Wally has been honored as only one of ten sophomores who have been invited to join the Crusaders, a school sponsored boys only club for letter-men. The Crusaders are a popular and well rounded group, who, among other things, puts on performances, with the annual Crusaders Follies upcoming. When Wally finds out his part in the follies, he is reluctant to talk about it. Ward and June want to respect his privacy, but both are dying to know which part he got. When Beaver finds Wally's costume, he and his parents know why Wally didn't want to talk about it: he is playing the role of the dance hall girl. Despite his parents believing Wally should show some school and club spirit by performing the role with gusto, Wally would rather quit the club than wear a dress. But with a little advice from Ward, Wally may be able to remain a member of the club, still perform in the follies but not have to wear a dress. Written by
Wally gets what he wants and then wonders what he wanted.
Wally has been elected to a high school sponsored club: The Crusaders. Wally was surprised the took him but they also too Eddie. In a few weeks, the club will be producing their annual play, The Crusader Follies, but Wally isn't sure what part he will get.
When Wally gets home he is carrying a big box, it contains his costume for the play but he isn't showing it to anyone. June goes to Ward to find out what part Wally got and why it is bothering him. Ward goes upstairs to see what's what but gets nowhere.
When Beaver has Gilbert up in their room, Gilbert finds the box with the costume: it's a girl's dress with shoes. When Wally enters the room he is really angry, and Gilbert takes off running; he bumps into Ward and tells him that Wally and Beaver are fighting. Beaver ends up ripping the costume and is screaming girl. girl, girl at Wally. Ward enters and gets the boys to calm down. Then Ward explains it's just the same as last year when the club had a chorus line of boys dressed as girls. It should be a fun part if Wally can just go with it.
June has repaired the costume and Wally has it on but he just can't deal with wearing a dress. He says he won't do it. He will quit the club. If necessary, he will quit the school. Ward is disappointed that Wally is leaving The Crusaders. When Ward was in college he played a hula girl. June defends Wally as sensitive but Ward decides to have another talk with Wally; maybe he can switch parts with someone else by making the part sound so good that someone else will want it. Ward illustrates his argument with an Aesop story: the fox and the bear.
When Wally gets home from school he hasn't found a sucker yet. But then Eddie shows up and Wally says that Duke Hathaway says Wally's part is the best one in the play. Even Mary Ellen Rogers will coach him. Eddie wants to know why Duke gave Wally such a great part. Will Eddie bite?
Later that evening Duke Hathaway shows up and wants to speak with Wally. When Wally and the Duke exit the den, Wally no longer has the part. Eddie Haskell begged the Duke for the part and the Duke just hoped Wally wouldn't mind. Ward's idea worked!
The play went well and Eddie Haskell got great reviews and the girl's made a big fuss over him and he got all kinds of applause. Now Wally has the taste of sour grapes in his mouth. Maybe Ward told the wrong story?
Sometimes "growing up" entails an ability to stretch ourselves a bit to find out what we can do. But there is always a risk involved. Perhaps far too many people are like Wally. They are given an opportunity to make something of themselves but fear others might laugh. That's a difficult hump to overcome. I tend to remember that at fifty I was in a so-so job and Bill Clinton was President. What if I had had just a little more Eddie Haskell in me?
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