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Leave it to Beaver: Beaver’s Accordion!

May 6, 2011

How cool would it be to screen this little nugget?

Air Date: 12/24/1960

Series Title: Leave It to Beaver
Program Type: Comedy/Sitcom

Episode Title: Beaver’s Accordion
Summary: Beaver learns there is no such thing as a “free” accordion.

Starring Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow, and Jerry Mathers as the Beaver.

Beaver orders an accordion through the mail for a trial period without his parents’ knowledge. He intends to return it but puts it in a closet and forgets about it. A representative of the accordion company arrives. When the closet is opened, the accordion falls to the floor and is damaged. Ward pays for the damage because he knows how easy it is for a boy to be enticed with offers received in the mail.

Guests: Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell, John Hoyt as Mr. Franklin, Stanley Fafara as Whitey Whitney, Rankin Mansfield as Clerk. Director: Gene Reynolds. Writer: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher.

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Internet Movie Database, Plot Summary

While emptying the trash, Beaver finds a circular that Ward discarded offering a free trial for an expensive new accordion. With a push from troublemaker Eddie, Beaver secretly sends in the order form, believing that he can play with the instrument and return it within the 5-day free trial period. But, as usual, things don’t always go as planned. Written by shepherd1138

Ward and June are doing a clean up job around the house. Among the junk they throw out is some junk mail, one which offers a “free” five day trial for an accordion for Theodore Cleaver. Since everybody in the house is working, Beaver asks what chore – for a fee – he can do. June allows him to empty the trash. Beaver finds the certificate for the accordion trial offer. He is contemplating sending away for it, thinking he’ll have five whole days to fool around with it. Eddie convinces Beaver to do it, saying that he can become famous being a star accordionist. When the accordion arrives, Wally makes Beaver realize how little time he actually has with it, needing to get it back to the express mail office by after school on Monday, two days away. What Beaver also does not account for is the $6.25 shipping fee – $7 with insurance, the importance of which he understands as the accordion is worth $280 – money which he doesn’t have. Beaver needs to figure out how to raise the money quickly, all the while hiding the accordion from his parents. Written by Huggo

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