Beaver's crush on his teacher Miss Canfield and teasing by the other kids leads him to put a spring snake in her desk drawer. When his conscience starts acting up, he does his best to make sure the snake stays in the desk.



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Episode complete credited cast:
June Cleaver
Miss Canfield
Doris Packer ...
Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn
Judy Hensler
Whitey Whitney
Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)
Mr. Johnson


Beaver has developed his first crush on a girl: Miss Canfield, his home room teacher. He has even been staying after school for the past two weeks to help her with whatever classroom chores. But the other kids notice his behavior and tease him about being the teacher's pet. To stop the kidding and prove he isn't, he takes them up on a dare: to place a springing toy snake in her desk drawer. But after he's done it, he wishes he hadn't and does whatever he can to get the snake from out of her desk drawer with Wally's help. Some of their ideas include breaking into the school in the middle of the night, or trying to get it out when Miss Canfield isn't in the room all the while preventing her from opening the desk drawer. But through it all, Beaver feels worst of all for doing anything to hurt or scare Miss Canfield, or to make her think badly of him. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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22 November 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Ward Cleaver: Why don't you boys ever want to tell me anything? I'm really interested in knowing what goes on at school.
Wally Cleaver: Well, nothing ever goes on at school, Dad.
Ward Cleaver: Oh, now, Wally, I can hardly believe that.
Wally Cleaver: Well, you go in the morning, and if you've done your homework it's all right. If you haven't, they holler at ya. That's all there is to school.
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Miss Canfield really smells good
19 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't believe any boy could go to school without developing a crush on one of their pretty teachers; apparently the writers agree. On the way to school, Beaver wants to know from June when he will be grown up, he has a crush. Not on a cute little girl in his class like June envisions, it's Miss Canfield and he is gaga. Now his friends are claiming he's the teacher pet. If he isn't, then put a can of pop up snakes in her desk. A can he can't immediately retrieve.

At dinner, Ward is sounding Beaver out on what is keeping him after school. Nothing. Nothing from Wally either. Upstairs, Beaver tells Wally he put a snake in Miss Canfield's desk. Wally at first thinks it's a live snake Beaver put in the desk. Wally also says some of the kids are saying Beaver is the teacher's pet. Wally says he wouldn't think of liking his teacher. Of course not, Miss Canfield is much prettier than Mr. Blumgarten. Only thing to do is sneak into school and get the snake. But the boys don't know the custodian Mr. Johnson brought a friend with him, his dog, Alfred.

Mr. Johnson always leaves the door open when he goes for coffee; so, so far so good. But what is that rumbling? It's a dog and he isn't friendly. The boys go home and climb the trellis to get into their rooms but June discovers the fraud. When Ward gets upstairs, the boys are in bed. Ward figures the boys just snuck out, nothing to worry about.

Everyone is in class and how can Beaver get to that drawer. Maybe he can sneak in during lunch. No, Mrs. Rayburn catches him and takes him to the nurse. What to do to distract Miss Canfield? He tries pulling Judy's hair. That gets him a trip to the blackboard writing I will not pull Judy's hair.

When Beaver gets to the drawer, the snake is gone. Mrs. Canfield found it earlier. But why? Beaver explains about the teasing and she understands he likes her. No, Beaver likes her a whole lot, he even asked his mom if he was old enough to marry Miss Canfield. She is also pretty sure that Beaver will find a classmate he likes. He doesn't think so, none of the other girls smell as good as she does.

Ward thinks he should talk to the boys about sneaking out. Never mind, June fills him in as Miss Canfield called her. That night Beaver wants to know if Wally ever liked someone like Miss Canfield? Yes, Miss Hilldebrand. And did you ever get over her Beavers asks? No, I didn't replies Wally. Beaver confesses he doesn't think he will get over Miss Canfield.

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