Leave It to Beaver (season 5)

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Leave It to Beaver Season 5
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 39 (black-and-white, full-screen, approx. 25 minutes)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 30, 1961 – June 30, 1962
Season chronology
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The fifth season of the American television series Leave It to Beaver aired from September 30, 1961 to June 30, 1962 on ABC. It consisted of 39 black-and-white episodes, each running approximately 25 minutes.

Opening and closing sequences[edit]

The opening sequence, as in the fourth season, shows the front entrance of the house at 211 Pine St. This time, when the door opens, June appears carrying a tray holding a pitcher of lemonade and four glasses, as the announcer intones, "starring Barbara Billingsley". June turns to her right and beckons to Ward, whom we see pruning shrubbery with hedge clippers, then to her left, where Wally looks up from his lawn mower near some shrubbery, then toward the walkway, where Beaver looks up happily from mowing, all as the stars are announced. After an introductory scene, some credits for writing and directing are given. The closing sequence is similar to that of the third and fourth seasons, except that guest star credits link the actors to their roles.

Episodes[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
157 1 "Wally Goes Steady" Norman Abbott Teleplay: Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher
Story: Dick Conway and Roland MacLane
September 30, 1961 (1961-09-30) 16108

At the country club Ward is greeted like a future in-law by the father of Evelyn, a girl Wally is dating. Later, at the dinner table, Ward and June try to get Wally to explain, without much luck. When Wally plays tennis with Evelyn and her older sister, Judy, and her husband, who dropped out of junior college to get married, the Cleavers really start to worry. However, after a night at the Hendersons, seeing that their life is more frantic than fun, Wally realizes that marriage is "nothing to mess with". Later, at the club, after Wally has stopped "going steady" with Evelyn, Ward overhears Evelyn's father introduce himself to someone else as a prospective relative. He tells the man to let his son accept any invitation to visit the Hendersons.


Guests: Mary Mitchel as Evelyn Boothby, Gloria Gilbert as Judy Henderson, Ryan O'Neal as Tom Henderson, Pat McCaffrie as Bill Boothby, Frederick DeWilde as Jack Bennett (as Frederic deWilde; father of Brandon deWilde).


At the Hendersons, Wally tries to make conversation by wondering if Roger Maris or Mickey Mantle will hit 60 home runs in the current baseball season.
158 2 "No Time for Babysitters" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane October 7, 1961 (1961-10-07) 16107

Ward and June have been invited to the McBride's wedding anniversary on Friday, and Wally is taking Susan to a dance at the lake. Even Lumpy has a date. Who will watch Beaver? Beaver thinks he's too old for babysitters and his parents are loathe to tell him otherwise. When Gilbert and Richard show up and tell Beaver his family treats him like a baby, Beaver says, oh yeah?, he's staying at home by himself on Friday. This they have to see. So, when Beaver's told there will be a sitter, he's very unhappy. However, this sitter is Judy, whom Wally can't take his eyes off of, with a voice like a kitten's purr, and with the good sense to disappear when Gilbert and Richard come calling. It's enough to make Beaver wish he were a baby again.


Guests: Barbara Perkins as Judy Walker, Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates.
159 3 "Wally's Car" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane October 14, 1961 (1961-10-14) 16103

Ward has just come back from playing 27 holes of golf and June is in the kitchen paring vegetables. Domestic bliss. Then come crashing sounds as Lumpy's car pushes Wally's newly purchased, non-running 1936 Ford coupe up the driveway. Ward and June are stunned that Wally, absent his driver's license, would make such a purchase without consulting them, given all the added costs having a car entails ($200 for car insurance, plus registration, $4-5 per week for gas and oil). Now the car is blocking the driveway and can't be pushed. Ward and June take a cab to the Algers, while Wally calls Lumpy to bring "the guys" and tools. The car is taken apart enough to be pushed out of the way, but Ward and June are shocked to return near midnight to find Wally and Beaver both working on it. Wally can't keep the car, but can he recoup his $25 investment? While Wally sells off car parts, Ward calls a junk dealer who'll pay $15 for such a car with all the parts. When the dealer arrives with his tow truck, to find the car picked over like a fish bone, Wally is able to pay him $10 to haul it away, and still have $2.50 profit from selling the parts.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Ralph Sanford as Mr. Garvey, George Spicer as Ray, George Foster as Don, Audrey Swanson as Mrs. Ashby.
160 4 "Beaver's Birthday" Hugh Beaumont Teleplay: Dick Conway and Roland MacLane
Story: Bob Ross
October 21, 1961 (1961-10-21) 16110

