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Our Miss Brooks was a popular early sitcom starring Eve Arden, which ran on CBS radio (1948-57) and television (1952-56). The series concluded with a movie adaptation in 1956.

Arden plays 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 (Gale Gordon), her cheerful but not-so-studious pupil Walter Denton (Richard Crenna), her occasionally-scatterbrained landlady Mrs. Davis (Jane Morgan), and her desired love interest, biology teacher Philip Boynton (originally Jeff Chandler, later Robert Rockwell).

As of September, 2016, Our Miss Brooks returned to syndication, being shown weekday mornings on METV.


Our Miss Brooks 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
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Averted. Harriet Conklin is Student Council president, and she seems to have no power whatsoever. Her father, Mr. Conklin, runs Madison with an iron fist. Similarly, Walter Denton is on the student council, editor of the school paper, and manager of half the school's varsity teams. He has, if possible, even less power. In "Trying to Pick a Fight", Walter calls an extra skull practice. Mr. Boynton chews him out for exceeding his authority.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: In "The Wrong Mrs. Boynton", Miss Brooks unwittingly offers to masquerade as Mr. Boynton's mother. This is in spite of the fact she is actually a couple of years younger than her Love Interest. It Makes Sense in Context.
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  • Accidental Bargaining Skills: In "Mr. LeBlanc needs $50", when Mr. Conklin offers Miss Brooks $25 to discourage Mr. LeBlanc from buying his Stutz - Miss Brooks demurs. Mr. Conklin immediately raises his offer to $50.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: In "Mr. Boynton's Mustache", Miss Brooks encourages Mr. Boynton to grow a mustache. She compliments him on his new appearance, and arranges for other female teachers to do the same. Lo, and behold, Miss Brooks finds she provoked a case of Acquired Situational Narcissism in her Love Interest.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Mr. Conklin was nothing more than a nuisance and a blowhard during the radio show and first three seasons of the TV show. However, when the show was retooled for the fourth season he was turned into a full-on villain who vowed to make Miss Brooks' life miserable and would even try to get her fired. The two went from being frenemies to just plain enemies.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Although Miss Brooks is always the star of her shore, some episodes give lesser characters a major role:
    • "Brooks' New Car" features a major role for Mrs. Conklin. Likewise, "Weekend at Crystal Lake".
    • "Madison Mascot" and "Stretch to Transfer" are two of several episodes that feature the student athlete in something akin to a starring role.
    • "Angela's Wedding", "A Dry Scalp is Better Than None", and "Mr. Casey's Will" feature Mrs. Davis' sister Angela as the episodes mover and shaker.
    • "The Egg" has an appearance by Mrs. Davis' usually unseen, only mentioned, brother Victor.
  • Adults Dressed as Children:
    • In "Mr. Boynton's Return", Miss Brooks dresses as a small child to get on an airplane free. Given how tall Eve Arden is, it needs to be seen to be believed . . . .
    • Or maybe not. "Borrowing Money to Fly", a radio episode, has Miss Brooks try the same trick, and her dialogue and "little girl voice" are funny in and of itself.
    • "Turnabout Day" sees the Madison High School faculty dress as children. Miss Brooks dresses in the then current style for teenage girls. Mr. Conklin wears a propeller beanie and a Mickey Mouse shirt.
  • Aerith and Bob: Everybody has fairly standard names, with the exception of Mr. Osgood Conklin. Not to mention Fabian Snodgrass.
  • A Friend in Need: Miss Brooks can always be counted on to stand by her friends; even Mr. Conklin, her Friendly Enemy.
    • On multiple occasions, she protects Walter Denton from having one of his practical jokes exposed and backfiring on him. "Cure That Habit" and "Mr. Conklin is Honored" are cases in point.
    • Miss Brooks is eager to protect Mr. Boynton, naturally enough. "Mr. Conklin Plays Detective", where Miss Brooks believes Mr. Boynton used Mr. Conklin's phone to make a long distance call, is a case in point. Likewise, "The Jewel Robbery", where Miss Brooks wrongly believes Mr. Boynton robbed a store.
    • Miss Brooks saves Mr. Conklin's job in "Wake Up Plan" and "Saving the School Newspaper". When Miss Brooks wrongly concludes Mr. Conklin has been fired in "Rumors", she sets up a laundry to raise money.
    • Miss Brooks saves Mrs. Davis from a hurried marriage in "Marriage Madness".
  • After-School Cleaning Duty: Alluded to occasionally on Our Miss Brooks. In "Spare That Rod!", while cleaning Mr. Conklin's office, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass find an old letter to Mr. Darwell, Mr. Conklin's predecessor as principal. They type Mr. Conklin's name on the ten-year-old envelope . . . Hilarity Ensues.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: The dating concerns of teenagers Walter Denton, Harriet Conklin and Stretch Snodgrass are usually played for laughs. Miss Brooks' problems in her pursuit of Mr. Boynton are often played for laughs, but she elicits considerably more sympathy as well.
  • 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.
Conklin's name on the ten-year-old envelope . . . Hilarity Ensues.
  • Alien Invasion: In "Space, Who Needs It?", Walter Denton tricks Mr. Conklin into believing he's being attacked by aliens from a planet he thinks he's just discovered with his new telescope.
  • All Cloth Unravels: In "Friday The Thirteenth", Miss Brooks ends up tearing off a lapel on Mr. Conklin's new suit by merely pulling on a loose thread.
  • Alleged Car:
    • Miss Brooks' car, when she has one. It's almost always in the shop. In fact, the number of episodes (on either radio and television) where she gets to drive her car can be counted on one hand; namely "Game At Clay City", "Who's Going Where", "Four Leaf Clover", "Brooks' New Car" and "Head of the State Board of Education".
    • Walter Denton's junky jalopy also definitely qualifies;, although it, at least, is usually in working order. However, Walter often drives it sans top or even sides.
    • A one-time offender was Mr. Conklin's second automobile, mostly a Stutz. He tries to unload the lemon on the unsuspecting Mr. LeBlanc in "Mr. LeBlanc Needs $50".
  • Alliterative Name: Student athlete "Stretch" Snodgrass. Ironically, in "Madison Mascot", it turns out that not only does he not know what alliterative means, he can't even pronounce the word.
  • Alliterative Title: "Madison Mascot".
  • All Just a Dream: "The 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.
  • All Witches Have Cats: In "Halloween Party", Mr. Boynton observes that the two figures most associated with Halloween are witches and black cats. Miss Brooks is offended when Mr. Boynton, Stretch Snodgrass and Walter Denton all think that she'd be perfect dressed as a witch for the party. Miss Brooks eventually gives in . . . .
    Miss Brooks: Connie Brooks rides tonight!
  • Alma Mater Song: The radio episodes "Clay City English Teacher" and "Mr. Laythrop returns to School" feature the Madison anthem, "O Madison". Miss Brooks adds her own lyrics in parody:
    O Madison!
    Thou Madison!
    (As old as Thomas Addison!)
    O hallowed halls!
    (O basketballs!)
    How short the day!
    (how short the pay!)
    When we gray hair at Madison!
    We'll still be there at Madison!
    (Hello, Clay City!)
  • Almost Kiss: In "Magic Christmas Tree", Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton almost kiss under the mistletoe. Unfortunately, Mr. Boynton sneezes as he's allergic to mistletoe. Later, Mr. Boynton kisses Miss Brooks under the influence of the magic christmas tree. However, it turns out both the Almost Kiss and the kiss were All Just a Dream. The actual The Big Damn Kiss doesn't take place under midway through The Movie Grand Finale, although Miss Brooks would steal a few minor kisses over the course of the series
  • Always Identical Twins: Subverted in "Connie and Bonnie" when Miss Brooks impersonates her nonexistent twin. Played straight in "Orphan Twins" with Mike and Danny.
  • Always in Class One: As Miss Brooks is the protagonist, and her actual teaching is rarely in focus, it should be largely irrelevant who's in what class. Nevertheless, student characters Walter Denton, Harriet Conklin and Stretch Snodgrass are almost always stated to be in the same class of Miss Brooks'. This, in a school, with multiple English teachers. Notably subverted in the episode "Faculty Cheerleader", when Mr. Conklin assigns the three to different classes to punish Walter.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: In "Blue Goldfish", the titular fish in the aquarium in Mr. Boynton's lab. Miss Brooks initially mistakes it for a tropical fish. The reason it's blue? The fish is cold, because Principal Conklin won't heat the school to a proper temperature.
  • 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. The following except is from the episode "Clay City English Teacher":
    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.
  • And That's Terrible: In "The Egg", Mr. Conklin is the Designated Villain for wanting to take a photograph of a hatching chick. Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks are worried the chick will be harmed by the flashbulbs.
  • Animal Reaction Shot: Mrs. Davis' pet cat Minerva and Mr. Boynton's pet frog Mcdougall occasionally take an interest in people's conversations. For example, in "The Magic Tree", Mrs. Davis' cat Minerva reacts furiously to Miss Brooks' recital of "A Visit From St. Nicholas"
    Miss Brooks: T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse . . . .
    Minerva: MEOW!
    Miss Brooks: Oops. Sorry, I didn't mean to upset you, Minerva.
  • Animal Testing: Part of Mr. Boynton's job as a Biology Teacher is to experiment on animals. For Science! of course. Miss Brooks seems slightly squeamish about the whole thing. It's played for laughs, if anything. One episode, "New Girl In Town", has Miss Brooks assist Mr. Boynton bury mice killed for the cause in the school athletic field. Harriet Conklin, jealous of and attempting to scare off said new girl, implies to the girl's mother that Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks are burying human victims.
  • Animated Credits Opening: In the program's original primetime run, the last (1955-1956) season featured the animated opening seen here
  • Annoying Laugh:
    • Mrs. Davis' sister Angela has a high pitched laugh, like a schoolgirl. The annoyance comes from the fact that she's a short, middle-aged woman. It's especially notable in the episode "Angela's Wedding".
    • Walter Denton has a high, discordant laugh to go along with his squeaky teenage voice. In "Mr. Leblanc Needs $50" his girlfriend Harriet Conklin walks up to him while he's laughing:
    Harriet: How long have you been standing there, cackling to yourself?
  • Anti-Climactic Parent:
    • In "Former Student Visits", Miss Brooks is worried that a visiting former student (who's now a doctor) will reveal her true age (her early thirties) to Mr. Boynton's mother. Mr. Boynton's mother was advising her son to marry a young woman. The cat gets out of the bag; fortunately Miss Brooks' former student's father was a student of Mr. Boynton's mother in elementary school. The elder Mrs. Boynton then suggests her son marry a woman his age.
    • In The Movie Grand Finale, the elder Mrs. Boynton appears near the end of the picture. Agreeing to board with Mrs. Davis, she frees Phillip Boynton to marry Connie Brooks and give Connie a much deserved and long desired Happily Ever After.
  • Anvilicious: ''Mr. Whipple" sees Miss Brooks and her friends try to help an old man whom they believe is destitute and starving. It turns out he's a rich tycoon on a diet. However, the generosity of Miss Brooks and her friends so affects Mr. Whipple that he takes them out for dinner, and decides to lobby for a new school gymnasium. It's an entertaining episode nonetheless, and after all, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • The Artifact:
    • Walter Denton driving Miss Brooks to school was an artifact from the first audition show with actress Shirley Booth. There, Mrs. Davis has a teenaged daughter whom Walter Denton was dating. Mrs. Davis' daughter dumped Walter, leaving him to reluctantly take Miss Brooks to school. Mrs. Davis' daughter was adapted out by the time Eve Arden auditioned for the role, leaving it unexplained how it came about that Walter drives Miss Brooks to school almost every morning. One supposes it's just because Walter's a Teacher's Pet.
    • "Stretch" Snograss' nickname was an artifact from the radio episode where he was first introduced, "Stretch the Basketball Star." His nickname is said to come about from the fact he's six foot five inches tall. When the program went to television, its readily apparent Leonard Smith, the actor who played Snodgrass, was nowhere near that height (and is, about the height of Eve Arden). Its never again explained how he became known as "Stretch." The fact is lampshaded in the episode "Baseball Slide."
    Miss Brooks (in greeting): Why, Stretch.
  • Artistic Title: In syndication, Our Miss Brooks has the title and opening credits appearing on a blackboard. One of the openings used during the show's run had the opening credits also appearing on a blackboard, with Miss Brooks herself erasing them - only for the next set of credits to appear to the consternation of a confused Miss Brooks!
  • Aside Comment: Miss Brooks makes aside comments sometimes, under the guise of talking to herself. This is more prevalent on the radio than on television.
  • Aside Glance: Miss Brooks does this a few times in the the theatrical series finale, i.e. her confused expression upon meeting Mrs. Davis. However, her expressions were very much testament of her feelings rather than an attempt to break the fourth wall.
  • A Simple Plan: "The Birthday Bag" sees Miss Brooks' friends try to throw her a surprise birthday party and buy her an alligator skin purse as a gift. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Miss Brooks sometimes resorts to giving a stupid answer in response.
  • Asleep in Class:
    • In "Stretch Is In Love Again", star athlete Stretch Snodgrass' late nights "rumbering" cause him to fall asleep in school. In this case, it's not the dimwitted student's marks that are at stake, but Madison's winning the big football game with Clay City High.
    • Another episode has Walter Denton accidently blurt to Miss Brooks that he sometimes takes "forty winks" in his class, because his teacher would have to be a "cockeyed wonder" to see him napping in his seat behind Stretch. To Walter's horror, he realizes Miss Brooks is the "cockeyed wonder" to whom he was referring.
  • Assembly Line Fast-Forward: In "Vitamin E-4", Mr. Conklin, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton make a mess when manufacturing the eponymous "vitamin".
  • Backseat Driver: In "Game At Clay City", Mr. Conklin appoints himself navigator and gives a steady stream of orders to Miss Brooks.
  • Bad Luck Charm: "Four Leaf Clover" has Miss Brooks find the unlucky charm. Lo and behold, all four tires of Miss Brooks' car blow, she's forced to pay a large fine for stepping on a lawn, she knocks over a table of trinkets in front of the store, is threatened with arrest by a policeman, and is finally quarantined in the same building as Mr. Conklin. Miss Brooks gives the unlucky clover to a dishonest car mechanic.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Miss Brooks falls victim to this trope in "Babysitting for Three", "Babysitting New Year's Eve" and "Measles".
  • Bad to the Last Drop: Mrs. Davis' coffee was usually fine (the time she made "Bulgarian Coffee" notwithstanding). However, being a Cordon Bleugh Chef, Mrs. Davis sometimes makes horrid liquid (albeit non-alcoholic) drinks that are truly Bad to the Last Drop.
  • Barely-There Swimwear: In the episode "Friday the Thirteenth"; while looking through a photo album with Mrs. Davis, Connie finds a photo of herself in a "French model bathing suit". The picture's described as unsuitable for the yearbook, although Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass are very impressed with the revealing photo nonetheless.
  • The Bartender: In "Babysitting New Year's Eve", Mrs. Davis has a friend who's a bartender. She invites him over to prepare the punch for her New Year's party. Mrs. Davis' bartender friend is allowed New Year's off as a condition of his employment. The reason? The bartender hates drunks.
  • Baths Are Fun: In "Stretch Has A Problem", Miss Brooks' "feet were ready to come off" participating in a snake dance. The rally was held in honor of the Madison High School basketball team's departure to the state tournament. The sore and tired Miss Brooks spends the rest of the episode trying to take a bath. Alas, she's continually interrupted by somebody coming to the door before she can get into the tub:
    Miss Brooks: (singing, while filling the bathtub with water) Singing in the bathtub, nothing can go wrong. Singing in the bathtub . . . .
    Doorbell rings
    Miss Brooks: (singing) Oh, I should live so long!
  • 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.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Mr. Conklin places himself in charge practically everywhere he goes. This is in spite of the fact that his authority as principal is really only good at Madison High School. The "Thanksgiving Show" is a good example. Mr. Conklin arrives at Mrs. Davis' house and quickly puts himself in command, ordering about the others in the setup of the dining room table.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: At the end of "Wake Up Plan", Mr. Boynton falls asleep on a chair in the hall. Miss Brooks doesn't wake him up, but sits beside him. Mr. Boynton whistles in his sleep!
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Walter Denton dresses as one in "Halloween Party".
  • Beleaguered Assistant: In "The Dancer", Miss Brooks discusses with Mrs. Davis the fact that Mr. Conklin can never hold onto a secretary. Fed up with being yelled at by the hotheaded principal, they inevitably quit. The newest secretary quit before she started, she heard Mr. Conklin yelling at her predecessor. The result? Miss Brooks is forced to play the role of Mr. Conklin's beleaguered assistant when he finds himself without a secretary . . . Hilarity Ensues.
  • Belly Dancer: Belly dancers appear in Miss Brooks' India themed dream in the episode "King and Brooks".
  • Beta Couple: The alpha couple was Miss Brooks' slow romance with Oblivious to Love Phillip Boynton. In the background, was the often goofy teenaged romance of beta couple Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin.
  • Betty and Veronica: Miss Enright was another, more glamorous English teacher who competed with Miss Brooks for Boynton's affection.
  • Beware of Vicious Dog: Mr. Whipple's guard dogs in the episode "Mr. Whipple".
  • Big Brother Is Watching: The point of Mr. Conklin's "Project X" in the episode of the same name. Mr. Conklin's system allows him to listen in to what's going on in every room in the school, including the female faculty room, the boiler room, and the roof.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: In The Movie Grand Finale, Mr. Boynton is jealous of Miss Brooks spending time with millionaire Lawrence Nolan. Wondering how he can compete with a millionaire, Miss Brooks suggests that "a good offense is the best defense." Mr. Boynton is initially clueless as per normal. Suddenly, he has a Eureka Moment, his eyes lights up, goes back to the Mrs. Davis' door and passionately kisses Miss Brooks. Something he hadn't had nerve to do for the previous eight years of radio or eight years of television.
    Miss Brooks: Like, wow.
At the end of the movie, Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks marry and live Happily Ever After.
  • The Big Easy: In one episode, Mr. Boynton falsely claims to have learnt some French serving in the army during the war. A skeptical Miss Brooks counters that Mr. Boynton was stationed in the United States, and he knew it. Mr. Boynton insists that he was stationed in New Orleans, and spent a lot of time in the French Quarter.
  • Big Eater: Walter Denton. It comes with being a teenaged boy.
  • Big Fancy House:
    • Mr. Whipple, in the episode of the same name, lives in mansion guarded by vicious dogs.
    • In the cinematic series finale the Nolans live in a large mansion, complete with a butler and additional servants.
  • Big Friendly Dog: The eponymous dog in "Peanuts, The Great Dane".
  • Big Secret:
    • In "Stolen Aerial," Miss Brooks is able to get a discount from a wolfish television repairman who wants to go out with her. Miss Brooks is advised to keep her discount a secret so as not to get many more freeloaders wanting the same deal. Too late, Mrs. Davis and Walter Denton had already let the cat out of the bag. Miss Brooks gets deluged with broken aerials and even television sets needing repair. However, Miss Brooks keeps her promise; she hides the real reason for her sudden television-equipment windfall from Mr. Conklin. Unfortunately, the television repairman had accidentally lent Miss Brooks Mr. Conklin's checkered television aerial. Mr. Conklin concludes Miss Brooks is a "female Fagin", using Mr. Boynton and several high school students to run a television-equipment theft ring.
    • The Big Secret trope again appears in "The Jewel Robbery." Mr. Conklin accidentally breaks a jewelry store window when carrying a bad a laundry to the cleaners. Conklin believes the police want him for the inadvertent vandalism. In reality, they're looking for a thief who had robbed the jewelry store a short time before.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Mr. Conklin, to Motor Mouth Walter Denton.
  • Big Storm Episode: In the episode "Radio Bombay", Miss Brooks and the Madison High gang are convinced that a fierce hurricane is on the way. The only problem is that the broadcast they're listening to originates from Bombay, India . . . .
  • Big Word Shout: "Now GO!", Mr. Conklin's favored expression when ordering someone out of his office. He make extensive use of this trope on other occasions as well!
  • Bindle Stick: In "Miss Brooks Writes About a Hobo", the "Earl of Peoria" is mentioned as carrying a bindle stick. Later, when Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Walter Denton, Mr. Conklin, and Mrs. Davis masquerade as hobos in order to apprehend the titular hobo, they also have bindle sticks in their gear.
  • Birthday Episode: Again, "The Birthday Bag" on T.V., "The Surprise Party" on the radio.
  • Black Comedy Burst: At the crisis point in the theatrical series finale, a depressed Miss Brooks jokes about playing Russian Roulette.
  • Blackmail: In "Threat to Abolish Football", Miss Brooks, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass derail Mr. Conklin's threat to abolish football through blackmail. Mr. Conklin had been using the school shop class to fix his roof, an act that could get him fired. Mr. Conklin relents and allows football to continue at Madison High School. However, Mr. Conklin gets the last laugh. He arm-twists Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton into shingling his roof.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: In the episode "Mr. Boynton's Barbeque", Mr. Boynton prepares a "mild" hot sauce for his cookout as he believes his usual sauce would be too much for his guests. Miss Brooks and Walter Denton cook up a blazing mixture of tabasco and horseradish to spring on Miss Brooks' rival Miss Enright. However, a mix-up results in Miss Brooks receiving her own doctored dish. No matter, Miss Brooks can hold her hot sauce. She eats calmly and remains a Deadpan Snarker throughout. The same can't be said of Miss Enright and Mr. Conklin. They eat Mr. Boynton's supposedly minor sauce and run away practically screaming for water!
  • Blinding Camera Flash: The obnoxious reporter in "The Model Teacher" subjects Miss Brooks to several.
  • 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
  • Bookworm: Mr. Boynton. In "Bones, Son of Cyrano", Mr. Boynton goes so far as to break a date with Miss Brooks so he can finish Cyrano De Bergerac.
  • Born in the Saddle: Tex Barton, a teenaged cowboy who makes a few radio appearances.
  • British Stuffiness: The very British public school headmaster in "Hello, Mr. Chips." While quintessentially British, he's a youngish man who gets around fairly well with everyone at Madison. Mr. Conklin, interesting enough, was expecting a much stricter man and had even dictated that Miss Brooks (and the rest of the faculty) wear funereal black so as not to hurt his sensibilities.
  • Broken Glass Penalty: Completely subverted in the episode "Two Way Stretch". Mr. Conklin begins to reprimand Stretch Snodgrass for kicking a football through the window of his inner office:
    Mr. Conklin: I thought I told you to confine your practicing to the other end of the field.
