Leave It to Beaver: The Black Eye (1957)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ward (Hugh Beaumont) is mad enough when Beaver (Jerry Mathers) comes home with a black eye, but he really blows his stack when he finds out that Beav didn't try to defend himself. Without allowing the boy to explain, Ward sets about to teach his son how to box, then goads him into a showdown with the other kid. What Ward doesn't know until it's almost too late is that the classmate who gave Beaver the shiner is a little girl named Violet (Wendy Winkelman) -- who also happens to be the daughter of Ward's coworker Fred Rutherford (Richard Deacon, in his first series appearance). This offbeat first-season episode features a Ward Cleaver that we've never seen before, and thankfully will never see again -- a pugnacious blowhard who not only refuses to listen to his children, but also punishes them for telling him when he's wrong!!!