Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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The Clothing Drive 

June sends Ward to the principal's office to explain to Mrs. Rayburn how three of his good suits got mixed in with the old clothing donation that won Beaver the grammar school's "Good Citizen" award...and tell her that he wants them back!


Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)


Joe Connelly (creator), Bob Mosher (creator) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont ... Ward Cleaver
Tony Dow ... Wally Cleaver
Jerry Mathers ... The Beaver
Doris Packer Doris Packer ... Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn
Ed Prentiss ... Mr. Bailey
Tim Matheson ... Michael Harmon (as Tim Matthieson)
John Yount John Yount ... Chuck (as Johnny Yount)


Beaver and his friends Mike and Chuck each believes he is a shoo-in to win the school's good citizen award, the winner who will receive a plaque and be featured with a photograph in the newspaper. They realize however that the award is dependent upon who brings in the most clothes for the school's clothing drive. As such, Beaver wants to donate as much of their clothes as possible, regardless if it is still in good condition for its current owner. June ends up sorting through their stuff and has everything for donation packed into a box for Beaver to take to school. But three of Ward's good suits that he had set aside to be taken to the cleaners end up falling next to the donation box. Not seeing the "clean and press" note Ward attached to the suits, Beaver assumes they are part of the donation. In large part because of the donation of the three suits, Beaver ends up winning the citizenship award. When Ward and June find out about what happened to the suits, they know they have to get... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

13 June 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"The Clothing Drive" is the penultimate episode of the entire series. See more »


References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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Contractual obligation?
16 October 2018 | by Hendry2See all my reviews

As others said, this episode is out of sequence - is it somehow a pilot for another show, with Beaver's new classroom friend and new teacher a replacement?

As the other posters also said, the story was very flat, though Ward and June helped to bring some life into it, June forcing Ward to be accountable for his mistake.

Watching it is almost frustrating to see how out of step it is with the story time line.

Wally and Beaver had already graduated in the previous episodes, and per the previous episode Beaver was touring the country all summer with his friends, and Wally no doubt already getting ready to be "up at State," so it did NOT make sense to see Beaver back at Grant Avenue Elementary - and suddenly acting about 2 years younger (his hair a mess and worrying about being a poor citizen), and Wally coming home from school with his books under his arm.

I've dreaded this episode every time it comes around - why can't Universal shuffle the episode deck or shelve it entirely?

The only thing I can come up with in a legal sense, is the fact that royalties end 70 years after a person's death, if someone is legally indicated to receive them, and since both Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow are still living they are also still receiving some form of payment, per a syndication clause.

If that's true, I hope someone from Universal (or at least the actors or their agents) will read this and ask this episode be pushed back to the beginning or middle of Season 6 (by the way the boys were dressed when they were walking to school, it was still supposed to be Fall or Winter).


It's a shame, because a poor episode like this brings down the rest of the series, and since it's the penultimate episode, it leaves many confused over the disrupted time line. Like they say, most people judge things on a first - and last - impression...

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