    Stretch Snodgrass: But I did Mr. Conklin. That's where I kicked it from.
    Mr. Conklin: Well, there's actually no excuse in the world for you to... nice kick boy!
  • Buffy Speak: Teenage Walter Denton, although a great one for Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, sometimes mixes advanced vocabulary, current slang and awkward phrasing. The following example is a petition he writes for the episode "Cafeteria Boycott". Note the oddball combination of 50's slang, extensive "borrowing" from the Declaration of Independence, and assorted legalese:
    Walter Denton: Whereas and to wit—
    Miss Brooks: That's pretty strong language, isn't it? A little on the pink side.
    Harriet Conklin: Listen, Miss Brooks.
    Walter Denton: When in the course of student's events, it becomes necessary to turn one's back on one's stomach, we the undersigned, exercising our constitutional right to peaceably assemble, and to form a committee to seek the redress of grievances, do hereby announce our firm intention of the Madison High School Cafeteria only to use the tables, chairs, water, napkins and toothpicks provided therein. Until such a time that the duly appointed party or parties, namely Mr. Osgood Conklin, principal, or the Board of Education, responsible for the operational bog-down that has befallen this installation, do take such action that will improve the food, lower the prices and better the service in said cafeteria. It is also recommended the person, or persons, in whom this authority is vested, immediately see that the present chef in charge of preparing the food, and without any further frippery or fanfare, chuck him the heck off the premises. Well, Miss Brooks, what do you think of it?
    Miss Brooks: How much do you want for the picture rights?
  • Buried Treasure: The promise of a large reward sees Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Walter Denton search for a lost Indian Burial Ground in the episode "Indian Burial Ground".
  • Busman's Vocabulary: Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin and Miss Enright are erudite on and off the job.
  • Call of the Wild Blue Yonder: At the beginning of "Surprise Party", Miss Brooks dreams about literally flying away with Mr. Boynton:
    Miss Brooks: Contact!
  • Calvinball: In the episode "Parlor Game", Miss Brooks invents a convoluted parlor game in order to annoy Mr. Conklin and, in so doing, convince him to allow his family to go out for the evening.
  • The Cameo: Desi Arnaz makes a brief appearance in "King and Brooks".
  • Captive Audience: Anytime there's a school event or assembly, Mr. Conklin makes it mandatory for students and teachers to attend. The fact the event is happening outside school hours is rarely an excuse, especially for Miss Brooks.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Mr. Boynton is rarely if ever able to tell a joke in a way that would be funny. The humor comes from the lameness of his attempt, and Miss Brooks' response - although, Miss Brooks once mentions she loves this corniness.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Due to Executive Meddling, the final season of the TV series had Madison High torn down for a freeway, and Miss Brooks sent off to teach at a L.A. private elementary school. The radio series ignored this development, and continued at Madison High as per usual. When the cinematic grand finale was released the following winter, it also ignored the final TV season. At the end of the movie, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton marry and live Happily Ever After.
  • Caretaker Reversal: A Caretaker Reversal revolving door, in "Old Age Plan."
    • The story begins with Mrs. Davis having cared for her sister Angela, and falling ill from Angela's complaining. By the end of the episode, Mrs. Davis has recovered and Angela has again become ill from Mrs. Davis' complaining.
    • Meanwhile, Miss Brooks had spent the episode shilling Mrs. Davis and Angela's club's old age plan to Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin. The two men end up suffering psychosomatic symptoms of old age.
    • Miss Brooks decides to invite them over to Mrs. Davis' house, and fake the symptoms of old age to distract Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin from their symptoms. The climax of the episode has Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin rapidly experiencing illness and being placed on the sofa with a blanket and ice pack in turn.
  • Carrying a Cake: Several episodes see Miss Brooks accidentally collide with Mr. Conklin, lunch in hand.
  • Catchphrase: Walter's "Hiya, Miss Brooks!", Conklin's " GO" when trying to get rid of someone.
  • Catch Your Death Of Cold: The trope appears in any episode where Mr. Conklin is being particularly stingy in maintaining the school's heat; most notably "Blue Goldfish".
  • Chaos Architecture: In the theatrical series finale, most of the Warner Brother's sets are similar to those previously used on the Desilu produced television episodes. The sets are, however, more elaborate as befitting the concluding film's theatrical release. The one major difference is Mr. Boynton's biology lab. Shown previously as essentially a small office with some cages and posters, it is seen as an enormous darkened classroom with many cages and aquariums.
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  • Chatty Hairdresser: Antoine, who runs a beauty saloon in the episode The Hair-do. He admits to Miss Brooks that he doesn't like Miss Enright, though she sends him many customers. Later, Miss Enright leans on him to give Miss Brooks a funny hair treatment. The character is played by character actor Frank Nelson, in much the same way as Frank Nelson played opposite Jack Benny.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Principal Osgood Conklin is a very pompous man. Played by the great Gale Gordon, Mr. Conklin's especially over-the-top when he's angry or excited.
  • Chinese Laborer: In "Two Way Stretch", in order to save a "Fawlty Towers" Plot from going off the rails, Miss Brooks pretends to be secretly married to Mr. Conklin. She claims the reason the marriage was secret was that she entered the country illegally in company with "Oriental labourers". It Makes Sense In Context.
  • Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs: Mrs. Davis refers to the noisy crackling of most cereals in one episode, when she makes Miss Brooks a bowl of sugar coated pine needles as a "quiet" alternative.
  • Christmas Carolers: "The Magic Christmas Tree": When the Conklins, Mr. Boynton and Walter Denton pay Miss Brooks a visit on Christmas Eve, they regale her with a rendition of "Deck The Halls". Miss Brooks places her hand over Walter's mouth midway through, to stop his off-key adolescent squeaking.
  • Christmas Episode: Several; i.e. "Christmas Gift Mix-up", "Christmas Show", "Department Store Contest", "The Magic Tree".
  • Christmas in July
    • In the episode "A Dry Scalp is Better Than None", Mrs. Davis' hypochondriac sister Angela pretends to be dying. Miss Brooks, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Boynton throw her an early Christmas, Angela's favorite holiday.
    • In the radio episode "The Telegram", Mrs. Davis' Uncle Corky sends a telegram giving notice that he'll be visiting for a week. A series of missteps leads to the telegram being partially burned, and interpreted as Uncle Corky saying he has a week to live. Miss Brooks, Mrs. Davis, the Conklins and Walter Denton throw Uncle Corky a Christmas party in July.
  • Classy Cane: In "Mr. Boynton's Mustache", Mr. Boynton tells Miss Brooks he's considering buying a cane to invoke this trope.
  • Clean, Pretty Childbirth: In "The Egg", when the chick hatches it hatches completely dry. In reality, the newly-hatched chicken would have been wet and taken some time to dry off.
  • Clothing Switch: In "Madison Country Club", Miss Brooks spills breakfast on her dress. She borrows a dress belonging to her elderly landlady Mrs. Davis. A kind gesture by Mrs. Davis, but Miss Brooks ends up going to school looking absurd. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mrs. Davis. She sometimes forgets what she's saying in the middle of a sentence.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Miss Brooks performs this role for Mrs. Davis on occasion.
  • Clown Car Base: The episode "Oo-Me-Me Tocoludi Gucci Moo Moo" has the gang squeeze into a tiny trailer.
  • Clucking Funny: Walter Denton brings a hen to school in "The Egg".
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In "Connie Tries To Forget Mr. Boynton", when Connie tries to forget Mr. Boynton, every stranger she meets looks and sounds like Mr. Boynton. The "Misters Boynton" Miss Brooks meet include, but aren't limited to, the American Ambassador to India, an elderly postman, a matron, a fourteen year old boy and a newborn baby. Fortunately, it's All Just a Dream.
  • Comedic Spanking: Mike and Danny's fate in "Orphan Twins". Let's say they had it coming.
    Miss Brooks: Oh, isn't that cute? They stopped on the front lawn, and Sergeant Gillis just lifted Danny up and put him across his knees.
    Mr. Conklin: Across his knees?
    Miss Brooks: Yes. Now the sergeant's raising his hand, now the hand's coming down. Well, what do you know?
    Mr. Boynton: What is it Miss Brooks?
    Miss Brooks: At last those big tears are for real!
  • Comically Inept Healing: In "First Air Course", Miss Brooks purposely invokes this trope to avoid teaching the eponymous program.
  • Comically Missing the Point: This happens quite often:
    • Almost any time 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.
    • Any time 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 Eliot 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.
  • Compete for the Maiden's Hand: In "The Grudge Match", Walter Denton challenges Stretch Snodgrass to a fight for Harriet Conklin's love. The two end up boxing in a temporary ring setup in the Madison High School gymnasium.
  • Conflicting Loyalties:
  • Conspicuous Consumption: In "Madison Country Club", Miss Brooks brags about how much she spends on travel, food, champagne and clothes to society matron Mrs. Grabar. Miss Brooks thinks that Mr. Conklin is poking fun of the faculty; in reality Conklin was soliciting a donation from the wealthy philanthropist.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: When Miss Brooks attempts to track down a missing postman in Postage Due, she wears a trenchcoat like any proper amateur detective.
  • Continuity Reboot: The cinematic series finale fell in with the regular continuity of both the radio and television versions of the series. However, it was a partial reboot as it erased the events of the final television season (which featured Miss Brooks working at a private elementary school in California, a plot development not occurring in the concurrent radio series). The movie began by retelling Miss Brooks' initial arrival in Madison. On the other hand, the characters (and actors!) were the same as on the radio and television series and there were many continuity nods throughout the film. The movie ends with Miss Brooks achieving her Series Goal, marrying Mr. Boynton and living Happily Ever After.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The majority of the show's plots and misunderstanding heavily relied on this. For example, a lot of plots involved Brooks, Boynton, and Conklin conveniently becoming involved in the exact same schemes or scams and not realizing it until the end of the episode. Other episodes would have Miss Brooks learning some piece of misinformation from Mrs. Davis that would conveniently affect Mr. Conklin's plans later that exact same day.
    • In "Poison Ivy", Miss Brooks tells off an obnoxious man who is tying up Mrs. Davis' party line. Later, Miss Brooks and Walter Denton nearly run over an obnoxious jaywalking woman on their drive to school. Unhappily, Mr. Conklin soon informs Miss Brooks that said obnoxious man and woman are important state officials who have the power to fire Mr. Conklin or Miss Brooks on the spot!
  • Control Freak: Mr. Conklin.
  • Convection Schmonvection: In "Public Property on Parade", nobody so much as breaks a sweat when standing next to Madison High School's coal fired boiler.
  • Conveniently Interrupted Document:
    • "Madison Mascot": Mr. Conklin's letter telling Miss Brooks to get him an elephant bookend is torn. Miss Brooks is forced into the conclusion that Mr. Conklin wants her to get him an elephant. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • In "The Telegram", the eponymous telegram catches fire. As a result, half the message from Mrs. Davis' Uncle Corky gets destroyed. What little's left causes everybody believes that Mrs. Davis' uncle only has a week left to live. Again, It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Conveniently Seated: The cinematic series finale has possibly the only scene of the series where Miss Brooks is shown teaching a full class (as compared to being heard teaching a class on the radio, or tutoring a student or students). Miss Brooks is in front, teaching the class. Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin have seats in the back; all the better for Walter can tell Harriet about his car troubles and invite her to lunch. Stretch Snodgrass is right in the middle, so he can stand up to answer a question on double-negatives spectacularly wrong. Finally, Gary Nolan is in front, so after class Miss Brooks can upbraid him for his failing the English test.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: When Miss Brooks accidentally derails Mr. Conklin's promotion in "Rumors", Mr. Conklin punishes Miss Brooks by forcing her to do his family's laundry.
  • Cool Key: In "Key to the School", Miss Brooks is given the key to the school by the custodian. Hilarity Ensues when Mrs. Davis takes the key with her on a visit to her brother Victor, leaving students and faculty alike locked out of Madison High School.
  • Cool Old Guy: In "The Big Game", Gus "Snakehips" Geary, who's still admired as Madison High School's greatest football star decades after he graduated.
  • Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Davis. She's even responsible for Miss Brooks finally marrying Mr. Boynton in The Movie Grand Finale.
  • Cool Teacher: Miss Brooks, of course.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Mrs. Davis is creative with her recipes.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: In the episode "Foreign Teachers", educational officials from France, Ireland and Sweden visit Madison High School. They turn out to be so insulting that Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin throw them out. Unfortunately, this gets Miss Brooks and company in trouble with the head of the National Board of Education . . . .
  • The Couch: Mrs. Davis' living room has a couch, under a window and to the left of the fireplace. It's always facing the fourth wall, as the show was shot using the three camera configuration. It's none too prominent, as Mrs. Davis (and therefore Miss Brooks) doesn't have a television set. Much of the talking and action usually takes place in front of it. However, there are exceptions, notably "Old Age Plan".
  • Courier: The bicycle-riding telegram delivery boy, in "Telegram for Mrs. Davis". Hilarity Ensues when Mrs. Davis is too superstitious to open the telegram, or allow Miss Brooks to open the telegram on her behalf. The boy won't leave until he gets the requested reply . . . .
  • Courtroom Episode: "Trial by Jury" sees Miss Brooks defend herself in court for "speeding, going through a red light, reckless driving, driving on the sidewalk and hitting a fruit stand." The episode was a remake of "Reckless Driving" which played on the radio.
  • 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.
  • Cowboy: Tex Barton, a stereotypical teenaged cowboy, is a Madison High School student in a few episodes i.e. "School T.V. Set", "Bargain Hats for Mother's Day," "Tex Barton Basketball Star."
  • Cram School: In "The Yodar Kritch Award", a time-pressed Miss Brooks tries this approach with Bones Snodgrass. It fails miserably.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Mr. Boynton is usually even-headed, but on occasion can be crazy jealous when provoked. In the cinematic series finale, Miss Brooks spending time with millionaire Gary Nolan sees him turn crazy jealous (with a little prodding from Mrs. Davis).
  • Crusty Caretaker: In "The Loaded Custodians", Mr. Barlow is portrayed as a rather crusty old man. Averted with the previous custodian, the literal- minded Mr. Jensen.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Miss Brooks' wacky landlady, Mrs. Davis, often gives good advice. In The Movie Grand Finale she plays a critical role in Miss Brooks' finally marrying Mr. Boynton and living Happily Ever After.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Curiosity is definitely bad in the episode "Sneaky Peepers". When Miss Brooks accidentally orders a copy of Rodin's "The Kiss" instead of "The Thinker" for Madison High School. Mr. Conklin orders the offending statue covered up until it can be returned. After Mr. Conklin falsely accuses Walter Denton of looking at the statue, Denton decides to setup a trapdoor to catch the actual culprit. Lo and behold, Walter Denton, Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conlin and Head of the School Board Mr. Stone end up falling through the trapdoor and locked in a storage room in the basement.
  • Curse Cut Short: One episode features this exchange between Miss Brooks and Walter Denton:
    Walter Denton: Mr. Conklin's making my usual tranquil life a veritable . . . .
    Miss Brooks: WALTER!
    Walter Denton: . . . (meekly) inferno?
  • Curtain Camouflage: Twice, behind the same set of curtains no less:
    • In "First Day", Walter Denton tries to avoid Mr. Conklin by hiding behind the curtains in Mrs. Davis' living room.
    • In "Madame Brooks Du Barry" Mr. Conklin and Harriet hide behind the curtains and spy on Miss Brooks.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Miss Brooks sometimes finds herself playing to this trope, usually around Mr. Conklin.
    • Occasionally, Miss Brooks finds herself breaking his glasses, i.e. "Living Statues".
    • Her clumsiness might have reached its nadir in the episode "Home Cooked Meal". There, she unwittingly causes Mr. Conklin to be locked in a freezer before accidentally contributing to his attending a minor gas explosion.
    • Miss Brooks' clumsiness again strikes Mr. Conklin in the cinematic series finale. Miss Brooks' arrival at Madison is portrayed at the beginning of the movie, when she makes a unique first impression on Mr. Conklin by accidentally dropping a dumbbell on his foot.
  • Cutting Corners: Mr. Conklin periodically subjects Madison High School to economy drives. One such drive occurs in the episode "Blue Goldfish", where Conklin's miserly apportionment of coal causes the school to feel like a refrigerator.
  • Daddy's Girl: Harriet Conklin is close to her father. She can often be seen in his office helping him out.
  • Da Editor:
    • In "Cafeteria Boycott", Miss Brooks describes the school food as putrid. Unfortunately, she unknowingly does so in front of the local newspaper editor. Neither particularly gruff or authoritarian (except when confronting Mr. Conklin), the editor becomes a problem for Miss Brooks notwithstanding.
    • Lawrence Nolan, in The Movie Grand Finale. He's authoritarian, but being something of the local plutocrat, he's more of a stuffed shirt rather than stereotypically gruff.
  • Darned 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."
  • Damsel out of Distress
    • Miss Brooks, when trapped in an industrial freezer with Walter Denton, Philip Boynton and Osgood Conklin in "Male Superiority". The three males panic while Miss Brooks stays calm. An example of Laser-Guided Karma and Hypocritical Humor, as all three had lectured Miss Brooks on a man's ability to stay calm during an emergency.
    • In its Spiritual Successor, "The Big Jump", Boynton and Conklin similarly panic when a prank by Walter makes it appear the school is on fire. Again, Mr. Boynton had been claiming men were calmer in the event of an emergency.
  • Dances and Balls: Dances drive the plot of a few episodes, as befitting a program whose main setting is Madison High School. Notable examples include "The Yodar Kritch Award" and "Cinderella for a Day".
  • The Dandy: Briefly and infuriatingly, Mr. Boynton falls victim to this trop in "Mr. Boynton's Mustache". Miss Brooks had decided to get Mr. Boynton to pay more attention to his appearance, so suggests he grow a mustache and then has the female faculty members compliment him. Thankfully, Mr. Boynton is cured when Miss Brooks gets the Home Economics Class to reward him with their class project . . . a suit made out of an old horse blanket.
  • Darkest Africa:
    • In "Safari O'Toole", the eponymous adventurer spends much of his time in the Savage South, Africa in particular. He's a fake, but a nice one, who's only trying to impress Mrs. Davis.
    • In "The Hawkins Travel Agency", Mr. Stone proposes Mr. Conklin, Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks all accompany him on an African walking tour. He doesn't find any takers.
  • Date Crêpe: In "French Sadie Hawkins Day", stuck with the cheque at a fancy French restaurant, Miss Brooks orders Crepe Suzette to stall for time. She has been asked out by Monsieur LeBlanc, and in turn invited Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin and Walter Denton along. What Miss Brooks didn't know was that Monsieur LeBlanc had invited her to the eponymous "French Sadie Hawkins Day". That is, it was the woman's responsibility to pay.
  • 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.
  • David vs. Goliath: In "The Grudge Match", the eponymous boxing match between 5'6 Walter Denton and 6'5 three-letter Dumb Jock Stretch Snodgrass. A different take on the trope, as the teenagers were best friends fighting over a girl. Walter Denton challenged Stretch to the fight, and it was common belief at Madison that he'd be clobbered. Mr. Conklin, refereeing the match, is struck by mistake
  • 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.
  • December–December Romance: In "Puppy Love, Mr. Barlow and Mrs. Davis", Mrs. Davis falls in love with the aged school custodian. It leads to Face Palm worthy descriptions of love in old age by callow teenagers Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin.
    • Walter described the old folks' romance as follows:
    Walter: Oh, by the way, how's Mrs. Davis' romance with Mr. Barlow coming along?
    Miss Brooks: Oh, have you noticed that, too? I think it's the cutest thing in the world. Mrs. Davis actually has a bad case of puppy love.
    Walter: It is cute ... considering she's in her second puppyhood. No disrespect intended, you understand. After all, what can be more romantic than two lonely old people encountering the grand passion in the sear and yellow leaf of life.
    Miss Brooks: Why, that's absolutely poetic, Walter.
    Walter: The burning desires of youth long past, they look now for the subdued glow of companionship. The warm and simple pleasures that two elderly people in love can share together.
    • Later, Harriet ups the ante:
    Miss Brooks: Hello, Harriet. I've got to deliver a message to the custodian. Have you seen him?
    Harriet: Oh, yes. Mr. Barlow just went into his office. (dreamily) Isn't it wonderful, Miss Brooks?
    Miss Brooks: I don't know. I've never been in his office.
    Harriet: I mean about Mr. Barlow and Mrs. Davis. They're crazy about each other. Of course, it's a big secret.
    Harriet: Is there anything more romantic than the mellow romance of old age?
    Miss Brooks: Now please, Harriet.
    Harriet: To think of two people finding love at a time of life when others are preparing to pass on. Two people walking hand in hand in the twilight of life.
  • Delayed Reaction: Mr. Conklin does this often for comedic effect.
  • Derailed Train of Thought: Absent-minded Mrs. Davis often suffers from thought derailment.
  • Despair Event Horizon / Despair Speech: In the cinematic grand finale. After overhearing a conversation at the relator's, Miss Brooks discovers that Mr. Boynton has bought the cottage across the street from Mrs. Davis' house. The conversation suggests that he finally intends to propose. Alas, he bought the house so his widowed mother could move in with him. This comes as a shock to Connie, who had even brought wallpaper over to the cottage to decorate. She's lost in daydreams, when Mr. Boynton comes in relates his plans to live with his mother.
    Connie: (sobbing) Fine schnook I've been! (She hands the wall paper to Mr. Boynton) Wear it in good health! (Connie leaves the cottage, slamming the door behind her.)
    • Miss Brooks goes into a deep depression, offers her resignation and prepares to leave Madison. Fortunately, the matter is fixed by the good offices of Mrs. Davis and Mr. Boynton's mother. Mrs. Davis tells Mrs. Boynton the situation, and invites her to be her new boarder. Mr. Boynton proposes to Miss Brooks, and everybody lives Happily Ever After.
  • Detective Drama: The episode "Postage Due".
  • Devoted to You: Miss Brooks is devoted to Mr. Boynton, with Miss Enright often appearing as her rival for his affections. Miss Brooks wins, finally marrying Mr. Boynton in the cinematic grand finale.
  • Discount Card: The episode "Christmas Gift Mixup" features a Running Gag where Mrs. Davis, Walter Denton, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin give Miss Brooks "hints" as to what they'd like for Christmas. They helpfully relay the costs of their gifts, and lend Miss Brooks their "exclusive" savings card that gives sale prices at a local store.