Beavers asks for money for his birthday when he decides he's too old for birthday parties, and his parents give him a stash they want him to save.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, William Newell as The Postal Clerk.
161 5 "Beaver's Cat Problem" David Butler Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher November 4, 1961 (1961-11-04) 16112

Beaver rescues Mrs. Prentiss' cat and feeds it while he waits for her to claim it, but the cat won't leave him alone.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Grace Wallis Huddle as Mrs. Prentiss.
162 6 "Wally's Weekend Job" Norman Abbott Dick Conway and Roland MacLane November 11, 1961 (1961-11-11) 16102

Eddie stops by from the library, where's he's been writing an essay on Aristotle, with plans to go to M.I.T. But Wally may have a weekend job. "Sam" has managed to make Eddie look bad again. June knows her polite, conscientious son will get the job. as he does, and all the free ice cream he can eat, which makes any new worker too sick to want it. But Beaver thinks that means he and his friends will be treated. When they can't pay for their 25-cent sodas, Wally thinks of calling the cops but lets them go with a warning. Then the girls, all the girls, show up; and there's nothing behind that counter they want more than Wally. Eddie and Lumpy show but feel slighted. So, they pose as Mary Ellen's father, and phone to have Wally deliver ice cream to her slumber party, where boys are forbidden. After being chased from the premises by a furious dad, Wally seeks out his friends at their homes and dumps some now melted pistachio on Lumpy, and a carton of vanilla down the front of Eddie. Ward understands, but is concerned by, Wally's loss of temper. The fact that Wally himself has a "creepy felling" about it is a good sign.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Cheryl Holdridge as Julie Foster, Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Pamela Baird as Mary Ellen Rogers (as Pamela Beaird), Tim Graham as Mr. Gibson, Bill Baldwin as Mr. Rogers, Donna Conn as Jan, Rita Norma Somers as Ann.
163 7 "Beaver Takes a Drive" Charles Haas Dick Conway and Roland MacLane November 18, 1961 (1961-11-18) 16111

When Ward and June are found snacking on cream cheese and crackers, to forestall hunger pangs at the invariably late lunch at the Burke's housewarming, the boys ask for rides to the park and Gilbert's, nearby destinations. Ward and June are being picked up by the Tolans, and Ward suggests walking, as he would have been expected to do. Beaver thinks that was because it was harder to hitch up the horse and wagon. Wally goes to the park and Gilbert comes over. With everyone else gone, Beaver and Gilbert sit in the car and pretend to take a trip, until Beaver releases the emergency brake, and the car rolls into the street, blocking all traffic. Gilbert flees and meets Wally. Wally hurries home, finds the spare key, and heroically drives the car out of the way. Then the police arrive and cite Wally for driving without a license. Beaver needs to explain how the car got out into the street. Wally and Beaver meet Ward at traffic court. Their story to the judge is too complicated, but they do make the point that it's hard to ask an adult when all the adults are yelling. Wally gets a warning. Beaver will sit in a box the next time he wants to drive. And, no, he doesn't want to see the judge again, either.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Maurice Manson as Judge Morton, Gail Bonney as the Woman Clerk, Stephen Courtleigh as the Father, Brad Morrow as the Boy, Dick Foster as Barry, Stuffy Singer as Steve, Bill Hale as the Officer, George Hickman as 1st Man, Bob Golden as 2nd Man, Lillian O'Malley as the Woman.
164 8 "Wally's Big Date" David Butler Teleplay: Bob Ross
Story: Kenneth A. Enochs
November 25, 1961 (1961-11-25) 16106

