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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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