  • Disguised in Drag: In "The Stolen Wardrobe", Mr. Conklin, Mr. Boynton and Walter Denton are falsely accused of robbing Sherry's Department Store. They end up (reluctantly) disguising themselves as women to evade the police.
  • Disposing of a Body: In the penultimate radio episode, "New Girl in Town," Harriet Conklin tricks the eponymous "new girl's" mother into believing Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks are burying Mr. Boynton's old girlfriends in the athletic field. In reality, Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks are only burying the bodies of Mr. Boynton's dead lab mice.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Spare That Rod!, it's mentioned that disproportionate retribution is Mr. Conklin's modus operandi as principal of Madison High School. When Conklin discovers that some students had wrote "Old Man Conklin is a Pinhead" on Miss Brooks' blackboard after school, he orders Miss Brooks to inspect and clean all the blackboards at Madison High School.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Dell's comic book adaptation of the cinematic series finale has Mr. Boynton carrying and smoking a pipe.
  • The Ditz: Stretch Snodgrass and his brother Bones. Stretch also has an even more clueless girlfriend, Suzie Prentiss.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Mr. Boynton tells terrible jokes, sometimes he has to do this to find the humor to begin with.
  • Doom It Yourself: In "Do It Yourself", Mr. Conklin starts the plot in motion when he burns down his garage after a misguided attempt at fixing the electrical wiring.
  • 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.
  • Do They Know It's Christmas Time?: Our Miss Brooks had several Christmas episodes, although religion was rarely mentioned at other times (the program also had two Easter episodes and two Thanksgiving episodes):
    • "The Magic Christmas Tree" sees Miss Brooks prepared to spend Christmas Eve alone with Mrs. Davis' pet cat Minerva. Hilarity Ensues.
    • "Christmas Show" features the frantic exchanging of Christmas gifts . . . before Christmas.
    • "Department Store Contest" sees Miss Brooks' childhood letter to Santa Claus inadvertently entered into the titular contest.
    • "Christmas Gift Returns" sees more trouble from the exchanging of Christmas gifts.
    • "Music Box Revue" sees Miss Brooks buy a magic music box that she'll only hear play if she's in the proper Christmas spirit.
    • "A Dry Scalp is Better Than None" and "The Telegram" see Miss Brooks and company throw Christmas in July parties for Mrs. Davis' sister Angela and Uncle Corky respectively.
  • Double Entendre: Miss Brooks' letter to Mr. Conklin requesting flower pots for her windowsill gets mixed up with a love letter in Bones, Son of Cyrano. Cue a flurry of double entendres when Mr. Conklin questions Miss Brooks.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Several episodes:
    • In "Game At Clay City", Miss Brooks haggles with a mechanic.
    • In "Stretch Is In Love Again", Miss Brooks haggles with Mr. Conklin.
    • "Fischer's Pawn Shop" sees Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin and Walter Denton haggle with Fischer to raise money for baseball uniforms.
    • "Indian Burial Ground" has Mr. Conklin haggle with a prospective buyer for his vacant lot.
    • "Bartering With Chief Thundercloud" features a bartering session with the eponymous chief.
  • The Drag-Along: Miss Brooks often finds herself made an unwitting accomplice to Walter Denton's various schemes, i.e. "Cure That Habit", "The Cafeteria Strike", as exposing Walter would lead to his being suspended or expelled. Other occasions see her being ordered to go along with a scheme of Mr. Conklin's, as he's her principal and has the power to force her - or leastways make her life very miserable if she refuses, i.e. "The Big Jump". Yet that's not the whole story. Occasionally she even gets cajoled by her landlady Mrs. Davis, or her sister Angela, into aiding into some other wacky scheme from which Miss Brooks would prefer to keep her distance, i.e. "Mr. Casey's Will".
  • Drama Queen: Harriet Conklin is overemotional in early episodes.
    • In "Game at Clay City" she emotionally describes her relationship with Walter Denton thusly:
    Harriet: Walter isn't a real happy heartthrob, but he's good for a heartache or two!
    • In "Student Government Day," Harriet Conklin is elected "Mayor for a Day." At the assembly, in front of the mayor, she emotionally rails against municipal corruption. Later on, she berates a policeman by reciting the Constitution.
    • In "Stretch Has A Problem" she's fit-to-burst when she thinks Walter needs her at his side during the State Basketball Championship. She doesn't miss a beat when she finds out its actually Stretch Snodgrass.
    • In "Walter v. Stretch Grudge Match," Harriet instigates the said grudge match and then panics before the fight begins.
    • In "Poetry Mixup" and "Bones, Son of Cyrano," Harriet is ecstatic thinking she received a love note from Mr. Boynton.
  • 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.
  • Dress Code: In "Dress Code Protest", Mr. Conklin imposes a dress code after the students celebrate "Spirit Week" by wearing outrageous and mismatched clothing. Miss Brooks refers to the "celebration" as a "Malevolent Mardi Gras."
  • Dressed in Layers: In "Heat Wave", Mr. Boynton, Harriet Conklin, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass are wearing bathing suits underneath their regular clothes, covertly plotting an escape from school and a trip to the swimming hole. It so happens Miss Brooks is wearing a bathing suit underneath her regular clothes too.
  • Dressed to Heal: Played straight in the episodes "Hospital Capers" and "Second Hand First Aid".
  • 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.
  • Driver Faces Passenger: Walter Denton usually drives Miss Brooks to school. As a reckless sixteen year old driver, he, of course, looks at Miss Brooks instead of looking at the road. On one occasion, Miss Brooks had to grab the wheel and steer in order to prevent an accident.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Teenagers Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass are chronic offenders of this trip. More surprisingly, Miss Brooks usually is as well. A running gag has her telling Mrs. Davis why she can't drive her car. Often enough it's in the shop. However, there are many occasions where Miss Brooks is to blame after having proved herself a stereotypical woman driver. In "Trial By Jury", Miss Brooks goes to court to fight a charge of reckless driving after her car crashes into a fruit stand.
  • Driving Stick: In "Who's Going Where", Mr. Conklin insists on going to Crystal Lake and having Miss Brooks accompany him (and type out his reports while being a "guest" at his family cottage). Miss Brooks offers Mr. Conklin the use of his car. However, Mr. Conklin claims that he can't drive Miss Brooks' pre-World War II car, because of an unfamiliar gear shift system.
  • Dropped Glasses: Mr. Conklin fell victim to this trope on more than one occasion; i.e. "Cure That Habit", "Living Statues", and "Skis in the Classroom".
  • Dumb Jock/Dumb Muscle: Stretch Snodgrass.
  • Dunce Cap: Unsurprisingly, Stretch Snodgrass is forced to wear a dunce cap in "The Mambo".
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • It's rather interesting to listen to the first "Audition Show" with Shirley Booth trying out for the role of Miss Brooks. Mr. Conklin is the head of the Board of Education, not the incoming principal (that role belongs to Mr. Darwell). Miss Brooks' landlady Mrs. Davis is younger, and has a teenaged daughter who Walter Denton intends to drive to school (Denton only drives Miss Brooks when his girlfriend breaks the date). Walter Denton is characterized somewhat in the vein of a Dumb Jock, and has a much different voice. In fact, Denton's character is more akin to the later Stretch Snodgrass than the Denton who would be a mainstay of the program from Day 1.
    • An eyebrow-raising moments in early radio episodes is Walter Denton's contention that he's a great English student. Later, despite his Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, it's firmly established Denton is Book Dumb.
    • The animosity between Mr. Conklin and Miss Brooks vanishes after "First Day" and remains subdued for most of the first season. Similarly, Mr. Conklin's hatred for Walter Denton is similarly absent. It emerges only after Walter's prank in the original radio version of "Cure That Habit". Mr. Conklin's nickname, "Old Marblehead", doesn't make its first appearance until the radio episode "Mr. Conklin's Carelessness Code". In one first season episode, "Easter Outfit", Walter tells Miss Brooks that Mr. Conklin's nickname amongst the students is "Napoleon".
  • Easily Overheard Conversation: Happens from time to time. Usually, the eavesdropper misunderstands and hilarity ensues.
  • Easter Bunny: The Easter Bunny is mentioned in the two Easter episodes; "Easter Outfit" and "Dying Easter Eggs".
  • 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.
  • Easy Come, Easy Go: Happens to Miss Brooks in "Principal for a Day" where she becomes principal for a day. Happily averted in The Movie Grand Finale where Miss Brooks finally achieves her Series Goal and marries Mr. Boynton and lives Happily Ever After.
  • Eating Pet Food: In "Poison Ivy", Mrs. Davis sets out dog biscuits in place of cereal for breakfast. Miss Brooks and Walter Denton both fall victim.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: In "A Demonstration of Male Superiority," a house mouse scares Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis onto the dining room table. Walter Denton scares it away. Miss Brooks later proves "male superiority" in an emergency to be a myth, when she is trapped in a meat freezer with Walter Denton, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Boynton.
  • Egg MacGuffin: episode "The Egg", Mrs. Davis gets a chicken egg from her brother's farm. Mistakenly, he had given her an egg soon to hatch. Miss Brooks and friends try to safely hatch the egg, and keep Mr. Conklin from frightening the chick by flashing a photo as it emerges from its shell.
  • Elaborate University High:
    • Usually averted on radio and television in Our Miss Brooks. Madison High School's facilities seem to par for the course. Miss Brooks frequently criticizes her low pay, and episodes focus on various austerity measures (i.e. "Blue Goldfish"). The most tony aspects of the school are the ivy-covered walls and the bust of the founder, Yodar Kritch. Once or twice, the gymnasium is said to be in a separate building than the main school.
    • Elaborate University High goes into play in The Movie Grand Finale. Madison High School is a very large building with substantial grounds. It even has tennis courts!
  • Election Day Episode: The cinematic series finale to the Our Miss Brooks series sees Mr. Conklin compete with school board head Mr. Stone for the newly created post of "Coordinator of Education". Mr. Conklin withdraws when Mr. Stone, who is independently wealthy, gets the board to set the salary for the position at a mere $500 per year. Meanwhile, in the main plot, Miss Brooks finally manages to achieve her Series Goal, marrying Mr. Boynton and living Happily Ever After.
  • Elevator Failure:
    • In "Project X", Miss Brooks begins the episode by nearly falling to her death down an open elevator shaft at Clay City High School.
    • In "School Safety Advisor", a mix-up involves Mr. Conklin and a member of the school board falling six feet down the empty freight elevator shaft.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Stretch Snodgrass' real name is "Fabian."
  • Emergency Impersonation:
    • In "Two Way Stretch Snodgrass", Walter Denton is drafted to impersonate Stretch Snodgrass, while Mr. Conklin and Miss Brooks impersonate his parents.
    • In "Head of the State Board of Education", Miss Brooks asks a bum to impersonate the head of the state board (unaware that said bum is the head of the state board), Mr. Boynton impersonates Mr. Conklin, Mr. Conklin imitates Walter Denton, and Walter Denton claims to be Stretch Snodgrass. It all Makes Sense In Context.
  • 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!
  • Eve Arden: The starring role, one of many in a long career, for which Eve Arden is most remembered.f
  • 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!"
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Mrs. Davis curtsies on a few occasions, usually when the situation doesn't warrant it. In one episode, she even does a curtsy for a hobo calling himself "The Earl of Peoria".
  • Everything Makes a Mushroom: In "Writing Magazine Articles", Miss Brooks tells the editor of "True Family Romance" that her entirely-made-up quiz kid son made a mushroom with his home chemistry set the other day.
  • Everything's Better with Cows: In "Cow in Closet", Miss Brooks has to hide one from Mr. Conklin.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In "Life Can Be Bones", Miss Brooks interests Love Interest Mr. Boynton in a fossil dig in her backyard, by describing to him a bone of what might be a prehistoric "missing link". For some reason, on said dig Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin forget about the "missing link" and dig up presumed dinosaur fossils. It turns out the fossils were planted by Walter Denton, in place of the entirely unconvincing soup bones Miss Brooks herself had buried for the "archeological expedition."
  • Everytown, America: Madison.
  • Evil Gloating: Mr. Conklin likes to gloat.
    • In "Faculty Cheerleader", Mr. Conklin gloats to his daughter over his morning coffee. He considers the sight of Miss Brooks, appointed faculty cheerleader, tossing a baton up in the air and it hitting her on the head. When Mr. Conklin decides to make himself faculty cheerleader, he's a victim of Laser-Guided Karma.
    • Mr. Conklin gloats to Miss Brooks in "Two Way Stretch Snodrgass" about his plans for the school football team, see Evil Laugh below.
  • Evil Laugh: Mr. Conklin laughs evilly on a couple occasions. This example is from the episode "Two Way Stretch Snodgrass'':
    Mr. Conklin: I just learned that Biff Mooney, one of the greatest college football players, is interested in a high school coaching job in this part of the country. I've already opened negotiations by mail, and it's a foregone conclusion that he'll accept my offer. Ah-ha-ha-ha (evil laugh), ah, I can't wait to see the expression on Brill's face when I tell him about it. Heh, heh, heh (evil laugh).
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: The titular convict in "Convict Threatens To Kill Mr. Conklin".
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The series naturally stars Miss Brooks. Additionally, episode titles often describe what the episode is about, i.e "Angela's Wedding" or "Birthday Bag".
  • Exact Words:
    • In "The Big Game", Miss Brooks takes Mr. Conklin's exact words at their literal value to pass former football star Gus "Snakehips" Geary and give him his high school diploma.
    • Similarly, in "The Yodar Kritch Award", Miss Brooks gives Bones Snodgrass (or Stretch Snodgrass, in the radio version of the episode) the Yodar Kritch Award for Unique Achievement in English. The unique achievement? Not answering a single question right.
  • Excited Show Title!: "Spare That Rod!"
  • The Exit Is That Way: In "The Wrong Mrs. Boynton", Miss Brooks accidentally offers to masquerade as Mr. Boynton's mother in front of Dean Faraday of State University. Playing the "wrong" Mrs. Boynton requires her to go to Mr. Boynton's apartment and entertain the dean. Unfortunately, Mr. Boynton's apartment features mainly wildlife specimens . . . and doors. Miss Brooks, at various times, mistakenly goes into the bathroom, closet, kitchen, bedroom, and once even locks herself outside the backdoor and has to be let in the front by the dean.
  • Extended Greetings: Walter Denton likes to carry on. This exchange with Miss Brooks is in the episode "Wild Goose Chase":
    Walter Denton: And to you, fair flower of the faculty, a thousand salaams!
    Miss Brooks: Thank you, Walter Denton, and I've had my share, thanks.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Walter Denton. He's been manager of the football, baseball and basketball team. He's been on the debating team, editor of the school paper "The Madison Monitor" and Vice-President of the Student Council. Walters also helps Miss Brooks' with the Spring Garden, and joins Madison High School's (short-lived) student Traffic Police. He's also tried out (unsuccessfully) for the baseball, basketball and water polo, before finally (and barely) making it onto the school football team.
  • Eye Take: Miss Brooks bugs out her eyes from time to time. One example is early in the film, after Mrs. Davis greets her with an apparent non sequitur.
  • Facial Dialogue: In "Home Cooked Meal", Miss Brooks' facial expressions as Mr. Conklin is about to light a match in a gas-filled room....
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Miss Brooks can't get Mr. Boynton to propose marriage . . . that is until the cinematic grand finale where, with the help of Mrs. Davis, she succeeds in marrying Mr. Boynton and living happily ever after.
  • Fainting: In the concluding film. Mr. Conklin faints when he learns the position he's been campaigning for pays only a nominal amount.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Sometimes, when the going gets tough, Walter Denton gets going, i.e. "Trial By Jury".
  • 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.
  • Fairy Tale Wedding Dress: In The Movie Grand Finale to the series, Miss Brooks pictures herself in one as she fantasizes about marriage to Mr. Boynton. Miss Brooks finally gets her man at the end of the film
  • Fake Charity: In the episode "Bobbsey Twins in Stir", a conman is tricking people into selling fake tickets to the policemen's ball. The proceeds are supposedly going to "widows and orphans".
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: Played for Laughs. Mr. Boynton takes Miss Brooks to the zoo, where they feed an elephant mother and her baby. Then Miss Brooks lures Mr. Boynton away from the zoo, to a sale on furniture in the Sherry's Department Store window, as a way of suggesting matrimony. Mr. Boynton again starts taking Miss Brooks again to the zoo, where a camera fade shows how much the baby elephant had grown in a couple years.
    Miss Brooks (narrating): Ours was not the fastest romance in history, but it took no time to develop into one of the slowest.
  • Family Business:
    • Mrs. Nestor's private elementary school in the last television season. Mrs. Nestor is principal, her sister (also named Mrs. Nestor) become the new principal, her brother Munsee is vice principal.
    • The Madison Express, the Madison daily newspaper owned by Lawrence Nolan. He expects his son Gary to run the paper after he retires.
  • Family Versus Career: Several episodes (i.e. "The Wrong Mrs. Boynton) suggest that upon achieving her series goal of marriage to Mr. Boynton, Miss Brooks intends to resign her position as Madison English teacher. In the theatrical series finale this is also the case. Family first for Miss Brooks, as her Happily Ever After is to become a wife and mother.
  • Fancy Dinner:
    • The School Board Banquet in "Stretch is in Love" (radio) and "Suzy Prentisss" (television). It's a black tie event, tuxedos for men and evening gowns for women.
    • To a lesser degree, Miss Brooks' dinner at an expensive French restaurant in "French Sadie Hawkins Day".
  • Fanfare: The movie dispenses with the usual series theme, and opens with a fanfare heavy composition.
  • The Fashionista: Wealthy Miss Enright, Miss Brooks' rival, is always impeccably dressed.
  • Fashion Magazine: In the episode "Cosmopolitan Magazine", a photographer arrives from the real-life Cosmopolitan Magazine to do an article and photo-spread about an average American high school. The trope is somewhat averted, as at the time (1953) Cosmopolitan was an esteemed literary and general interest periodical, and not the sex and fashion magazine it is today. The radio episode was broadcast to coincide with Cosmopolitan's publication of an article on Eve Arden and Our Miss Brooks. An example of the application of media "synergies", at least fifty years before the modern word was coined.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot:
    • "Head of the Board": The trouble begins when Walter Denton makes a prank call to Mr. Conklin, claiming to be Wallace T. Hewitt, head of the State Board of Education. Miss Brooks is forced to find an impersonator to play the role and avert Mr. Conklin's wrath. Hilarity Ensues.
    • "Two-way Stretch Snodgrass": Happens when Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin have Walter Denton masquerade as student athlete Stretch Snodgrass.
  • FBI Agent: They appear at the end of "Postage Due."
  • Feeling Their Age: In "Old Age Plan" the power of suggestion turns Boynton and Conklin into shambling wrecks with one foot in the grave. Miss Brooks is trying to sell an old age savings plan to the two men and, after reading the signs of old age to them, they come down with all the symptoms.
  • Feigning Intelligence: In "Magazine Articles", Miss Brooks enlists Walter Denton to masquerade as her nonexistent fourteen year old quiz kid son. Miss Brooks had written an fictional article for "True Family Romance" magazine about her quiz kid son, and needed to prove the story was true in order to collect her payment. Hilarity Ensues, especially as Mr. Conklin gets involved . . . .
  • 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.
  • Film Noir: The latter part of "Postage Due" is very much film noir influenced, with Miss Brooks providing a Private Eye Monologue.
  • Final Season Casting: The chaotic and controversial last season of the television series. Executive Meddling saw Miss Brooks take a new job as a teacher at a private elementary school in California (versus the Everytown, America setting of Madison). The last season initially sees the departure of everybody but Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin. Mrs. Davis was briefly replaced by her sister Angela, before returning to the picture a couple episodes later. Mrs. Nestor is introduced as Miss Brooks' new boss, only to be replaced by her sister, also named Mrs. Nestor. Mr. Boynton is replaced as Miss Brooks' love interest by two gym teachers in quick succession, until finally returning at the end of the program. Harriet Conklin and Walter Denton disappear entirely from Miss Brooks' life, although Mrs. Conklin again made a few appearances toward the end.
    • This was averted on the radio, as the program continued at Madison High School in the City of Madison as per usual. The cinematic series finale followed the radio continuity, ignoring the final television season completely.
  • Fire of Comfort: In the episode "Magic Tree", Miss Brooks spends Christmas Eve in a rocking chair in front Mrs. Davis' fireplace
  • First-Name Basis: Significantly, making up after an argument midway through the cinematic grand finale, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton finally move to a first name bais, "Connie" and "Phillip" respectively.
  • Flashback: In "Borrowing Money to Fly".
  • Flashback Effects: Visual effects and music were used to signify dream sequences in "Magic Christmas Tree", "The Dream", "King and Miss Brooks" and "Mr. Boynton's Return". Just the music was used for the radio in "Connie's New Job Offer" and the radio version of "Magic Christmas Tree".
  • Floorboard Failure: In the Grand Finale, when campaigning for the position of Coordinator of Education, Mr. Conklin falls through the floor of the temporary stage Walter Denton constructed. Walter didn't use enough nails.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: What Lawrence Nolan expects of his son Gary in the film.
  • The Food Poisoning Incident: Mrs. Davis is often a Cordon Bleugh Chef (try her Limburger omelet), but once she goes straight into Lethal Chef territory. "Pensacola Popovers", in the episode of the same name, are guaranteed to give man or beast gastric distress. Walter Denton tries one and is sick as a dog. Principal Osgood Conklin tries one, and goes home sick within a half an hour. Mr. Boynton's pet frog Mcdougall licks one, and is reduced to hopping around on his head in a frenzy.
    • Miss Brooks gives a few to Love Interest Mr. Boynton, in a plot to make him sick so she can nurse him back to health. Alas, Mr. Boynton's cast-iron stomach makes him immune. For awhile, at least. Mr. Boynton calls Miss Brooks as he needs someone to nurse . . . his pet frog Mcdougall. Eventually, the popovers have their effect, and Mr. Boynton faints away at the Biology Club luncheon and is taken to the hospital.
    Miss Brooks Well, what do you know? A delayed popover!
  • Foreign Queasine: A staple of early radio episodes, was landlady Mrs. Davis' reliance on outlandish foreign recipes for Miss Brooks' breakfast. One such dish were Armenian Pancakes, which relied on sour goat's milk. Another was an Eskimo recipe for "blubber burgers", whale meat fried in seal fat. Mrs. Davis become more staid as time goes on, and the show moved to television. However, Miss Brooks complains of eating Hungarian Goulash in a later episode. Miss Brooks outright refuses to touch a plate of Veal Scallopini and Garlic Bread Mrs. Davis presents her with one morning.
