Wally must decide whether or not to tell his parents when he learns that a week-end party with friends at a lakeside cabin will be unchaperoned.



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Wally has been invited along with a bunch of other guys on a weekend trip to his new friend Scott's family cabin by the lake. Ward and June are reluctant to let Wally go until they speak to Scott's parents and make sure that they're OK with the trip. However, Ward feels pushed into a corner when Scott needs an immediate answer, and Scott's parents aren't available to speak to. Learning that all the other parents have already given permission and not to look the unreasonable parent, Ward allows Wally to go. Both he and June somewhat regret it when Wally tells them that Scott's parents aren't driving but that Scott is taking all the guys in his own car. Soon, Wally learns directly from Scott that his parents aren't even going to be there, as they're off on their own trip to Chicago. Wally, feeling uncomfortable about misrepresenting the trip to his parents, has to decide whether to tell his parents that the trip is going to be unchaperoned and whether to go at all. But Wally's decision ... Written by Huggo

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9 December 1961 (USA)  »

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Peer Pressure on Parade
22 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

It's not clear to me why the writers of LITB decided to introduce the character of Bill Scott (known in some episodes as "Scott"). In contrast to Eddie and Lumpy, the kid was indeterminate personality-wise and looked a bit like a teenaged Rod Serling. To me he always had a slightly creepy vibe to him. Did Wally really need a third friend in addition to Eddie and Lumpy? In any event, here we see him peer-pressuring Wally to go on a guys' weekend at a lake cottage that is without adult supervision. Wally's parents don't approve of this, and neither do Eddie's or Lumpy's parents. At the end, we find out that at the root of Bill's problems are loneliness and lack of parental presence and discipline. These were daring topics for LITB to address, especially in light of the fact that people nowadays constantly claim (falsely) that the show presented only spiffed-up and idealized portraits of the nuclear family.

I consider this episode fair at best, mainly because I don't find the character of Bill appealing and I have an aversion to pushy people who pressure you to do what's "cool."

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