Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Don Juan Beaver 

Bad advice from Eddie Haskell lands Beaver in trouble after he asks Peggy to go to the graduation dance and then decides he'd rather go with Melinda.

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... June Cleaver
... Ward Cleaver
... Wally Cleaver
... Theodore Cleaver
... Gilbert Bates
... Eddie Haskell
... Whitey Whitney
... Peggy MacIntosh
... Melinda Neilson
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Beaver's eighth grade class is having a graduation dance, and he is asked by Peggy MacIntosh if he would like to take her. When June finds out that Beaver left Peggy hanging, not committing one way or the other, June insists that he accept Peggy's invitation, which he does. Just as soon as he does, Beaver meets a new student, southern belle Melinda Neilson from Charleston, South Carolina. For Beaver, it's puppy love at first sight, which is also seemingly the case for Melinda toward him. Melinda eventually asks Beaver to take her to the dance. Although he doesn't commit to her, he also doesn't tell her no, since he'd rather take her than take Peggy. When Beaver's parents learn of the situation, they demand that Beaver tell Melinda definitively that he can't take her since he already has a date with Peggy. However, Beaver, taking some advice from Eddie, decides instead to do things to make Peggy no longer want to go to the dance with him, so that he can end up taking Melinda. Beaver's ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family

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2 May 1963 (USA)  »

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Veronica Cartright, who played Peggy in this episode, also played the character Violet Rutherford in earlier episodes. See more »

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When Beaver takes Melinda's first call, the chair he uses in the living room has a big letter "Q" affixed to the backrest. The letter does not match the fabric pattern of the chair and is not seen on the chair in any previous episode. See more »

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Gilbert Bates: [in the school lunchroom] Hey, Whitey, how come you have three desserts? You're only supposed to have one.
Whitey Whitney: I traded my hot dog with Alan, and my beans with John.
Theodore Cleaver: Won't you get sick eating nothin' but desserts?
Whitey Whitney: Sure!
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Beaver's Love Triangle
25 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the edgy late episodes of the series. I've always found this one difficult to watch because of the bone-headed behavior exhibited by Beaver. Nevertheless, it's a good cautionary tale about honesty in relationships with the opposite sex.

We open with the Cleavers at dinner. The telephone rings, and June goes to answer it. It's a girl, she says; and Wally gets up, all ready for action. But no, she says; it's for Beaver! ("Me?!" Beaver asks incredulously, with just the right adolescent squeak.) It's schoolmate Peggy McIntosh (played by Veronica Cartwright, who was previously cast in the series as Violet Rutherford), and she is asking Beaver if he wants to take her to the graduation dance. Beaver is purposely vague in his answer to Peggy because, as he puts it, "You have to keep girls guessing." Ward admits this method has "certain advantages under certain circumstances," but June thinks it's "mean" and demands that Beaver call Peggy back and give her an affirmative answer, which Beaver does next day at school. Peggy is pleased, and everything is peachy.

Oh, but this paradise couldn't last. There's a seductress winding her way through this Garden of Eden. Her name is Melinda Neilson, and she's a junior southern belle from Charleston, South Carolina. She's new in school, and when all the guys aren't clamoring to give her directions to the various rooms, they're standing there gaping at her. Beaver is smitten too. That night when Peggy calls Beaver up to invite him to the dance, Beaver is faced with a dilemma. He wants to break his date with squeaky-clean Peggy to make one with sultry Melinda. His parents call this out for the dishonorable deed it is.

Speak of the devil, in walks Eddie Haskell, who knows every deceitful trick in the book. His advice for Beaver: get Peggy to break the date by doing things to annoy her. Beaver proceeds to do just this. Without spoiling any more of the plot, suffice it to say Beaver gets what he deserves in the end. Yet we also sense that he is happy finally to be free from all entanglements with the fair sex.

This is a prime example of how the last-season plots of LITB often approached adult complexity and importance. Who would have thought cute little Beaver would turn into a Don Juan? How many adults have gotten themselves into situations like the one Beaver gets himself into here?


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