Radio: Our Miss Brooks

Sitcom starring Eve Arden which ran on CBS radio (1948-57) and television (1952-56). The series concluded with a movie adaptation in 1956.

The title character is Connie Brooks, a benevolent, wisecracking English teacher at Madison High School who deals with her surrounding cast of characters including her overbearing principal Osgood Conklin, her cheerful but not-so-studious pupil Walter Denton, her landlady Mrs. Davis, and her desired love interest, biology teacher Philip Boynton.

This show provides examples of:
  • Abandon Ship: In An American Tragedy, Mr. Conklin, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton are stranded on a sinking rowboat. Subverted as they are unable to abandon ship, as none of them are wearing lifejackets and only Mr. Boynton can swim.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Mr. Boynton
  • Ageless Birthday Episode: The Birthday Bag on television, The Surprise Party on the radio.
  • The Alcoholic: Two examples, one real, one fake.
    • The Loaded Custodians: the former custodian Mr. Jensen was said to have been dismissed for drunkenness. Curiously, in his few radio appearances (i.e. Key to the School, School Safety Adviser), Mr. Jensen isn't a drunk. His main idiosyncrasy is that he's extremely literal minded.
    • Cure That Habit: Walter Denton plays a prank, sending a postcard in Mr. Conklin's name to the titular agency. The Head of the Board of Education, Mr. Stone, hears of it and comes to see his supposedly drunken principal. Hilarity Ensues as Mr. Conklin is suffering from an unfortunate case of the hiccups, having pets mistakenly placed in his office, and being spun around in a chair.
  • All Just a Dream: Magic Christmas Tree" and "Trying to Forget Mr. Boynton.
  • All That Glitters: In the episode Indian Burial Ground, Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Walter Denton believe broken toys buried in Mr. Conklin's vacant lot to be valuable Indian artifacts.
  • Ambulance Chaser: In the episode Hospital Capers. A lawyer (a literal ambulance chaser) gets Mr. Boynton to sign a contract hiring him a counsel; the contract features a hefty penalty if Mr. Boynton chooses to terminate his representation. When Miss Brooks visits the lawyer, he hands her ever larger magnifying glasses to read the contract's fine print. Lampshaded when the lawyer admits to Miss Brooks that he's been disbarred in several states.
  • Angrish: Mr. Conklin, on occasion.
    Mr. Conklin: Now, see here Brill. I won't have it. You can't do this. I'll have you . . . .
    Mr. Brill: Oh, stop puffing Osgood. You've come to a station.
  • Batman in My Basement: In The Jockey, Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis hide a jockey and his racehorse in their garage until he can win a big race and pay his debts.
  • Betty and Veronica: Miss Enright was another, more glamorous English teacher who competed with Miss Brooks for Boynton's affection.
  • Birthday Episode: Again, The Birthday Bag on T.V., The Surprise Party on the radio.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Mr. Conklin and Mrs. Davis. Mr. Conklin suffers this trope with a vengeance in Living Statues and Cure That Habit.
  • Book Dumb: Walter
  • Born in the Saddle: Tex Barton, a teenaged cowboy who makes a few radio appearances.
  • Catch Phrase: Walter's "Hiya, Miss Brooks!", Conklin's " GO" when trying to get rid of someone.
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  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mrs. Davis. She sometimes forgets what she's saying in the middle of a sentence.
  • Comically Missing the Point: This happens quite often:
    • Almost anytime Miss Brooks suggests anything romance-related to oblivious-to-love Mr. Boynton:
      Miss Brooks: In these boyhood fights, Mr. Boynton, was there any girls involved?
      Mr. Boynton: Gosh, no, Miss Brooks. I wouldn't hit a girl.
      Miss Brooks: Well, bravo for you.
    • Anytime Miss Brooks tries to correct Stretch or Bones Snodgrass' grammar:
      Stretch Snodgrass: Miss Brooks, you done it again.
      Miss Brooks: Please Stretch, I did it again.
      Stretch Snodgrass: I don't blame you for bragging.
    • Many other occasions as well. For example, this exchange with Walter Denton:
      Miss Brooks: Walter, George Elliot was not a gentleman.
      Walter Denton: He may have not been a gentleman, but he was a darned good writer.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: Dell adapted the movie into comic book form.
  • Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Davis.
  • Cool Teacher: Miss Brooks, of course.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Mrs. Davis is creative with her recipes.
