Leave It to Beaver: Season 2, Episode 31

Beaver's Sweater (30 Apr. 1959)

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Beaver uses his own $13 to buy a wild Eskimo-style sweater, but regrets it when Judy Hensler has the same one.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert 'Rusty' Stevens ...
Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)
Jeri Weil ...


While window shopping, Larry and Beaver see a unique Eskimo sweater costing $12.98 that Larry says his father is going to buy for him. Larry convinces Beaver to try and get his parents to buy him one as well so that they can look like twins, or failing that to buy it himself with the $25 he has in the bank, money which is supposed to be used for his college education. Initially, Ward is reluctant to let Beaver get the sweater, but June talks Ward into letting Beaver buy the sweater. They somewhat regret it as they think the sweater ugly. Beaver also begins to regret it as beyond Larry not getting one yet, Larry and Beaver see that Judy Hensler has the exact same sweater. Beaver has to figure out how to get rid of the sweater and make up a plausible explanation to his parents why he no longer wears it. Written by Huggo

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30 April 1959 (USA)  »

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Fashion Goes Out Of Style Quickly
30 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beaver and Larry are looking at a store window. One of the fascinating sights they see is an "eskimo sweater," one of the ugliest sweaters you've ever seen. Of course, the two boys think it is cool, very cool, and they want it. Larry says his father is going to get it for him. Beaver wants one, too, of course, and tells his parents about it at dinner. Ward is against the purchase but June wants Beaver to be happy, recalling a similar time in her life when she wanted something badly - an opal ring - but her father said "no" because it wasn't "sensible." So, Ward relents and the Beaver gets the sweater with money taken out of his bank account.

The next morning, when Beaver shows it to his dad, the shocked look on Ward's face is hilarious! (Wally had warned his Dad, "please try not to laugh.")

Beaver wears his new outrageous and over-sized sweater to school, but takes it off before going to class because "I don't want to get it dirty studying." After he puts it in his locker, he and Larry are stunned (talk about shocked looks on your face) when they see - horrors

  • JUDY wearing the same sweater!

The end of this story was a bit disappointing...but ahead of its time. Beaver gets caught trying to ditch the sweater at the movie theater, and blames it on his parents for letting him buy the sweater even though they knew it was an ugly one. June, who never punishes the boys, does a poor job of teaching them to be responsible for their own actions.

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