Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver's Old Friend 

Memories of companionship and comfort prevent Beaver from letting go of his well-worn teddy bear, Billy, and prompt the little boy to rescue his furry friend from the garbage truck even ... See full summary »

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Memories of companionship and comfort prevent Beaver from letting go of his well-worn teddy bear, Billy, and prompt the little boy to rescue his furry friend from the garbage truck even though Ward and Wally tease that he's "too old" to play with dolls. Written by shepherd1138

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21 May 1958 (USA)  »

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Hard To Let Go
3 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wasn't a very humorous episode; in fact, almost no laughs. However, it's a story a lot of people could relate to: a reluctance to part with something meant something special to you when you were younger.

Ward and the two boys are spending part of the morning cleaning out their garage. One of the items to be dumped is "Billy," Beaver's old pet stuffed teddy bear. He reeks of turpentine but that doesn't stop Beaver from wanting to save the bear. Despite childing from the Ward and Wally and later from several of Beaver's friends who catch him digging the bear out of the trash, Beaver is still reluctant to let go. He does, however, and the trash men come and take the bear. Beaver chases the garbage truck eight blocks and gets the man to retrieve the bear for him. (What sanitation worker would be that nice to wade into a truck full of garbage? Nice to see, though.)

Eventually, Beaver tells Wally why the bear means so much to him and the two boys try to clean it up without their parents knowing about it. They douse it with June's perfume but the parents, because of the strong odor in the boys' room, track it.

From there is a nice ending, another sentimental sweet story from a series that featured a lot of nice stuff like this.


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