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While emptying the trash, Beaver finds a circular that Ward discarded offering a free trial for an expensive new accordion. With a push from troublemaker Eddie, Beaver secretly sends in the order form, believing that he can play with the instrument and return it within the 5-day free trial period. But, as usual, things don't always go as planned. Written by shepherd1138

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24 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Beaver Seizes a Cultural Opportunity
6 March 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

"Beaver's Accordion," like "In the Soup," is one of those episodes that are memorable in large part because of the originality and wackiness of the concept. In the case of "In the Soup," it's the sight of Beaver trapped inside a billboard "soup bowl." Here, it's the sight (and sound) of an accordion tumbling down the Cleaver stairway in full view of Mr. Franklin, the accordion company man to whom Ward had just flatly denied ever buying such an instrument. June immediately rushes downstairs: "Ward! It's an accordion!" "Yes, dear, we've already identified it."

The whole affair started when Beaver read an ad in the mail for a free-trial accordion. It was one of those huckster deals that the skeptical Ward habitually discards. Beaver, however, can't resist the prospect of trying out the shiny squeeze-box and orders it without his parents' permission. He'll send it back before the trial period ends, and nobody will be the wiser; or so he thinks! Eddie Haskell adds fuel to the fire by telling Beaver that Ward discarded the ad because he wants to stunt Beaver's musical career.

When Beaver gets in trouble with his parents, Ward sternly tells him that this is "just about the worst thing you've ever done." But in the end Ward goes easy on Beaver because he remembers a time when he too, as a child, squandered his money on a useless trinket.

Mr. Franklin is portrayed by fussy, fastidious John Hoyt, who was also the suit salesman in the second season episode "Wally's New Suit." There he was much more sympathetic; here he is all snark and condescension, a well-bred huckster of the first order. American business is often far from squeaky clean on LEAVE IT TO BEAVER.

"Beaver's Accordion" is a favorite episode of many fans and deserves to be placed among the truly memorable episodes of the series.


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