  • Forgotten Birthday: In "The Birthday Bag". Miss Brooks forgets her own birthday, while everybody else remembers.
  • Forgot to Pay the Bill: In "Public Property on Parade", the electricity is disconnected when Mrs. Davis fails to pay the bill. Miss Brooks is forced to type out a speech by the light of a streetlamp.
  • Fortune Teller:
    • Mrs. Davis believes tea leaves to be a reliable method of telling the future. Most notably, in "Mrs. Davis Reads Tea Leaves", Mrs. Davis' dresses up as gypsy to read Miss Brooks' tea leaves. Her predictions appear to come true . . . until Hilarity Ensues.
    • Mrs. Davis also reads tea leaves in the radio episodes "The Weighing Machine" and "Friendship" to varying results. In "Weighing Machine", Mrs. Davis' reading is prompted by the need to double check a fortune Miss Brooks' receives from a penny weighing machine. Here, the readings turn out to be correct . . . but not in the way Mrs. Davis or Miss Brooks expects.
    • Mrs. Davis switches to playing cards in the cinematic series finale. However, Mrs. Davis simply uses the cards as a device to reveal Mr. Boynton's intention to Miss Brooks, in spite of having previously been pledged to secrecy.
  • For Your Own Good: In "Spare That Rod!", Principal Conklin's rationale for his severe discipline policy. It's for the benefit of the students, the faculty and Madison High School alike.
  • Four-Leaf Clover: In "Four Leaf Clover", Miss Brooks picks a four leaf clover that brings her nothing but bad luck. She eventually pawns it off to a crooked auto mechanic.
  • Free Prize at the Bottom: The fateful box of Cracker Jacks, at the end of the film.
  • French Cuisine Is Haughty: In the episode "French Sadie Hawkins Day", Miss Brooks accidentally orders "Parking in Rear" from the snobby maître d'hôtel. She then proceeds to order expensive meals for everybody, ignorant of the fact that she has agreed to pay for the entire dinner.
  • Freudian Slip: Miss Brooks sometimes slips something marriage or romance related when talking to Mr. Boynton.
  • Friendly Enemies: Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin often kvetch about being the bane of one other's existence. However, depending on their goals, they'll either be working together on friendly terms ("Citizen's League", "Two-way Stretch Snodgrass", "Postage Due"), helping one another ("Cure That Habit", "The Hobby Show"), socializing with one another ("Parlor Game" and "The Birthday Bag") . . . or at loggerheads as if they were sworn enemies ("Old Marblehead", "Business Course", "Secondhand First Aid").
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: In the episode "Mr. Travers' Three Acre Lot". Mr. Conklin literally sets Miss Brooks up for a fall so he can sue Mr. Travers and force the sale of the eponymous lot.
  • Fruit Cart: Memorably, in "Trial by Jury", Miss Brooks finds herself charged with speeding, reckless driving, driving the wrong way, and crashing into a fruit stand. The unfortunate fruit stand owner again suffers at the hands of Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin's automobile mishaps in "Miss Brooks' New Car". At the end of the episode, Miss Brooks takes a wagon load of fruit to the Conklins as a peace offering. The fruit stand owner had decided to give Miss Brooks his stock and start again in another city.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: In "Angela's Wedding", Mrs. Davis uses a frying pan to great effect on the noggin of a gym teacher who insults her deviled eggs.
  • Fun with Foreign Languages: Guaranteed whenever French teacher Mr. LeBlanc appears.
  • Fur and Loathing: Miss Enright, Miss Brooks' snooty, catty rival, brags about her furs as well as other expensive clothes.
  • Gag Echo: A notable example occurs in the episode "Miss Brooks Writes About a Hobo." The titular hobo calls himself "The Earl of Peoria." Miss Brooks responds by asking "How is the Princess Margaret-Rose?" The hobo introduces himself to Mrs. Davis. Mrs. Davis inquires "How is the Princess Margaret Rose?" Walter Denton appears, again asking "Then how's the Princess Margaret Rose?" Finally, Mr. Conklin is introduced to the hobo. He asks "Then how's the Duke of Edinburgh?" Mr. Conklin laughs at his own joke.
  • Gambit Pileup: In "Writing Magazine Articles", Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin each write fictional articles for "True Family Romance" magazine, neither knowing of the other's "indiscretion". Both are forced to prove the veracity of their fake tale in order to collect their fee. Both enlist Walter Denton to play the part of their respective fake fourteen year old sons . . . in the same place, at the same time. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Genre Refugee: Tex Barton, a teenaged cowboy.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Safari O'Toole, in the episode of the same name. He is Mrs. Davis' faithful pen pal, and is noted for his travels through the wilds of Darkest Africa. He's also a fake.
  • Getting the Boot: Walter Denton complains about his dates with Harriet ending with Mr. Conklin kicking him down the porch
  • The Ghost:
    • Mrs. Davis' eccentric sister Angela is frequently discussed by Mrs. Davis at the breakfast table. Angela, however, remains unheard (on the radio) and unseen (on television) for quite awhile. Eventually, Jessica makes several appearances on the television series (sometimes as her sister's Suspiciously Similar Substitute, at a time when actress Jane Morgan suffered a stroke). The role was played by Canadian actress Jesselyn Fax. Fax also performed the role at least twice on the radio.
    • Similarly, Mrs. Davis' much discussed brother Victor goes several years without being seen. He finally makes one appearance in the second television season, the episode "The Egg."
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: In "Easter Parade", Miss Brooks works during her Spring Break in order in earn money so she can accompany Mr. Boynton to the Easter Parade in a new dress. Meanwhile, Mr. Boynton's working to earn money for a new suit to wear when he takes Miss Brooks to the Easter Parade. Due to Tax Deductions, Miss Brooks doesn't earn enough for the new dress. Mrs. Davis lends her the extra money, Miss Brooks doesn't learn the money is actually coming from Mr. Boynton. Mr. Boynton no longer has enough money for the new suit. Miss Brooks' new dress is messed up when she accidently sits on a couple of Easter Eggs Mrs. Davis hid under the sofa cushions. So she too goes to the parade in her old dress of which she's positively ashamed. Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton both enjoy a heartwarming moment as a result.
  • Girl of the Week:
    • "New Girl In Town" is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Walter Denton dates the new girl, while Miss Brooks' Love Interest Mr. Boynton is attracted to the girl's widowed mother.
    • "Life Can Be Bones" sees Miss Brooks romantically threatened by Mr. Boynton's temporary laboratory assistant.
    • In "Hello, Mr. Chips", Miss Brooks tries to date an English schoolmaster to make Mr. Boynton jealous.
    • In "Clay City English Teacher", scheming Clay City High School principal Jason Brille tries to lure Miss Brooks to his school with the eponymous male teacher. Miss Brooks won't go unless there's a job for Mr. Boynton too.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: The show managed to be popular, in spite of starring love-lorn English teacher Connie Brooks. At the start of its run on radio, Colgate-Palmolive used the half-hour slot to sell articles to women, i.e. Luster-Cream Shampoo, "men folks love it too". Later, they made a 180, switching to promoting Colgate Toothpaste and (men's) Shaving Cream. Anason was a later radio sponsor, while the Armed Forces Radio Network played the program in reruns. On television, the program eventually was used to showcase products aimed for kids, like breakfast cereal and a new type of chocolate milk mix!
  • Girly Skirt Twirl: Miss Brooks does one in her fantasy sequence in the series' cinematic series finale. She's dreaming about her life married to Mr. Boynton.
  • Give Me Back My Wallet: In "The Burglar", Mr. Conklin wakes up from his nap discovering a burglar in the process of absconding with the basket of fried chicken his wife cooked for him.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Mr. Conklin uses this trope from time-to-time, usually at Connie's expense. However, being a Deadpan Snarker, Connie doesn't let this go without remark.
  • The Glasses Got To Go: Said by Miss Brooks in "The Dancer." She had tried on a pair of glasses to see if Mr. Boynton will find her attractive in them. Mr. Boynton complimented Miss Brooks on how "mature" she looks.
  • Going Down with the Ship: In "An American Tragedy", Mr. Conklin, Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks are stranded on a rowboat in the middle of Crystal Lake. Mr. Conklin proclaims himself captain, however it turns out the rowboat is leaking and starts to sink. Neither Mr. Conklin nor Miss Brooks can swim . . . .
    Mr. Conklin (panicking): Well keep your head, Boynton! Don't get panicky! Don't get panicky, boy! You need all your strength, every ounce of it to tow me ashore!
    Miss Brooks: Tow you ashore? What about me, sir? I can't swim either, and you know the tradition of the sea, the captain goes down with his ship!
    Mr. Conklin: Not in this ship!
    • Fortunately, they had unknowingly drifted near the shore and the water under the boat was only three feet deep
  • Gold Digger: In "Marriage Madness", the butcher's new business partner tries to marry Mrs. Davis for her money. It seems as if he's been often married, starting with the time in school he ran off with his French teacher.
    Miss Brooks: If he had said English teacher, I would have screamed!
  • Good-Guy Bar: Marty's Malt Shop is the usual hangout for teachers and students alike, outside school.
  • Good Ol' Boy: In "Four Fiances", the Texan to whom Miss Brooks finds herself unwittingly engaged. The gentleman is portrayed sympathetically.
  • Gossipy Hens:
    • In "The Party Line", the two woman who share Miss Brooks' party telephone line hold up the phone gossiping all day. The women also listen in on Miss Brooks' conversations and gossip about Miss Brooks, Mrs. Davis and Mr. Boynton.
    • Mrs. Davis and her sister Angela, on occasion. Of course, they'll deny being gossips . . . .
  • Got Volunteered: Miss Brooks often finds herself volunteered by Mr. Conklin to do his secretarial, typing or speechwriting work; i.e. Aunt Mattie Boynton, Public Property on Parade.
  • Grammar Nazi: Miss Brooks herself is a mild example, as an English teacher she's often heard correcting Walter Denton or Stretch Snodgrass' grammar. Here, it's justified.
  • Grande Dame: Mrs. Grabar in "Madison Country Club". Mr. Conklin intends to squeeze money out of the rich dowager so he can redecorate his office. When she arrives, he plans on staging quite a show of poverty, complete with the staff dressed like hobos. Miss Brooks and company have other plans. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Grand Finale: The Movie in 1956.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: In the episode "Clay City English Teacher", Mr. Boynton tries to impress Miss Brooks by imitating Sam Spade. It makes sense in context.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Mexican boy Ricky Velasco in "The Miserable Caballero" and "Buddy", in the last television season Mexican student Benny Romero. Both parts were played by child actor Ricky Vera.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: In "The Pet Shop", a misunderstanding means that Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton are likely to stand one another up for their date. At the last moment, Miss Brooks decides to go wait for Mr. Boynton outside the pet shop as promised. Miss Brooks waits, likely in vain, as a grey rain of depression falls. Mr. Boynton also cannot stay away, and the misunderstanding is cleared. The rain likewise clears, and Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton go out on their date.
  • Greasy Spoon: Miss Brooks moonlights in one, taking the identity of her nonexistent identical twin, in the episode "Connie and Bonnie".
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: Miss Brooks' knowledge of sports ranges from the excellent to the ridiculously inadequate.
    • In "Bronco Dismissed" the trope is averted, as Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton substitute coach for the football team without any difficulty. Likewise in other episodes such as "Baseball Slide" and "The Big Game". In some episodes, however, Miss Brooks is very much in the dark . . . .
    • In "Game At Clay City", Miss Brooks' football knowledge isn't lacking, but Mr. Boynton admits to being clueless as to most if not all sports. He even asks who's pitching for the football team.
    • In "The Grudge Match", Miss Brooks confuses the baseball term "bullpen" with "pigpen". She also mistakenly calls pitchers "chuckers". She later redeems herself, by serving as the announcer for the titular boxing match.
    • In "Stretch Is In Love Again", Miss Brooks cheers on a dead tired Stretch Snodgrass when he runs the wrong way and scores on Madison.
    • In "Two Way Stretch Snodgrass", when Mr. Conklin calls Stretch one of the most promising high school tailbacks in the country, Miss Brooks look behind Stretch to see if he had a tail.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Any episode where Madison High Principal Osgood Conklin faces his archrival, Clay City High School Principal Jason Brill.
  • Hand Gagging: In "Magic Christmas Tree", Miss Brooks puts her hand over Walter Denton's mouth to stop his painfully off-key rendition of "Deck The Halls".
  • Happily Ever After: After eight years on the radio, and four on television, Miss Connie Brooks finally gets her happily ever after at the end of The Movie Grand Finale. Or, to be more accurate, Mrs. Connie Boynton gets her happily ever after!
  • Hardboiled Detective:
    • In "Postage Due", Miss Brooks plays the hard boiled detective as she searches for the missing postman.
    • "Clay City English Teacher" has Mr. Boynton consciously imitates Sam Spade in an attempt to lure Miss Brooks away from the eponymous teacher.
  • Harmless Villain: Mr. Conklin, when he serves as the antagonist on the series. His schemes usually involve some petty mischief serving his self-aggrandizement or his greed.
    • For example, in "Old Marblehead", he shakes down students and faculty by creating a "Carelessness Code" and fining them mercilessly. His goal is to pay for a bust of his head in the school library - and he intends to destroy the existing bust of Julius Caesar to ensure he takes his rightful place. Miss Brooks simply tricks him into busting the wrong bust.
    • Another episode, "Home Cooked Meal", sees Mr. Conklin use the cafeteria freezer to freely store his own food. He buys a freezer of his own, after Miss Brooks and Walter Denton accidently lock him inside.
    • In "The Big Jump", Mr. Conklin plots to force Miss Brooks to jump off the roof of the school as a publicity stunt for a civil defense drill. Walter Denton lights some smudge pots on the stairs to the roof, leading to Mr. Conklin and Mr. Boynton jumping off in a panic
    • In the cinematic series finale, Mr. Conklin plots to be elected the new Coordinator of Education. Mr. Stone, the existing board superintendent (or equivalent), forces Mr. Conklin to withdraw by setting the new post's salary as a measly honorarium of %500.00.
  • Heat Wave: In the episode titled "Heat Wave", naturally enough.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In "Mr. Whipple", Miss Brooks, Walter Denton and Mr. Conklin are so affected by the story of the eponymous Mr. Whipple, a man who hasn't has a bite of solid food for a week. It turns out Mr. Whipple is a bad tempered miser who's on a liquid diet. No matter, the show of kindness melts Mr. Whipple to the point where he undergoes a heel-face turn and donates the money for Madison's new gymnasium.
  • Held Gaze:
  • Heroic Bystander: Clay City High School Principal Jason Brill plays the part when he saves Miss Brooks from falling down an open elevator shaft. Madison High School Principal Osgood Conklin tries to match this feat with a "fake" heroic bystander rescue. Conklin stages a real rescue when the superintendent, Mr. Stone, himself falls into an open elevator shaft.
  • Hiccup Hijinks:
    • In "Cure That Habit", Mr. Conklin has a bad case of the hiccups and suffers through two hiccup remedies. One is a revolting and ineffective mixture cooked up by Mrs. Davis. The second is student athlete Stretch Snodgrass' attempt to cure Mr. Conklin's hiccups by spinning him around in a chair.
    • In "Trial by Jury" and "Mr. Conklin's Love Nest", Mr. Boynton suffers psychosomatic cases of the hiccups from either lying or acute embarrassment.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Mr. Conklin, a.k.a. "Old Marblehead", may be a pompous, dictatorial, underhanded dictator of a principal, but from time to time he shows his good side:
    • In "The Hobby Show" he helps fix broken toys to give to needy children.
    • He's a member of the "Citizen's League."
    • He helps throw a Christmas Party when he believes Mrs. Davis' sister Angela is dying in "A Dry Scalp is Better Then None."
    • He helps Miss Brooks and co. find a missing postman in "Postage Due."
    • Offers to adopt orphans in "The Twin Orphans" and "The Miserable Caballero."
    • He helps Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis out of problematic situations in "Four Fiances" and "Marriage Madness," among others.
    • In "Weekend at Crystal Lake" he is worried that Mr. Boynton is going to repeat An American Tragedy and hides under the boat tarpaulin to try and save Miss Brooks.
  • High School
  • Hilarity in Zoos: It's a running gag that Mr. Boynton usually takes Miss Brooks to the zoo on their dates.
  • The Hilarity of Hats: In "Bargain Hats For Mother's Day," Mrs. Davis asks Miss Brooks to sell the homemade hats she made. They feature an imitation sparrow perched upon imitation fruit. Mr. Conklin buys one for his wife Martha, Mr. Boynton buys one for his mother, Walter Denton gets one to use as a table centerpiece, while Genre Refugee Tex Barton buys one for his horse Lucy. Unfortunately, the recipients, even Lucy, are fanatics about having individualized wearing apparel . . . .
  • Hint Dropping: Miss Brooks drops plenty of hints for Mr. Boynton. He rarely catches on.
  • Hobbes Was Right: This is Mr. Conklin's belief, leastways when it comes to running a high school. Conklin essentially says as much to Miss Brooks in "Spare That Rod!". Conklin's military strictness would later put him under the opprobrium of the school board president, Mr. Stone, in the theatrical series finale.
  • Hobos: Miss Brooks deals with hobos in the episodes "Hobo Jungle" and "Miss Brooks Writes About a Hobo".
  • Hollywood Darkness: Night scenes were usually shot uncommonly well. "The Burglar" and "Public Property on Parade" have nighttime scenes that are about as dark as you'd expect. However, the trope arises in "Wake-Up Plan", where the Conklin's hallway is suspiciously bright.
  • Hollywood Kiss: Miss Brooks dreams she gets one from Mr. Boynton in "Magic Christmas Tree". Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks finally share a Hollywood kiss midway through the film.
  • 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.
  • Hollywood Natives: In "Bartering With Chief Thundercloud", the eponymous chief and his wife.
  • Hollywood Spelling: Averted in the episode "Suzie Prentisss", where the eponymous Suzie misspells her last name by giving it an extra "s".
  • Homemade Sweater from Hell: In "Home Cooked Meal", Miss Enright knits one for Mr. Boynton. One arm is terribly short, tight, and cuts off his circulation. The other is far too long.
  • 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 Sauce Drinking:
    • Mr. Boynton likes hot food. In "Mr. Boynton's Barbeque" he treats Mr. Conklin and Miss Enright to his "mild" barbecue sauce. The two run for water.
    • In the episode, "The Miserable Caballeros", Mexican boy Ricky Velasco proceeds to put an extraordinary amount of pepper and spices on his lunch. He tells Miss Brooks that he finds American food too bland.
  • Hot Scientist: Biology teacher Philip Boynton.
  • Housewife:
    • Martha Conklin is a housewife
    • Miss Brooks' Series Goal is to marry Mr. Boynton. In several episodes (i.e. "The Wrong Mrs. Boynton") it is made explicit that Miss Brooks wants to become a fulltime housewife and mother.
  • Hourglass Plot: The penultimate episode of the television series, "Principal For A Day", has Miss Brooks appointed principal and Mr. Conklin become a History (not English) teacher. Because Status Quo Is God, their respective positions are restored at the end. Neither seem to learn much from the episode. Miss Brooks enjoys herself thoroughly, and other than adding feminine touches to her office and spending some quality time with Mr. Boynton doesn't abuse her power. Mr. Conklin's temporary humility, and appreciativeness to Miss Brooks' giving him the teaching position, is cast off as soon as he becomes principal again. It helps that Mr. Conklin is a pompous Jerk with a Heart of Gold and not an outright villain.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Said by Stretch Snodgrass (of all people) of Mr. Conklin, in the episode "Spare That Rod". Walter Denton had forged a letter threatening Mr. Conklin with dismissal for being "flagrantly dictatorial" in his disciplinary methods. Mr. Conklin was forcing himself to be meek and humble as a result.
  • I Am Very British: The visiting English headmaster in "Hello, Mr. Chips".
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Whenever Stretch Snodgrass appears he has idiot ball firmly in hand. i.e. "The Auction", "Stuffed Gopher".
    • The same applies to Stretch's brother Bones, i.e. "Marinated Hearing".
    • The idiot ball also passes into Walter Denton's clutches on occasion, i.e. "Living Statues", "Cure That Habit".
  • Idiotic Partner Confession: The episode "Blue Goldfish" sees Harriet Conklin reveal the truth about Mr. Conklin's much vaunted tolerance to the cold.
  • The Illegal: In the episode "Two Way Stretch Snodgrass", Mr. Conklin and Miss Brooks, pretending to be Stretch Snodgrass' parents, spin a story of illegal immigration and a secret marriage to preserve their masquerade. Mr. Conklin's daughter Harriet walked in the room, threatening to blow up the scheme when she identifies Mr. Conklin as her father and claimed her mother (Martha Conklin) was nowhere in sight.
    Miss Brooks; Your father and I, your father and me, we've been secretly married for sixteen years.
    Harriet Conklin: But I'm almost seventeen.
    Miss Brooks: I'm over seventeen. I was hoping you wouldn't notice it.
    Biff Mooney': What is this all about? Mrs. Snodgrass, I demand to know the truth!
    Harriet Conklin: Mrs. Snodgrass!
    Mr. Conklin: You might as well know the whole story Harriet. As a poor but honest immigrant, I entered this country illegally. Your mother and I started out from the old country together.
    Miss Brooks: But I, your mother, couldn't make it. They shot me at the border. Of course, years later I was smuggled into the country.
    Mr. Conklin: With a group of Oriental laborers.
    Harriet Conklin: Oriental laborers?
    Miss Brooks: Don't look down your nose at me, girl. I helped build Boulder Dam!
  • The Illegible: In the radio episode "Letter to the Education Board", Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton struggle to read Stretch Snodgrass' essay. It was remade on television as "Marinated Hearing", where the sloppy essay was written by Stretch's brother Bones.
  • Improvised Sail: In "An American Tragedy", Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin are stranded on a rowboat in the middle of Crystal Lake. Mr. Conklin suggests using Mr. Boynton's shirt as a sail. Miss Brooks ups the ante:
    Mr. Conklin: Let's try to get organized, shall we? Clear thinking is the ticket. Lacking an oar, we shall need to improvise a sail immediately. I shall need a large, white garment. Miss Brooks?