The 16th is the day of the drawing for the Mayfield-Riverside High exchange dance. It was idea of Mrs. Mulligan, the social studies teacher, to choose dates by lot, to teach good citizenship. Eddie coyly offers to trade the date he drew, Gail Preston, for Wally's Marjorie Muller, claiming he and Marjorie have hit it off. By her picture in the Riverside yearbook Eddie has brought, Gail is a knockout; but when Wally goes to the malt shop to meet her, she turns out to be "nine feet tall", which Eddie knew. Wally finds Eddie trying to retrieve the yearbook and really is about to clobber him, when June comes in. At the dance, Gail has her hair down and has worn flats, and she's no taller than Wally. They have a great time until Wally brushes off Beaver's phoned reports of parental illness, but she easily understands why Beaver was only trying to give Wally an excuse to leave. At home, June remembers wearing wearing her hair down and flats for a shorter boy. Ward says today's teens are too sophisticated to be that kind.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Laraine Stephens as Gail Preston, Judee Morton as Marjorie Muller.
165 9 "Beaver's Ice Skates" Hugh Beaumont Joseph Hoffman December 2, 1961 (1961-12-02) 16114

Beaver wants $6 to buy a season ticket to the ice rink. Ward worries that further expenses will result as things get out of hand, especially, June adds, seeing the way his current golf habit has grown from a single 5-iron. Sure enough Beaver soon wants some skates, on sale at $12.95, bought with money from his bank account. Reluctantly, his parents agree. Unfortunately, Beaver is sold a pair three sizes too large by an unscrupulous salesman. At the rink, Beaver can hardly stand. He takes to hiding in the library while saying he's out skating. Wally finds Beaver there, after returning a copy of Gone With the Wind. Wally and Beaver try to return the skates, but the salesman quotes a no-return policy on sales items. Later, at home, Ward reads that the ice rink has been closed recently. When Ward gets the truth, he won't let the store get away with it, and gets a refund. Beaver wishes his parents had been mean enough to deny him new skates. Ward says kids should learn to handle responsibility before they try to take it.


Guests: Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Stanley Fafara as Whitey Whitney, Stanley Clements as Shoe Salesman, Allan Ray as Bert.
166 10 "Weekend Invitation" David Butler Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher and Dick Conway and Roland MacLane December 9, 1961 (1961-12-09) 16113

Wally gets permission to go on a chaperoned trip to the lake with his friends, but finds out their parents won't be joining them.


Guests: Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford, David Kent as Scott.
167 11 "Beaver's English Test" Norman Abbott Dick Conway and Roland MacLane December 16, 1961 (1961-12-16) 16116

Ward convinces Wally to tutor Beaver and Gilbert since they're having a rough time getting through English class.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Wendell Holmes as Mr. Blair.
168 12 "Wally's Chauffeur" Hugh Beaumont Dick Conway and Roland MacLane December 23, 1961 (1961-12-23) 16117

Wally feels embarrassed when it looks like his own date is driving him to the dance.


Guests: Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Mary Mitchel as Evelyn Boothby, James Seay as Mr. Boothby, Mark Allen as Policeman, Eddie Pagett as 1st Boy (as Ed Pagett), Brad Morrow as 2nd Boy, George Spicer as 3rd Boy.
169 13 "Beaver's First Date" David Butler Teleplay: Joe Connelly & Bob Mosher
Story: Joseph Hoffman & Lou Breslow
December 30, 1961 (1961-12-30) 16105

Beaver goes out on his first date.


Guests: Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Cheryl Holdridge as Julie Foster, Pam Smith as Betsy Patterson, Stanley Fafara as Whitey Whitney, Donna Conn as Lumpy's Date, Estelle Etterre as Mrs. Thompson.
170 14 "Ward's Golf Clubs" David Butler Bob Ross January 6, 1962 (1962-01-06) 16119

Beaver gets himself in another spot when he uses his father's favorite golf club and accidentally breaks it.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Henry Hunter as Mr. Sam Briggs.
171 15 "Farewell to Penny" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane January 13, 1962 (1962-01-13) 16118

Although he's delighted that she's leaving school, Beaver reluctantly attends the going-away party of his nemesis Penny, but they soon start to get along.


