Leave It to Beaver: Season 1, Episode 31

New Doctor (14 May 1958)

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Impressed by all the attention Wally receives while in bed with a sore throat, Beaver decides to get some for himself by pretending to be sick.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Tiger Fafara ...
Stanley Fafara ...
Whitey Whitney
Jeri Weil ...
Stuart Wade ...
Dr. Bradley


Wally has a bit of a sore throat and fever, so is to stay home from school against his wishes as it means he'll miss a baseball game. But after the doctor examines him, the doctor says that he'll be well enough tomorrow to go back to school. In the meantime, June gets him a model airplane to play with, and Ward, in addition to picking him up some bicycle tape and some chocolate chip ice cream from the store, offers to move the TV into the boys room so that Wally can watch it from bed. And Wally's class buys him a present of a magic set. Seeing all the neat stuff Wally gets for being sick, Beaver decides he too will pretend to be sick the next day. But Beaver's sick day is totally different than Wally's sick day. In addition, he learns that their regular doctor is away, and the replacement doctor, Dr. Bradley is coming in his place. Beaver is scared that Dr. Bradley is not a "pill doctor" like their regular doctor, but rather a doctor that "makes you roll over". Dr. Bradley is able to ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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14 May 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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This is the only episode in the series in which real-life brothers Tiger and Stanley Fafara both appear, albeit with no shared scenes together. See more »


Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: [reading medicine label] Hey, Mom, it says here, 'take one pill twice a day'.
June Cleaver: That's right.
Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: Well, gee, how do you take the same pill twice?
June Cleaver: You know, you have your father's sense of humor.
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Beaver Seeks Equal Attention
3 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wally gets a sore throat and has to stay in bed for the day. While sick for the day, he gets special treatment: a TV in his room; a model airplane; ice cream, a gift from classmates, etc.

Beaver sees all of this attention lavished on his brother, so he decides to get "sick" the next day so he, too, can get all the goodies. Unfortunately, his lying act gets exposed when the doctor arrives.

There were less laughs than normal in this episode, but it still was interesting one. It's always fun to hear to hear the kids' friends, such as Eddie Haskell and Tooey, Judy and Whitey. All of these kids come to visit the sick and not-so-sick Cleaver boys.

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