"Leave It to Beaver" Beaver Goes in Business (TV Episode 1961) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • At first, mowing lawns seems like an easy way for Beaver and his friend Gilbert to earn extra money for summer, but no one seems to want their services and bad advice from Wally's friend Eddie results in an angry neighbor. When discouraged Gilbert opts to deliver newspapers instead, even after a nice lady offers to pay the boys $5.00, a determined Beaver decides to try once more; but what will he do when her check bounces?

  • Beaver and Gilbert want to go into business together mowing lawns. Ward allows Beaver to do it, even allowing Beaver to borrow some of his tools. Beaver and Gilbert find that it isn't as easy to get business as they thought, which is made all the more difficult by Eddie's purposefully bad advice. By the time that Beaver does find a lawn mowing job from who looks to be a very nice lady, Gilbert has given up on the endeavor, he believing that adults will find a reason to get mad at them after the fact of doing the job regardless. Gilbert bowing out of the work leaves Beaver to do the job all on his own. He is buoyed by receiving a $5 check for his hard work. That jubilation turns to cynicism in mankind when the check turns out to be NSF. Ward tries to restore Beaver's faith in mankind.



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