Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver, the Sheep Dog 

Beaver takes it personally when schoolmate Shirley makes fun of his hair; but when his efforts to tame his unruly locks don't go as planned, Beaver decides instead to follow troublemaker ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mr. Bailey
Billy E. Hughes ...
Chuck (as Billy Hughes)
Hank Stanton ...
Gretchen Voeth ...
The Woman Clerk
Leslie LaTourette ...
The 1st Girl
Tina Brady ...
The 2nd Girl


Beaver takes it personally when schoolmate Shirley makes fun of his hair; but when his efforts to tame his unruly locks don't go as planned, Beaver decides instead to follow troublemaker Eddie Haskell's advice to give Shirley a taste of her own medicine. Written by shepherd1138

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Comedy | Family





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6 December 1962 (USA)  »

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When Beaver returns Shirley's insults and she turns on the water works, Mr Bailey intervenes, and shames Beaver into admitting he made her cry. In a rare "quote" from the world of serious music (most of the Beaver music was written specifically for the show), we hear the opening theme from the fourth movement of Tchaikowsky's Symphony No.6, the "Pathetique", music long described by music historians as the "depths of despair". See more »


After Beaver calls Shirley the names and she begins to cry, her two friends sympathize with her and try to comfort her. Yet only a few seconds earlier, after Beaver's first insult, the two girls can't help but laugh. See more »


Eddie Haskell: How about loaning five bucks? I'll pay you back Saturday.
Wally Cleaver: Yeah, which Saturday?
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24 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beaver and his pals makes fun of Shirley's new hair style. Shirley retorts that Beaver looks like a sheep dog. For some unknown reason this wise crack has settled over Beaver like a painter's drop cloth. Beaver comes home and asks June if he looks like a sheep dog. June says of course not. Wally says Beaver doesn't look like a sheep dog, more like a gopher with bangs. Beaver has the mopes.

Next day Beaver is still upset. June is concerned, Ward will have a talk with him when he gets home. For now, Beaver is missing. He is at drug store and buys two cans of a hair spray called Glama Spray. The clerk cautions him that it is a woman's product. Wally finds the cans in their bedroom, and kids Beaver about it. As Beaver makes for the bathroom, Wally jokingly calls out "Goldilocks, your prince is here." Beaver, we find, has actually bought four different products and is upstairs in his bathroom trying them all, at once of course.

Before Beaver comes down, June sand Ward caution Wally about laughing at him. Beaver's hair is plastered down to his scalp. He expects at least one comment, but no one says anything. They just look down at their plates as much as possible. Beaver finally asks if anyone noticed anything. That's it for Wally who starts roaring with laughter. Beaver runs upstairs and Ward tries to console Beaver. He suggests he try using a sense of humor to be a bit less sensitive. Perhaps he might try modeling himself after Will Rogers. He also suggests Beaver wash all of the stuff out of his hair before it does any damage.

As he is doing so, Eddie stops over to see Wally. What does he want? Wally tells Eddie he never comes over unless he wants something; this time he needs five bucks. Then he notices Beaver has the mopes, what can he do to help. Beaver says some girls are teasing him. Only girls, that's easy, Eddie tells Beaver just to insult the girls and use both barrels. Better yet, get some of his friends to help. As Beaver is a little low on great put-downs, for five bucks Eddie can help him out. Beaver is fully supplied with Eddie style put-downs. And he is ready to use them all on Shirley.

As Shirley approaches, she and her friends start picking on Beaver. They have added some zingers to their initial tease. Beaver is ready, he "hits" her so well that she breaks down and cries. Mr. Bailey comes by and gets a story. Just one slice of it though. Beaver is told he will have to apologize.

Back at home Beaver talks it over with Wally. Beaver has written a note that basically puts the incident in some perspective and does have an apology in it. Beaver's eventual take-away is that girls sure are sensitive.

An odd entry. It would appear to be on target given the general concern with bullying at school. But it's sort of skewed. No doubt Beaver starts the bullying but we never get an explanation as to why he took the sheep-dog comment so quickly to heart. His attempts at self-improvement are well presented, as are the disastrous results. For a 60's show it does reflect the thinking of the time that boys should not be cruel to girls, but leaves open a door allowing girls to be cruel to boys. My memory, failing as it is, tells me that was the milieu I grew up in. Once could certainly show this episode to a class today and ask them to discuss what they saw in this episode. It might elicit some interesting discussion on how bullying and responses to it have changed over the decades. I can already hear groans from my "old" students complaining not another black and white TV/movie show. I can also report that after watching "excerpts" from same, the B&W was forgotten as discussion and writing assignments would get lively.

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