Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Wally's License 

Newly seventeen-year-old Wally's anticipation of getting his driver's license is dampened by mom June's worry that he's still too young and know-it-all classmate Shirley's back seat driving.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... June Cleaver
... Ward Cleaver
... Wally Cleaver
... Theodore Cleaver
... Eddie Haskell
Beverly Lunsford ... Shirley Fletcher
Russ Bender ... Mr. Barnsdall
... The Instructor (as Larry Blake)


It's Wally's seventeenth birthday, and he's hoping that his parents will keep to their promise made a few years back that they'll sign his driver's license application. Wally's concerns about them possibly not signing are founded as June believes Wally is still too young. But never having gone back on a promise made to either of their sons, they agree to sign, especially after they hear that Wally will be going through the driving program offered through the school, it being the only class taught by Mr. Barnsdall. Beyond the general nerves associated with learning how to drive, Wally faces a few extra pressures. One is the overly cautious advice June is always providing. And two is Shirley Fletcher, a girl who is taking the practical part of the lessons with Wally. Driving seems to come naturally to Shirley. As Shirley does everything in the driving lesson first, she can't help but continually comment to Wally on how easy everything is. As the exam day arrives, Shirley's results add ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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11 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Props used in the show may or may not help determine what state Mayfield was located in, though they could also have been used just for their convenience. In the episode where Wally gets his driver's license, he is seen studying a Vehicle Code Summary booklet from California, of the style used during the governorship of Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, in office from 1959-1967. See more »


Theodore Cleaver: [Wally asks to get his driver's license, and his parents leave the room to discuss the matter] What are you gonna do, Wally, if they say No?
Wally Cleaver: What can I do?
Theodore Cleaver: I think you can get Dad to OK it, but Mom's the one who's puttin' up the fight.
Wally Cleaver: Yeah. That's because she was never a guy.
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