    Miss Brooks: You won't get a stitch from me.
    Mr. Conklin: Well, then, Boynton. I suggest we use your shirt as a sail.
  • 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.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness:
    • Harriet Conklin. Her motives are always displayed as unselfish or honest, in spite of her father Mr. Conklin being oft unprincipled and her boyfriend Walter Denton being an inveterate schemer and practical joker.
    • Phillip Boynton, Miss Brooks' Love Interest. He's considered by everybody to be the "soul of honesty". In "Trial by Jury", it's revealed that trying to lie makes Mr. Boynton break into the hiccups.
  • Indian Burial Ground: The promise of a large reward sees Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Walter Denton searching for one in the episode "Indian Burial Ground". The trope is partially subverted as the supernatural plays no role in the program. This is fortunate for Miss Brooks and company, as they end up digging up an empty lot in search of artifacts!
  • Indy Ploy: In the episode "April Fool's Day", Miss Brooks attends an "Everybody Must Do Something Party". She stalls for time to avoid Miss Enright embarrassing her with an April Fool's Day joke. Miss Brooks plays the ukulele, sings, recites poetry, finally resorting to reading the phonebook aloud.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In "Heat Wave", Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Walter Denton, Harriet Conklin and Stretch Snodgrass all get excused from school and find themselves at a farmer's swimming pond through a variety of lame excuses. Miss Brooks, in fact, runs off telling Mr. Conklin that she has to go to the pond to get water to put out the fire she accidentally started in his office.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Apparently, the visiting English schoolmaster in "Hello, Mr. Chips" is attractive. You can tell by the reaction of Miss Brooks, Harriet Conklin, and even Mrs. Davis.
  • Instant Illness: In "Measles", Miss Brooks catches the measles within twelve hours of being exposed to them.
  • Instant Waking Skills: Miss Brooks when waken by her alarm clock. Also happens when she's waken by a reporter in "Model Teacher". Sometimes, however, Miss Brooks is simply Not a Morning Person.
  • Instrumentals/Instrumental Theme Tune: The opening and closing themes, composed by Wilbur Hatch.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Miss Brooks is friends with sixteen-year-old Walter Denton, and, to a lesser extent, Harriet Conklin and Stretch Snodgrass. However, Miss Brooks herself would surely object to the label!
  • 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 LeBlanc'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.
  • Ironic Nickname: In "Wild Goose", Miss Brooks refers to Dumb Jock Stretch Snodgrass as "the brain."
  • I Should Write a Book About This: In the episode "Miss Brooks Writes About A Hobo," Miss Brooks seeks out a hobo to write an article entitled "The Vanishing Hobo." At the end of the episode, the hobo relates he had bought a set of new clothes with the money he earned from writing about "The Vanishing Schoolteacher."
  • 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.
  • It's the Principle of the Thing: In "Spare That Rod!" Mr. Conklin berates Miss Brooks for not having her blackboard cleared at the end of the day. He had gone into her classroom after school and found that a student had written "Old man Conklin is a birdbrain." When Miss Brooks protests her punishment, Mr. Conklin tells her it's the principle of the thing.
  • It Will Never Catch On: In "Wild Goose Chase", Miss Brooks jokes about T.V. being a temporary fad. This had been a common prediction just a few years before the episode aired on television. It was still a common view when the radio version had played a couple years before.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream:
    • The earliest radio episodes, including the premier "First Day", would often begin with Miss Brooks dreaming of some romantic/comedic adventure with Mr. Boynton. The format was very quickly dropped, in favor of a brief introductory narration with Miss Brooks before the main action, and/or a typically offbeat breakfast conversation with landlady Mrs. Davis and student Walter Denton.
    Narrator: Yes, Connie Brooks can dream . . . .
    • Occasionally, later television and radio episodes would feature dreams and abrupt ending thereof.
      • "The Magic Tree" sees Miss Brooks wake up after kissing a magic-Christmas-tree-influenced Mr. Boynton.
      • "King and Brooks" sees Miss Brooks abruptly waken from a dream where she marries a maharajah.
      • "The Dream" sees Miss Brooks waken from a dream where she finally marries Mr. Boynton. Miss Brooks marries Mr. Boynton for real in The Movie Grand Finale.
  • 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.)
  • Just Between You and Me:
    • In "Two-way Stretch Snodgrass", Mr. Conklin explains to Miss Brooks his plan to get All-American football player and high school coach Biff Mooney to work for Madison High School. Rather than first going about his plan and bragging later.
    • In the theatrical series finale, Mr. Stone threatens to fire Mr. Conklin once Stone's elected to the new post of "Coordinator of Education". This sets up the subplot where Mr. Conklin runs against Mr. Stone to head the school board.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Happens several times:
    • One example is "The Festival", where, by loaning their money and exchanging outfits with the hardworking cleaning women and custodian (so they'll have something nice to wear to the festival) - Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton win the prize for best costume. True to form, they proceed to split the proceeds with the cleaning woman and custodian.
    • Also happens in the episode "Mr. Whipple". Miss Brooks organizes a food drive for Mr. Whipple, who she mistakenly believes is impoverished. This so affects the misery millionaire, that he donates the money to build the new gymnasium Madison High School needs.
    • Miss Brooks wins the Karmic Jackpot grand prize in The Movie Grand Finale. Miss Brooks' good deeds are finally awarded, when she achieves her Series Goal, marriage to Mr. Boynton.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Connie Brooks is often unwillingly made privy to Walter Denton's latest prank. Miss Brooks has to keep quiet or risk having Walter suspended or expelled, sometimes making her an almost de facto confederate to his schemes.
    • i.e. "Cure That Habit" forces Miss Brooks to stay quiet about Walter's having sent a postcard to the titular alcoholism support group in Mr. Conklin's name.
    • "Wild Goose Chase" has Miss Brooks be forced to keep quiet about Walter pretending to be a quiz show host, and having tricked Mr. Conklin in believing he won a free T.V. set.
    • "The Cafeteria Strike" sees Miss Brooks have to cover up an impending protest by the students, led by Walter Denton.
    • "Dress Code Protest" sees Miss Brooks try to dodge Mr. Conklin's discovering Walter's idiotic scheme to protest the principal's new dress code.
    • "The Sweater" has Walter Denton put Miss Brook's name to an expensive present purchased by Miss Enright and gifted to Mr. Boynton. Miss Brooks is quite unwittingly pulled into the deception, but is loathe to reveal it as it results in an atypically amorous Mr. Boynton.
    • "Stretch Has A Problem" sees a different kind of secret kept by Miss Brooks. Miss Brooks must keep secret Stretch's crush on Harriet Conklin, while keeping the lovesick Dumb Jock ready, willing and able to play in the state basketball tournament.
    • "The Grudge Match" again deals with the Stretch-Harriet-Walter love triangle, as Miss Brooks must cover up the fact that Stretch Snodgrass went to the movies with Harriet Conklin, Walter's designated squeeze.
    • Miss Brooks is quite the unwitting secret keeper. In "New School Bus", she has to hide the fact that Mr. Boynton bought an old paddy wagon to serve as a bus for Madison's sports teams.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Mrs. Davis.
  • Lab Pet: Mr. Boynton has a habit of naming many of his lab animals. However, that doesn't prevent him from doing fatal tests on them. In "New Girl in Town", it's revealed that he has been burying his mouse martyrs to science in the athletic field. Moreover, Miss Brooks has been (reluctantly) helping him.
    • The trope is averted in the case of Mr. Boynton's pet frog Mcdougall. Although Mac is usually kept in the lab, he's a personal pet and not used for lab tests. Usually Mac's kept in a separate cage. However in the theatrical series finale, Mr. Boynton seems to have temporarily placed Mcdougall with a number of other frogs.
  • Lady-in-Waiting: In "King and Brooks", Miss Brooks' dream sequence features several ladies in waiting serving her.
  • Large Ham: Mr. Conklin
  • Large Ham Announcer: In "The Grudge Match", Miss Brooks plays this trope to the hilt, sardonically giving a play-by-play of the boxing match between Stretch and Walter. Complete with faked commercials:
    Miss Brooks: As the fighters go the center of the ring, just a word of reminder. Boys, if like Walter Denton you're about to get your head knocked off, why not put an Adam patch on it first.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • A good example is The Festival. Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton lend their clothes and cash to the hardworking cleaning woman and custodian, so they can attend a costume party. Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton wear the clothes of the cleaning woman and custodian. They win a large cash prize - and of course split it with the custodian and the cleaning woman.
    • In The Movie, Miss Brooks spends the movie tutoring Gary Nolan and helping him reconcile with his father. This, with a little subterfuge by Mrs. Davis thrown in, makes Mr. Boynton jealous enough to finally get serious. Later, Mr. Boynton's invitation for his lonely, recently widowed mother, to move to Madison, has him buy a house. Again, Mrs. Davis steps in and arranges to have the elder Mrs. Boynton as her new boarder. The upshot: Miss Brooks finally gets to marry Boynton, the two have their Happy Ending.
  • Last-Name Basis: Brooks, Boynton, and Conklin always address each other formally, even outside of school.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Used from time to time. This example comes from "Hawkins Travel Agency". Miss Brooks is trying to sell Mr. Stone on a trip to France . . . .
    Miss Brooks (speaking with a French accent): Oh, there is nothing like Paree in the summer. The Arc De Triomphe, the Louvre Palais, the Place de Concorde . . . and Piccadilly Circus.
    Mr. Stone Miss Brooks, Piccadilly Circus happens to be in London.
    Miss Brooks (speaking with an cockney accent) : Right-O governor, but if you were so nearby, you wouldn't want to miss that now, would you?
  • Laughing Mad: "Hobby Show" ends with Miss Brooks laughing hysterically, and smearing finger paints over her face.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: "Mr. Conklin is Honored" begins with Mrs. Davis relating her sister Angela's recent brush with laser-guided amnesia. Later, Mr. Conklin fakes a case of his own.
  • Late for School: Miss Brooks is late for school a couple of times. It's Serious Business, because she's a teacher!
    • In "The Party Line", Miss Brooks is too late to catch the city bus to school. Walter Denton tried to warn her that his car was in the shop, but her chatty party line neighbor had the phone tied up.
    • In "Wake-Up Plan", Miss Brooks sleeps in and misses half a day of school. Mrs. Davis had accidentally given Miss Brooks a sleeping pill instead of an aspirin.
    • In The Movie Grand Finale Walter Denton is late for English class. He nearly barrels over Mr. Conklin running through the hall. He arrives just in time to tell Harriet the drive shaft from his car fell out . . . then the bell rings and the class ends.
  • Layout of a Season: The fourth season of the television series began with the aptly named "Transition Show". Madison High School is torn down for a freeway, and Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin find new work at Miss Nester's Private School.
  • Lead In: Often, an episode begins with Miss Brooks conversing with Mrs. Davis over breakfast. While the conversation is usually relevant to the plot of the episode, occasionally it will just be a wacky interlude before the main story comes into play.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: An interesting example is found in the radio episode "Reckless Driving".
    • Miss Brooks, Mrs. Davis, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Boynton, Harriet and Walter are on Mrs. Davis' porch listening to the radio.
    • Steve Allen suddenly drives up asking for the way to Hollywood - turns out he's going to host the summer replacement for Our Miss Brooks.
    • The radio is tuned to Our Miss Brooks Miss Brooks calling it the show "with the school teacher with my name".
    • Miss Brooks, incidentally, thinks Eve Arden is "a doll". Mr. Conklin hates the pompous principal, while Walter Denton likes "one character in particular."
    • Eve Arden announces her summer replacement, saying she would be listening to Steve Allen's show that summer. Everybody on the porch commending her nice speech. Allen, however, wonders if she'll really be listening. Cue Eve Arden saying of course she would, he has her job!
      • This scene wasn't duplicated in the television remake, "Trial by Jury". There, the program ended with Miss Brooks pleading her innocence in court before a jury with Mr. Conklin as a member.
  • Let X Be the Unknown: "Project X" has Mr. Conklin develop the eponymous secret project as a way of impressing school board president Mr. Stone.
  • Licked by the Dog: Mr. Conklin softens on several occasions. One such example is the episode "The Miserable Caballero", where Mr. Conklin softens toward Benny Romero, a runaway Mexican boy.
  • List of Transgressions: In "Spare That Rod!", Mr. Conklin is tricked into believing he's about to be fired for being "flagrantly dictatorial" in his administration of Madison High School. As a result, he requests Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass provide him with a list of his transgressions:
    Mr. Conklin: Now, if you will read me your bill of particulars considering my various infamies . . .
    Mr. Boynton: We're all going to read some of it, Mr. Conklin. Will you begin Miss Brooks?
    Miss Brooks: Thank you, Mr. Boynton. Whereas I, Osgood Conklin, Principal of Madison High School, desiring to improve relations between myself, the faculty, and the student body . . . your turn, Walter.
    Walter Denton: Ahem. Do promise to keep the following ever before me as a reminder of past sins of which I am heartily ashamed.
    Stretch Snodgrass: Which I ain't never gonna repeat no more.
    Mr. Conklin: Splendid. Splendid. Please continue.
    Miss Brooks: Wait until you hear this! I readily admit on many occasions I have acted like a pompous, puffed up, ill tempered, addlepated blowhard.
    Mr. Conklin: Forgive me, but it seems to me you have omitted maladjusted.
    Miss Brooks: Please don't interrupt, that's in the next paragraph. Now, where was I?
    Mr. Conklin: Addlepated blowhard.
    Miss Brooks: Oh yes. Addlepated blowhard. And on other occasions, I have bellowed like a bull . . .
    Mr. Boynton: Screamed like an elephant . . .
    Walter Denton: Hissed like a viper . . .
    Stretch Snodgrass: Snorted like a buffalo . . .
    Miss Brooks: And otherwise exhibited the behavior of a maladjusted nincompoop.
    Mr. Conklin: Oh, oh, oh, there it is!
  • 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.
  • The Little Detecto: Walter and Miss Brooks use a Geiger counter in "Rare Black Orchid" to search for uranium. Walter had discovered some on his shoe and concluded he had unknowingly stepped in uranium recently.
  • 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.
  • Living Statue:
    • In "Living Statues", Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin and Walter Denton are accidently glued into place.
    • In "Hobbies", Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin pretend to be wax figures in order to dodge Mr. Stone. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Local Hangout: Marty's Malt Shop, located across the street from Madison High School, is popular with students and faculty alike.
  • 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.
  • Lovable Jock: Stretch Snodgrass, Madison High's star athlete. He's dimwitted, but good natured to the point where he's willing to transfer schools if it'll get his best friend Walter Denton on the Madison football team ("Two Way Stretch Snodgrass). Stretch is apparently very popular, when he accidentally vandalizes the school in "Stuffed Gopher", Miss Brooks and Walter gets a crew of students to fix the damage and cover for him.
  • Love Hurts: Miss Brooks is deeply in love with largely Oblivious to Love Mr. Boynton. Because Failure Is the Only Option, Miss Brooks' schemes to get Mr. Boynton to marry her inevitably fail until The Movie Grand Finale when Miss Brooks finally marries Mr. Boynton and lives Happily Ever After.
  • Love Letter / Love Letter Lunacy: The plot of the episode "Bones, Son of Cyrano". A love letter gets misdirected and misinterpreted multiple times. Hilarity Ensues. Especially, when Mr. Conklin believes Miss Brooks is in love with him! This is a remake of the radio episode "Poetry Mixup". The only difference is Stretch Snodgrass is replaced by his brother.
  • The Magazine Rule: In "Miss Brooks Writes About a Hobo", Miss Brooks seeks out a hobo to write an article about "The Vanishing Hobo" to submit to a schoolteacher's magazine. It so turns out the titular hobo is also writing a magazine article. The hobo's article is entitled "The Vanishing Schoolteacher" and he is paid handsomely by a hobo magazine for its publication.
  • Make an Example of Them: Part of Principal Osgood Conklin's modus operandi at Madison High School. There is, after all, a reason Miss Brooks considers Conklin to be Madison's dictator:
    Miss Brooks: Having expected a one way trip to Devil's 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.
    Mrs. Davis: Why Connie, I was getting to get worried about you! Where in the world have you been all afternoon?
    Miss Brooks: I was doing a little writing, Mrs. Davis.
    Mrs. Davis: Writing? What were you writing?
    Miss Brooks: Oh, I don't think you'd be interested, it's not your type of stuff.
    Mrs. Davis: I'm interested in everything you do, Connie. Please, tell me all about it.
    Miss Brooks: Well, if you insist, Mrs. Davis. But you'd better sit down, this may take quite a while.
    Mrs. Davis: Alright. (sits down) There. Now, what did you write?
    Miss Brooks: I wrote "Our principal is the best principal that any school ever had. Our principal is the best principal that any school ever had. Our principal is the best principal that any school ever had . . ."
  • Malevolent Mugshot:
    • Mr. Conklin has an extremely large portrait of himself over his living room fireplace, as first seen in the television premier "Trying to Pick A Fight". It's Played for Laughs, as it indicative of his pomposity and his self-regard. It's worth noting, although Mr. Conklin has a wife and teenage daughter, their portraits are nowhere to be seen.
    • The episode "Old Marblehead" sees Mr. Conklin scheming to get a bust of his head to replace that of Julius Caesar's in the school library. He makes the students and teachers pay for it by levying arbitrary fines via his "Carelesslessness code."
    • In "Friday the Thirteenth", Mr. Conklin posts a photo of himself on the school bulletin board. He is regaled complete in black suit, black hat and midnight-blue tie. His photograph is there to suggest to students and faculty the value of proper dress and deportment. Walter Denton nails a picture of Miss Brooks' body in a French bathing suit beneath Mr. Conklin's head.
    • In "Mr. Conklin's Wax Effigies," Mr. Conklin makes a wax statue of himself. Miss Brooks believes it to Mr. Conklin himself.
    • "Space, Who Needs It?" sees Mr. Conklin, again pranked by Walter Denton, firm in the belief he's discovered a new planet. Conklin names it "Conklin Junior."
    • In "Fargo Whiskers", Mr. Conklin has a small portrait of himself upon his desk. State school-board official Mr. Fargo can't stand sitting there, looking at the photgraph. So, Fargo pushes the portrait face-down.
  • Malicious Slander: In "April Fools' Day", Miss Enright writes to a romance columnist using Miss Brooks' initials. She plans to use it to humiliate Miss Brooks in front of Mr. Conklin and his dinner guests.
  • Malt Shop: Marty's Malt Shop, found across the street from Madison High it's practically an institution amongst students and faculty alike.
  • Manipulative Editing: In "Public Speakers Nightmare" and "The Tape Recorder", innocuous recordings are accidentally misplayed to produce Miss Brooks saying scandalous things about Mr. Conklin, and Mr. Conklin insulting Mr. Stone, Head of the Board of Education. These recordings, incidentally, are played in front of Mr. Stone . . . .
  • Marriage of Convenience:
    • In "King and Brooks", a Indian maharajah proposes marriage to Miss Brooks. Miss Brooks refuses to marry for convenience, it's only a marriage for love that appeals to Connie. However, the fact that Miss Brooks would be the polygamous maharajah's fourth wife had something to do with her reluctance!
    • Refused in the cinematic Grand Finale, Miss Brooks refuses a heartfelt marriage proposal from Lawrence Nolan because she likes, but doesn't love him. Miss Brooks again refuses to marry for anything but love, although Nolan is very wealthy.
  • Married in the Future:
    • In "The Dream", not only does Mr. Boynton marry Miss Brooks, but teenagers Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin also get married. Mr. and Mrs. Conklin also have a son. Time flash-forwards many years, where it turns out that Mr. Boynton's and Miss Brooks' daughter is going steady with Mr. Conklin's son Osgood Junior.
    • In The Movie Series Finale, Miss Brooks fantasizes about her future married life with Mr.
  • 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 Matchmaker:
    • In "Weekend At Crystal Lake", Mrs. Conklin tries to play matchmaker for Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton. It backfires horribly.
    • Many times throughout the series, teenager Walter Denton lends his "skills", usually with little positive effect. "Trying to Pick A Fight" and "Life Can Be Bones" are just two of his more flatfooted attempts.
    • It is, however, Mrs. Davis who eventually emerges as the champ. Mrs. Davis' advice in "Tears for Mr. Boynton", nearly gets Miss Brooks a proposal of marriage. However, in the The Movie Grand Finale, it is Mrs. Davis' matchmaking that finally gets Miss Brooks married to Mr. Boynton and achieving her Happily Ever After.
  • Matte Shot: Used often. A good example is the final scene of "The Big Jump", where the action takes place on the Madison High rooftop with a matte background in behind.
  • Maurice Chevalier Accent: French teacher Monsieur LeBlanc. Likewise with any French character that appears on the show (or was heard in the radio version).
  • Mean Boss: Mr. Conklin.
  • Measuring the Marigolds: Mr. Boynton is prone to this behavior. In "The Magic Tree", when Miss Brooks points out mistletoe, Mr. Boynton takes it as a cue to begin a lecture on the characteristics of the plant.
  • Medals for Everyone: In "Mr. Whipple", the eponymous Mr. Whipple, a curmudgeonly millionaire, is impressed by the Madison High crew's kindness. Mr. Whipple drives them to a department store in his limousine, buys them new formal clothes, pays for a band for the school dance, and agrees to browbeat the school board into building a new Madison High School gymnasium.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Averted. Mr. Boynton's apartment is seen in "The Wrong Mrs. Boynton". All Miss Brooks has to criticize is the abundance of wildlife specimens and an abundance of doors.
    Miss Brooks: Not bad. If you like wildlife . . . and doors.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Mrs. Davis' reference to increasing "absentmindedness" (as well as that of her sister Angela's and brother Victor) isn't funny if you view it as the first signs of dementia. Most of the time Mrs. Davis' absentmindedness is plain forgetfulness. However, there are exceptions. Especially notable is "Phone Book Follies", where Mrs. Davis' is inadvertently and absentmindedly pocketing people's phone books when she visits.
  • Mess on a Plate: Some of Mrs. Davis' Cordon Bleugh Chef dishes fall into this category.
  • Mirthless Laughter: An overstressed Miss Brooks laughs nervously in "Hobby Show".
