Leave It to Beaver: Season 1, Episode 34

Beaver's Bad Day (4 Jun. 1958)

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The whole Cleaver family learns a lesson in truthfulness after Eddie Haskell intimidates Beaver into lying about how his good suit pants were torn.

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Beaver goes outside to play in his good Sunday suit, which is against the rules. Trouble brews when Larry Mondello talks Beaver into playing in a construction area, then snowballs when Eddie Haskell shows up to cause trouble. The end result has Beaver tearing the pants to his suit. When Beaver comes home and his parents see the torn suit, they ask for an explanation. Beaver tells a wild story about getting into a conflict with a dog and that the dog attacked him; actually, Beaver got his pants caught on a loose nail, and Eddie had encouraged him to make up the lie. Ward is not fooled and lectures his son about telling the truth. The next day, Beaver is wearing another good suit to school when, lo and behold Eddie shows up again! This time, Wally tries to defend Beaver, and in the ensuing chaos, a dog attacks Beaver and chews up his pants. When Wally and Beaver try to explain that a dog really did cause the tear, Wally blows his stack and sends his sons upstairs to punish them. Before ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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5 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beaver disobeys his mother and goes out to play in his good Sunday suit. He also disobeys his parents by playing in an area where a new house is being built. That's because his get-Beaver-in-trouble friend Larry Mondello talks him into it. Larry can talk Beaver into anything and always gets him in trouble. Sometimes that theme gets tiresome.

Anyway, things get worse when Eddie Haskell shows up at the site and winds up inadvertently ripping Beavers trousers. Then Beaver does his normal thing: he lies to his parents. That's another thing that's overdone in this usually very wholesome show. Beaver is always telling lies.

Well, as usual, that comes back to "bite" him when a similar thing happens the next day! The rest I can't say without spoilers. In all, a so-so episode. These last few shows in this Season One don't seem to have the humor the first two- thirds of the season had, but there are some moral lessons and things to think about.

I did appreciate the Scriptural lesson here that God is everywhere and nothing you do escapes Him. You wouldn't hear that on TV today.


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