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

Wally worries that popular Myra won't go with him to the sophomore spring dance if he can't afford to buy her an expensive orchid corsage.

Director:

Norman Abbott

Writers:

Joe Connelly (creator), Bob Mosher (creator) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont ... Ward Cleaver
Tony Dow ... Wally Cleaver
Jerry Mathers ... The Beaver
Robert 'Rusty' Stevens ... Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)
Ken Osmond ... Eddie Haskell
Doris Packer Doris Packer ... Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn
Pamela Baird ... Myra (as Pamela Beaird)
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Florist
Sandra Lytle Sandra Lytle ... Judy
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Storyline

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 ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1960 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Gomalco Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Wally Cleaver: The Sophomores are having this Spring dance Saturday night, and it costs $3.00 a couple.
Ward Cleaver: Oh, you're going to take a young lady, huh?
Wally Cleaver: Sure, Dad. A couple's gotta be a young lady and a fella.
Ward Cleaver: Yeah.
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Women and their Ways
31 August 2015 | by MichaelMartinDeSapioSee all my reviews

Wally is taking pretty and popular Myra to the school dance; but Myra, who is the head of the dance committee, corners Wally into buying her an orchid for her corsage. Ward stops short of giving Wally the money to buy the expensive flower: Wally must not lose his sense of values over a pretty girl, he says; and anyway, an orchid is too extravagant for a 14-year-old. June, on the other hand, thinks they should relent and buy Wally the orchid. This parental disagreement forms a background to the plot of Wally and Beaver trying to find a way to obtain the vaunted orchid. Wally, eager to impress Myra and get a leg up on the upperclassmen she usually goes out with, is determined to get it.

A dea ex machina of sorts arrives in the form of Beaver's school principal Mrs. Rayburn, who has just returned from an awards banquet and happens to be wearing - you guessed it - an orchid! Beaver easily obtains the flower from Mrs. Rayburn and all seems destined to end well...except it doesn't, exactly. You'll have to watch to find out. There are some twists and turns to the plot and a surprisingly bittersweet ending. Suffice to say that Wally's illusions wilt just like the orchid which he and his brother hopefully placed in the refrigerator. In fact, the disillusionment of the ending foreshadows the Season Six episode "Box Office Attraction."

One of the common complaints about LEAVE IT TO BEAVER is that it's too pat and predictable, too dependent on formula. Here's an episode that puts the lie to that assumption.

Longtime LITB fans will notice that Myra is played by the same actress who later played Wally's love interest Mary Ellen Rogers. Here her character is a bit more pretentious and manipulative than Mary Ellen. Tony Dow looks mature for 14 here, although that was his actual age at the time. He is at his most endearing here, bashful nose-swiping and all. All in all, a good entry in the "middle" season of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER.


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