Wally takes his responsibility seriously when he is left in charge of the Cleaver household while Ward is in St. Louis on a business trip but isn't sure he can fill his father's shoes when ... See full summary »

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Wally takes his responsibility seriously when he is left in charge of the Cleaver household while Ward is in St. Louis on a business trip but isn't sure he can fill his father's shoes when Miss Landers sends Beaver home from school with a note for saying a bad word. Written by shepherd1138

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This is the last episode of its season, and someone (perhaps the set decorators) decided to have a little fun with the chalkboard assignments in Miss Landers' classroom. One is "Geography: Name every lake in North Dakota." See more »

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Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: [at the bottom of the staircase, calling upstairs] Hey, Mom!
June Cleaver: Yes, Wally.
Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: Could Eddie spend the night here?
June Cleaver: Not while your father's away.
Edward 'Eddie' Haskell: [dejected] Boy. Everybody around here is wise to me. I might just have to move to a new town and start all over.
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Wally Becomes Ward
15 March 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

We know right off the bat that something is up, because Ward is wearing a hat, something he hardly ever does. We soon learn that he is departing for a business trip in St. Louis and putting Wally in charge as the deputy "man of the house" while he's gone. In short order, Wally has a situation on his hands when Beaver gets in trouble at school for using foul language to a classmate who tried to trip him up in the hallway. (We never find out what horrible word Beaver used, since it is "bleeped out" by the school bell.) Prim and proper Miss Landers is appalled at Beaver's language - and so, truth be told, is Beaver. She tells him to bring one of his parents into school to speak to her about the transgression. The trouble is, the boys can't very well offend June's delicate ears by telling her what Beaver said; so Wally acts *in loco parentis* and comes instead. At first Miss Landers thinks that he and Beaver are trying to put one over on her, but after listening to them she sees that Wally is merely doing his brotherly duty.

LITB reinforces its starchy values by disapproving of using foul language regardless of the circumstance. The episode loses some effectiveness by leaving the offending word unheard; but it is still a good episode in that we get to see Wally growing into manhood and taking on Ward's role. Altogether a strong end to the fourth season.


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