Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Family Scrapbook 

The Cleavers reminisce when June finds a family photo album while cleaning out the cupboard.

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Eddie Haskell (archive footage)
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Miss Alice Landers (archive footage)
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Mrs. Margaret Mondello (archive footage)
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Mary Ellen Rogers (archive footage) (as Pamela Beaird)
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While cleaning the house, June finds some family memorabilia which no one has seen in years. Among those items is a scrapbook of photographs. Ward and June think it would be a fun idea for the entire family to sit around and look through the scrapbook together. In looking at the photographs, they collectively reminisce about the incidents behind the photos: Beaver's first note from school; Beaver once believing that a married neighbor lady was in love with him; Wally's first shave; Beaver running away from home for being what he considered unfairly punished for Larry drilling a hole in their garage wall; one of Eddie's many overly polite greetings when he entered their house; their dealings with Andy the alcoholic; Beaver and Larry getting caught reading Larry's sister's diary; Beaver's nervous night when Miss Landers came to the house for dinner; and Wally's disastrous run for class president. As June and Ward remark about how Wally and Beaver are now becoming young men, Wally and ... Written by Huggo

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Weak Ending to Great Series
10 May 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

The series finale of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER always struck me as a cop-out. The Cleavers reminisce over a family scrapbook and we see flashbacks to different scenes from the series' past. Of course, it is much harder to do a proper finale than it is to just film brief connecting segments and fill the rest of the half hour with flashbacks. But it wouldn't have been half as bad if the flashbacks had made better sense. As it is, the scenes that are flashed back to - Beaver and Wally chatting as they fill the bathtub with water in a effort to simulate having taken a bath, or Beaver and Larry surreptitiously reading Larry's sister's diary - would never have actually been photographed. So the scrapbook functions here as a sort of poetic conceit. The scenes seem to have been chosen haphazardly rather than for being particularly significant milestones in Beaver's and Wally's lives.

The episode's saving grace is the final image of Beaver and Wally, now almost full-grown men, gleefully playing with a windup toy in their room. The image leaves us with the eternal joys of childhood and returns us full circle to where this delightful series first began.


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