Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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The Cookie Fund 

Cookie chairmen Beaver and Larry find themselves in a bind when they loan three dollars out of the school cookie fund to an older boy with a hard luck story and he refuses to pay them back.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ward Cleaver
Danny Richards Jr. ...
Roger Delacy
Miss Alice Landers
Judy Hensler
Mr. Preston


Beaver and Larry have been elected co-chairs of their class' cookie drive committee, the funds from which are to be used for a class trip at the end of the year. As co-chairs, Beaver and Larry will alternate their responsibilities each week, one in charge of carrying the cookie box, the other in charge of holding onto the money and the key to the closet where the cookies are stored. Thinking him a nice guy since he helped them out, Beaver and Larry give $3 of the cookie drive money to eighth grader Roger Delacy, who tells them a story of coming from a poor family that doesn't have enough money to feed themselves, but that his father will come into a financial windfall from which he can pay back the $3. When Beaver and Larry see Roger the next day, Roger feigns ignorance about the $3 or telling the previous story about his family. As Beaver and Larry try and figure out how to replace the $3, especially as Mr. Preston, the cookie man, has only given them a day to make their account ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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28 May 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Theodore Cleaver: Hey Wally, if I did lose the cookie money, what do you suppose they'd do to me in school?
Wally Cleaver: Well, the kids might ostracise ya.
Theodore Cleaver: [getting worried] Gee, what's that?
Wally Cleaver: We just read about it in History. It's what they did to Benedict Arnold.
Theodore Cleaver: Oh. Did he lose some cookie money?
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Beaver & Larry Learn A Hard Lesson
1 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Beaver and Larry are co-chairmen of their class' "Cookie Committee," where money brought in from the sale of cookies is saved up and used for a field trip at the end of the year. Ward, knowing Beaver's past woes handling money, is a little leery. However, he and Larry seem to be handling things well. Beaver is so careful with the money that he sleeps with it, and worries that burglars will come in the middle of the night and steal it. Wally assures him that burglars wouldn't be after $11 in cookie money.

At school, he and Larry are befriended by a new eighth grader, "Roger Delacy," who helps them put the big cookie box up on a high shelf at school. Roger (Danny Richards Jr.) , however, is eyeing that sack of money but the kids are only impressed than an eighth-grader would actually help them. Roger helps him again the next day but then tells him his stomach hurts because he hasn't eaten in four days. The boys are horrified. Roger gives them a cock- and-bull story about his dad, his sick baby sisters, on and on. He needs three dollars to feed the starving babies. The compassionate younger kids take out three dollars from their fund. Roger says he'll pay them back when his father gets his weekly $1,000 paycheck tomorrow!

At home later, Wally tells him that he shouldn't have given a strange kid his cookie money, and Beaver is upset. "You know something, Wally?, he asks. "You are a real mean brother." However, Beaver hits the pillow with a worried look on his face.

That concern turns out to be genuine. Wally was right; "Roger" is a crook, big-time! The following day, he tells Beaver and Larry he never said anything about anything. This is a tough pill for Beaver nd Larry to swallow. They learn a hard lesson in life about how bad things happen to good people.

Even though the boys get taken, there is a nice ending to this story and some nice gestures and attitudes. I really liked the last 10 minutes of this story, and left me with a good feeling. I thought it was one of the best endings of the second season.

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