  • Covert Group: Miss Brooks becomes involved in secret activity a few times through the course of the series. One of the most memorable was in Red River Valley, where Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Walter Denton meet secretly to rehearse for a job with the hillbilly troupe led by Deacon Jones.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: A Snap magazine reporter "compliments" Miss Brooks' clothes: "That's a very nice suit...One can tell at a glance that it's worn you for years."
  • Dances and Balls: Dances drive the plot of a few episodes of Our Miss Brooks, as befitting a program whose main setting is Madison High School. Notable examples include The Yodar Kritch Award and Cinderella for a Day.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Mr. Conklin loathes his daughter's boyfriend, Walter Denton. It isn't uncommon for him to kick Walter down his porch steps. Why? Walter is something of a nuisance to Mr. Conklin, as the episodes Cure that Habit, Wild Goose, Cafeteria Boycott and Space, Who Needs It? attest. However, there are other reasons as well. In Spare That Rod!, Mr. Conklin complained that the worst thing about Walter was his squeaky voice.
    Miss Brooks: I expect it's his age. His voice is probably changing.
    Mr. Conklin: Well, I wish it would hurry up. He sounds like a canary with a mouthful of rancid birdseed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Miss Brooks is one of the queens of this trope, as are many of Eve Arden's characters in other works.
  • Dean Bitterman: Mr. Conklin
  • Death by Childbirth: Lawrence Nolan's wife died giving birth to Gary.
  • Delayed Reaction: Mr. Conklin does this often for comedic effect.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Mr. Boynton tells terrible jokes, sometimes he has to do this to find the humor to begin with.
  • The Door Slams You: Miss Brooks does this to Mr. Conklin a few times, by accident of course. It usually results in Miss Brooks breaking Mr. Conklin's glasses.
  • Dream Sequence: Usually with Brooks dreaming about Boynton sweeping her off her feet or in some magical fairy tale, then the alarm clock ruins it all.
  • Drinking On Duty: On T.V., in the episode The Loaded Custodian, Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis discuss how the previous custodian, Mr. Jensen, was fired for his drinking.
    • Actually averted the few times Mr. Jensen appears on the radio (i.e. Key to the School, School Safety Advisor), where his personality quirk is his insistence on interpreting common idioms literally.
  • Dumb Jock / Dumb Muscle: Stretch Snodgrass
  • Dunce Cap: Unsurprisingly, Stretch Snodgrass is forced to wear a dunce cap in The Mambo.
  • Easily Overheard Conversation: Happens from time to time. Usually, the eavesdropper misunderstands and hilarity ensues.
  • Easy Amnesia: Mr. Conklin's Plaque begins with Mrs. Davis telling Miss Brooks how her sister Angela received amnesia after a blow on the head. Angela recovered after received a second blow.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Stretch Snodgrass' real name is "Fabian."
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Happens several times. From Miss Brooks' perspective, the events of The Wrong Mrs. Boynton and Mrs. Davis Reads Tea Leaves are particularly infamous!
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Walter has at least once said Mr. Boynton is "tall, dark, handsome..." as well as "Boy, is he good looking!"
  • Everything's Better with Cows: In Cow in Closet, Miss Brooks has to hide one from Mr. Conklin.
  • Everytown, America: Madison.
  • Fairy Tale Episode: Cinderella for a Day. A mysterious shoe salesman lends Miss Brooks a custom-made gold slipper until midnight. Miss Brooks is treated to several Cinderella-style presents, from the same mysterious donor, that allow her to attend the masquerade ball at the country club in style. It turns out the shoe salesman was a millionaire gambler who had placed a bet with a expert shoemaker that he could find a pair of feet that would perfectly fit the custom made slippers. The gifts were partly his reward to Miss Brooks, and partly for laughs.
  • Fawlty Towers Plot: Two-way Stretch Snodgrass. Happens when Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin have Walter Denton masquerade as student athlete Stretch Snodgrass.
  • Fill It With Flowers: In Poetry Mix-Up, Mr. Boynton advises Miss Brooks to request some flowers from the school nursery, in order to brighten up her dreary classroom.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: What Lawrence Nolan expects of his son Gary in the film.
  • Free Prize at the Bottom: The fateful box of Cracker Jacks, at the end of the film.
  • Girls Need Role Models: Miss Brooks was television's first example. Miss Brooks is clearly intelligent, competent and caring, although more than that, very human. A teacher's organization even gave her an award for humanizing the American schoolteacher.
