Just before Beaver is to go for a weekend visit with Aunt Martha, he and Larry spend the afternoon at Uncle Artie's magic store. With magic on their minds, they decide to play a trick on unsuspecting five year old Bengie Bellamy: Larry pretends to turn Beaver into a rock, with Beaver really hiding in a box. But before Larry can "change" the rock back to Beaver, Larry has to head home, with neither Beaver or Larry thinking anything of Bengie still believing Beaver is that rock. Mrs. Bellamy is at her wits end trying to convince a scared Bengie that the rock he is caring for is not Beaver. Bengie needs to see Beaver in real life to be convinced, which can't be done now since Beaver is at Aunt Martha's. Even Wally, thinking more like a kid than the adults, does what he thinks will convince Bengie, but to no avail. Will they have to wait until Beaver's return for Bengie to be convinced? Written by
Ah heck mom, don't worry. You get that little Bengie over here. I'll straighten him out.
You really think you can?
Well sure mom. If you're gonna stay ahead of kids you gotta be smarter than they are.
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LEAVE IT TO BEAVER had some notable forays into surrealism. This is one of them. Beaver has suddenly become interested in magic tricks after visiting a local novelty shop with his pal Larry Mondello. The two boys perform a magic stunt for little neighborhood boy Bengie Bellamy in which they appear to transform Beaver into a rock. Bengie is fooled and carries the rock home, thinking it is really Beaver.
To complicate matters, Beaver goes away to visit his Aunt Martha this weekend. The adults and Wally try every trick in the book to convince Bengie that Beaver is not really a rock, but he is unshakable in his belief. Even talking to Beaver on the phone doesn't convince him!
Interesting episode with philosophical/epistemological overtones, not as silly as it first appears. Bengie's mother is played by old-time character actress Ann Doran, who went back to Frank Capra films in the 1930s. Many funny lines from her as well as from starchy Madge Kennedy as Aunt Martha and Joey Scott as Bengie.
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