It's still early in his dating life, and Wally wants to go to the upcoming sophomore dance only if the most popular girl in his class, Myra, goes with him, but he isn't sure if she'll agree to go with him. She does accept his nervously asked invitation. His excitement is tempered by the fact that she implies that she would like an expensive orchid corsage since she has to uphold the look expected as chair of the dance committee. He finds out an orchid costs $7.50 which is about three times the amount he has and much more expensive than something like a gardenia corsage. He isn't sure if Myra will still want to go with him unless he can get her the orchid, and thus he isn't sure if he still wants to go to the dance. Although June tries her hardest to convince Ward to pay for this one small luxury to keep face in Wally's young dating life, Ward refuses, stating that it is an extravagance that no young girl should expect of a young boy. With Mrs. Rayburn's help, Beaver thinks he knows ...
Did You Know?
This is the episode that most likely started the old confusion regarding the casting of character Mary Ellen Rogers in LITB. Even though she had already played Mary Ellen twice before, Pamela Baird was recast to play Myra Barker in this episode. When it was decided that the maturing Wally should have a more regular "steady" in his circle of friends, Baird was returned back as Mary Ellen for the remainder of the show. It was only in the 1980's revival that Mary Ellen, now married to Wally, was ever played by a different actress. See more
When June shows Ward the pressed orchid in the library book, she is holding the book. A few seconds later when the shot changes, Ward is holding the book. Even though the book disappears from view for a short time, June and Ward's body positions indicate that the book hasn't changed hands. See more
The Sophomores are having this Spring dance Saturday night, and it costs $3.00 a couple.
Oh, you're going to take a young lady, huh?
Sure, Dad. A couple's gotta be a young lady and a fella.