  • Grand Finale: The Movie in 1956.
  • Heat Wave: In the episode titled Heat Wave, naturally enough.
  • High School
  • Hint Dropping: Miss Brooks drops plenty of hints for Mr. Boynton. He rarely catches on.
  • Hollywood Law: In the episode Hospital Capers. A lawyer (a literal ambulance chaser) gets Mr. Boynton to sign a contract hiring him a counsel; the contract features a hefty penalty if Mr. Boynton chooses to terminate his representation. When Miss Brooks visits the lawyer, he hands her ever larger magnifying glasses to read the contract's fine print. Lampshaded when the lawyer admits to Miss Brooks that he's been disbarred in several states.
  • Home Sweet Home: At the end of the film, Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks marry and move into the house across the street from Mrs. Davis'.
  • Hot Scientist: Biology teacher Philip Boynton.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue: In the episode Stuffed Gopher, Miss Brooks asks Walter Denton the fatal question "Who could be so stupid?". Into the cafeteria walks Stretch Snodgrass.
  • Incoming Ham: Mr. Conklin.
  • Instrumentals / Instrumental Theme Tune: The opening and closing theme.
  • Internal Reveal: Many times. Hilarity always ensues. Here are a few examples:
    • In the Wrong Mrs. Boynton, Miss Brooks offers to pretend to be Mrs. Boynton - that is, to say Mr. Boynton's wife - in order to impress the dean of the local college. What Miss Brooks doesn't know, but the audience does, is that she had unwittingly agreed to play the part of Mr. Boynton's mother.
    • In Mrs. Davis reads Tea Leaves, Miss Brooks overhears a conversation between Mr. Boynton and Harriet, and jumps to the conclusion that Mr. Boynton is finally going to marry her and move with her to honeymoon cottage on the edge of town. The audience hears the entire conversation. It turns out that Mr. Boynton wants to open a summer camp. Cue Miss Brooks stunned reaction when he proposes they have twenty kids (that is to say, campers). Not to mention the fact that Mr. Conklin also attempts to "propose".
    • Similarly, in June Bride, Walter Denton and the Conklins assume that Mr. Boynton has finally proposed to Miss Brooks, and the two are to be married that same day. In actuality, Miss Brooks had agreed to be the proxy for Monsieur Le Blanc's French bride.
    • In Radio Bombay, a newscast on Walter's homemade radio forecasts the imminent arrival of a strong hurricane. Unfortunately, nobody is around to hear that the newscast originates from Bombay, India.
    • In Spare That Rod, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass alter a ten year old letter they find addressed to a previous principal. The letter was from the head of the board, accusing the principal of being "flagrantly dictatorial" in his management of the school. They use a typewriter to readdress the letter to Principal Conklin.
    • In Bobbsey Twins In Stir. Mrs. Davis had been arrested after having unwittingly sold forged tickets to the policeman's ball. Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Stone soon end up being drawn into the scheme - and arrested - as well.
    • Most significantly, in the movie. Mr. Boynton tells Mrs. Davis that he finally intends to propose to Miss Brooks. Mrs. Davis soon reveals all to Miss Brooks, while pretending to tell her fortune.
  • It's a Long Story: Sometimes, an episode will end with Miss Brooks returning home in the evening to discuss the events of the day with Mrs. Davis.
  • Jingle: The show's sponsors had some pretty catchy ones:
    • "Brush your teeth with Colgate/Colgate dental cream/It cleans your breath (what a toothpaste)/While it cleans your teeth."
    • "Dream girl, dream girl/Beautiful Luster Cream girl/You owe your crowning glory to/A Luster Cream shampoo." (This one was set to the tune of "Toyland" from Babes in Toyland.)
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Our Miss Brooks was a winner in the Neilson's ratings during its 1952-1956 television run, however only the episodes Home Cooked Meal and The Big Jump have been released on legitimate DVD. Happily averted with the radio episodes (1948-1956), which have lapsed into public domain and are available online. Also averted with the movie, which is available from the Warner Brother's Archive Collection and occasionally airs on Turner Classic Movies.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Mrs. Davis.
  • Large Ham: Mr. Conklin
  • Last Name Basis: Brooks, Boynton, and Conklin always address each other formally, even outside of school.
  • Literal-Minded: Mr. Jensen, the school custodian, makes a few radio appearances. He insists on interpreting figures of speech and phrases literally. Thus, to Miss Brooks' consternation (i.e. School Safety Advisor) any attempt at conversation with him quickly turns into a chore.
