Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Lumpy's Scholarship 

When Wally is notified that the State College scholarship he applied for went to Lumpy Rutherford instead, he graciously throws a party to celebrate with his friend and secretly helps out after Lumpy gets disappointing news.


Hugh Beaumont


Joe Connelly (creator), Bob Mosher (creator) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont ... Ward Cleaver
Tony Dow ... Wally Cleaver
Jerry Mathers ... Theodore Cleaver
Frank Bank Frank Bank ... Clarence Rutherford
Ken Osmond ... Eddie Haskell
Richard Deacon ... Fred Rutherford
Ahna Capri ... Cinda Dunsworth (as Anna Capri)
Dana Dillaway Dana Dillaway ... Sally
Nino Candido Nino Candido ... Buzz
Dennis Pepper Dennis Pepper ... Denny


Wally is dismayed to learn that he did not get the sports scholarship to State University that he and his family were sure he was going to get. Regardless, Ward and June vow that that will not jeopardize him going to college as they will provide the financial support required. Somewhat of a surprise to them all is that Lumpy does receive one of the sports scholarships to State. Upon reflection, Wally understands why he wouldn't have got one while Lumpy did, at least from an athletic perspective. Wally is truly happy for Lumpy and wants to congratulate him by throwing him a party. Lumpy, for perhaps the first time in his life, receives much adulation, even from girls who never would have given him the time of day before, this adulation which he and his father are enjoying. But halfway through the party, after speaking to his father on the telephone, Lumpy becomes sullen as he learns he didn't get the scholarship because he flunked one of his high school classes. Lumpy has to decide ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

7 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eddie called his peers "Sam" or "Irma" or "Gertrude" and a few other out of the blue names. See more »


June Cleaver: Beaver, do you think Wally is still upset at not getting that scholarship?
Theodore Cleaver: No I don't think so Mom. I think Wally's too well adjusted.
June Cleaver: Well where did you get that phrase?
Theodore Cleaver: Well that's what our teacher at school keeps saying he wishes we all were.
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References Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951) See more »

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Humanizing Lumpy
18 November 2015 | by MichaelMartinDeSapioSee all my reviews

Lumpy Rutherford's college football scholarship - a source of great pride and joy to him - is revoked when it transpires that he got a "D" in math. This is an embarrassing let-down for Lumpy, as he had been riding high with his classmates and even with the girls (a rarity for him) and had been briefly the apple of his father's eye. "Lumpy's Scholarship" is a defining episode for Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford, humanizing this often buffoonish and unsympathetic character; when Lumpy's father Fred phones him in the middle of a party in his honor to bawl him out, our sympathy goes out to old Lump. Even Ward and June, not typically prone to lavish praise Wally's friends, sympathize with him and try to help him out.

Both this episode and "The Merchant Marine," a Lumpy-centered episode from Season 5, are like well-written mini stage plays. The episode plays upon a number of typical themes of postwar American culture, such as the desire for success and being well-liked - themes which are also found in the serious drama of the period, like DEATH OF A SALESMAN. The dynamic between Lumpy and his dad is quite dysfunctional; but after Ward engineers a successful outcome to the dilemma, their friendship is restored and we are left with the picture of them beaming at each other. Altogether an outstanding episode.

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