Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver's Poem 

Ward composes a simple verse for Beaver after the third grader waits until the night before it's due to write a poem for school; but the helpful dad's good intentions go awry when "Beaver's" poem is chosen to win a prize.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... June Cleaver
... Ward Cleaver
... Wally Cleaver
... Theodore Cleaver
Doris Packer ... Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn
... Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)


After a hard day, Ward and June are looking forward to a night out at the movies. Their plans are sidetracked when Beaver tells them that he needs help with a poem that is due tomorrow, but the assignment which he has known about for three weeks. Tired and irritated, Ward is angry that Beaver seems so unfocused about the project. To make his own life easier, Ward ends up sending Beaver to bed and writing the poem for Beaver instead. Wally and June soon learn that the poem won a special prize at the school and Beaver is required to read it at a school assembly. Although he knows that he can't let Beaver accept that prize, Ward is reluctant to tell Beaver, who truly does believe he wrote the poem and did only what his father told him to do. Beaver and Ward have to come to an understanding on the issue, with a little guidance from school principal Mrs. Rayburn. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

2 October 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first episode broadcast on ABC. See more »


When Beaver comes to Ward to first get help writing his poem, Ward asks when the poem is due. Beaver says, "tomorrow." It had been assigned three weeks ago. Beaver says," I gotta have it by tomorrow, or I'll be in big trouble!" Later on, we learn that Ward makes a special Saturday appointment to talk to Mrs. Rayburn about the poem. Therefore, the poem could not have been due "tomorrow" but due on Monday. As Mrs. Rayburn suggests to Ward, "Suppose we let Beaver write his own poem between now and Monday. See more »


Theodore Cleaver: Could you help me, Dad? I gotta write a poem for school.
Ward Cleaver: Oh, not tonight, Beaver, I had a very hard day at the office... when's the poem due?
Theodore Cleaver: Tomorrow.
Ward Cleaver: Tomorrow? A poem? Oh, Beaver, I don't know.
Theodore Cleaver: Miss Landers is gonna be mad at me if I don't bring it. It's for the school paper.
Ward Cleaver: When did she first ask you to do this?
Theodore Cleaver: Mmmm, just about three weeks ago.
Ward Cleaver: Three weeks ago? Well, then, why are you coming to me with it tonight?
Theodore Cleaver: Because it's due tomorrow!
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Getting Credit For Something You Didn't Do
24 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The second season begins with Ward and June ready to go out to the movies. Beaver, however, asks his dad for some help with his homework. It seems he was given an assignment of writing a poem, and it has to be done by the next day (although the assignment was three weeks ago).

Ward, annoyed by this, nevertheless helps him by doing it himself after Beaver has gone to bed. The poem was so good that Beaver is scheduled to read it at a Parents Night assembly and win a prize. When his parents find out, they have to tell Beaver he can't accept a prize for something he didn't do. Beaver doesn't understand this and is upset. Ward winds up going to the school and talking to Mr. Rayburn, the principal and they come to a solution.

The whole episode wasn't that much but the ending was excellent, another feel- good one which makes you glad you watched the program.

Noe: The opening of the show has been shortened and made better. They eliminated Hugh Beaumon's narration and preview of a scene in the show.

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