  • Living Legend: Two, at least:
    • In The Big Game, there's former high school football star "Snakehips", whose high score in the big game won him a job as a vice-president.
    • In Safari O'Tool, there's Mrs. Davis's beau, a famous jungle explorer. He's a fraud.
  • Locked in a Freezer: Happens twice:
    • In Home Cooked Meal, Mr. Conklin is locked in the cafeteria freezer.
    • In Male Superiority, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Boynton, Miss Brooks and Walter Denton are trapped in a meat locker. Miss Brooks is the only one who doesn't panic.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Gary Nolan in the movie.
  • Long List: Usually when Mrs. Davis describes recipe ingredients.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In Wakeup Plan, after accidently ingesting Mrs. Davis' sleeping pills, Mr. Conklin is caught sleeping in his office by the head of the board, Mr. Stone, and his assistant, Mr. Gleason. Miss Brooks successfully argues that Mr. Conklin was only seen sleeping during the lunch hour and after school - that is, on his own time.
    • Department Store Contest features an unusual case of accidental loophole abuse. Miss Brooks wins a prize when a childhood letter to Santa Claus is accidently entered in a children's contest at Sherry's Department. As she wrote the letter when she was a child, she was able to walk away with the prize and avoid trouble.
  • Make an Example of Them: There's a reason Miss Brooks considers Mr. Conklin to be dictator of Madison High!
    Miss Brooks: Having expected a one way trip to Devilís Island, I thought the punishment Mr. Conklin meted out was comparatively just. However, it was just after 7:00 that evening when I got home.
  • Masquerade Ball: Not one, but two:
    • In The Festival, a masquerade festival is being held in a park near Madison High School.
    • The masquerade in Cinderella for a Day is a swankier event, a dance held at the local country club.
  • The Movie: in 1956
  • Nice Hat: Mr. Conklin's often seen wearing a fedora out of doors. Mr. Boynton and Mr. Stone also wear fedoras on occasion. Subverted in Bargain Hats for Mother's Day, when Mrs. Davis produces homemade women's hats that Miss Brooks finds hard to sell.
  • No Indoor Voice: Mr. Conklin
  • Oblivious to Love: Mr. Boynton
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Miss Brooks runs into an obstructive clerk in The Embezzled Dress. Mrs. Davis accidently uses school money to buy Miss Brooks a present from Sherry's Department Store. Miss Brooks tries to return the dress to Sherry's, a store that promises if the customer isn't satisfied the money will be ''cheerfully refunded''. After being given the third degree on the reason for the return, Miss Brooks is turned down because the dress was sold on sale.
  • Onion Tears: In the episode "Tears for Mr. Boynton," Mrs. Davis advises Miss Brooks that she has to appear more vulnerable to attract Mr. Boynton. Mrs. Davis hides onions in Miss Brooks' purse.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin. In the movie, Gary Nolan and Mr. Boynton as well.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Stretch (Fabian) Snodgrass, and his brother Bones (Winston).
  • Opposing Sports Team: Madison High's rival Clay City High.
  • Pay Phone: Play a key role in the plot in a couple episodes:
    • In Key to the School, Mr. Conkin and Miss Brooks use the payphone at Marty's Malt Shop to call board superintendent Mr. Stone after everybody is locked out of Madison High.
    • In Monsieur Leblanc, Walter Denton calls Mrs. Davis' house from a payphone pretending to be a Spaniard interested in purchasing Mr. Conklin's car.
  • Peace Pipe: In the episode Bartering with Chief Thundercloud, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin smoke a peace pipe with the eponymous chief.
  • Phone Booth: Phonebooths plays a key role in a couple episodes:
    • In Key to the School, Mr. Conkin and Miss Brooks use the phone booth at Marty's Malt Shop to place a call to board superintendent Mr. Stone, after everybody is locked out of Madison High.
    • In Monsieur Leblanc, Walter Denton calls Mrs. Davis' house from a phone booth pretending to be a Spaniard interested in purchasing Mr. Conklin's car.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Mr. Conklin is very protective of his vehicle in Brooks' New Car and Taking the Rap for Mr. Boynton.
  • Projectile Toast: Mrs. Davis' toaster was a repeat offender.
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  • Quoting Myself: Walter Denton uses fake quotes from time to time.
