Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver Sees America 

Beaver is excitedly planning a 6-week summer bus trip to see famous sites in America until he sees Gilbert Bates making a move on girlfriend Mary Margaret Matthews.



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Ward and June have decided to send Beaver on a six week youth bus tour through the United States for the summer, that is if he wants to go. Beaver is more than excited to go, if only to get away from parental authority for the summer. All Beaver's friends are excited for him. Beaver wants specifically to tell Mary Margaret Matthews about the trip, she a girl that he is attracted to, but one whose use of her feminine wiles is far beyond her years. He thinks the trip will make him seem like a big shot in her eyes. But when Beaver spends time with Mary Margaret one evening as he drops by her house on a whim, she receives another visitor - another wannabe beau - in the form of Gilbert. Beaver no longer wants to go on the trip when he pictures Mary Margaret and Gilbert spending six weeks together, six weeks he could be spending with her instead. As Beaver tries to figure out how to tell his parents that he doesn't want to go without divulging the reason, Ward and June, who learn of Mary ... Written by Huggo

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6 June 1963 (USA)  »

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While looking over Beaver's trip itinerary, June erroneously mentions that the boys will be visiting Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia, "where Scarlett O'Hara was born." The fictional O'Hara was not born in Atlanta, but on the Tara plantation that was the setting for much of the film "Gone with the Wind". Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the novel, lived and wrote in a house on Peachtree Street, which is probably what June was referring to. See more »


Wally Cleaver: Hey, how come you're gettin' all dressed up tonight... using my Arabian Nights after shave lotion?
Theodore Cleaver: Well, what's wrong with it? You use it.
Wally Cleaver: Well, yeah, but you're too young to start smellin' good.
Theodore Cleaver: A guy's gotta start some time.
June Cleaver: [later, June finds out Beaver didn't go to Whitey's house, as he had said] Ward, aren't you worried?
Ward Cleaver: Not particularly. I got a whiff of him as he went by.
Mary Margaret Matthews: [then Beaver is seen on a porch swing talking to Mary Margaret] I've heard it said by some that it isn't manly for a ...
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Man on third, man on second and a double play, you're out.
12 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ward has signed Beaver up to go on a six-week bus trip around the country for the summer. Beaver is up for up for it, better than hanging around Mayfield all summer or going to summer school like Whitey. The guys seem jealous when Beaver tells them which he sees as a good thing. Beaver tells Wally he is going to see Whitey; but he's really on his way to see Mary Margaret Matthews to tell her about the vacation. As he sits there with her on the front porch, Beaver finally breaks the news. Nice trip for Beaver (Teddy) but what is Mary Margaret to do? It seems that when Gilbert shows up shows up, it seems Mary Margaret has plans with Gilly (Gilbert) for the summer. For an eighth-grade girl, she has flirting down to a science; she might be a great, great, great granddaughter of Mati Hari.

This has thrown a wrench in the plans for the summer trip. Nevertheless, Wally is trying to teach Beaver how to use a camera. Wally figures Beaver is mooning over a girl, but he tells Beaver to forget Mary Margaret; Beaver is in the pony league and she's batting in the world series. Yeah, but Gilbert will be with her all summer.

Eddie shows up with a present, joke as usual, but offers several ways Beaver might be able to get out of the trip. None will work of course. June is out shopping for the trip but both have noticed a drop in Beaver's enthusiasm. They think it's because Beaver will miss them. Obviously not it. Wally decides to let his parents know what the problem is. Wally says Mary Margaret is a new girl; she is older and is quite an operator, a junior Cleopatra. Now that they know the answer, they know how to fight it.

Beaver comes home and he's all excited about the trip again. Gilbert is going on the trip. Great, I'll be traveling with a friend. June is puzzled how that happened. Seems Ward spoke with Gilbert's father about how great the trip is and he agreed it was a great trip; he signed Gilbert right up.

Beaver and Gilbert are on their way to see Mary Margaret to break the bad news that they will both be gone. They see her sitting with Whitey and using the same lines on him she used with them. They are off of Mary Margaret. Unless Whitey has a major growth spurt, Mary Margaret will have a tough time turning Whitey into the man of her dreams.

Beaver is on the trip and should be in Albuquerque now and June wonders if he has been changing socks. Ward says he hopes not, it's supposed to be a pleasure trip.

A great episode that shows Ward at his cleverest. We also get a glimpse of the next four years as Teddy works his way through high school. ,

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