Guests: Karen Sue Trent as Penny Woods, Stanley Fafara as Whitey Whitney, Wendell Holmes as Mr. Blair, Jean Vander Pyl as Mrs. Woods.
172 16 "Beaver, the Bunny" Anton M. Leader Dick Conway and Roland MacLane January 20, 1962 (1962-01-20) 16121

Beaver is required to wear bunny ears for a school production, making him an easy target for humiliation.


Guests: Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Stanley Fafara as Whitey Whitney, Karen Sue Trent as Penny Woods, Alice Backes as Miss Lawrence, John Damler as Sergeant, Sid Kane as 1st Man, Jean Cook as 1st Woman, John McKee as Policeman, Jimmy Carter as Herman, Wally Wood as Boy, Lelani Sorenson as Phyllis (as Lei Lani Sorensen).
173 17 "Beaver's Electric Trains" Hugh Beaumont Dick Conway and Roland MacLane January 27, 1962 (1962-01-27) 16120

Beaver is unhappy that his parents are making him give away his electric trains, even though he hasn't played with them for over two years.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Toby Michaels as Georgia Battson.
174 18 "Beaver's Long Night" Hugh Beaumont Dick Conway and Roland MacLane February 3, 1962 (1962-02-03) 16124

Beaver and Gilbert celebrate their independence when Gilbert sleeps over at the Cleaver house without a babysitter while Ward and June go out.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford, David Kent as Bill Scott.
175 19 "Beaver's Jacket" David Butler Bob Ross February 10, 1962 (1962-02-10) 16125

Beaver talks his parents into letting him buy an expensive jacket just like Richard's, then shares it when Richard's own jacket goes missing.


Guests: Richard Correll as Richard Rickover.
176 20 "Nobody Loves Me" David Butler Teleplay: Katherine and Dale Eunson
Story: Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher
February 17, 1962 (1962-02-17) 16122

Beaver wallows in self-pity when he thinks his parents don't love him.


Guests: Sue Randall as Miss Alice Landers, Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Burt Mustin as Gus the Fireman.
177 21 "Beaver's Fear" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane February 24, 1962 (1962-02-24) 16126

After claiming to be brave enough to go with Wally and his friends to the amusement park, Beaver discovers his fear of rollercoasters.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Stanley Fafara as Whitey Whitney, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Burt Mustin as Gus the Fireman, David Kent as Bill Scott.
178 22 "Three Boys and a Burro" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane March 3, 1962 (1962-03-03) 16129

Beaver promises his new pet burro, Pepe, won't cause any trouble, but has a lot of explaining to do when Pepe get loose.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Jane Dulo as Mrs. Rickover, Claudia Bryar as Mrs. Bates.
179 23 "Eddie Quits School" Jeffrey Hayden Dick Conway and Roland MacLane March 10, 1962 (1962-03-10) 16127

Eddie tells Wally and Lumpy that he's quitting high school to take a job at a local garage.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, David Kent as Bill Scott, Frank Wilcox as Mr. Farmer, Bert Remsen as Mr. Thompson.
180 24 "Wally Stays at Lumpy's" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane March 17, 1962 (1962-03-17) 16130

Wally considers disobeying his parents when Lumpy invites him to a party at his house.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford.
181 25 "Beaver's Laundry" David Butler Joseph Hoffman March 24, 1962 (1962-03-24) 16123

Beaver learns that doing the laundry is not as easy as it looks when he goes with Richard to the laundromat.


Guests: Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell.
182 26 "Lumpy's Car Trouble" David Butler Dick Conway & Roland MacLane and Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher March 31, 1962 (1962-03-31) 16132

Ward permits Lumpy to drive Wally and Beaver to an out-of-town sporting event, unaware that Eddie is also going.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford, Pat McCaffrie as Bill Boothby.
183 27 "Beaver the Babysitter" David Butler Joseph Hoffman April 7, 1962 (1962-04-07) 16133

Beaver helps Wally babysit a 10-year-old girl who loves to play house, which Beaver finds is kind of fun.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Rory Stevens as Chuckie Murdock, Marjorie Reynolds as Mrs. Murdock, Stephen Courtleigh as Mr. Murdock, Jennie Lynn as Pat Murdock.
184 28 "The Younger Brother" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane April 14, 1962 (1962-04-14) 16131

Beaver tries out for the basketball team for his parents' sake, only to learn that everyone expects him to be good because of Wally.


