Ward and June find that keeping old friend Andy Hadlock's "trouble" a secret from the boys was not the best way to handle the problem and the whole family learns an important lesson about alcoholism after Beaver unwittingly causes handyman Andy to fall off the wagon...and a ladder! Written by
Wendell Holmes guest stars as "Andy," an old friend of the family who has had years of fighting alcoholism, a topic Ward and June are afraid to bring up to their sons, not realizing hiding the truth is not the way to go, that the kids are capable of handling this "situation." Andy had come buy to offer his services to paint the house, or rather give it a nice trim. Holmes does a spectacular job of portraying a wonderful-but-haunted by his demons man, whom Beaver soon loves to talk to since Andy has great adventure stories.
What happens and how it's handled is interesting and a sign of the different times because it appears, at least with Ward and June, that there is little knowledge about alcohol or drug "problems" being addictions. Also, "Andy" seems a bit unrealistic but nice to see, and you can't help but really feel sorry for him. Anyway, Beaver and Wally are very mature about this whole thing, as the parents find out.
Overall, this was a different kind of story for this show, but another good one, and a memorable one. I recall seeing this many years ago.
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