"Leave It to Beaver" Substitute Father (TV Episode 1961) - Plot Summary Poster


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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.

  • As Ward is about to rush off to the airport to go on a business trip, he takes Wally aside and asks him "to be the man of the house" during his absence. Wally is nervous about the responsibility associated with the request, but agrees. He starts this stint taking his responsibilities to an extreme, about which June tries to calm his nerves. Later, Wally finds out about a situation involving the Beaver that requires parental attention. Beaver was sent home with a note from Miss Landers after he was caught using an inappropriate word to another boy, that incident which requires one or both of his parents to meet with Miss Landers. To protect his mother from hearing that inappropriate word - which Wally believes may have even shocked their father - Wally, on Beaver's urging but against his better judgment, decides to be his father in the meeting with Miss Landers, and not tell either June or Ward about the situation. Is there any way Miss Landers will agree with Wally's teenaged perspective on why he should deal with Beaver in place of their parents, and if so will Wally be able to "be Ward" effectively in dealing with the Beaver?



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