Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver the Babysitter 

Beaver is happy to free Wally up for a date by offering to babysit for the Murdock's five-year-old boy, Chuckie, until he finds out that he'll be sitting with Chuckie's ten-year-old sister, Patty, instead.

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Wally is excited by his double date with Eddie this evening. What he's forgotten about is that he also promised to babysit five-year old Chuckie Murdock this evening. Exhausting all his friends, none of whom can babysit in his place, Wally makes an unlikely suggestion as a replacement: Beaver. Wally convinces both Beaver and their parents that Beaver is capable of doing the job. But Beaver is thrown a bit of a curve ball when he gets to the Murdock house and finds that he isn't sitting with five-year old Chuckie Murdock, but rather the Murdock's ten-year old daughter Pat Murdock. Beaver was all prepared to deal with a little boy, not a slightly older girl. Regardless of how the evening goes, Beaver just hopes that precocious Pat, who goes to Grant Avenue School as well, doesn't spread the word that he played "girl" games. What actually ends up happening is even worse in Beaver's estimation. Written by Huggo

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7 April 1962 (USA)  »

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Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: [getting babysitting pointers from Wally] Am I allowed to hit him?
Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver: No, you can't do that. It's against the law. Only parents have the legal right to shove their kids around.
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Beaver makes $1.50 the hard way: babysitting a girl.
9 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wally has a double date scheduled. Somehow Eddie managed to not only get his dad's car but also a date, with a girl. Wally is dating some girl name Marjorie Helene, what happened to Mary Ellen. However, Wally forgot that he's scheduled to babysit for the Murdocks' five-year-old son. Wally convinces his parents that Beaver can stand in for him. June figures she better alert the Murdocks there has been a switch in sitters, but the Murdocks failed to reciprocate. This should be a challenge for Beaver as he is afraid of girls and will be siting for one. Pat Murdock says she's ten which makes her only two years younger than Beaver; but Beaver towers over her and physically looks more like his 16, not 12.

Beaver offers to read to Pat but she wants to play house. That's a girl's game. We'll watch TV. No, house or I'll scream. For good measure, she gives him a practice scream. But when she demands a kiss on the cheek; Beaver says, go ahead and scream. It's bad but Beaver seems to survive. Until Wally and Eddie show up to check on him, and Eddie kids him. When Beaver says that's it; no more playing house. She says she'll scream, and Beaver feeling his life is over, tells her to scream all she wants. Since it's no fun if it doesn't bother him, she stops. The night ends and Beaver makes it home without having to call his parents. But he asks if he can stay home from school tomorrow, he really doesn't want to see that creepy Patty there. June asks Ward if he thinks Beaver was embarrassed having to take care of a girl. If he wasn't replies Ward then he's no son of mine.

At school the next day, Gilbert finds out what happened. Hard not to with Patty following Beaver around. He finally ditches her by going into the boy's locker room. Back at home, Wally's no help, he tells Beaver Patty probably followed him around because she has a crush on him. But Wally comes to the rescue when June asks if Beaver can sit again for the Murdocks. Beaver panics but Wally says he's free Saturday and he'll do it, he believes Beaver is going to the movies with Gilbert or something. Beaver is really grateful to Wally claiming he's like that guy in The Tail of Two Cities who had his head chopped off for his pal. I'm pretty sure Dickens would have appreciated the allusion.

At school, Beaver admits to Gilbert he sort of liked it when Patty was following him around. He had someone he could tell to get lost. Gilbert says he understands, it's like when you get older and you tell your wife to leave you alone. I have no comment to make.


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