After Ward reprimands him for being rude and inconsiderate, Beaver tries to do a good deed for Jeff, a hungry hobo with a hard luck story, who knocks on the Cleavers' kitchen door while ... See full summary »

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After Ward reprimands him for being rude and inconsiderate, Beaver tries to do a good deed for Jeff, a hungry hobo with a hard luck story, who knocks on the Cleavers' kitchen door while Ward and June are out. Jeff convinces Beaver to make him a sandwich and let him take a bath but Beaver finds himself in hot water when his wily guest sneaks out of the house in one of Ward's good suits leaving a pile of dirty clothes for June to find when she comes home. Written by shepherd1138

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Theodore Cleaver: Hey Gilbert I thought you were going to be over early.
Gilbert Bates: I had to wait for my sister and her boyfriend to leave. She gets sore at me if I look for money under the sofa cushions while they're sitting there.
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Bizarre Episode
20 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

LITB fans often name "Beaver, the Bunny" as the worst episode of the series, but a more apt candidate would be "Beaver's Good Deed." Then again, maybe the episode is not so much bad as simply weird.

After Ward reprimands Beaver for being habitually rude and selfish, Beaver (along with Gilbert) tries to make amends by welcoming a hobo as a guest in the Cleaver home while his parents are out. After getting a free meal and taking a bath in the Cleaver bathtub, the hobo absconds with one of Ward's suits (he says he needs it for a job interview), but eventually the Cleavers start receiving money in installments in the mail to pay back for the suit. This is par for the course on LITB, in which people are portrayed as being fundamentally good at heart. As for me, I would have still been upset about losing a good suit!

Listen for one of June's best quips when she and Ward return home and discover evidence that someone has been in their bedroom.

The unreal, caricatured portrayal of the hobo doesn't feel right for LITB. He has on one of those stereotyped "Great Depression" getups like the one Buddy Ebsen wore on THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES and acts every bit like those "stage hobos" you see in old movies and TV. Don't blame Frank Ferguson, the veteran character actor; Ferguson was simply doing what the script and the costume department required of him.

As usual on LITB, we get a sound moral lesson, but this is still a bizarre episode.


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