Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver's Football Award 

Beaver stubbornly refuses to put on a suit for his school's father and son football awards banquet after he and the other team members secretly agree to wear casual clothes to the formal event.


David Butler


Joe Connelly (creator), Bob Mosher (creator) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont ... Ward Cleaver
Tony Dow ... Wally Cleaver
Jerry Mathers ... The Beaver
Rich Correll ... Richard Rickover (as Richard Correll)
Stephen Talbot ... Gilbert Bates
Kim Charney Kim Charney ... Terry Richmond
Rex Hill Rex Hill ... Ronald
Don Dillaway ... Mr. Rickover
Allan Ray Allan Ray ... Mr. Bates


Beaver's school's football team is holding a formal father-son awards banquet. Beaver learns that he will be receiving a letter - his first ever - and the scuttlebutt is that he will also receive the most inspirational player award. When the team's star player, Terry Richmond, announces that he is going to attend the banquet in his every day clothes instead of a suit, Gilbert, Richard and Ronald buck under the pressure of their leader and also announce they're not going to wear a suit. Beaver, however, feels uncomfortable about not wearing a suit to a formal event, especially since their fathers will be there, but he also doesn't want to stick out like a sore thumb if none of the other guys are going to be dressed formally. He decides to fall to peer pressure and go to the dinner dressed casually. The question becomes if he or his parents will win this battle, Ward and June who will not let him out of the house without wearing his suit. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








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4 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Wally Cleaver: Oh, Hi Mom, Dad.
Ward Cleaver: Hello, Wally.
June Cleaver: Hi.
Wally Cleaver: I just stopped by the library on the way home.
Ward Cleaver: [looking at the books Wally is carrying] Oh, "Ballet Steps by Darinsky", "Hair Styling at Home", "Beauty Hints and Secrets". Uhm, your homework assignment?
Wally Cleaver: [annoyed] These aren't my books. I walked home with Mary Ellen Rogers. I guess I must have given her mine instead.
Ward Cleaver: Hah! What did she wind up with, "How to Boil Out a Carburetor"?
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Where We (and Beaver) All Figure Out EXACTLY How "Goofy" Beaver Is . . . .
18 September 2013 | by reprtrSee all my reviews

All through the earlier seasons of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, we saw Jerry Mathers' Beaver Cleaver tricked and goaded into all kinds of silly situations by the challenges, dares, and bragging of his friends (and even, occasionally accidentally, by his own father -- the pedometer episode . . . .). But the show did depict Beaver as maturing or, at least, getting older if not always wiser. Here the writers throw us right back to the much earlier story-line of the episode (from three or four seasons before) with those gross, monster-oriented shirts, and how all of the boys promise to wear them to school, and -- of course -- Beaver is the only one silly enough to actually do it.

Except that here, because of his age, you start to realize that Beaver may just be a little . . . what we used to politely call "slow". Abandoning what little common sense he has, plus the best advice of his brother Wally (Tony Dow), and the orders and advice of his own father (Hugh Beaumont), he dresses in his ordinary school clothes for a really important award ceremony at the school, all because of the bragging of his team's star-player (Kim Charney) -- and, naturally, Beaver is the only one to actually do what the swell-headed "star" says he's going to do (i.e. not wear a suit to the ceremony). And all of a sudden, it all falls into place in terms of the vision of the producer/creators of the show -- Beaver is, indeed, a little "slow," although this is the episode where HE begins to realize this and overcome that handicap.

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