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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Junior Operator
25 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

The cycle of "Beaver discovers girls" episodes comes to a close with "Beaver Sees America." This time the object of Beaver's infatuation is one Mary Margaret Matthews, a 13-going-on-30 junior operator who twists boys around her little finger like soft pretzels. The boys all come visiting with her on her front porch wearing their best suits and cologne, and she favors them all with nearly identical flattery. A more lurid portrait of girlhood corruption was scarcely to be found on LITB.

It's June of 1963, and the beauty of eternal summer is already in sight. Beaver has been planning to go on a six-week bus trip across America, but he won't be able to rest easy knowing that weaselly Gilbert Bates will be moving in on Mary Margaret while he's gone.

Will it be education or romance? Ward, and Gilbert's father, do everything in their power to ensure that education wins the day.

LITB fans have tried to use the itinerary of Beaver's bus trip as a guide to the exact location of Mayfield. No dice, unfortunately; the itinerary clashes with information gleaned from previous episodes, and so the writers left the question open and vague as ever.

Beaver is nearing the end of eighth grade now, and we are nearing the end of the series with just two more episodes to go. Beaver has come a long way from filling his bathtub with dirt and alligators.

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