Wally and his friends have decided to make their upcoming party a formal affair, with the guys all wearing suits. Even blazers and slacks is considered too casual. June has just mended Wally's good suit which is now hanging in his closet. But Beaver, who has gone fishing with his new friend Richard, has just come home smelling of fish, and hangs his dirty, smelly jacket on top of Wally's clean suit. Wally is angry enough, but Beaver is apologetic for irritating his brother, which he hates to do. But Wally doesn't stay mad as he knows kids can do dumb things, and the suit can be dry cleaned in time for the party. However, when Wally's suit comes back from the dry cleaners and June gives it to Beaver to hang up, Richard, who is at the Cleaver house visiting, spills some leather conditioning oil on the suit. Not wanting to get into more trouble, Beaver and Richard try to fix the problem by cleaning it off themselves with the best cleaner they know of: bleach. When the bleach has the ... Written by
The third season of LITB was the golden age of the series, boasting the
sharpest writing, the best cinematography and the most pleasing
combination of characters (most notably, Beaver's buddy Larry
Mondello). This episode introduces the character of Richard Rickover,
who would become one of Beaver's main pals after the unfortunate
departure of Larry. He may have been a new face - and a dark-haired,
freckle-faced, and strangely Italian-looking one - but Richard was
pretty much business as usual: an annoying kid who inevitably got
Beaver in trouble then left him holding the bag. Here, he accidentally
spills baseball glove oil on the gray suit that Wally is wearing to the
high school dance Saturday night. He and Beaver go to great lengths to
hide the stain, but then at the last minute Beaver is rescued by an
unlikely source: Eddie Haskell. This is one of the first of the
episodes in which we catch a glimpse of Eddie's kindly side, a motif
which would be continued throughout the remainder of the series.
The writing is characteristically fresh and funny, with scene fade-outs
to punctuate the punch-lines. June and Ward are remarkably lenient with
Beaver when they find out about the suit, and they do everything they
can to dry his tears and make him understand that they have his best
interests at heart. Ward also delves a bit into the psychology of Eddie
and helps Beaver to understand the nature of this complex wise-guy.
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