Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Dance Contest 

Wally is the envy of his friends when pretty Mary Ellen Rogers invites him to her school cotillion. But they don't know what Wally soon finds out...Mary Ellen has entered them in a "cha-cha" contest and Wally doesn't know the steps.


Norman Tokar


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)
Pamela Baird ... Mary Ellen Rogers (as Pamela Beaird)
Tiger Fafara Tiger Fafara ... Tooey Brown
Buddy Joe Hooker ... Chester Anderson (as Buddy Hart)
Frank Bank Frank Bank ... Clarence Rutherford




Via formal written invitation, Mary Ellen Rogers, who Wally hasn't seen in a while since she went away to school, invites Wally to be her date to a cotillion at the country club. Even though he likes Mary Ellen, he doesn't want to go to a stuffy formal dance. But if he isn't going to go, his parents make him at least telephone Mary Ellen to tell her. But saying no to Mary Ellen ends up being a little more difficult for Wally than he anticipated. He doesn't regret agreeing to go when he sees Mary Ellen for the first time, since she's grown up a lot since he last saw her. But his excitement changes to fear when she tells him she's entered them in the cotillion's cha-cha contest, which he doesn't tell her he doesn't know how to do. As Wally tries to teach himself how to dance using an instructional recording without telling anyone what he's doing, he quickly comes to the conclusion that he has two options: either embarrass himself in the dance contest or figure out a way to get out from ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family


Did You Know?


Theodore Cleaver: Mom, girls sure mess guys up, don't they?
June Cleaver: Beaver, they're probably a lot of girls who think boys mess them up.
Theodore Cleaver: Then why don't they leave each other alone?
June Cleaver: Well, I'm afraid that's something you won't understand until you're a little bit older.
Theodore Cleaver: Then a lot of stuff I'm not going to understand until I'm a little bit older. Boy, when I'm a little bit older I'm sure gonna be busy learning stuff.
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31 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Mary Ellen Rogers has gone away to school (some fancy boarding school, I assume) and is back for a short time and having a big dance at the country club. She invites Wally, who doesn't want to go, but can't say "no" on the telephone.

Wally's pals are visiting him the next day, shooting the bull out in the garage, and they know all about the invitation. Lumpy asks Wally what his "secret" is, since Mary Ellen (Pamela Baird) now is the hottest girl around. They - Lumpy, Chester and Tooey - are impressed Wally is going out with her. While they are visiting, Mary Ellen comes to see him and is waiting in the living room. All of them go inside. When asks Tooey what he's doing, he replies, "We all came in to watch Wally talk to Mary Ellen." They stand there and gape at her (great expressions, particularly on Tooey) while Wally introduces them.

Mary Ellen coyly remarks she came over to show Wally the dress she's wearing at the dance. Now the boys' (not Wally) eyes are popping out of their heads as Mary Ellen dazzles them. Mary Ellen finally gets Wally alone outside to tell him she entered the two of them in a "cha cha contest" for the dance. "I just know you're a smooth dancer by the way you walk," she purrs at him. (Boy, I don't remember girls being aggressive like this back in the late '50s!).

Poor Wally now has to learn the cha-cha-cha, but doesn't want anyone to see him, of course. He bars the door to the bedroom while he practices to an instructional record. Beaver's listening at the door, making weird faces. He then goes around the outside of the house and looks into the window. Wally catches him and tells Beaver he better keep quiet. Beaver responds, "Gee, Wally I wouldn't say anything. I would be too ashamed to let anybody know I had a brother who danced by himself."

Anyway, not much eventful happens in the rest of the episode. The lesson in here - told to Wally by his dad, who was nice enough to pay for a last-minute dancing lesson for him, is that one would be better off telling someone he's doesn't know how to do something rather than pretending he does and then trying to learn it at the last minute.

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14 May 1959 (USA) See more »

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Gomalco Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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