Leave It to Beaver: Season 1, Episode 17

The Paper Route (31 Jan. 1958)

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Ward and June find it hard not to interfere after mean Mr. Merkel threatens to fire Wally and Beaver from the after-school paper route the boys took on to earn money for a new bicycle.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jackie Kelk ...
Mr. Merkel (as Jack Kelk)
Alan Reynolds ...
Newspaper Delivery Man
Gil Frye ...
Newspaper Customer (as Gilbert Frye)
Yvonne White ...
Newspaper Customer
Lyn Osborn ...
Newspaper Customer #2


Ward refuses to give Wally and Beaver the close to $50 they need to buy a new bike, telling them a story about how people work for their money. Ward doesn't think they're going to do anything about it, but the boys get a paper route to raise the money. Their boss is Mr. Merkel - who they call Old Man Merkel - a taskmaster who will not hesitate to fire them if they goof up. Ward and June want the boys to learn some responsibility and understand that a lot of people are counting on them to deliver the newspaper on time. But Ward and June can't help but assist the boys when it looks like they may not be able to fulfill their job responsibilities. When Ward and June do something on the sly to help the boys, they inadvertently end up causing the boys problems instead of helping them out. Even this experience doesn't stop Ward from further meddling in trying to fix what he sees as his wrong. In the end, what the boys learn is that their parents love them. Written by Huggo

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31 January 1958 (USA)  »

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