Beaver's pal Richard Rickover gives Beaver's name instead of his own to the policeman who catches him breaking a window at the old, abandoned McMahan house.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rich Correll ...
Richard Rickover (as Richard Correll)
Lieutenant Barnes
Marvin Bryan ...
Officer Medford


Although Gilbert is able to run away, Richard is caught by a policeman, Officer Medford, when he is caught breaking a window in the old abandoned McMahon house. Richard tells the policeman that his name is Theodore Cleaver, and gives him the Beaver's address. News of Beaver being in trouble with the police gets back to Ward, which places Ward in a difficult position as being an appointed member of the mayor's committee for the new youth center. But when Officer Medford sees that Beaver is not the boy he caught throwing rocks at the window, the collective have to figure out who it was. Beaver is pretty certain that it was Richard, and he has to decide whether to "squeal" on Richard to his father and Officer Medford, or deal with Richard in his own way. Written by Huggo

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8 April 1961 (USA)  »

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Richard Rickover: Why don't we go down to the old McMahon house and mess around?
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: Nah, my dad doesn't want me hangin' aroung that old house - a guy could get hurt.
Richard Rickover: Aw, I bet you're afraid to go down there because you think it's haunted.
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: I do not - and there's no such things as ghosts - and anyway, they don't come out in the afternoon.
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"Leave It to Beaver" Meets "Dragnet"
3 May 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

In this memorable episode, Richard Rickover frames Beaver for a crime. Richard and Gilbert both amuse themselves of an afternoon by throwing rocks at the windows of the old MacMahon House, an abandoned Victorian monstrosity in the neighborhood. A police officer chases them, but Gilbert gets away and a panicked Richard gives the officer the name of Theodore Cleaver instead of his own.

Ironically, Ward has been serving on a committee to build a youth center for Mayfield, one of the goals of which is to keep kids from roaming the streets! Ward finds himself in an awkward position when the very police lieutenant he had met with on the committee earlier in the day visits his home inquiring about his boy Theodore, who was caught breaking windows!

Now, Beaver is notoriously soft-hearted and always reluctant to "squeal" on his pals, even when they get him into deep trouble. This holds true here, but Ward has a typical conversation with Beaver in which he invites him to analyze the situation and determine the right course of action.

The two officers look and sound like they stepped off the set of DRAGNET (says Wally, "I've seen enough television to know a pair of real police officers when I see them!"). The gravitas of their portrayals is enjoyable. LITB put an emphasis on good manners and formal behavior, and it is notable how the men (Ward, the police lieutenant and another officer) rise when June enters the living room with a tray of coffee, after which June tells them "you may sit." A small detail perhaps, but indicative of the quaint social universe of the series.

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