Beaver gains instant fame...and the inflated ego to go with it...when he catches the ball that wins the school football game.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Wendy Ferdin ...
Carol Faylen ...
Leslie LaTourette ...
Kim Charney ...
Michael Agate ...


The perpetual bench-warmer Beaver is allowed to play in the last few minutes of the football game, and he catches the winning touchdown. Initially, Beaver thinks nothing of it as he realizes he is not the greatest football player and much of it was luck. When many of his classmates start fawning over him, after the local newspaper prints his photo and writes about the game and after the local malt shop names a new sundae after him, Beaver starts to enjoy the adoration. Beaver also begins to get a swelled head about his new-found football prowess, even critiquing professional football players. Ward and Wally both think that they should speak to Beaver to bring him back down to earth. It isn't until the coach makes a decision about the next game that Beaver understands how much a jerk he's become. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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13 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Wally Cleaver: Gee Dad, you've been lecturing him for 13 years, he's still pretty stupid.
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Sic transit gloria Beaver
25 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ward has been at all of Beaver's football games, but Beaver doesn't get much play. This time Beaver had his moment. He got to play in the last two minutes, and he caught the ball for the winning touchdown. Beaver figures it was luck, he's not the best player and he knows it.

At school, he gets some praise from his friends and even from Charlene, one of the cuter girls. Then the other girls begin paying him attention. During a stop at the malt shop, Beaver gets invited to sit with the "real" team members. He even gets a sundae named after him, the Beaver special. Then his picture makes the newspaper, and June almost gets on the praise wagon. Beaver comes home with a stack of newspapers; in case people want him to autograph them. Yes, Beaver is now a legend. Sic transit gloria mundi is coming, and when it does, the pedestal of Cleaver the Great will be dust.

The next day, Ward gets home and voices his concern about Beaver's fame. Beaver went to his practice and watched Wally play after his own practice was over. Beaver then goes on to criticize Wally for his play, which upsets Wally. When Beaver decides to ignore his old friends to spend time with his new ones. Ward figures he should talk with Beaver. Wally asks if he can do it, dad has been talking with Beaver for 13 years and Beaver is still a dumb kid. After Wally talks with Beaver, Beaver figures Wally is jealous; but just maybe he is getting a little bit of a swelled head.

Eddie stops by and plays into Beaver' ego. Beaver should be making this "fame" pay off. He needs a manager to get him endorsements, next Beaver footballs, Beaver shirts. Right, Beaver is a star, he doesn't need to go to practice; he knows all the plays, he needs to save himself for the game. Then during diner, the phone rings. It's the coach. If Beaver is too big to show up for practice, then he is too big to play.

Here it is, Beaver isn't a star. He is just another kid on the team. The journey to just being Beaver begins. Beaver is back on the team, but he isn't going to miss another practice. And he should have known that he was in the wrong when Eddie was being nice to him.

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