When Ward urges Beaver to follow in Wally's footsteps and become the next Cleaver basketball star, Beaver tries out for the City Park basketball team. But Beaver finds he lacks his older ... See full summary »

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When Ward urges Beaver to follow in Wally's footsteps and become the next Cleaver basketball star, Beaver tries out for the City Park basketball team. But Beaver finds he lacks his older brother's talent for the sport and, afraid to disappoint his dad, doesn't tell anyone when he is cut on the first day of practice. Written by shepherd1138

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Wally Cleaver: OK Eddie why don't you find someone else to bother?
Eddie Haskell: Take it easy pal you're bending the cashmere.
Theodore Cleaver: Clobber him Wally.
Eddie Haskell: What is this East Berlin?
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When it comes to basketball, Beaver is great with baseball
9 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The City Park Leagues are starting and Ward and Wally want Beaver to try out. Everyone has great expectations for Beaver, his brother took the team to the championship. Ward is so happy that Beaver's going out for the team he takes Beaver, "the old pro," out for a new pair of basketball shoes.

Eddie comes over for the evening to see Wally. Actually, to steal Wally's math answers. After Eddie gives Beaver the business about Beaver not being able to play basketball, Wally chases him out. But what if he's right for once. Turns out Eddie was right. Beaver's good for baseball and football, but basketball isn't his game. Beaver is cut.

Beaver walks in the door to a hero's welcome. Ward yells out the varsity is home. And Wally says he has already told his coach about his star little brother. Wally says the coach said to tell Beaver not to worry, they will make room for new trophies. Beaver doesn't know what to do. Every time he tries to say something he isn't given a chance.

Beaver watches the other boys at practice, but when he comes home from school he continues the lie. Eventually Ward finds out the truth when he drives by the practice and Beaver isn't there. Mr. Doyle, the coach, tells Ward Beaver was dropped. The news is upsetting but more so because Fred Rutherford was there. Wally finds Beaver in the garage trying to get his sneakers dirty so it will look like he was playing. Beaver is worried Ward will be angry that Beaver is a flop as a basketball player. Wally tells Beaver he will have to tell their dad the truth; he even coaches Beaver on what to say. Wally even offers to try and smooth things over. He tells Ward that Beaver is scared to death because he just doesn't want his dad to know he's crummy. That is, Beaver is crummy at basketball; Ward isn't crummy at all.

Beaver walks in on the conversation. He was eavesdropping to see how much trouble he's in. Actually none. Ward assures him no one expects him to be a carbon copy of Wally. Beaver will find out as he grows up what he's good at and what he can't do. If anyone is disappointed, it's likely Ward, by now his boys should know they can always come to him. We agree.

And at the very end of the episode is a nice little twist to a game of checkers.


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