After finding Ward's old drawing tablet, Beaver volunteers to make a poster for a class project on Colonial America, hoping that his talented dad will do it for him. But Ward only offers ... See full summary »

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After finding Ward's old drawing tablet, Beaver volunteers to make a poster for a class project on Colonial America, hoping that his talented dad will do it for him. But Ward only offers his son advice and encouragement and, even though his friends make fun of his art, in the end, Beaver is glad that he painted the poster by himself. Written by shepherd1138

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Theodore Cleaver: Hey, Wally, what are you shinin' your shoes for?
Wally Cleaver: For tomorrow.
Theodore Cleaver: Oh, is your school making you go to church?
Wally Cleaver: Of course not. I just don't want to look creepy, that's all.
Theodore Cleaver: Well, if it's not church, it must be girls. Those are the only two things I ever heard of that make a guy shine his shoes.
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Beaver the Artiste
13 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

"If it's not church, it must be girls. Those are the only two things I ever heard of that make a guy shine his shoes."

That gem of a line is one of the best things in this episode, but it's entirely incidental. The episode opens with Beaver discovering an old sketchbook of Ward's from high school, when he was a talented cartoonist (who knew?). As luck would have it, soon afterwords Beaver's artistic skills are called into play when he is assigned to design a poster for school about colonial America. He figures that Ward can "help him" with the assignment - i.e., do it for him. Ward quickly nixes this idea: Beaver needs to do his own homework; Ward can help him get started, but that's all. Beaver shows great can-do spirit as he gets out canvas, easel, and palette and gets to work painting a poster of Paul Revere. Heavyweight schoolmate Harry Harrison (who for a brief time emerged as a sort of replacement Larry Mondello) poses for Paul Revere, even though he "has a bigger stomach than Paul Revere." All the kids (including Wally) mock Beaver's artistic efforts, but his perseverance and confidence in his own abilities pay off in the end.

The episode is inventive and has a good moral lesson: hard work, originality, and the personal touch are better than turning out a slick professional product that is unoriginal and derivative. The reason I knocked off a few stars is that the episode exhibits some minor writing and continuity problems. There are a couple of jokes that are repeated for no apparent reason, and some disjointed dialogue in one scene. Still, these are minor matters. Incidentally, Beaver's poster looks as if it were painted by the same set artist who did the "sweatshirt monsters."


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