Beaver learns a girl he fights with is moving out of town.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Karen Sue Trent ...
Stanley Fafara ...
Wendell Holmes ...
Mr. Blair
Jean Vander Pyl ...
Mrs. Woods


Beaver is glad to learn that mean Penny Woods' family is moving out of town; but when they realize that their good-byes will be for good, battling schoolmates Beaver and Penny discover that their feelings for each other may be more complicated than they think. Written by shepherd1138

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13 January 1962 (USA)  »

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While Beaver and Wally are standing face-to-face in their bedroom discussing Beaver's feelings about Penny, the scene suddenly shifts to Wally standing over Beaver sitting at his desk. See more »


[first lines]
Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: [reading an invitation, while in the kitchen] 'You are invited to a party at school for Penny. Three-thirty, Friday. Cake and ice cream will be served.' Signed - 'Mrs. Henry Woods.' You might as well throw this one away, Mom.
June Cleaver: Now, why wouldn't he want to go to a party at school for Penny Woods?
Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: Well, in the first place - 'cause she's a girl. In the second place - 'cause Beaver says she's just about the creepiest girl in the whole school.
June Cleaver: Oh, I think that's ridiculous. I wanted him ...
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A Love/Hate Relationship
25 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Penny Woods filled the role that Judy Hensler had played in the first few seasons of LITB, that of the goody-goody tattle-tale and know-it-all who was Beaver's classroom antagonist. In contrast to Judy, Penny was blonde, cute and had high-class pretensions; she participated in horse shows and planned to attend Vassar. There was friction between her and Beaver, but also the tentative stirrings of attraction. Theirs was a love/hate relationship, and as such was a more complex relationship than that between Beaver and Judy.

"Farewell to Penny" continues a thread that was started at the end of Season 4 with "Beaver's Doll Buggy." In that episode, Beaver went over to Penny's to borrow her doll carriage and ended up staying for a drink. This casual tete-a-tete makes them at least a little friendlier toward each other than they had been, and at the end of the episode Beaver stated to Gilbert that he would try again with Penny someday. Well, the opportunity comes in Season 5's "Farewell to Penny," where it appears that Penny is moving away to Bellport. She has a going-away party at school, and she and Beaver share a farewell moment after class that threatens to spill into what Beaver and his comrades would term "mushy stuff." (Beaver tells Penny he guesses he kinda likes her, Penny tells Beaver he's cute.) But when it turns out that Penny isn't moving after all, Beaver is embarrassed and mortified in light of what they said to each other! How will he restore the equilibrium?

Puppy-love stories carried out with subtlety and restraint were a staple of the series, and this is a memorable example. By rights, Beaver and Penny should have become an "item" by the end of the series, but unfortunately the actress who played Penny gradually disappeared from the show.

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