Leave It to Beaver

Season 1 Episode 23

Beaver and Poncho

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Aired Unknown Mar 21, 1958 on ABC
5.9
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Beaver and Poncho
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Beaver makes a trade with Larry Mondello, a glass doorknob for a Chihuahua. Larry had found the dog in his garbage can, so when Beaver brings it home, Ward immediately breaks the news that he's going to place an ad in the lost and found and that Beaver probably won't be able to keep the dog. Despite this, Beaver quickly begins to grow close to the little dog.moreless

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  • This Episode Highlights a Cultural Disconnect Between the 1950s and 2007.

    6.2
    This episode is consistently well written and acted as the show usually is. What makes this show so upsetting is the attitude the humans show towards the dog in the show. Beaver finds a beautiful dog and wants to keep it. It is apparent from the beginning that the Cleavers would never allow the dog to live with them. In fact, while they do allow the boys to keep the dog for about 3 days, it is always shown sitting in a box or getting a bath. Apparently dogs are dirty. Beaver tries to keep the dog from a mean owner. The dog runs away from her frequently. His teacher speaks to him as do his parents. While there seems to be some sympathy for the dog on the part of the parents, the lesson learned is that the dog belonged to the owner and needed to be given back to no matter how she seemed to treat it. While I agree that the owner had some right to keep it, the woman was quite disinterested in the dog and it would have behooved the Cleavers to ask her to allow them to keep it. They don't even ask. It is a depressing episode because Beaver's lesson is that he must be stopped from doing little subversive things so that he doesn't try bigger things later. What I would expect now is someone to be more compassionate for the dog and try to do the right thing, not passively let the woman have her dog without finding out how she treats it and why it constantly runs away. I guess that intrusion into a person's right over how they treat a dog what not accepted back then and that a dog wasn't as accepted in general, at least in the house.moreless
Maudie Prickett

Maudie Prickett

Mrs. Bennett

Guest Star

Joanna Lee

Joanna Lee

Newspaper Lady

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Diane Brewster

Diane Brewster

Miss Canfield

Recurring Role

Doris Packer

Doris Packer

Mrs. Rayburn

Recurring Role

Jeri Weil

Jeri Weil

Judy Hensler

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