    Walter Denton: It's as the saying goes, "When love enters the heart, appetite flees the stomach."
    Miss Brooks: Who said that?
    Walter Denton: I don't know. I guess it's anonymous.
    Miss Brooks: It deserves to be.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Several in the episode Friendship. Mrs. Davis tells Miss Brooks' fortune, and predicts that by day's end she will lose all her friends. Mrs. Davis' prediction comes true, briefly.
  • Reading Is Cool Aesop: As an English teacher, Miss Brooks is normally all in favour of reading. However, the trope is subverted in Bones, Son of Cyrano, where Mr. Boynton breaks a date with Miss Brooks to read the rest of Cyrano de Bergerac. Miss Brooks had advised Mr. Boynton to read it in the first place in the hope it would make him less Oblivious to Love!
  • Read the Fine Print: In the episode Hospital Capers. A lawyer (a literal ambulance chaser) gets Mr. Boynton to sign a contract hiring him a counsel; the contract features a hefty penalty if Mr. Boynton chooses to terminate his representation. When Miss Brooks visits the lawyer, he hands her ever larger magnifying glasses to read the contract's fine print. Lampshaded when the lawyer admits to Miss Brooks that he's been disbarred in several states.
  • Refuge in Audacity: In the episode Bobbsey Twins In Stir, a con-artist tricks Mrs. Davis into selling phony tickets to the policeman's ball. Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Stone are all unwitting drawn into the scheme, and all end up in gaol as a result.
  • Relatively Flimsy Excuse: In Connie and Bonnie, Miss Brooks impersonates her non-existent twin sister so as to earn extra money moonlighting as a waitress.
  • Retool: In the fourth season of the TV series, Madison High was razed to make room for a freeway, Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin went to work for a private school, and Walter and Harriet disappeared from the show along with Mr. Boynton (although the latter would eventually return).
    • Canon Discontinuity was the result. The radio program continued at Madison High as per usual. The Movie also ignored the fourth season of the TV series.
  • Road Trip Plot: Game at Clay City.
  • Running Gag: many, including Mr. Conklin's huge sneezes and the 'glug' greeting of Boynton's pet frog McDougal. Miss Brooks' car was always in the shop (see Women Drivers for the reason of the week).
  • Safety In Indifference: In the episode Trying to Forget Mr. Boynton, Miss Brooks tries be indifferent and forget about love interest Mr. Boynton.
  • The Scapegoat: Mr. Conklin is constantly scapegoating Miss Brooks for one thing or another. Fortunately, Miss Brooks is always able to escape the consequences by episode's end.
  • School Of Hard Knocks: In The Grudge Match, Walter Denton challenges star athlete Stretch Snodgrass to a fight when he discovers that Harriet Conklin had sat next to Stretch at the movie theatre. Much to Miss Brooks' consternation, Mr. Boynton decides that it would be best to have the fight in the gymnasium in front of the whole school. Principal Conklin not only goes along with it, but referees the fight, as he wants to see Walter Denton "clobbered."
  • Series Goal: From day one, Miss Brooks wants to marry oblivious Mr. Boynton.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Walter, which makes him sound much more intelligent than he really is.
  • The Shrink: In the episode The School Board Psychologist. A dangerously incompetent psychologist tries to have Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin dismissed.
  • Single-Episode Handicap: In Marinated Hearing. Walter Denton sets off an old cannon from the Spanish-American War. Mr. Conklin's standing too close, and suffers from temporary deafness as a result.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Miss Brook's goal throughout the radio, television series and film adaptation. Her heart is clearly set on the very decent and attractively biology teacher Mr. Boynton. Unfortunately, Mr. Boynton is very shy and almost altogether oblivious to love. Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton finally get married at the end of the movie.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Miss Brooks has Miss Enright, a fellow English teacher and rival for Mr. Boynton's affections.
  • Sleazy Politician: The mayor in the radio episode Student Government Day is in league with the mobsters running the Jackpot Amusement Company. Averted with the new mayor, who eventually appears in the television episode Bobbsey Twins in Stir.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Whenever Miss Brooks and Miss Enright meet, snarking is sure to follow. Usually, Miss Enright gives the first blow, with Miss Brooks giving as good as she gets.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Mr. Conklin has some whoppers. The TV version of the sneezes had powerful fans blow objects all over the set.
