Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Wally is sure that carefully hanging his jacket in his closet will keep it clean for an upcoming dance, forgetting that he shares the closet with a younger brother whose middle name is trouble!

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June Cleaver
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Richard Rickover (as Richard Correll)
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Wally and his friends have decided to make their upcoming party a formal affair, with the guys all wearing suits. Even blazers and slacks is considered too casual. June has just mended Wally's good suit which is now hanging in his closet. But Beaver, who has gone fishing with his new friend Richard, has just come home smelling of fish, and hangs his dirty, smelly jacket on top of Wally's clean suit. Wally is angry enough, but Beaver is apologetic for irritating his brother, which he hates to do. But Wally doesn't stay mad as he knows kids can do dumb things, and the suit can be dry cleaned in time for the party. However, when Wally's suit comes back from the dry cleaners and June gives it to Beaver to hang up, Richard, who is at the Cleaver house visiting, spills some leather conditioning oil on the suit. Not wanting to get into more trouble, Beaver and Richard try to fix the problem by cleaning it off themselves with the best cleaner they know of: bleach. When the bleach has the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family

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14 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Richard Rickover: Hey, Beaver, your mom is ok. How did she ever get so pretty?
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: I don't know. I think she was that way when my father got her.
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Fresh and Funny

The third season of LITB was the golden age of the series, boasting the sharpest writing, the best cinematography and the most pleasing combination of characters (most notably, Beaver's buddy Larry Mondello). This episode introduces the character of Richard Rickover, who would become one of Beaver's main pals after the unfortunate departure of Larry. He may have been a new face - and a dark-haired, freckle-faced, and strangely Italian-looking one - but Richard was pretty much business as usual: an annoying kid who inevitably got Beaver in trouble then left him holding the bag. Here, he accidentally spills baseball glove oil on the gray suit that Wally is wearing to the high school dance Saturday night. He and Beaver go to great lengths to hide the stain, but then at the last minute Beaver is rescued by an unlikely source: Eddie Haskell. This is one of the first of the episodes in which we catch a glimpse of Eddie's kindly side, a motif which would be continued throughout the remainder of the series.

The writing is characteristically fresh and funny, with scene fade-outs to punctuate the punch-lines. June and Ward are remarkably lenient with Beaver when they find out about the suit, and they do everything they can to dry his tears and make him understand that they have his best interests at heart. Ward also delves a bit into the psychology of Eddie and helps Beaver to understand the nature of this complex wise-guy.


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