  • Misplaced Wildlife: In "Indian Burial Ground", Miss Brooks reads a newspaper article about the lost burial ground of a Arapaho war party that used gold spears decorated with peacock feathers. This raises the question where an Indian tribe would have obtained a supply of peacock feathers in the 19th century United States.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Miss Brooks keeps missing Mr. Boynton in "Mr. Boynton's Return". She finally catches him at the airport as he's about to leave town to visit his parents. Mr. Boynton decides to skip his flight, and spend the weekend in town so he can spend time with Miss Brooks.
  • Missing Mom: In The Movie Grand Finale, Gary Nolan's mother succumbed to Death by Childbirth, leaving his father Lawrence a widower. Lawrence proposes to Connie Brooks, but Connie ultimately marries longtime Love Interest Mr. Boynton.
  • Mistaken Age:
    • In "Mr. Boynton's Parents", Mr. Boynton's parents mistake a housecleaning Miss Brooks for old Mrs. Davis.
    • In "Former Student Visits", Miss Brooks is desperate to appear young. She tries to hide the fact that she's already been teaching high school for several years. Unfortunately for her, the "former student" visiting had been in her very first class. He's since graduated from medical school and become a doctor!
  • Mistaken for Servant: In "Marriage Madness", Mrs. Davis pretends to be Miss Brooks' maid. Mrs. Davis wants to test her fiancé to see if he wants to marry her for the Davis money. The man's a con artist. He does only want to marry Mrs. Davis for her money.
  • Mistaken Identity: Several times, naturally Hilarity Ensues:
    • In "Red River Valley", Mr. Conklin, Harriet, Walter, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton confuse state board official Mr. Jones with Deacon Jones, the "Hillbilly Heifetz" and leader of a square dance troupe.
    • In "Fargo Whiskers", Mr. Conklin believes school official Fargo is a disguised Walter Denton.
    • In "Head of the State Board of Education", thanks to Stretch Snodgrass' bungling, Miss Brooks and company accuse the man with the eponymous title of being an unemployed park bench loafer.
  • Mistaken Message: Figures prominently in "Bones, Son of Cyrano".
  • Mock Millionaire: Occasional episodes have Miss Brooks play this trope, either to impress a snooty dowager ("Madison Country Club"), protect Mrs. Davis' feelings ("The Return of Red Smith"), or even to derail Mrs. Davis' engagement to a confidence man ("Marriage Madness").
  • Modest Royalty: The titular king in "King and Brooks". He wears an ordinary suit. Subverted in Miss Brooks' dream, where Ermine Cape Effect applies.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: The titular Mr. Travers in "Mr. Travers' Three Acre Lot".
  • Motor Mouth: Walter Denton sometimes talks rapidly when nervous, or when trying to polish the apple. In the episode "Cafeteria Strike", he motors through a student's petition:
    Walter Denton: Whereas and to wit...
    Miss Brooks: That's pretty strong language, isn't it? A little on the pink side.
    Harriet Conklin: Listen, Miss Brooks.
    Walter Denton: When in the course of student's events, it becomes necessary to turn one's back on one's stomach, we the undersigned, exercising our constitutional right to peaceably assemble, and to form a committee to seek the redress of grievances, do hereby announce our firm intention of the Madison High School Cafeteria only to use the tables, chairs, water, napkins and toothpicks provided therein. Until such a time that the duly appointed party or parties, namely Mr. Osgood Conklin, principal, or the Board of Education, responsible for the operational bog-down that has befallen this installation, do take such action that will improve the food, lower the prices and better the service in said cafeteria. It is also recommended the person, or persons, in whom this authority is vested, immediately see that the present chef in charge of preparing the food, and without any further frippery or fanfare, chuck him the heck off the premises. Well Miss Brooks, what do you think of it?
    Miss Brooks: How much do you want for the picture rights?
  • Mountain of Food: Walter Denton gets a large breakfast at Mrs. Davis, whenever he arrives to take Miss Brooks to school. This is usually after he has eaten breakfast at home.
  • The Movie: In 1956. Miss Brooks marries Mr. Boynton and lives Happily Ever After.
  • The Münchausen: Safari O'Toole, Mrs. Davis's friend in the episode of the same name, pretends to be a gentleman explorer. In spite of his tall tales, he's a likeable character who only mades up his stories so he could impress Mrs. Davis.
  • Must Have Lots of Free Time: Sixteen-year-old Walter Denton is almost always driving Miss Brooks to school, and often sees her during the day. This in spite of the fact that he is usually portrayed as relatively popular, and likewise has a steady girlfriend.
  • My Beloved Smother: Mr. Boynton hangs on his mother's every word:
    • A few episodes suggest Mr. Boynton is still receiving money from home.
    • In "Mr. Conklin Plays Detective", Mr. Boynton gets into trouble for using Mr. Conklin's telephone to make the long distance call his mother told him to make.
    • The radio episodes "Mr. Boynton's Parents" and "Former Student Visits", suggest Mrs. Boynton has very definite ideas as to the type of woman M. Boynton should marry . . . .
    • In the series' the cinematic Grand Finale, Mr. Boynton ends up buying a house to take care of his ailing mother. However, the elder Mrs. Boynton is ultimately a kind woman, and eventually conspires with Mrs. Davis to ensure Miss Brooks is able to marry her son and live Happily Ever After.
    Mrs. Boynton: Believe me, my dear, I wouldn't stand in the way of your happiness for all the world!
  • My Car Hates Me: Miss Brooks' car, when she has one. It's almost always in the shop. In fact, the number of episodes (on either radio and television) where she gets to drive her car can be counted on one hand; namely "Game At Clay City", "Who's Going Where", "Four Leaf Clover", "Brooks' New Car" and "Head of the State Board of Education".
  • My Card: The shyster lawyer in "Hospital Capers" gives his card to Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton.
  • Narrating the Obvious: Lampshaded by Miss Brooks in "School Mascot":
    Miss Brooks: Well, as they used to say before television, let's go in.
  • Narrator: On the radio, a narrator introduces the show and gives a brief introduction. Often enough, the introduction passes to Miss Brooks who gives comments of her own on her role and reaction to the upcoming events. Sometimes, the narrator or Miss Brooks give another short narration after the message from the the sponsor.
  • Nearly Normal Animal : Type three, Almost Normal Animals.
    • Mrs. Davis' cat Minera and Mr. Boynton's frog Mcdougall are, on occasion, much smarter than your average cat or frog.
    • In the radio episode "The Frog" Miss Brooks receives a call from a tom cat meowing for Minerva.
    • When Minerva has kittens ("Minerva's Kittens"), her "husband" Tim is with Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis in the vet's waiting room. Tim faints when he's told he's the father of six.
  • Never-Forgotten Skill:
    • "Mr. Whipple" sees Mrs. Davis fill in as a nurse for the titular miserly millionaire . . . in spite of having left the nursing profession many years before.
    • Subverted in the episode "The First Aid Course", where Miss Brooks pretends to have forgotten first aid in order to avoid teaching a night course. This backfires when romantic rival and fellow teacher Miss Enright ends up continuing the course - and Mr. Boynton signs up.
  • Never Mess with Granny: In "Angela's Wedding", Mrs. Davis beats up a hulking gym teacher when he criticizes the deviled eggs she prepared.
  • Never Recycle a Building: In the cinematic series finale the house across the street from Mrs. Davis' remains vacant and "For Sale" from the time Miss Brooks moves in. Explained in story by Mr. Webster, the realtor, as being due to the fact the owner is asking too much money. From the start, Miss Brooks sees this as her future dream house where she will live in wedded bliss. At the end of the film, Mr. Boynton buys the house, and marries Miss Brooks.
  • Never Win the Lottery: Miss Brooks falls victim to this trope in "The $350,000 Question".
  • New Job Episode: "Vitamin E-12" and "Le Chien Chaud Et Le Mouton Noir" see Miss Brooks get positions outside school.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Miss Brooks is a nice girl example, who is always trying to help others (and marry Mr. Boynton). Mr. Boynton is also a nice guy, unfortunately for Miss Brooks, he's Oblivious to Love.
    • Harriet Conklin also counts as a nice girl example. Her father, scheming and domineering Mr. Conklin, is definitely not a nice guy. Walter Denton is likely too much of a prank player and troublemaker to qualify.
    • Stretch Snodgrass (and his brother Bones) also qualify.
  • 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.
  • Nice Kitty...: Happens with "Peanuts, the Great Dane" in the episode of the same name.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Miss Brooks suffers through nightmare sequences on at least three different occasions:
    • In "Connie's New Job Offer," Miss Brooks dreams she leaves Madison and becomes the mayor of a city in New Jersey. However, the dreams ends with Councilman Conklin impeaching her for her tyrannical rule over the city.
    • In "Connie Tries To Forget Mr. Boynton," Miss Brooks' efforts to forget about Mr. Boynton leads her to see his face on everyone: the American ambassador to India, a society matron, a fourteen-year-old boy, even a baby. Fortunately, it was just a dream.
    • In "Friendship," Miss Brooks suffers a recurring dream where a man chases her with a knife.
  • Noble Profession: Miss Brooks is a teacher, of course.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: In "Hobbies", Mr. Conklin and Mr. Boynton masquerade as wax figures to hide from Board Superintendent Mr. Stone.
  • No Indoor Voice: Mr. Conklin
  • Noir Episode: "Postage Due" sees Miss Brooks search for a vanished postman wearing a trench coat and narrating the action with a Private Eye Monologue.
  • No Snack For You: In "The Weighing Machine", the eponymous machine takes a penny from Miss Brooks but doesn't give her weight. Egged on by her friends, Miss Brooks spends the rest of the episode trying to get the penny returned on principle.
  • Notably Quick Deliberation: In "Trial by Jury" (and its radio equivalent, "Reckless Driving"), Miss Brooks notes the jury made a quick decision, punishing her with "a rather stiff fine". Mr. Conklin, who was on the jury, wanted to hurry out of court and go fishing.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore:
    • In "Spare That Rod!", a temporarily humbled Mr. Conklin tries to curry favor with his students and faculty - after being tricked into thinking his job was hanging by a thread for being "flagrantly dictatorial". Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass take advantage of this to present him with a petition. Mr. Conklin, again assured that his job is safe, shouts them out of his office.
    • In "Marinated Hearing", Miss Brooks decides to tell off a temporarily deaf Mr. Conklin. Unfortunately for Miss Brooks, Mr. Conklin had just recovered his hearing . . . .
  • Not a Morning Person: Miss Brooks sometimes finds it hard to get up in the morning.
  • Oblivious to Hints: Mr. Boynton
  • Oblivious to Love: Mr. Boynton
  • Obstacle Ski Course: In "Skis In The Classroom", Miss Brooks ends up skiing downhill without knowing how to ski. Miss Brooks ends her ski with a very ill advised maneuver; she skis toward a tree, grabs onto the branches and tumbles into the snow!
  • 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 their 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.
  • Oddball in the Series: The last season of the television series, the product of Executive Meddling. Madison High School turns out to have been in Los Angeles. Not the City of Madison - as had been the case before. What's more, it's immediately being torn down for a new freeway. Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin start working at Mrs. Nestor's private school.
  • Ode to Intoxication: In "Old Clothes for Party" Miss Brooks is annoyed by a drunk who interrupts her call on the telephone party line. After finally managing to get rid of him, she sings a parody of "Comin' Through the Rye":
    Miss Brooks: When a buddy meets a buddy, he's had too much rye!
  • Office Sports: In "Trial By Jury", Mr. Conklin practices his casting in his office.
  • Official Couple: Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton don't formally get together until The Movie, but everyone sees it coming (even, eventually, Mr. Boynton). Teenagers Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin are boyfriend and girlfriend as well.
  • Official Kiss: Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton finally get one in the cinematic series finale.
  • Oktoberfest: Discussed by Miss Brooks in "Hawkins Travel Agency", when trying to sell Mr. Stone on a trip to Switzerland:
    Miss Brooks (speaking in a German accent): And then we go to the Bavarian Alps. Immediately you notice there is a big difference.
    Mr. Boynton: A big difference?
    Miss Brooks: Ja. There with the women and the song, you get beer. Achtung what beer! Two bottles and you ski down the whole mountain without your skis.
  • Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: Miss Brooks prepares for her role as proxy in "June Bride" as if she were really getting married.
  • Old-Timey Bathing Suit: In "Heat Wave", Miss Brooks notices Mr. Boynton, Harriet Conklin, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass are wearing bathing suits beneath their regular clothes. They're quite evidently in the old timey style, given the fact Miss Brooks sees the suits sticking out of their collars.
  • One Phone Call: In "Bobbsey Twins In Stir", Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin are all locked up in gaol for selling forged tickets to the policeman's ball. They pool their change, so they can use their one phone call to contact the head of the board of education, Mr. Stone (Mr. Stone lives in the country, thus it's a toll call). Lo and behold, before they're finished counting their change Mr. Stone is brought to gaol, having also been caught selling fraudulent tickets!
  • One Steve Limit: Scrupulously observed.
  • 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 Known by Their Nickname: Stretch (Fabian) Snodgrass, and his brother Bones (Winston).
  • Only Sane Employee: Miss Brooks is oftentimes the only reliable person at Madison High School. Surprisingly often she is called upon to get Principal Osgood Conklin out of trouble or alternatively to stand up to his dictatorial edicts, i.e. "Blue Goldfish", "Public Property on Parade", "School on Saturday", "Wakeup Plan". Other times, she's just around to save the day for a student, i.e. "Stuffed Gopher" and "Two Way Stretch Snodgrass".
  • Only Sane Man: Miss Brooks often serves this role, as she is constantly dealing with the eccentricities of the people around her.
  • On the Money: Miss Brooks often finds herself short of cash, as in "Easter Outfit", "Fischer's Pawn Shop", "The Festival", and "School T.V. Set".
  • Opening Narration: On the radio, each episode began with a short narration by a male narrator. He would introduce Miss Brooks as an English teacher at Madison High School. Often, he would go on to provide more information relevant to the current episode. This, in turn, would prompt a wry remark or two by Miss Brooks. Miss Brooks' narration led into the episode proper.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Used by Connie a few times on Phillip Boynton, to varying effect, i.e. "Hello Mr. Chips". Proves highly potent in the movie, enough for Connie to finally get her man.
  • Opposing Sports Team: Madison High's rival Clay City High.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin meet the bill, although Harriet's somewhat atypical in the fact her father is the high school principal. Neither are the program's protagonist, that honor goes to English teacher Miss Brooks.
  • Origin Story:
    • The first radio episode, appropriately titled "First Day", relates Mr. Conklin's arrival as newly appointed principal.
    • In "Borrowing Money To Fly", it's Miss Brooks' arrival in Madison that's explained. Mr. Conklin has already long been comfortably ensconced as principal of Madison High School.
    • The first ten minutes of the cinematic series finale again relates Miss Brooks' initial arrival in Madison.
  • Overlord Jr.: In "Babysitting New Years Eve", Miss Brooks babysits Mr. Conklin's bratty nephew, who's constantly yelling "I want a drink of water!". Averted with Mr. Conklin's daughter, Harriet, a series regular who is very much a friend of Miss Brooks'.
  • Overly Long Name: One episode featured an attempt by Mr. Conklin to borrow Mrs. Davis's house trailer from Miss Brooks. He wanted to go fishing on an isolated lake, deep in the wilderness. The name of the lake, and the title of the episode? "Oo Oo Me Me Tocoludi Gucci Moo Moo." It's the local Indians' word for "blue."
  • Pair the Smart Ones: Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton.
  • Parallel Parking: In "Taking the Rap for Mr. Boynton", Miss Brooks "helps" Mr. Boynton parallel park his car. She advises him to back up just a little more . . . resulting in him destroying Mr. Conklin's bumper.r
  • Paranormal Episode: "Music Box Revue" sees Miss Brooks purchase a magic music box that can only be heard by people in the proper Christmas spirit.
  • Parasol of Pain: In "Plaque for Mr. Conklin", Mrs. Davis belts Mr. Conklin with a mahogany handled umbrella. She thinks Mr. Conklin has amnesia. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Parking Problems: While Miss Brooks has had trouble parking off and on through the series, "Trial by Jury" features a truly Epic Fail. She leaves her car parked on a hill, another driver bumps her car forward. The parking brake is released, and her car rushes downhill and crashes into a fruit stand. Miss Brooks returns just in time to get the blame.
  • Parlor Games: In "Parlor Game", Miss Brooks invents a complicated parlor version of Calvinball, in order to push Mr. Conklin into taking his family out for the evening as a more palatable alternative.
  • Parody Episode: The second-half of "Postage Due" is a parody of Dragnet.
  • Passing Notes in Class: In "Bones, Son of Cyrano", Mr. Boynton confiscates a love poem Walter was writing for Harriet.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: This descibes Miss Brooks' relationship to her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Miss Enright. Whenever the two meet, prepare for a cavalcade of catty remarks. Miss Enright takes the matter further, often dropping a Stealth Insult or two about Miss Brooks in front of her students.
    Walter Denton: Miss Enright's always saying nice things about you, Miss Brooks."
    Miss Brooks: She is? Miss Enright?
    Walter Denton: Yes, just the other day Miss Enright said you have the most natural blonde hair she's ever seen on a brunette.
  • 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.
  • Performance Anxiety: "Public Speaker's Nightmare".
  • Perplexing Plurals: How do you refer to two men with the same surname? In "Mr. Boynton's Parents", nervousness sees Miss Brooks momentarily confused as to the correct manner in referencing Mr. Boynton and his father:
    Miss Brooks: Where's Mr. Boynton? Or should I say where are Mr. Boyntons . . . or Misters Boynton . . . where's everybody?
  • Pet Baby, Wild Animal': Miss Brooks and the Madison High crowd adopt an injured sparrow in "Capistrano's Revenge".
  • The Pete Best: Joe Forte played Mr. Conklin in the first few radio episodes of the series, before being replaced by the legendary Gale Gordon.
  • Phone Booth: Phone booths 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.
  • Picture Day: In the episode "Friday the 13th", a tasteless prank by Walter Denton, combined with Stretch Snodgrass's bungling, result in yearbook proofs being printed with Miss Brooks' head atop Mr. Conklin's body.
  • Pie in the Face: Mr. Conklin finds himself the victim of this trope a couple times.
  • Pimped-Out Car: Walter Denton's jalopy. Although usually a wreck, sometimes he amps up the engine, other times he simply adds seat covers.
  • Pink Elephants: Referenced in "Cure That Habit", when Mr. Stone wrongly suspects Mr. Conklin of being drunk and having hallucinations.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: We almost never see (or in the radio version, hear) Miss Brooks actually teaching English, although she's said to be quite good at it. The rare glimpses seen of Miss Brooks actually teaching are usually played for laughs, such as her tutoring of Stretch Snodgrass in "The Yodar Kritch Award". The same goes for Mr. Boynton, whose canonical biology lectures consist of one about the skeletal structure of frogs in "Mr. Conklin's Wake Up Plan".
  • Plot Coupon: In the episode "Phonebook Follies", Miss Brooks must find Mrs. Davis' copy of last year's phonebook. Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis are ineligible to receive a new phonebook otherwise.
  • Plot Immunity: Plot immunity guarantees Miss Brooks' position at Madison High School. Even cinematic series finale, where Miss Brooks resolves to leave in a moment of despair, With This Ring intervenes.
  • Police Lineup: In "Reunion," Miss Brooks imagines Mr. Conklin, Mr. Munsee and Mr. Talbot in a police lineup.
  • Powder Keg Crowd: In "School on Saturday", Madison High's students are in an angry protesting mob outside the school. They're angry because, you guessed it, they're being forced to go to school on Saturday. They even have plans to burn Mr. Conklin in effigy. Mr. Conklin sends Miss Brooks outside to make a speech to calm them down.
  • Practical Effects: Seen in several episodes, including:
    • "Life Can Be Bones": A prop-cat subs for Minerva when she jumps over the fence after tasting Mrs. Davis's spicy soup.
    • "Public Property on Parade" Similar to the preceding example, prop-birds flee Mrs. Davis' Limburger omelette.
    • "Here is Your Past": The effects from Mr. Conklin's big sneezes.
    • "Brooks' New Car": Mr. Conklin going through the wall when he drives his car atop a wagon left in the driveway.
    • "Do It Yourself": The garage Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Walter Denton built falls apart.
    • "Pet Shop": The rainstorm.
  • Prank Call: The events of "Wild Goose" are set off when Walter Denton makes a prank call, disguising his voice in so doing. Denton tells Mr. Conklin he's won a television set from Sherry's Department Store. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Prankster: Walter Denton. Occasionally, Mrs. Davis as well.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Mr. Conklin is very protective of his vehicle in "Brooks' New Car" and "Taking the Rap for Mr. Boynton".
  • Prehistoric Monster: In "Madison Mascot", a torn note has Walter Denton, Stretch Snodgrass, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton mistakenly believe that the new name for the Madison High football team will be the "Madison Mammoths".
    Walter Denton: What do you think of the new setup Mrs. Davis? The Madison Mammoths! That's what the team will be called of course.
    Miss Brooks: The Madison Mammoths?
    Walter Denton: Sure. Because of the elephant mascot. You remember those prehistoric hairy old elephants, don't you Miss Brooks?
    Miss Brooks: Not personally.
  • Preppy Name: Osgood Conklin isn't rich, but he is as pompous as his first name would suggest.
  • Present Peeking: In "Mr. Boynton's Parents", Mr. Conklin leaves his Mother's Day present with Miss Brooks, as his wife and daughter are inveterate snoopers. When Mr. Boynton's parents stay with Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Boynton finds the present in her room. Mrs. Boynton's a present peeker as well, she can't wait for Mother's Day, so she opens it.
    Mrs. Boynton: A black sheer negligee!
    Mr. Boynton: Well Happy Mother's Day!
  • Private Eye Monologue: "Postage Due" sees Miss Brooks search for a vanished postman wearing a trench coat while narrating the action in film noir style.
  • Private Tutor:
    • Miss Brooks tutors Stretch Snodgrass to keep him eligible for athletics . . . not to mention, to keep him from flunking outright.
    • The cinematic series finale sees Miss Brooks tutor Gary Nolan, who's struggling in English.
  • The Professor: Mr. Boynton, Miss Brooks' Love Interest and Madison's Biology teacher. His knowledge of his subject is prodigious, but his favorite topic of study has to be frogs.
  • Projectile Toast: Mrs. Davis' toaster was a repeat offender.
  • Proper Lady: Mrs. Conklin. She's the kindly, intelligent and dignified wife of bombastic Mr. Conklin.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Proud Beauty: Women like this appear once in awhile, and are always at least a nuisance to Miss Brooks or Harriet Conklin:
    • In "The Model Teacher", an obnoxious but attractive reporter competes with Miss Brooks for Mr. Boynton's affections.
