Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver Won't Eat 

When Beaver refuses to eat his Brussels sprouts, Ward and June try to find a compromise in their differing opinions on discipline, with surprising results.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Wally Cleaver
Theodore Cleaver
Eddie Haskell
Restaurant Manager (as Hal J. Smith)
Restaurant Customer
Bea Silvern ...


Beaver in general does not like to eat green vegetables. At this evening's dinner, he doesn't want to eat the Brussels sprouts on his plate. He does whatever he can to get out from eating them - even hiding them in his shirt pocket. But June, finding where he's hidden them, insists that he eat them. In private, June and Ward disagree on whether they should make him eat the sprouts, June insisting that he does. So she ultimately provides Beaver an ultimatum: eat the Brussels sprouts, or else he is not allowed to go to dinner out and the major league football game the rest of the family is going to tomorrow evening. Beaver still refuses to eat them. June doesn't like the thought of leaving Beaver out of their family outing, but she also doesn't want to back down from what she said she was going to do. Ward, June and Beaver come to a compromise, but that compromise comes a little sooner and in a more embarrassingly public manner than they were all expecting. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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1 October 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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At the restaurant, while the Cleavers are debating the Beaver's promise to eat his brussel sprouts, his crumpled napkin falls off the table. It suddenly appears, nicely folded, in the very next Beaver shot. See more »

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Inappropriate behavior by Beaver's mom
12 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was very disappointed by the behavior of Beaver's mom in this episode, "Beaver Won't Eat". Food should never be used as a reward or punishment. This was not a good message to share with the public. It would have been OK for her to encourage Beaver to eat, but she chose to force the issue by punishing him. I felt there should have been more of a firm stand by other cast members like Wally and Ward to show June the error of her ways. Then at least the appropriate message would be shared with all viewers. With Beaver liking the Brussels Sprouts at the end of the episode, many viewers may feel that June's behavior was appropriate. This result is far from the norm. Most children will not usually like a food that they are forced to eat, and most of them will feel hostility and resentment toward their parents. Totally unfair and inappropriate!

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