Cut during the first day of tryouts, Beaver tells his parents that he made it into the school band and carries his clarinet to school for weeks, thinking that he has plenty of time to tell ... See full summary »

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Cut during the first day of tryouts, Beaver tells his parents that he made it into the school band and carries his clarinet to school for weeks, thinking that he has plenty of time to tell them the truth; but time runs out when June finds a concert announcement in Beaver's pocket and the whole family plans to go. Written by shepherd1138

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7 May 1958 (USA)  »

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America
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(aka "My Country 'tis of Thee")
Music from "God Save the King"
Portion played on Beaver's clarinet
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Extremely Touching Ending Lifts Episode
2 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wally makes his baseball team as the starting pitcher and Beaver doesn't make his squad at all. Ward is justifiably proud of Wally but that makes Beaver kind of left out, so he decides to try something easier than getting conked on the head trying to catch fly balls - play the clarinet, so that he can get his father's approval, too.

He begins to take lessons and then gives his first "concert:" to his family in the living room, playing about five seconds of "America" with a few sour notes on the way and a very abbreviated ending. The looks on the Ward and June's faces make this a pretty funny scene.

Then, when school tryouts occur, Beaver doesn't make that team, either. Not wanting to look bad in his dad's eyes, The Beav still takes his clarinet to school everyday fooling his parents. However, when the first official concert is announced and the family is ready to attend it.....well....suffice to say that this doesn't have a humorous ending but has a touching message that comes close to bringing a tear to one's eye. Some of these shows, like this one,has such positive human and family-relations type messages they make me shake my head in amazement. Wonderful stuff that is truly missed in today' TV shows.


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