    • "New Girl" sees the titular new girl go after Harriet's boyfriend Walter Denton. The girl's mother has eyes for Mr. Boynton.
    • "The Dancer" sees a burlesque dancer audition for a job at a bachelor party being arranged by Mr. Conklin. The usually shy Mr. Boynton is very interested in seeing her do her work.
    • In the cinematic series finale, the Madison Express's new lonely hearts columnist walks this way whenever she goes through the newsroom. But fortunately, this proud beauty stays out of the way of Miss Brooks.
  • Pulled from Your Day Off:
    • In "School on Saturday", Mr. Conklin pulls everybody from their day off.
    • "Head of the Board": Mr. Conklin again plots to do the same.
    • In "Who's Going Where", it's just Miss Brooks whom Mr. Conklin intends to send to work on her vacation.
    • In "Trouble Paying Taxi Fare", Mr. Conklin gets a taste of his own medicine at the hands of school board superintendent Mr. Stone.
  • Pungeon Master: Mr. Jensen, the custodian on several radio episodes. He insists on taking things literally and out-of-context. When Miss Brooks asks about his new son, she asks "How is the little dear?" Mr. Jensen replies they didn't have a "deer." One exchange with Miss Brooks ends with Miss Brooks thinking she finally has him in his own trap.
    Mr. Jensen: While I'll be running off.
    Miss Brooks: Now I've got you Mr. Jensen. You won't really be running off!"
    Mr. Jensen: Oh, yes I will. (is heard running away)
  • Purple Prose: As befits his Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, Walter Denton often packs his newspaper editorials and other compositions with purple prose.
  • Put on a Bus: Mr. Boynton, Walter, Harriet, and Stretch in the fourth season when the high school was torn down and the setting moved to a private elementary school.
    • Mr. Allbright, who was intended to be the new love interest, left after only a few episodes and was replaced by Suspiciously Similar Substitute Gene Talbot as the athletic director.
    • Finally, Talbot himself, who was on long enough to actually date Miss Brooks, was written off when The Bus Came Back with Mr. Boynton returning and looking for work at the elementary school.
  • Questioning Title?: The episode "Space, Who Needs It?"
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: A quintessential British public school principal visits in the episode "Hello Mr. Chips." Miss Brooks uses him to make Mr. Boynton jealous.
  • 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.
  • Radio Contest: In "Wild Goose", Walter Denton, pretending to be a radio quiz host, tricks Mr. Conklin into believing he's won a television set from Sherry's Department Store.
  • Radio Drama: Our Miss Brooks ran on CBS Radio starting in 1948. It was joined by a television adaptation in 1952. The series concluded with a feature film in 1956.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Mr. Conklin lives this trope, flying off into fits of rage that makes him purple in the face.
  • 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.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: A time-pressed Miss Brooks is at it in "Public Property on Parade".
  • Reaction Shot: Many throughout the television series. Perhaps the most notable ones, however, occur in thetheatrical series finale. We see Miss Brooks reaction to the wackiness of the characters around her, especially in the first fifteen minutes as we see her arrival in Madison retold in cinematic form.
  • "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.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: One of Miss Brooks' students in "King and Brooks".
  • Recurring Dreams: In "Friendship", Miss Brooks suffers from a recurring dream where she's being chased by a man with a knife. It turns out a broken bedspring poking through her mattress is the cause of her nightmares.
  • Red Scare: A few times it was Played for Laughs by Deadpan Snarker Miss Brooks.
    • In "Walter's Radio", after Mr. Boynton makes a non-committal statement about the weather, Miss Brooks snarks:
    Miss Brooks: There's a statement you won't be investigated for."
    • In "The Cafeteria Strike", Walter Denton starts a student petition against the terrible food in the school cafeteria:
    Walter Denton (reading the petition): Whereas and to wit . . . .
    Miss Brooks: That's pretty strong language, isn't it? A little on the pink side . . . .
  • 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.
  • Remembered Too Late: In "Wishing Well Dance", Miss Brooks get in trouble with Mr. Conklin after Stretch Snodgrass gives her a message to see him immediately. The problem? Stretch Snodgrass forgot about the message, only remembering to give her the message hours later.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Bones Snodgrass is introduced in the episode "The Yodar Kritch Award". He was never before seen or mentioned, in spite of being the brother of recurring character Stretch Snodgrass.
  • Removable Steering Wheel: In "The Oakhurst Music Festival", while giving driving lessons to Stretch Snodgrass, Miss Brooks asks him to give her the wheel. Snodgrass literally gives Miss Brooks the steering wheel.
  • Removing the Rival: On several occasions, Miss Enright schemes to put Miss Brooks out of the running for Mr. Boynton's affections:
    • In "First Aid Course", Miss Enright threatens to move away to nurse her sick sister . . . in order to convince Mr. Conklin to tie up Miss Brooks during the evenings teaching the eponymous course.
    • In "Four Fiances" Miss Enright corresponds with four men, and proposes marriage to each of them . . . in Miss Brooks' name.
    • In "Mr. Boynton's Barbeque", Miss Enright transfers a sick student to Miss Brooks' class so Miss Brooks would catch a cold. That left Miss Enright a clear field with Mr. Boynton.
    • In "Teacher's Convention", Miss Enight relays a message to Walter Denton that Mr. Boynton was "laid up" and wouldn't be attending the convention with Miss Brooks. Walter tells Miss Brooks, leading her to cancel. Mr. Boynton wasn't the least bit sick.
  • Renaissance Man:
    • Mr. Boynton. He teaches Biology, but also was a Chemistry teacher in the past. In one episode, he almost receives a job as a College Professor ("The Wrong Mrs. Boynton"). In another episode, Mr. Conklin has Mr. Boynton mark the school's English tests ("Head of the English Department"). He also acts as Mr. Conklin's typist on occasion ("Who's Going Where?). On top of all that, Mr. Boynton has, in various episodes, coached the school basketball, football, and baseball teams.
    • Miss Brooks is also an example, in addition to teaching English, teaching French and Spanish as well on one occasion ("Saving the School Newspaper"). Miss Brooks is also a great typist, and once worked as a secretary ("Connie's New Job Offer"). "First Aid Course" suggests Miss Brooks is also a trained nurse. Miss Brooks has also taught civics ("Student Government Day") and physical education, even receiving an offer to play on a women's baseball team ("Baseball Slide").
  • Replacement Scrappy: Gene Talbot replaced Phillip Boynton as Connies' Love Interest in the last season of the television series. Mr. Boynton ended up returning by the end of the season, and in marries Connie in The Movie Grand Finale.
  • Repressive, but Efficient: Miss Brooks is justified in calling Mr. Conklin "dictator" of Madison High School. However, the school seems to operate well nonetheless.
  • Resistance Is Futile: Mr. Conklin once uses a variation, when Miss Brooks tries to avoid having him assign some unpaid overtime work.
  • The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: The Grand Finale appeared on neither radio nor television, but instead took the form of a feature film.
  • 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.
  • Reverse Whodunnit: The episode "Jewel Robbery" see a criminal break into a jewelry store and flee when the alarm sounds. Miss Brooks, standing around the corner, sees Mr. Boynton look into the broken window. The episode then follows Miss Brooks as she suspects Mr. Boynton, and then catches the actual villain.
  • Rewrite: There are two versions of Miss Brooks' arrival in Madison. The first episode ("First Day") and the later episode "Spare That Rod!" have Miss Brooks already teaching at Madison when Mr. Conklin is appointed principal. However, "Borrow Money To Fly", features a major rewrite. Miss Brooks arrives to teach at Madison High School, and is greeted by longtime principal Mr. Conklin. The cinematic series finale follows the new continuity, albeit having Miss Brooks meet Mr. Conklin and Mr. Boynton in a slightly different manner.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: In the cinematic Grand Finale to the series, wealthy Lawrence Nolan proposes to Miss Brooks. Although Miss Brooks likes Nolan as a friend, and he's overall a good person, she can't see herself in love with him. Miss Brooks prefers longtime Love Interest, shy biology teacher Phillip Boynton. At the end of the film, they finally marry and live Happily Ever After.
  • Right Behind Me: In the "Yodar Kritch Award", Walter Denton comes into Mrs. Davis' house complaining about Mr. Conklin, oblivious to the fact Mr. Conklin is seated at the dining room table.
  • The Rival: Miss Brooks has Miss Enright, her rival for Mr. Boynton's affections and the position of head of the English Department.
  • Road Trip Plot: "Game at Clay City".
  • Rousing Speech: Several, played for laughs, in "School on Saturday". Miss Brooks persuades the angry students to go to school, or to go home, as Mr. Conklin repeatedly changes his mind.
  • Royal Blood: In "King and Brooks," Miss Brooks discovers one of her students in an Indian prince. The boy's father, the maharajah, proposes marriage to Miss Brooks.
  • Royal Harem: In the episode "King and Brooks", the king mentions having a harem.
  • 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).
  • Russian Roulette: At the crisis point of The Movie Grand Finale, a depressed Miss Brooks jokingly suggests to Mrs. Davis that they play Russian Roulette when she returns home from school. Fortunately, Mrs. Davis and Mr. Boynton's mother repair the misunderstanding that caused Mr. Boynton to invite his mother to live with him, and Miss Brooks marries Mr. Boynton and lives Happily Ever After.
  • Sabotage to Discredit: In "Madison Country Club", Miss Brooks sabotages what she believes is Mr. Conklins attempt to mock the teachers' relative poverty in front of a snobbish rich women. It really was an attempt to play poor and convince a Grand Dame to fund a renovation of his office.
  • Safety in Indifference: In the episode "Trying to Forget Mr. Boynton", Miss Brooks tries be indifferent and forget about love interest Mr. Boynton.
  • Sampling: At least four examples:
    • "April Fools": "As Time Goes By", from Casablanca, plays as Miss Brooks stalls for time.
    • "Wild Goose": "I Must Go Where The Wild Goose Goes" plays as Miss Brooks is sent on the wild goose chase Walter Denton had intended for Mr. Conklin.
    • "Weekend at Crystal Lake": A stanza of the "Anniversary Song" plays after Miss Brook parodies it.
    • "Friendship": The song "Friendship" is played as an ironic chorus whenever Miss Brooks loses a friend.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Miss Brooks' snark occasionally backfires when she aims it as Mr. Boynton, Walter Denton or Stretch and Bones Snodgrass. Mr. Boynton's so Oblivious to Love that sarcasm has a habit of sliding right off him. Walter Denton occasionally mistakes the sarcastic for the serious. As for the Snodgrasses, it's unlikely they even know what sarcasm is.
  • Savage South: In "Safari O'Toole", the eponymous adventurer spends much of his time here. He's a fake, but a nice one, who's only trying to impress Mrs. Davis.
  • 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 Festival: "The Festival". It's a costume festival held in the park across from the school.
  • School Newspaper Newshound:
    • Walter Denton is editor of the school paper, the "Madison Monitor". From time to time he gets himself into trouble by writing editorials critical of Mr. Conklin or Madison High School in general, i.e. "Cafeteria Strike" and "Threat to Abolish the School Paper". "Marinated Hearing" revolves around Miss Brooks' attempt to keep Walter Denton from publishing an editorial insulting the Board of Education in revenge for only giving students 2 1/2 instead of 3 weeks of Christmas Vacation.
    • Walter also plays the gossip columnist in a couple episodes, with a column entitled "Campus Dirt: Shoveled by Walter Denton". This is to Miss Brooks' dismay, as he uses the column to blab about her being disappointed that Mr. Boynton is away at a Biologist's Convention.
    • Like any good high school reporter, he also on the prowl for news. We see him at it in the episode "Kritch Cave".
  • 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."
  • School Play: A few episodes (i.e. "Madison Country Club" and "Hawkins Travel Agency") have Miss Brooks and company wear school costume. In "The School Board Psychologist", an upcoming school play (where the students would dress as animals) is a major plot point.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: In "Space, Who Needs It?", Walter Denton fakes an invasion by miniature space aliens to prank Mr. Conklin.
  • Scrabble: In the cinematic series finale, Miss Brooks and Lawrence Nolan play a game of Scrabble aboard the Paradise, Nolan's yacht. Not surprising, the board is plainly the deluxe edition, with built-in turntable.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Mr. Conklin lives this trope. One example, out of many, is his using the high school cafeteria freezer to store his meat in "Home Cooked Meal".
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Connie Brooks is free to pursue Oblivious to Love Mr. Boynton in way that would be questionable if she weren't an attractive English teacher. Lampshaded by Mr. Conklin, when he wryly comments on how he was sure to always find in in Mr. Boynton's biology lab. Party justified in that Mr. Boynton likes Miss Brooks, and Miss Brooks' extraordinary pursuit doesn't violate any laws. This bit of dialogue from "Student Government Day" describes Miss Brooks' pursuit of Mr. Boynton in a nutshell:
    Mr. Boynton: Fate seems always to be pitching us together
    Miss Brooks: Compared to me, fate's only a sandlot pitcher.
  • Script Swap: In "Poetry Mix-up", a love poem intended for Harriet Conklin is given to Mr. Conklin by mistake.
  • Secret Weapon: In "Project X", the eponymous project is Mr. Conklin's secret weapon to get a promotion. It's a device that allows Mr. Conklin to listen in on and communicate with every room in the school.
  • Self-Deprecation: Miss Brooks sometimes aims her deadly sarcasm at herself, usually when she finds herself dragged into a preposterous situation or scheme.
  • Sentimental Drunk: "Old Clothes for Party" sees a sentimental (and exceptionally annoying) drunk invades Miss Brooks' conversation when she tries to use the party line telephone. The drunk falsely thinks Miss Brooks is married to his best friend, and starts wailing as she's making a date with Mr. Boynton. Later, the drunk starts crying about how he doesn't know where his father is.
  • Separated by a Common Language: An English schoolmaster visits in "Hello Mr. Chips". Hilarity Ensues.
  • Series Goal: From day one, Miss Brooks wants to marry oblivious Mr. Boynton. They finally marry in The Movie Grand Finale
  • Series of the 1950s
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Walter, which makes him sound much more intelligent than he really is.
  • Sexophone: A Running Gag in The Movie is a sexophone riff that plays everytime Miss Lonelyhearts gets up from her desk and walks through the newspaper office.
  • "Shaggy Frog" Story: In "Friday the Thirtteenth", Mrs. Davis assures Miss Brooks her troubles with Mr. Conklin are merely psychological. Mrs. Davis relates how her brother Victor was afraid to enter a yard because of a dog that was always barking. Victor went to a psychiatrist who told him that the only reason the dog was barking was because the dog was afraid Victor would kick him . . . .
    Mrs. Davis: After a couple months with the psychiatrist, my brother went right into that dog's yard and they stayed there together for over an hour.
    Miss Brooks: Really, what did they do?
    Mrs. Davis: They just stood around, biting and kicking each other. Luckily, a policeman came by and stopped it.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Mr. Conklin, to some extent. He even has a huge photograph of himself hanging above his living room mantelpiece.
  • Shave And A Haircut: Walter Denton usually rings the bell at Mrs. Davis', but a few times he knocks to the tune of Shave and a Haircut.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: In "The Tape Recorder", Walter Denton purchases an expensive reel-to-reel tape recorder, and bills it to Madison High. Truth in Television, as tape recorders cost hundreds of dollars at the time.
  • Shoe Shine, Mister?: In "The Birthday Bag", Harriet Conklin solicits money from Miss Brooks by pretending it's for an impoverished shoeshine boy.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Miss Brooks' two successive gym teacher love interests in the controversial final television season. Clint Albright and Gene Talbot, respectively. They both end up quitting their jobs and leaving with little explanation. They're replaced by Miss Brooks' longtime beau, Mr. Boynton.
  • Show Within a Show: In "Here Is Your Past", Miss Brooks is unwittingly made a contestant of the titular show.
  • The Shrink: In the episode "The School Board Psychologist". A dangerously incompetent psychologist tries to have Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin dismissed.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: Mr. and Mrs. Conklin can be like that:
    • In "Trying to Pick a Fight", it's revealed that one of Mrs. Conklin's pet names for her husband is "Sugar Cookie".
    • In "Mr. Boynton's Parents", Mr. Conklin buys Mrs. Conklin a black sheer negligee. "To Baby, From Goodie" reads the card.
  • Signature Team Transport: Walter Denton usually drives Miss Brooks to school in his jalopy.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Miss Brooks, in the few episodes where she wears an evening gown - most notably, the strapless evening gown she wears in "Suzy Prentiss".
  • 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 Brooks' 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.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Miss Brooks has Miss Enright, a fellow English teacher and rival for Mr. Boynton's affections.
  • Sitting on the Roof: Two episodes end with Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton sitting on a roof.
    • In "Elopement with Walter, Miss Brooks lures Mr. Boynton atop Mrs. Davis' house to practice volunteer fire fighting maneuvers. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • "Threat to Abolish Football" ends with Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton drafted into fixing the roof of Mr. Conklin's house. Again, It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Sketchy Successor: In the first radio episode, "First Day", Madison High School's Principal Darwell is replaced by Principal Osgood Conklin. Partially averted in that Mr. Conklin is generally competent with a Hidden Heart of Gold. However, he is also pompous, arrogant, bad-tempered and dictatorial.
    • The later radio episode "Borrowing Money to Fly", and the cinematic series finale changed the continuity so as to reflect the fact Mr. Conklin was Madison's longtime principal who had been long ensconced in his position upon Miss Brooks' arrival at Madison.
  • The Slacker: Walter Denton is an early example, although intelligent about some things, he's Book Dumb, constantly taking shortcuts in his studies, once mentions he keeps his room a mess, and tries to minimize the time he spends in school or actually doing school work.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Miss Brooks is sometimes the victim of slapstick gags. For example, in "Business Course" where she gets covered in oil and "Vitamin E-12" where she gets covered in goop. Miss Enright also suffers an oily fate in "Business Course." In "Secondhand First Aid" Miss Brooks wraps Miss Enright in bandages and rips her dress.
  • Slave to PR: Mr. Conklin is desperate to maintain a good public image on a number of occasions. For example, in "Madison Country Club", he's desperate to one up his rival Jason Brill. In "The Cafeteria Strike", Mr. Conklin's desperate to prevent the school's board food being exposed in the newspaper. Yes, Mr. Conklin is desperate to maintain a good front for the public. However, he never seems to care about the reputation he has amongst Madison's students and faculty.
  • 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 "Public Property On Parade".
  • Smart People Play Chess: One of biology teacher Mr. Boynton's hobbies is chess. In the "Hobby Show", he tries to teach the game to Miss Brooks.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Although Harriet Conklin is usually Walter Denton's squeeze, and ordinarily quite levelheaded, she's been known to act this way on occasion.
    • In "Hello, Mr. Chips," Harriet has a crush on a visiting English headmaster.
    • In "Bones, Son of Cyrano" Harriet is enthused when she thinks Mr. Boynton has written her a love letter.
    • Similarly, in the radio episodes "Stretch has a Problem" and "The Grudge Match" Harriet is overjoyed to find out that Dumb Jock Stretch Snodgrass is in love with her.
  • 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, i.e. "Here is Your Past" and "The Magic Tree".
  • Social Semicircle: Sometimes readily apparent. Our Miss Brooks was filmed in front of a live studio audience at Desilu Studios, using the same camera equipment as I Love Lucy.
    • One example is found in the episode "Spare That Rod!". Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass are crowded along three sides of a cafeteria table.
    • Another example is in the episode "Madison Mascot", where Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin, Harriet Conklin Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass are meeting in Mr. Conklin's to discuss the a mascot for the Madison football team. Mr. Conklin sat at the head of the table, with everybody else either placed at the foot or along one side.
    • Averted in "Hobby Show" and "Thanksgiving Show" in scenes taking place at Mrs. Davis' dining room table. Mrs. Davis, one supposes, had little tolerance for Social Semi Circle Seating!
  • So Proud of You: Lawrence Nolan, praising his son Gary's reporting work, in the cinematic series finale.
  • Sound-to-Screen Adaptation
  • Spit Take: Mr. Boynton does one with chili in "Weekend at Crystal Lake".
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: "Blind Date".
  • Springtime for Hitler: In "School on Saturday", Mr. Conklin sends Miss Brooks to quell a mass student protest that arises when he opens Madison High School on Saturday, and demands everybody attend . . . .
    • Mr. Conklin hears from head of the board, Mr. Stone, that Conklin would be in trouble if he dared open the school Saturday. Stone was going to investigate, personally . . . .
    • Too bad for Mr. Conklin, Miss Brooks' speech to the angry teenagers convinced them to come in and attend class.
    • Mr. Conklin has Miss Brooks make another speech, to send the students home . . . .
    • Mr. Stone calls up, saying he's not going to inspect the school after all . . . .
    • Miss Brooks is sent to make yet another speech, and the students attend classes for the day. And stay in detention until 4:00 p.m.
    • Mr. Stone comes by late in the afternoon . . . more Hilarity Ensues.
  • Squee!: Harriet Conklin, occasionally. One example is in "Hello, Mr. Chips", where she makes a sound of delight upon seeing the visiting English school master.
  • Staircase Tumble: Walter Denton's dates with Harriet Conklin often end with him being kicked down the porch steps by her father.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: The episode "Here is Your Past" sees Miss Brooks and Mrs. Davis being stalked by a mysterious man with a black moustache. The stranger forces Connie to a TV studio where she's guest of honor on the Here is Your Past TV program.
  • Standalone Episode: Every radio and television episode of Our Miss Brooks reintroduces the characters, and (except in the fourth TV season) there's no continuity that needs to be followed from one episode to the next.
  • Standardized Sitcom Housing: Mostly averted.
    • Miss Brooks rents a room from Mrs. Davis, whose home is stereotypically decorated in "old lady style" i.e. old fashioned wallpaper and lots of doilies. The house is a one-story home, although the front windows seen in establishing shots don't appear in the house. The front door opens directly into the living room, but is actually stage right. The house actually has a dining room stage left to the living room. Stage left to the dining room is the kitchen, with a back door leading stage left to the back porch and back yard (which was rarely shown). Depending on the requirement of the plot, the house is described as having either two or three bedrooms. (In The Movie, Mrs. Davis describes the third bedroom as a "spare room", perhaps reconciling the difference.) There's an easily accessible attic used for storage, mentioned by never shown. On the rare occasions when Miss Brooks' bedroom is shown, it's unclear where it is inside the house.
