was right. Ward hesitates and June calls Ward out of the room. Yet, even Eddie Haskell has a license. June is adamant, Ward says they promised.

Wally plans to sign up for driver's ed. Mr. Barnsdall is the teacher, but Wally has a backseat driver, Shirley Fletcher. Shirley knows everything, and Wally gets so distracted that he forgets to turn the key to start the car. Poor Wally is off to a questionable start and stop. Mr. Barnsdall has faith in Wally and understands how Shirley can be a distraction. Finally, Wally is ready; he's got the physical part down, now he has to pass the written exam. But in preparing, he has a room of kibitzers: Ward, Beaver, and JUNE.

Even Eddie gets into the act; he's an expert as he's been driving for two months. Wally finally breaks away from June who believes 300 ft. between cars is a safe distance. Bottom line. If Eddie could pass the written exam, anyone could (took Eddie three times).

It is the morning of the exam, Wally is not hungry. Well if your nervous, maybe you should postpone the test. Shirley was there first and the examiner is detailing a long list for her, she failed. She claims the examiner doesn't like teenagers; apparently, he liked Wally. So, Dad can I have the car tonight. Wally has a date, not yet, but when you get your license you know you have to have a date.

Wally is out and Eddie stops by to wait and make June more nervous. Wally makes it home and has an idea; how about a second set of keys. Ward muses about this being a sign that Wally is growing up. Yep, it's car, college, job, marriage, kids . . .No, wait a minute yells June, who is too young to be a grandma.

Upstairs Wally has his own musing which he shares with the brother: the responsibility of driving a car, the need to make sure you never injure anyone, etc. For Wally too the license is a signifier of transition from child to adult.

I read that many young people have put off getting a license and have little interest in cars. I have not seen that among the students I teach. They are still anxious to get a license, but we haven't had a year pass that I can recall we didn't lose at least one student to an accident. I am honestly surprised in it is only one as so many of them admit to texting and driving. I'm not sure getting a license has the significance it had in Wally's day. I remember it well as a big deal in a teen's life.


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