When Ward and June are away, Beaver and Gilbert play in the car and it ends up rolling down the driveway into the middle of the street. A cop comes by just as Wally is moving it back into ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Bank ...
Maurice Manson ...
The Woman Clerk
The Father
Brad Morrow ...
The Boy
Dick Foster ...
Stuffy Singer ...
Bill Hale ...
The Officer
George Hickman ...
1st Man
Bob Golden ...
2nd Man


When Ward and June are away, Beaver and Gilbert play in the car and it ends up rolling down the driveway into the middle of the street. A cop comes by just as Wally is moving it back into the driveway and gives him a ticket for driving without a license and has to go to traffic court. Written by Ronny Bailey

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18 November 1961 (USA)  »

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In the traffic jam caused by Beaver's inability to stop the family car from rolling into the street, it appears that every car stopped on the usually quiet Pine Street - at least six including the police cruiser! - not to mention those already parked along the curbs - was a 1961 Chrysler Corporation model. A couple of Plymouths, an Imperial Crown, a Dodge sedan, a Valiant station wagon, and, for the police, a Plymouth black-and-white; this might just be the all-time winner for "product placement" on TV in the 1960s. See more »


Before Beaver and Gilbert get into the car, we see a side view of it. It's a four door hardtop (no fixed vertical post between the front and rear doors). It also has a sharply curved rear window. When they're in the car, it's a regular sedan with the post between the doors and a standard rear window. See more »


The Father: [emerging from the door to the Juvenile Traffic Court] Kendall, I hope you're satisfied.
The Boy: Gee, Dad, don't yell at me here.
The Father: [angrily] Why shouldn't I yell at you? You lost your driver's license, didn't you?
The Boy: Well, gee, Dad, it wasn't all my fault.
The Father: [almost shouting] What do you mean by that?
The Boy: Well, Mom said I should have gone to driving school instead of having you teach me.
[they leave]
Theodore Cleaver: Boy, Wally, I hope nobody yells at us like that. I feel creepy enough wearin' my new suit.
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Automotive Adventures
25 March 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

This is certainly one of the more memorable episodes of Season 5 of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER. While Ward and June are away, Beaver and Gilbert are playing around in Ward's car. Beaver accidentally releases the brake and the car rolls into the street, creating much commotion and havoc. Wally has to drive the car back into the driveway even though he doesn't have a license; he promptly gets a traffic citation for this, and when he and Beaver and Ward have to go to traffic court, Ward gets a stern reprimand from the officer as well. All three of our "boys" have a tough time of it! The weaselly Gilbert, meanwhile, flees the scene and gets off scot-free.

The funniest part of the episode - quite hilarious, actually - is the scene where Beaver and Gilbert are in the car pretending to be parents on a car ride with their kids. Beaver is the father and Gilbert is the mother, and the two of them mimic what a harried father and mother would say both to each other and to their kids on a long trip. This priceless scene is a favorite of many LITB fans. I know little about cars so I can't identify the make of car used in the episode, but it is a typically flamboyant late-50's number with huge tail fins. For some reason I picture it to be painted watermelon pink, but who knows? Early in the episode, Beaver and Wally want a lift from Ward and June to wherever they are going, and Ward tells them to walk instead since that's what he had to do when he was a boy. Wally has a great quip implying that in Ward's day everyone was still traveling on horseback.

It's nice that in the midst of the penultimate season, LITB was still able to do what it did best: write believable moral tales that grew out of the incidents of ordinary everyday life.

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