Beaver has developed his first crush on a girl: Miss Canfield, his home room teacher. He has even been staying after school for the past two weeks to help her with whatever classroom chores. But the other kids notice his behavior and tease him about being the teacher's pet. To stop the kidding and prove he isn't, he takes them up on a dare: to place a springing toy snake in her desk drawer. But after he's done it, he wishes he hadn't and does whatever he can to get the snake from out of her desk drawer with Wally's help. Some of their ideas include breaking into the school in the middle of the night, or trying to get it out when Miss Canfield isn't in the room all the while preventing her from opening the desk drawer. But through it all, Beaver feels worst of all for doing anything to hurt or scare Miss Canfield, or to make her think badly of him.
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Why don't you boys ever want to tell me anything? I'm really interested in knowing what goes on at school.
Well, nothing ever goes on at school, Dad.
Oh, now, Wally, I can hardly believe that.
Well, you go in the morning, and if you've done your homework it's all right. If you haven't, they holler at ya. That's all there is to school.