Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver's Electric Trains 

After agreeing to let June give his old electric train set to neighbor boy Johnny Battson, Beaver decides to pretend the trains are broken and keep them for himself; but Beaver's sneaky ... See full summary »

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After agreeing to let June give his old electric train set to neighbor boy Johnny Battson, Beaver decides to pretend the trains are broken and keep them for himself; but Beaver's sneaky plan doesn't account for big brother Wally falling under the spell of little Johnny's pretty, teen-aged sister! Written by shepherd1138

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Beaver Won't Grow Up
5 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

"When I was a child," said St. Paul, "I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways."

But not Beaver Cleaver. While older brother Wally took on new responsibilities and grew into manhood, Beaver seemed to be perpetually straying back into childhood. In this episode, Beaver's parents want to give Beaver's old train set to Jimmy Battson, a little boy in the neighborhood. Beaver at first agrees because he knows he's outgrown it. However, as soon as he and Gilbert (Beaver's chief tempter in the two final seasons) dust off the set and play with it awhile, they become hooked on it and Beaver decides to keep it. He tells Wally to stave off the little boy when he comes to take back the train. But it's the boy's sister Georgia who comes, a sweet and very pretty lass about Wally's age. Wally is done for! He hands the train set over, and when Beaver finds out Wally "double-crossed him in order to get mushy with a girl," he's furious.

With Beaver yelling "Rat! Rat!" and locking himself in the bathroom, it's more or less a flashback to when he was eight years old, even though he's on the verge of entering high school. It's left to Ward to straighten Beaver out and talk him into acting his age.

Beaver's childish behavior is a bit disturbing, but this is a solid episode. The scene between Wally and Georgia ("She goes to boarding school and thinks she looks like Natalie Wood") is excellent. There's also an interesting comment from Ward speculating about Gilbert's dysfunctional parents, whom we never see.


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