Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Ward's Millions 

Believing that Ward is worried about money, Beaver buys him a book that tells how to become a millionaire and is upset when Ward doesn't take it seriously.



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Wally Cleaver


From Beaver's perspective, it seems like his father spends a lot of money paying bills. Ward makes a statement that all adults worry about money unless they're millionaires, which he will never become working at his job. So when Beaver heads down to the bookstore to buy a book for himself, he instead buys his father a book he sees in the store window, that book titled "How I Became a Millionaire in 12 Months". Beaver believes this book will solve all Ward's money worries. After Ward makes a fuss about the book and mentions that he will both read it cover to cover and put it in a place of honor in his library, Beaver is certain that their family will become rich. So a disappointed Beaver doesn't understand why he finds the book in the kitchen's cookie drawer (where June hastily put it when she needed to answer the phone). Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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14 January 1961 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
June Cleaver: [entering Ward's den] Did you balance out the checkbook, yet?
Ward Cleaver: No - almost. Um - oh uh, dear, what's this entry here? The stub says eight sixty-nine, but no check came back from the bank.
June Cleaver: Well, I couldn't get the checkbook to balance, so I wrote a check for eight sixty-nine and then tore it up.
Ward Cleaver: [dryly] You know, dear, they could use you in Washington.
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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
18 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

In this poignant entry from LITB's Fourth Season, Beaver buys Ward a self-help book about becoming a millionaire. With all the naivete of a twelve-year-old, Beaver really believes that Ward will become a millionaire after reading the book. Ward warns Beaver that things aren't so simple, but he promises to read the book and do his best. After breakfast the next day, June has one her not-so-bright moments and absent-mindedly places the book in the cookie drawer, where it gets "all crumbed up." This triggers the climax of the episode, in which Ward must explain life to Beaver in his usual wise way.

This is one of those episodes that almost ends in tears, but not before Ward brings his firm hand of comfort and wisdom upon Beaver's shoulders. Many episodes are about Ward's love for his sons; this episode is also about Beaver's love for Ward. Beaver is concerned about Ward paying the bills and genuinely wants to help him become rich. Here we have Beaver the dreamer, always building castles in the clouds which are then unceremoniously knocked over by Wally.

I would hazard a guess that wildly implausible self-help books were coming into vogue in those days, and this episode taps into that trend. On another note, Whitey Whitney is Beaver's pal in this episode, and he does an amusing job. It's a shame he wasn't used more in the series. For my money, Beaver had much more chemistry with Whitey than with Gilbert, who became Beaver's main pal later on.

While this episode doesn't offer any hilarious shenanigans, it does offer a measure of warmth and wisdom.

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