A rainy day indoors prompts Wally and his friends to build a clubhouse across the street. When Beaver can only join if he comes up with $3, he decides to hit the streets with a newfound entrepreneurial spirit.



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It's a rainy weekend day, when all in the Cleaver household are stuck inside figuring how to spend their time. When Eddie and Tooey come over, the boys' minds wander. Although it was really Beaver's idea, Eddie takes credit for the idea that he, Wally and Tooey build a clubhouse on the vacant lot across the street. They will charge other eighth graders $1 to join, but Eddie decides to charge Beaver $3 instead, just because. As Eddie, Wally and Tooey start building the clubhouse, Beaver starts trying to get the $3. When Ward refuses to give him the money knowing that Beaver will not really appreciate it, Beaver, after speaking to June, decides he will try and raise the money the way adults do it. Beaver starts his own business based on what he sees Pete the hobo doing, but Beaver puts his own spin on it. As the older boys' focus on the clubhouse begins to fade, Beaver shows his mettle by sticking to his plan. But a further chat with Pete makes Beaver reconsider his end goal. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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29 November 1957 (USA)  »

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Ward Cleaver: [discussing Beaver's attempts to make some money] You know, this reminds me of when I was a kid. I made eighty cents once charging other kids to look at my grandfather asleep in bed.
June Cleaver: Why in the world would anyone want to look at your grandfather sleeping?
Ward Cleaver: He had a beard.
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Beaver as the creative Cleaver.
20 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A rainy day in Mayfield and there's water in the Cleaver's basement. Ward is too easygoing to call the plumber who supposedly fixed the problem. Upstairs Wally and Beaver are fighting off boredom when Eddie and Tooey show up. The boys pass the time playing marbles until an argument breaks out. June is a little tired of having the boys in the house, and Beaver suggests they build a clubhouse across the street. Eddie steals the idea and also has an idea to steal Beaver's money: it will cost Beaver $3 to join the club when everyone else will pay $1. When Beaver asks Ward for the money, Ward refuses claiming Beaver can't stick to anything long enough. Beaver figures he can earn the money.

Beaver asks June how some of the neighbors made their money. Not getting a useful answer, he goes outside. Beaver meets Pete, a hobo who is earning money as a sandwich man: he wears advertising boards on his front and aft. Beaver figures he might give it a try. He fashions some cardboard together and is parading about with it marked "This site for hire." June would still like Ward to help Beaver but Ward is determined to be practical. Beaver tries asking an ice cream truck driver about advertising but no. Beaver stops in to see Charlie the fireman to see if he might want to try advertising. Beaver rents the back to Charlie for 50 cents. The boys however are slowing down on the clubhouse; it's more work than they are willing to do to build it.

Beaver is still trying while the boys have completely surrendered. At the end of the day has made $1.75. Pete didn't do well, he didn't make any money. But he spins a tale of woe to the Beaver about his sad life, and his little girl who will be crying herself to sleep on an empty stomach. Beaver hands over his money and Pete is seen speeding off to the nearest bar.

June finds Beaver's board. Ward figures Beaver blew any money he made on candy. Wally is upset that Beaver gave his money to Pete. Everyone knows he's just a cheap thief. How could Beaver be so foolish. Beaver says he knew the guy was lying, but no one ever told him a story like the one Pete did.

We know that Ward has misjudged Beaver completely. Ward didn't believe Beaver could pay attention to anything for over 40 minutes, that he couldn't earn any money, and that he wasted any money he might have earned on candy. Wally and his pals couldn't follow through on one project period. Somehow are sensibilities are left askew; Beaver deserves better. Yet in Beaver's judgment things went fine. Still, we know life is unfair and the deserving don't always get their due. We just have to accept that and move on. I will bet anything though, we all wanted a better epilogue.

The cast character is beginning to jell. Ward begins with what will turn out to be an endless supply of anecdotes about his family and childhood, and a fount of wonderfully wry comments on life in general. Of course, there is his long love affair with golf. Eddie Haskell is also developing into the boy we will all remember as a teenager with a vast command of insincere compliments coupled with a conniving heart. But, Beaver, however, over time seems to lose his childhood creativity and insight to become more of a gullible follower.

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