In the 2021 movie Licorice Pizza by Paul Thomas Anderson, the main character Gary makes an awkward joke that, as far as I could understand, goes like this (not verbatim):

(on the TV show stage)

  • Host: How are things going for you, Gary?

  • Gary: Last week I did three beavers.

  • Host: You mean Leave it to Beaver?

  • Gary: Three beavers.

Can someone explain to me as a non-native English speaker and non-American what Gary is referring to here?

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"Beaver" is a euphemism for female genitalia. Still used, but more common in the early 70s. I would say using "Leave it to Beaver" (the TV show) in a joke of this nature was about as commonplace as jokes about Uranus.


Continuing from the first answer, he's implying that he had sex three times.

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    This was already implied through the existing answer. Please use comments to address other answers. You can take the Tour to familiarize yourself with this platform. Welcome to Movies & TV!
    – Joachim
    Feb 25 at 13:00
  • Disagree @Joachim. It is not implied at all. It is not spelled out, nor understood. Feb 25 at 14:04
  • @JasonPSallinger Hence "implied" :) But sure, that's subjective. I just think that apart from that this is a comment, not an answer - the OP asks what is referenced in the dialogue.
    – Joachim
    Feb 25 at 14:07
  • For me, this is a very helpful amendment to the other answer. It explains the emphasis on three. Mar 2 at 19:20

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