Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver's Prep School 

As grammar school graduation approaches, Beaver is torn between accepting Aunt Martha's offer to send him to a prestigious prep school in faraway New England or going on to Mayfield high school with the rest of his friends.

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Ward and June receive a letter from Aunt Martha informing them that she is arriving for a visit in three days, but more importantly that she wants to send Beaver to Fallbrook for high school, one of the best prep schools in the country located in New England. If Beaver decides to go, he will be the fourth generation of Bronsons to attend the school. Ward and June encourage Beaver to accept Aunt Martha's offer as it will be a great opportunity for him, but they doubt if he will want to go. To their surprise, Beaver, after quickly focusing on all the interesting things available to do at Fallbrook compared to Mayfield High such as horseback riding and shooting, is eager to accept, and wants to let Aunt Martha know by telephone even before her arrival. After telling Aunt Martha the news, Beaver just as quickly changes his mind when he realizes everything he will be missing by leaving, such as his friends, family and everything he has known all his life. He has to figure out a way to tell... Written by Huggo

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28 March 1963 (USA)  »

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When June is sad that Beaver might go away to school, Ward comforts her with a reference to Joseph Kennedy's "first son" going off to Washington, undoubtedly a reference to President John F. Kennedy. However, Joseph Kennedy's first son was John's older brother, Joseph Kennedy, Jr., who was killed in 1944 during World War II. See more »

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Ward Cleaver: [Aunt Martha wants to send Beaver to a prep school, but he has decided he wants to stay in Mayfield] Beaver, you've put everyone on a spot here. But, of course, we're not going to force you to go to a school you don't want to go to.
Theodore Cleaver: [relieved] Gee, thanks Dad. And when you tell Aunt Martha, will you please not make me sound like it's a little rat.
Ward Cleaver: Me tell Aunt Martha? Oh, no, young man. You got yourself into this and you're going to get yourself out. If you were old enough and capable enough to ...
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Touching scenes and a continuity error
20 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I basically agree with the previous reviewer, to me the scenes of Beaver walking around his changed and bygone childhood haunts were worth the price of admission. The faded pictures of old Mayfield sports teams, the initials carved in the tree, the old dog who barely recognized him and especially the shuttered fire station (and no more Gus). You really get a sense that things are changing--and ending.

The error comes in the scene where Beaver walks into his room and Wally is changing around all the furniture. Oblivious so far to Beaver's change of heart, Wally goes on at some length about how much extra room he will have when Beaver is gone and how he's going to put Beaver's bed and belongings in the basement. A cot can be set up when Beaver returns home on school breaks.

None of this makes any sense because it has already been well established that Wally is leaving home soon as well for college. He won't be living in that room on a regular basis either. So,what difference does rearranging the bedroom make?


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