Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
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Dennis' Garden 

Henry and Mr. Wilson decide to plant Dennis a flower garden of his own hoping to keep Dennis out of Mr. Wilson's flower garden, but what Dennis does is take the bulbs out of Mr. Wilson's ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Henry Mitchell
Alice Mitchell
Mr. Merrivale
Mrs. Schooner


Henry and Mr. Wilson decide to plant Dennis a flower garden of his own hoping to keep Dennis out of Mr. Wilson's flower garden, but what Dennis does is take the bulbs out of Mr. Wilson's garden and replace them with sweet potatoes and when Mr. Wilson sees the bulbs at Dennis' house he thinks they are Dennis' and he sticks them in Dennis' garden, but, Dennis and Mr. Wilson both win a blue ribbon though. Written by Chris Morrow(

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Comedy | Family






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8 November 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Features the first appearance of character, "Mr. Merrivale", portrayed by Will Wright. See more »

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Dennis' Garden is my all-time favorite episode of its series!
8 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

The main reason why I "adore" the humor, in this one episode, is Dennis returned the dahlia bulbs, back to George Wilson's garden, after being told that they were not "sweet potatoes" as they appeared to be, to him! After being told and sent to his room, without supper, as punishment, Dennis then quietly snuck out his bedroom window and put the dahlia bulbs back, in Mr. Wilson's garden. The most humorous part, to me, was when Henry Mitchell, Dennis Mitchell's dad goes to return Mister Wilson's dahlia bulbs, but he did not know that Dennis had just re-planted them himself, shortly after Dennis had just planted them back and redeemed himself! Therefore it was Henry Mitchell, not Dennis, that really planted the sweet potatoes, in Mister Wilson's garden. Henry, while planting, was heard by Mister Wilson, was drenched, by a bucket of water as Mister Wilson still thought a cat was in his garden. Mister Wilson heard Dennis earlier, while Dennis still was in progress of re-planting the dahlia bulbs, back where they belonged, then, Dennis said "meow" as if he was trying to sound like a cat. This is why Mister Wilson thought Henry Mitchell was the 'cat', he heard earlier that same evening. After being drenched, the planting was finally completed. But it was Henry, not Dennis that planted the real sweet potatoes, in Mister Wilson's garden. After Dennis told his parents, and was told that what he took out were dahlia bulbs, not sweet potatoes, as he originally thought, Dennis secretly returned and planted them back where they belonged. As this episode concludes, both Dennis Mitchell and George Wilson, each, won a blue ribbon award, apiece, for their gardens! About their blue ribbon awards, one additional and honest fact: George Wilson's blue ribbon is unique, for was the first and one of a new kind, as it was created for originality!

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