Beaver proudly takes his friends Whitey and Gilbert on a picnic at the lake to see Wally in his first day as a lifeguard, not knowing that a new law forbidding anyone under age 18 from ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Eddie Haskell (as Kenneth Osmond)
Stanley Fafara ...
John Hiestand ...
Mr. Burton
Pamela Baird ...
Mary Ellen Rogers (as Pamela Beaird)
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Lifeguard (as Richard Gering)


Beaver proudly takes his friends Whitey and Gilbert on a picnic at the lake to see Wally in his first day as a lifeguard, not knowing that a new law forbidding anyone under age 18 from filling the position has forced Wally to work as a snack vendor instead. When he sees Wally in a floppy hat peddling hot dogs instead of sitting importantly on a stand in a lifeguard uniform, an embarrassed Beaver wants to go home before anyone else finds out. Written by shepherd1138

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22 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Theodore Cleaver: [Wally is too young to take the lifeguard job he was looking forward to, so he takes a job selling hot dogs and sodas at Friends Lake] Y'know Wally, I just been thinkin' - maybe tomorrow when you're sellin' hot dogs on the beach, all the other lifeguards'll be out rescuin' people, and there'll be this girl, and she'll start drownin', and you'll throw away your hot dogs and swim out and save her in front of all the people.
Wally Cleaver: Aw, cut it out, Beav. You know that's not gonna happen.
Theodore Cleaver: Yeah. And even if ...
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The Cleavers at the Beach
22 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

What greater all-American hero is there than a lifeguard? Well-built symbols of vigilance, strength, and protectiveness, lifeguards have an honored place in our culture. And isn't all-American paragon Wally Cleaver a perfect fit for the role?

So it would seem. Everybody thinks he looks great in his new lifeguard uniform, and Eddie and others tease him with thoughts of the young ladies who will throw themselves in the water at Friends Lake just to be saved by him. Trouble is, it doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone that you've got to be 18 to be a lifeguard, and Wally is only 15. Thus Wally is disqualified. Not to worry though, because there are other jobs available at the lake, such as..."candy butcher!"

What's there to be ashamed of? You go about the beach barking "Get your hot dogs right here!," providing beach-goers a service that will enhance the pleasure of a day at the shore. Admittedly, though, going from lifeguard to hot dog man is a bit of a comedown. Beaver certainly thinks so. He invited his pals Gilbert and Whitey to go down to Friends Lake to see his heroic lifeguard brother, and here he is in a chef's costume with a floppy white hat hawking comestibles.

Poor Beaver, right? No; poor Wally, as Ward informs Beaver in his instructive end-of-episode lecture. Wally was doing an honest job; Beaver was using him to feel important in front of his friends. This is not fair to Wally. Beaver sees the error of his ways right away.

The well-done sequence at the beach makes this a most pleasurable episode, the closest LITB ever got to a "beach movie." There is plenty of amusing incident between Ward and June, Beaver and his buddies, and Eddie and the two girls he brings with him (Alma and Mary Ellen). Eddie is costumed in a goofy-looking straw hat and what look like capri pants and sits playing a bongo drum like some sort of beach beatnik. Why? Maybe the intended visual statement was: Wally may look a little silly in his job, but Eddie is silly by nature and always will be.

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