Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney.
The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy. Whenever the kids need... See full summary »
Wally has painstakingly made arrangements to allow Beaver to ride the team bus to his football game, then eat lunch with the team. However, Beaver makes some last-minute plans to go with Larry on an outing to Friends Lake. Wally is very upset and vows never to do any favors for Beaver again. At the lake, Beaver and Larry run into a pair of teen-agers, who say they are searching for some lost oars for their boat; however, the teens are hoodlums who had burglarized the boat shed and duped the two young boys into taking the boat. The hoods run off, and when the police arrive on the scene, Beaver and Larry are caught red-handed. Unable to explain the situation or identify the real culprits, the boys are taken into custody and are told their parents will be called. Wally is the only one who is home when Beaver makes his one phone call, and at first Wally is reluctant to help bail his brother out; however, Beaver tearfully apologizes for the earlier situation, and Wally - feeling obligated ... Written by
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When Larry Mondello tells the Beaver stuff like that, you can bet everything you own Beaver is going to wind up in trouble. Larry has that kind of effect on the Beav - a negative one....but Beaver is always loyal to him and considers him his best friend. He just never can say "no" to him.
Here, the boys are at "Friend's Lake" in the off season and some wise guys let the little kids use the boat....but they aren't good guys, you can see that. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that these teens probably stole the boat, and now hope the younger guys get blamed for it. Within a few minutes, that's exactly what happened and now the police are questioning the two young guys. The police sergeant, though, played by Frank Gerstle, was a nice guy.
Although it may look like a sub-plot, I think the actual story of this episode is Beaver learning to appreciate his older brother.
The one thing I don't understand, that doesn't make sense at all in this story, is why are the two kids - Larry and Beaver - up at this lake all alone? Where is the parental supervision? There was no one there, with Beaver's family at Wally's football game and Larry's parents at two different events. Nobody was watching the kids!!! That is not consistent with the show, especially considering June usually watching every move her kids make. She would never let this happen. What were the writers thinking?
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