  • Sound to Screen Adaptation
  • Stealing The Credit: Mr. Conklin likes to steal the credit from Miss Brooks, on occasion. For example, there was his attempt to claim authorship of a speech written by Miss Brooks in Public Property on Parade.
  • Steam Never Dies: In the film, when Miss Brooks arrives in Madison, she's seen disembarking from a passenger train drawn by a steam locomotive. Very much truth in film, as the fifties were the twilight of the steam age in North America.
  • Stereo Fibbing: Happens a few times in Our Miss Brooks:
    • In the episode The Wrong Mrs. Boynton, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton fib in stereo to the Dean Faraday of State College.
    • In Trial By Jury, Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Walter Denton and Bones Snodgrass play possum with multiple fake illnesses.
  • Surprise Party: The Birthday Bag and The Surprise Party. Miss Brooks' friends plan a surprise party at the Conklin's house. Unfortunately, Miss Brooks turns up an hour too early . . . .
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Happened a few times:
    • Stretch Snodgrass was substituted with his brother Bones in several first and second season episodes of the TV Series. The actor who played Stretch, Leonard Smith, wasn't available.
    • Mrs. Winona Nestor was replaced by her sister, Mrs. Ruth Nestor, in the fourth season of the TV series. The actress playing Winona, Nana Bryant, left the show after only a couple of appearances.
    • The temporary replacement of Mrs. Davis, with her sister Angela, for a few episodes in the third season of the TV series and contemporaneous radio program. Jane Morgan, the actress who played Mrs. Davis, had suffered a stroke (fortunately, she made a quick and full recovery).
      • This counts as a subversion. The character of Angela had often been mentioned on the radio program, and was eventually portrayed by Jesselyn Fax on both radio and television. The two sisters appeared side-by-side in several episodes.
  • Tax Deductions: Happens to Miss Brooks in Easter Outfit. Miss Brooks finds the $50.00 she earned working at the board of education during spring break to be considerably eroded by tax deductions.
  • That's an Order: Mr. Conklin uses this phrase from time to time.
  • Truth-Telling Session: Miss Brooks and Boynton argue in the film.
  • Two-Teacher School: Brooks and Boynton; there was also Brooks' rival Miss Enright and occasional visits from other teachers.
  • Unable To Support A Wife: At the start of the film. Mr. Boynton's saving money and hoping for a promotion so he can propose to (and support) Miss Brooks.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Sometimes done for laughs in the introductory narration on the radio. This would always prompt a quick correction by deadpan snarker Miss Brooks.
  • Unwanted Glasses Plot: In The Dancer, Miss Brooks goes to an optometrist after Mr. Conklin accuses her of needing glasses. She borrows a pair of glasses to see their effect on Mr. Boynton. He compliments her on how mature she looks. So much for any chance of Miss Brooks wearing glasses!
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: There are two Valentine's Day Episodes:
    • The Frog sees Miss Brooks adopt a pet frog, in an effort to set up a "double date" with Mr. Boynton somewhere outside the zoo. It makes sense in context.
    • Valentine's Day Date see Miss Brooks again try to keep Mr. Boynton away from the zoo. This time, she uses a gift certificate provided by Stretch Snodgrass to lure Mr. Boynton to Turk's Turkey Heaven. Hilarity ensues.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: Lawrence Nolan, in the film. He owns a luxurious motor yacht, The Paradise.
  • Why Are You Looking at Me Like That?: Walter Denton says this in the episode Two-way Stretch Snodgrass. He walks into Mr. Conklin's office, after Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin discuss a plan to have someone imitate student athlete Stretch Snodgrass.
  • Why Waste a Wedding?: In the episode June Bride. Mr. Leblanc's proxy wedding gets cancelled. Mr. Boynton suggest they don't waste the arrangements, nor the judge. Does he finally propose to, and marry, Miss Brooks? No. It's a great opportunity for a square dance!
  • Wild Wilderness: Lake Oo Oo Me Me Tocoludi Gucci Moo Moo, in the episode of the same name.
  • With This Ring: The movie ends with Boynton finally proposing to Brooks.
  • Writing Lines: Happens at the end of Letter from the Education Board. Mr. Conklin has Walter, Stretch, Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks stay after school writing "Our principal is the best principal that any school ever had."
  • Women Drivers: Miss Brooks' car is always broken down or damaged in some way, forcing her to take lifts in Walter's jalopy. She is portrayed as someone who doesn't pay the best attention on the road, sometimes barely missing pedestrians by swerving and hitting something on the side of the road.