Ward and June are concerned when they discover that Beaver's visiting friend Chopper has divorced parents but soon see that Chopper's own experience will serve as Beaver's best lesson on this life changing event.

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Beaver has just returned from his stint away at summer camp, Camp König. There he met a new friend named Chopper Cooper who he wants to invite for a weekend visit. His parents allow him to invite Chopper. Ward and June are surprised when Chopper is escorted by his "Uncle" Dave, Chopper's mother's boyfriend who Chopper believes will be his new stepfather. Chopper also talks openly and candidly about his father's several remarriages and Chopper now having step-siblings. Even though they like Chopper, Ward and June are concerned that Chopper's views may be too worldly for Beaver, who has never had friends with divorced parents. Indeed, Beaver, after hearing all the neat presents Chopper gets from his various parents, wants his own parents to divorce, not really understanding what that means. But Beaver has a different view when he sees the effect of divorce a little more closely, especially as it affects the child in the family. Written by Huggo

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When Beaver and June are talking in the kitchen, the coffee cup, mixing bowl and other items repeatedly shift position between shots. See more »

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Theodore Cleaver: Hey Wally, when Chopper comes tomorrow, don't be mean to him.
Wally Cleaver: Why should I be mean to him? I don't even know him. Hey, how come they call him 'Chopper', anyway.
Theodore Cleaver: 'Cause his first name's Dryden.
Wally Cleaver: Oh. No wonder they call him 'Chopper'. Hey, but how come you're so afraid I'm gonna be mean to him?
Theodore Cleaver: Well, at camp I told him what a neat family we had, and how we're all happy and everything.
Wally Cleaver: What did you go and make up all that junk for?
Theodore Cleaver: We're happy, aren't we?
Wally Cleaver: Well, yeah, I guess we're happy.
Theodore Cleaver: That's ...
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Say hello to the real world, Beav
8 June 2006 | by (Kitchener Ontario Canada) – See all my reviews

an unusual episode for a '50's sitcom...the subject was divorce..Beaver's friend Chopper comes from a VERY split family viz; a mother and 2 stepmothers...Beaver is right on at one point in the episode when he comments that he has never had a friend with divorced parents before! This was not a common feature in 50's sitcoms...about as unusual as his having friends from another race or culture...watching the episode, you feel his shock and confusion, as if he were experiencing a certain loss of innocence..but, by then he was all of 12 years old and maybe the writers of the show felt it was time to put away more the more childish situations he had been getting involved in...time for him to face the real outside world, although the full impact of a broken marriage seemed lost to him, thinking only of the material gains of having presents to replace the affection and love that would be lost to him.. Wally, being slightly older seemed more attuned, almost blasé to such a situation... Definitely a sober beginning to a new season with an older Beav, and a foretelling of slightly more serious situations to come.


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