Beaver wins a 14K gold locket at the carnival ring toss and gives it to his friend Donna, after putting a picture of each of them inside; but Donna's angry dad won't let her keep the ... See full summary »

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Beaver wins a 14K gold locket at the carnival ring toss and gives it to his friend Donna, after putting a picture of each of them inside; but Donna's angry dad won't let her keep the expensive gift and mails it back to Beaver without a note of explanation. Confusion reigns when June finds the locket hidden in Beaver's dresser drawer and thinks Donna gave the gift to Beaver. Written by shepherd1138

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Theodore Cleaver: Dad, about girls.
Ward Cleaver: Yes?
Theodore Cleaver: Does it ever get better?
Ward Cleaver: [clearing his throat, a bit nervous] Well, Beaver, I wish I could say so, but the fact of the matter is, it, uh, it gets an *awful* lot worse before it gets better.
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Beaver in Love
13 November 2015 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Beaver gets deep into the adult weeds in this sixth-season episode. Winning a solid gold locket in a carnival, Beaver decides (on the ever reliable advice of Gilbert) to give it to Donna Yeager, a girl on whom he has a crush, instead of dear old Mom as Wally suggested. What will most strike current-day audiences is how both children's parents overreact to the relatively innocuous situation of two 14-year-olds exchanging a locket. "It turns out we have a Junior Casanova on our hands," exclaims Ward. It was a more innocent time, to be sure. But after things are straightened out, Beaver and Ward share a candid and tender conversation about girls and the feeling of love.

By this point in the series Beaver has fully outgrown his scruffy phase, is interested in girls and appears before us well groomed and a plausible junior romantic lead. I wonder if Jerry Mathers at this age ever got fan letters from girls, as Tony Dow did?

A very interesting scene is the one which takes place in Donna's home. There are a number of telling details here. To begin with, the Yeager living room is big, too big, almost museum-like in its impersonal opulence, its vast distances accentuated by the physical distance the parents keep from one another. Then there is the noticeable dynamic among Donna and her parents: her mother seems relatively indifferent to Donna and sits absorbed in her knitting, while her father takes the role of the hands-on parent. Like many of the kids in LITB, Donna's home situation is a bit off-kilter, to contrast with the ideal home life of the Cleavers. As often in LITB, the direction and mise-en-scene underline character and situation in a subtle way.


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