Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Brother vs. Brother 

Beaver feels betrayed when the first girl he ever wanted to bring home after school falls for big brother Wally as soon as they get there.

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When Mr. Collins announces that there will be a new student joining their class, Beaver and Gilbert hope that it is a boy they can play with rather than a "dopey" girl. Mary Tyler ends up being anything but dopey for Beaver, who, upon first sight, is immediately hit with his first case of puppy love, although he isn't sure what he is feeling beyond always wanting to look at her. Not knowing how to act around girls, he asks Wally for advice, after which he decides a good first step is to ask Mary if he can walk her home from school. She ultimately says yes, after their walk they agreeing that they will now only walk home with each other, and no one else. Beyond the ribbing Beaver gets from Gilbert and Richard, who are not yet at the stage of liking girls, Beaver runs into a problem. It seems as if Mary may have had ulterior motives in making this pact with Beaver, as she really wanted to get to know Wally. Wally, in turn, has no interest in a little girl like Mary, while in Beaver's ... Written by Huggo

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Gilbert Bates: I once saw this movie where these two brothers were pirates, and then they captured this Maureen O'Hara lady, and even though they'd been brothers all their life, they started fightin' over her.
Richard Rickover: Yeah, somebody's always fightin' over Maureen O'Hara in the movies.
Gilbert Bates: Yeah, she's real good at gettin' fought over.
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Love Has Come to Beaver Cleaver
24 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

It was inevitable that with the onrush of adolescence Beaver would eventually develop an interest - however tentative at first - in the opposite sex. In this episode, Beaver has a crush on a new girl in class, Mary Tyler. He asks to walk her home, she accepts, and the two make a detour to the Cleaver home where they play Monopoly and make a puppy love pact. But not ten minutes are up before Mary has broken the pact and developed a quite lively infatuation with Beaver's older brother Wally - flagrantly displayed right in front of Beaver! Wally tries his best to shake her off, but she proves to be a love-struck bug. Beaver becomes extremely jealous, and the whole thing develops (at least in Beaver's fevered mind) into a case of...brother vs. brother!

Some subtle details are worth mentioning. When Beaver and Mary shake hands over their "pact," their handshake is shown over the game board emblazoned with the word MONOPOLY, underlining the pushy and manipulative Mary's desire to have exclusive rights on whatever boy she sets her sights on. After Mary has developed her crush on Wally, we see Beaver descend into a deep melancholy, torn as he is between his male buddies and his love/hate relationship with Mary. June tries to console him, and we get one of the rare mother/son scenes between the two of them up in Beaver's room. There's also some amusing and playful banter between June and Ward concerning HIS first crushes.

At the end Mary sees the foolishness of her ways and seeks to return to Beaver, but in a funny classroom scene Beaver makes it clear that he'll have none of her! We are left with some wistful philosophizing by the two brothers about the fickleness of girls.

Episodes exploring Beaver's nascent interest in girls became frequent in the last two seasons. The others, for those who like to keep score, are "Beaver's First Date," "Farewell to Penny," "More Blessed to Give," "Double Date," "Don Juan Beaver," and "Beaver Sees America." In "Beaver's Autobiography," by contrast, it's the girl who has a crush on an utterly indifferent Beaver.


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