Walter Ashdale is one of the recurring characters of Desperate Schoolboys. Ben's father, Walter isn't wound as tight as his wife Lydia, nor is he as judgmental and demanding of his son. Walter is thrilled to learn that he and his wife will soon be welcoming a new child into their home.
The Ashdales have an uncomofrtable dinner where Lydia asks Ben about his introverted manner and lack of interest in girls. She is told to stop by her husband, Walter. ("Pilot")
The Ashdales attens Leonardo's funeral, where Ben fails to say some words due to his anxiety. Walter tells him this is understandable, however Lydia is must unhappy, afraid that people will him as strange. Ben then overhears his mother expressing how dissapointed she is in him. ("Conscious Decisions")
On his father's birthday, Ben was told by Walter that all he wanted was for Ben to be the best he could be. Ben told his parents that he had failed a test, much to the dislike of Lydia, who refused to hear Ben's side. ("Papa Said")