    • In the cinematic series finale, the layout is much the same. However, while the living room was square on television, here it's elongated along the front of the house. The windows outside actually line up. The location of Miss Brooks' room is also shown. It's off a small hallway leading from the living room (and thus not appearing on stage on television.
  • 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".
  • Stealth Insult: In the series' theatrical series finale, Miss Brooks is Mr. Conklin's campaign manager for his crack at the new post of Coordinator of Education (essentially, School Board Superintendent). Collecting donations from students and teachers, Miss Brooks tells Mr. Conklin that many of them were behind him. They were willing to give him a push out of Madison if necessary. Mr. Conklin's change of expression from glowing pride to a perplexed frown suggests he quickly realized the import of Miss Brooks' comment.
  • 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 the radio version:
    • 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.
  • Stern Teacher: At Madison High School, Miss Enright, Miss Brooks' personal and professional rival, is always described by Miss Brooks and others as a very competent teacher. However, she appears to be much stricter than Miss Brooks. In "Stretch the Basketball Star", the episode introducing Dumb Jock Stretch Snodgrass, Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin plot to have the student athlete moved to Miss Brooks' class. They view "old lady Enright" as being unsympathetic.
  • Stick Figure Animation: Used in a few episodes at the start of the fourth television season. For example, in "Who's Who", Miss Brooks narrates her efforts to beg a favor from Mrs. Nestor. The backdrop to Miss Brooks' narration is a stick figure picture of Miss Brooks pleading with Mrs. Nestor.
  • Sticky Fingers: Somebody is stealing phonebooks in the episode "Phonebook Follies".
  • Sticky Situation: In the episode "Living Statues", Mr. Conklin orders Miss Brooks to fix the cracks and scratches on his office walls. Joined by Walter and Mr. Boynton, Miss Brooks' redoes his office using a clear paint invented by Walter in the school lab. Unfortunately, Walter unknowingly added liquid cement to his concoction . . . .
  • Stock Animal Diet: Minerva, Mrs. Davis' pet cat, shows an affinity to several stock cat foods.
    • Minerva likes milk, but prefers cream. One episode has Miss Brooks telling Minerva there's no cream left, so she'll have to take milk. Minerva meows angrily in protest.
    • In "Taxidermists", Minerva gobbles up a large fish Mr. Conklin intends to enter in a fishing contest.
    • Minerva shows excitement anytime someone mentions mice in her presence.
  • Stock "Yuck!": The episode "Public Property on Parade", sees Cordon Bleugh Chef Mrs. Davis cook a limburger omelet for Miss Brooks. Brooks wisely declines, so Davis leaves it in the front yard for the birds. Cue a flock of birds flying a frantic retreat.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Stretch Snodgrass's grammar is atrocious. It's a toxic combination of current slang, malapropisms and double negatives.
    Miss Brooks: Stretch, it is incorrect to use a double negative in a sentence. You've just used four of them.
    Stretch Snodgrass: Oh! So what I said was alright then?
    • Stretch's brother Bones is the same way.
  • Strictly Professional Relationship: Sometimes invoked by Mr. Boynton. In fact, according to The Movie, when Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks first met, it is Mr. Boynton's insistence that has the two on a strictly Last-Name Basis.
    • It is noteworthy that Miss Brooks never sees her relationship with Mr. Boynton as strictly professional.
  • Student Council President: Harriet Conklin is Student Council President at Madison High School. As such, and especially as she is the daughter of Principal Conklin, she has . . . absolutely no power whatsoever.
  • Stunned Silence: A horrorstruck Miss Brooks is stunned into silence in the episode "Home Cooked Meal". Miss Brooks realizes that Mr. Conklin has gone into a dark kitchen that has filled with natural gas. When Mr. Conklin announces he's going to light a match, horror stricken, she can only mouth a warning. Fortunately, Mr. Conklin's alright, although a little worse for wear.
  • Sudden Humility:
    • In "Spare That Rod!", when Mr. Conklin believes Mr. Stone has threatened to fire him for being "flagrantly dictatorial." Mr. Conklin humbly helps out his teachers and is even obsequious toward his students.
    • In "Turnabout Day", by the authority of a forged letter Walter Denton becomes the principal on the titular "Turnabout Day". Cue Mr. Conklin pretending to be a student. He arrives on bicycle, wearing a propeller beanie and a Mickey Mouse T-shirt.
    • Again, in the penultimate television episode "Principal For A Day". Miss Brooks is briefly promoted to principal, and Mr. Conklin takes a position as history teacher.
    • Finally, in The Movie Grand Finale, Mr. Conklin is actually threatened with dismissal by Mr. Stone; in a Continuity Nod, Mr. Stone considering Conklin's strict rule of Madison High School "to be tantamount to malfeasance." Mr. Conklin tries acting humble. When that doesn't work, Conklin decides to run against Mr. Stone for the newly created post of "Coordinator of Education" (aka school board president/superintendent) to save his position.
  • Sudden Intelligence: The episode "Dress Code Protest" has student athlete Stretch Snodgrass volunteer some good advice to Miss Brooks.
    Stretch Snodgrass: I've got an idea, Miss Brooks.
  • Sudden Name Change:
    • Marty's Malt Shop, the restaurant across the street from Madison High School, goes by a different name in its first radio appearance ("The Model School Teacher"). Subsequent appearances have the local hangout go by the name "Marty's Malt Shop". This includes the television remake of "The Model School Teacher", simply entitled "The Model Teacher."
    • Sherry's Department store has a similar backstory. In the store's first appearance, "Surprise Party", Madison's department store goes by a different name. In subsequent episodes, "Sherry's" prevails, including the television remake of "Surprise Party", "The Birthday Bag."
    • In the third season, Madison High School's principal rival, "Clay City High School", is suddenly redubbed "Henry Clay High."
  • Super-Stoic Shopkeeper: Mr. Fisher in "Mr. Fisher's Pawn Shop," played by the indomitable Frank Nelson. He doesn't get upset in spite of the wacky hijinks going on all around him.
  • 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. Hilarity Ensues.
  • 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. Sadly, the actress playing Winona, Nana Bryant, was forced to leave the show due to illness after making 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 as 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.
    • In the fourth season of the TV series, Mr. Boynton was replaced as Miss Brooks' love interest by phys-ed instructor Clint Allbright (William Ching). Then Allbright himself was replaced with Gene Talbot (Gene Barry) before Boynton finally returned to the series.
  • Sweater Girl:
    • Harriet Conklin often favors a tight sweater.
    • The ''Madison Express" lonely hearts columnist, in the series' cinematic Grand Finale. She wears a tight sweater as she walks around the office, to the accompaniment of saxophone music. She is a minor a character, the movie ends with Disposable Love Interest Mr. Nolan asking her for a date on his yacht. Meanwhile, in the main plot, Miss Brooks marries Mr. Boynton and lives Happily Ever After.
  • Swivel-Chair Antics: In "Cure That Habit", Stretch Snodgrass swivels Principal Conklin around quickly, in an attempt to cure his hiccups. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Talking Heads: The radio programs adapted to television are often "talky" episodes. However, visual gags are often thrown into the script (indeed, many are carried over from the radio where they are described, but not shown). The show, humorous on the radio, definitely does not suffer in the adaptation to television.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: In a couple episodes, Mr. Conklin and Miss Brooks are heard talking in their sleep. "Mr. Conklin's Wakeup Plan" is one such example.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Mr. Boynton
  • Tap on the Head: In "Mr. Conklin is Honored", Mr. Conklin receives several hits on the head with Mrs. Davis' mahogany handled umbrella. It Makes Sense in Context. Mr. Conklin falls to the ground each time, but suffers no effect more severe than the loss of a couple teeth.
  • 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.
  • Teacher's Pet:
    • Walter Denton, who likes Miss Brooks so much he's usually driving her to school.
    • Also applies to Harriet Conklin, who is Miss Brooks' best student. She's also the daughter of the principal to boot.
  • Team Chef: Mrs. Davis is the only main character typically seen cooking. In one episode, Miss Brooks goes so far as to describe her own specialty as Campbell's Soup. Subverted in episodes where Miss Brooks assists Mrs. Davis with her cooking, and in episodes where Mrs. Conklin appears. Most notably subverted in "The Cafeteria Strike" when Mr. Boynton uses his mother's meatball recipe to get Miss Brooks out of trouble.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: This happens whenever Mr. Conklin forces Miss Brooks to go along with a scheme of which she does not approve.
  • Teeth Flying: Mr. Conklin loses several teeth in "Plaque for Mr. Conklin" as he's hit several times in an attempt to cure his faked case of amnesia. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Temporary Substitute: A few episodes (i.e. "A Dry Scalp is Better Than None", "Wild Goose") see Mrs. Davis' sister Angela substitute as Miss Brooks' landlady. Angela was said to be watching over things while Mrs. Davis visited relatives. (Jane Morgan, the actress who played Mrs. Davis, suffered a stroke. Fortunately, she made a complete recovery and returned within a few weeks time.)
  • That's an Order!: Mr. Conklin uses this phrase from time to time.
  • Thief Bag: The thief in "The Jewel Robbery" carries away the loot from the burgled store in a bag. However, the crook later stores it in a suitcase.
  • They Do: At the end of The Movie Grand Finale, Miss Brooks marries Mr. Boynton.
  • Theme Music Abandonment: The movie dispenses with the usual series theme, opening with a fanfare and a cheery new tune.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Happens often on Miss Brooks. Many episodes begin with Miss Brooks having breakfast with Mrs. Davis. Often enough Walter Denton joins them, proclaiming himself willing to eat another breakfast. However, you rarely see anybody eat more than a few bites or Miss Brooks take a few sips of coffee. The trope is carried over to scenes in the Madison High School cafeteria, where teachers and students talk far more than they ever eat.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Walter Denton, his girlfriend Harriet Conklin, and his best friend Stretch Snodgrass.
  • Three-Wall Set
  • Time-Shifted Actor: "The Dream" features older versions of Mr. Conklin, Walter Denton, Mrs. Davis, Mr. Boynton and Mrs. Boynton nee Brooks played by series regulars Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna, Jane Morgan, Robert Rockwell and Eve Arden respectively.
  • Today, X. Tomorrow, the World!: In "Spare That Rod!", Miss Brooks' criticizes Mr. Conklin's choice of adages decorating the walls of his office by asking what happened to the one that read "Today Madison, tomorrow the world!". Mr. Conklin states that the janitor ripped it cleaning.
  • Tonight, Someone Kisses: As seen in the trailer for The Movie.
  • Tonto Talk: Chief and Mrs. Thundercloud in the episode "Bartering With Chief Thundercloud".
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Miss Brooks becomes extremely depressed at the crisis point of the series-concluding film.
  • The Tooth Hurts: In "Mr. Conklin is Honored", Conklin loses several teeth when repeatedly hit on the head. The hits on the head weren't maliciously intended, but meant to cure a case of Easy Amnesia he had foolishly faked earlier in the episode.
  • Trap Door: In "Sneeky Peepers", a copy of Rodin's "The Kiss" is ordered by mistake. Mr. Conklin orders the offending statue to be covered by a tarpaulin until it can be returned. Walter Denton even installs a trap door to catch anyone sneaking up to the statue to take a peep. It turns out, by the end of the day, Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Stone and Walter Denton himself have fallen through the trap door and are trapped in a vacant (and locked) storage room in the basement.
  • The Trickster: Walter Denton is a prank player, with limited respect for authority.
  • Trigger Happy: In "New School Bus", Mr. Boynton buys an old paddy wagon for use as a school bus. Mrs. Davis uses the opportunity to drive around in the wagon, pretending to be a trigger happy cop. Fortunately, she's using a toy gun and shooting blanks!
  • The Triple: Several times. Here, Miss Brooks is having a rapid-fire breakfast "conversation" with Mrs. Davis:
    Miss Brooks: Toast?
    Mrs. Davis: Toast.
    Miss Brooks: Cereal?
    Mrs. Davis: Cereal.
    Miss Brooks: Hat-coat-and-bicarbonate?
    Mrs. Davis: ...
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Osgood Conklin, just to be all the more pompous.
  • True Companions: Miss Brooks is not only is pushed (or pushes herself) close to Mr. Boynton, but is frequently involved in the ups and downs of Mr. and Mrs. Conklin's lives, as well as those of her landlady Mrs. Davis.
  • Truth-Telling Session: Miss Brooks and Boynton argue in the film.
  • Turtle Power: In "Madison Mascot", Stretch Snodgrass offers his pet turtle as Madison's mascot:
    Stretch Snodgrass: I know, maybe I can bring my turtle over as a mascot.
    Walter Denton: The Madison Mudturtles! That's sort of alliterative. How big a turtle have you got, Stretch?
    Mr. Conklin: Now there's a brilliant suggestion. How could the crowd in a football stadium possibly see a three inch turtle?
  • TV Teen:
    • Features High-School Hustler and Teacher's Pet Walter Denton, who carried a very squeaky voice over from the radio. ** In the main cast is Harriet Conklin, the principal's daughter.
    • Showing up from time-to-time, the dumb but good-natured Stretch Snodgrass.
    • Stretch's brother Bones.
  • Two-Teacher School: Brooks and Boynton; there was also Brooks' rival Miss Enright and occasional visits from other teachers.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Principal Osgood Conklin's daughter Harriet.
  • 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.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: In the episode "The Dream", Miss Brooks has a daughter that looks just like her, while Mr. Conklin has a grandson that looks just like him. A Justified Trope, as it is All Just a Dream.
  • Unconventional Smoothie: Some of the health drinks Mrs. Davis prepares for Miss Brooks at breakfast fall into this category.
  • Undesirable Prize: In "Peanuts the Great Dane", Miss Brooks wins the titular dog after spending the episode trying to get rid of him.
  • 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 Gift Plot: "Christmas Gift Returns" and "Exchanging Gifts".
  • 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.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Mr. Conklin's often seen wearing three piece suits (i.e. "Living Statues").
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: In the cinematic series finale, the marriage proposal manages to be heartfelt, in character and very much atypical. Miss Brooks finds out she's been de facto engaged to Mr. Boynton when Mrs. Davis introduces Mr. Boynton's mother as her new boarder in Miss Brooks' place (so Mrs. Boynton can be close to her son without having to live with Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks). Miss Brooks then goes to the zoo to meet up with Mr. Boynton. With This Ring comes into play as Miss Brooks finds a ring in a box of Cracker Jack, which is promptly stolen by a female monkey. Nonetheless, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton leave arm in arm and see how the wallpaper Miss Brooks' selected will look in their future home.
  • Wakeup Makeup: Memorably averted in the episode "The Model Teacher". The catty female reporter is pleased to see Miss Brooks unmade up, so she could portray her as poorly as possible.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Three examples:
    • "Friday the Thirteenth": A key factor in the plot is a photograph of Miss Brooks by the lake in a French bathing suit.
    • "Heat Wave" has everybody but Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin scheming to get out of school and pay a trip to the swimming hole. Turns out Harriet Conklin, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass, and even Mr. Boynton have swimming suits under their regular clothes. At the end of episode, it's revealed Miss Brooks is wearing one too.
    • In the episode "The Dancer", an exotic dancer wanting Mr. Conklin to hire her for his brother-in-law's bachelor party, strips down to a French bathing suit when left alone in his office.
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: "Skis in the Classroom" see Miss Brooks' runaway skiing stopped in this fashion:
    Mr. Boynton: Look out, you're heading right for that big tree! Look out for that tree!
    Miss Brooks: It's the only way I can stop! Oh, if I can just grab one of the branches! Here goes!
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: Lawrence Nolan, in the film. He owns a luxurious motor yacht, the Paradise.
  • Weather Report Opening: "Radio Bombay" begins with a conversation about the weather.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Gary Nolan resents his father's inattention.
  • We Really Do Care: The plot of "Friendship".
  • We Wait: Miss Brooks stakes out a burglar in "The Burglar"
  • What Is This Feeling?: In the episode "Marriage Madness", Miss Brooks and Walter Denton are shocked to see Mr. Conklin smiling and in such a good mood. Mr. Conklin himself reflects that he doesn't remember being so happy!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "Trying to Pick a Fight", Miss Brooks colludes with Mrs. Conklin to trick Mr. Conklin in believing that she had went home to her mother. Mr. Boynton calls out Miss Brooks. Hilarity Ensues, as Miss Brooks gets the fight she desires with Love Interest Mr. Boynton.
    Miss Brooks: So, what are you gonna do about it, Frog Boy?
  • When Elders Attack: Mrs. Davis beats up a gym teacher in "Angela's Wedding". He insulted the deviled eggs she prepared.
  • When I Was Your Age...: In "Blue Goldfish", Miss Brooks is delegated to ask Mr. Conklin to raise the heat in the school. Mr. Conklin subjects Miss Brooks to a lecture about how soft people have gotten, unable to stand a little "fresh air." Mr. Conklin laments that Americans are no longer able to live up to the example set by George Washington at Valley Forge. An example of Hypocritical Humor, the only reason Mr. Conklin is able to stand the cold is that he's sitting on a heating pad.
  • White Collar Worker: Miss Brooks is a white collar worker. The same applies for Mr. Boynton, Miss Enright, and Principal Osgood Conklin.
  • Who Will Bell the Cat?: If a favor or a request for additional funds is to be made at Madison High School . . . it is Miss Brooks who is inevitably nominated to convey the demand to Principal Conklin. The episodes "Blue Goldfish" and "Stretch is in Love Again" are cases in point.
  • 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 Stretch.
  • 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 Due Respect: Occasionally said by Walter Denton to Miss Brooks. Also occasionally used by Miss Brooks with Principal Osgood Conklin.
  • With This Ring: The movie ends with Boynton finally proposing to Brooks.
  • With Us or Against Us: Mr. Conklin's given Miss Brooks this ultimatum a couple times, in order to force her compliance with a dubious scheme of his. Usually, however, Mr. Conklin chooses to warn Miss Brooks that it's in his power to make her time at teaching at Madison High "either very pleasant or very miserable."
  • Wolf Whistle: At the end of "Wake Up Plan", Mr. Boynton falls asleep on a chair in the hall. Miss Brooks doesn't wake him up, but sits beside him. Mr. Boynton wolf-whistles in his sleep!
  • 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.
  • Workaholic: In "Hobby Show" (and "The Workhorse", its radio predecessor), Miss Brooks is working so hard her friends fear her workaholic behavior will make her old before her time. Hilarity Ensues when Miss Brooks' friends try to teach her to relax with a hobby. Miss Brooks knits (with Mrs. Davis), finger-paints (with Harriet Conklin), plays with model trains (with Walter Denton), plays chess (with Mr. Boynton) and fixes toys for charity (with Mr. and Mrs. Conklin) . . . all at the same time.
  • Work Com
  • Worst Aid: In the episode "First Aid Course", Miss Brooks purposely inflicts Worst Aid on Miss Enright and Mr. Conklin. Miss Brooks was trying to avoid being forced to teach the eponymous course.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: It happens to Miss Brooks twice:
    • In "Indian Burial Ground", Miss Brooks and Walter Denton believe they've discovered a missing Arapaho Indian burial ground on Mr. Conklin's vacant lot. It turned out Harriet Conklin used the area to bury broken toys donated to Mrs. Davis' charity drive.
    • In "Rare Black Orchid" Walter Denton enlists Miss Brooks to borrow the school Geiger counter. Walter discovered his shoe was radioactive from uranium. Walter's uranium hunt ends when he discovers he had stepped in the school's uranium sample. He tries to make Miss Brooks split with him the $10 cost of replacing it.
  • 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."
  • "X" Makes Anything Cool: "Project X" in the episode of the same name.
  • You Are in Command Now: In "Radio Bombay", Mr. Conklin places Miss Brooks in charge of Madison High School when he's away for the morning. Hilarity Ensues.
  • You Meddling Kids: Happens in a first season radio episode, titled "Student Government Day". Taking over their duly elected roles as mayor and police chief for a day, Harriet Conklin and Walter Denton raid "The Jackpot Amusement Company," a gambling ring placing crooked slot machines in the backrooms of candy stores.
    • This is actually a subversion. Harriet and Walter's insults toward an uncooperative real policeman get them, several other students, Miss Brooks, and eventually Mr. Boynton locked in jail. The only reason the gangsters are run out of town, is that the crooked mayor is terrified of bad publicity from the fiasco. His equally crooked campaign manager convinces him to forgo his cut, and let the kids bust the gambling ring.
    • Fortunately, for Madison, it seems this was that mayor's last hurrah. By the following season's "School Band", Miss Brooks notes a new (much better) mayor had been elected and would be visiting Madison High School. When it the time came for the Mayor of Madison to appear on television in "Public Property on Parade", he showed himself to be the very model of a dedicated public servant.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: In "Friendship", Miss Brooks suffers from a referring dream where she's being attacked with a knife.
  • Zany Scheme: There must be a course in zany schemes over at Madison High School. Everybody has had one in the works, one time or another. These are just a few examples. They all make sense in context.
    • In "Two Way Stretch Snodgrass," Miss Brooks hatches a scheme to waylay Strech's transfer by having Mr. Conklin and her masquerade as the dim athlete's equally dim parents.
    • One of Walter Denton's schemes is a monstrous April Fool's Day joke, in "Wild Goose." He imitates a radio quizmaster, tricking Mr. Conklin into thinking he's won a TV from Sherry's Department Store. Cue Miss Brooks chasing down the stream of notes Walter left, in vain pursuit of the elusive television set.
    • Mr. Conklin, pompous though he may be, isn't above the general zaniness either. In "The Big Jump," he plans to jump off the roof (onto a firemen's parachute) as part of a civil defense drill. He chickens out, and volunteers Miss Brooks to act as his stunt double.
    • Mrs. Conklin gets into the act in "Non-Fraternization Policy." She's working to derail Mr. Conklin's newly imposed Islamic-style separation of the sexes at Madison.
    • Even Mr. Boynton take part. "Clay City English Teacher" sees him try to imitate Sam Spade in an effort to lure Miss Brooks away from the eponymous teacher.
    • Goody-two-shoes Harriet Conklin has a zany scheme now and again. In "New Girl", she tricks the titular girl's mother into believing Mr. Boynton is a serial killer.
    • To Mrs. Davis, zany schemes are old hat. At least as far as zany schemes go, occurs in the cinematic series finale. Mrs. Davis brings about Miss Brooks' Happily Ever After through some clever manipulation of Mr. Boynton and his mother.


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