Guests: Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford, Russ Conway as Mr. Boyle.
185 29 "Beaver's Typewriter" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane April 21, 1962 (1962-04-21) 16134

Beaver's begging for a typewriter to help him with his schoolwork pays off, but he soon learns that typing is not as easy as it looks.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Ed Prentiss as Mr. Bailey.
186 30 "The Merchant Marine" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane April 28, 1962 (1962-04-28) 16136

Ward and June think Wally is considering joining the Merchant Marines, especially when he comes home two hours late.


Guests: Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford.
187 31 "Brother Versus Brother" David Butler Bob Ross May 5, 1962 (1962-05-05) 16135

A new girl joins Beaver's class and he offers to take her home, but he starts to think she's trying to get close to Wally.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Mimi Gibson as Mary Tyler, Hardie Albright as Mr. Collins.
188 32 "The Yard Birds" David Butler Dick Conway & Roland MacLane May 12, 1962 (1962-05-12) 16137

The Cleaver boys do their best to clean the yard like their father told them, but distractions keep them from getting the job done.


Guests: Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Bartlett Robinson as Mr. Hill.
189 33 "Tennis, Anyone?" Hugh Beaumont Dick Conway & Roland MacLane May 19, 1962 (1962-05-19) 16138

Wally is put in an awkward situation when an older woman asks him to be her tennis partner just to make her boyfriend jealous.


Guests: Cynthia Chenault as Carole Martin (as Cindy Robbins), Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, James Drake as Don Kirk.
190 34 "One of the Boys" Jeffrey Hayden Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher and Gwen Gielgud May 26, 1962 (1962-05-26) 16104

Wally is asked to join an exclusive called the Barons, only to find that they're not so cool.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, Stephanie Hill as Bessie, Robert Reuben Singer as Ted (as Robert Singer), Martin Dean as Rick Davis.
191 35 "Sweatshirt Monsters" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane June 2, 1962 (1962-06-02) 16139

Beaver and his friends by sweatshirts with monster faces on them, but their parents forbid them from wearing them to school.


Guests: Richard Correll as Richard Rickover, Stanley Fafara as Hubert "Whitey" Whitney, Doris Packer as Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn, Hardie Albright as Mr. Collins, Jane Dulo as Mrs. Rickover, Mark Murray as Alan Boothby.
192 36 "A Night in the Woods" David Butler Dick Conway and Roland MacLane June 9, 1962 (1962-06-09) 16140

Gilbert's dad has to work late, making him unable to take Gilbert and Beaver on a camping trip, so Wally becomes their chaperone.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Frank Bank as Clarence Rutherford, John Hart as Forest Ranger, Stanley Fafara as Hubert "Whitey" Whitney, Mark Murray as Alan Boothby.
193 37 "Long Distance Call" Norman Abbott Dick Conway and Roland MacLane June 16, 1962 (1962-06-16) 16143

Beaver and his friends try to call Don Drysdale at Dodger Stadium, but receive a lot of long-distance charges for their trouble.


Guests: Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates, Mark Murray as Alan Boothby, Dennis Olvieri as Kenny (as Dennis Joel), Ray Montgomery as Kenny's Father, Kevin Jones as 1st Boy, Johnny Eimen as 2nd Boy, Don Drysdale as Himself.
194 38 "Stocks and Bonds" Norman Abbott Teleplay: Allan Manings
Story: Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher
June 23, 1962 (1962-06-23) 16141

The Cleaver boys express interest in the stock market, so Ward encourages them to invest in sensible stocks and bonds.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell.
195 39 "Un-Togetherness" Norman Abbott Dick Conway and Roland MacLane June 30, 1962 (1962-06-30) 16147

The Cleavers' plan for a vacation at the lake is dampened when Wally prefers to spend time with his new girlfriend.


Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, Brenda Scott as Lori-Ann.


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