Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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No Time for Babysitters 

Beaver tries to hide from his friends the fact that he still has to have a babysitter when Wally and his parents are gone.

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June and Ward are planning on going to a friend's anniversary party on Friday night, and are hoping Wally will stay home with the Beaver. Wally however has a date that night. Beaver, now being twelve, is at that stage where Ward and June aren't quite sure if he is ready to stay home by himself and thus are contemplating hiring a sitter. Beaver believes after the conversation he has with them that they've made up their mind not to hire a sitter, so Beaver is excited to act the big kid in front of Gilbert and Richard in telling them that he would rather stay home by himself than go out with them to the movies on Friday night. So Beaver is upset when his parents do decide to hire a sitter. She is Judy Walker, a teenager around Wally's age. Beaver has to figure out how to pretend that Judy isn't his sitter, especially when Gilbert and Richard decide to come over. Through it all, Beaver finds that some sitters, like Judy, aren't all that bad. Written by Huggo

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7 October 1961 (USA)  »

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The second consecutive episode to feature a future star of "Peyton Place" (1964). Ryan O'Neal (Tom Henderson in the previous "Wally Goes Steady") and Barbara Parkins (Judy Walker here) each played on over 500 episodes from 1964-1969. See more »

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Wally Cleaver: When you get grown up you don't fight with girls.
Theodore Cleaver: Never?
Wally Cleaver: Well I mean you don't fight with them like uh pulling their hair or throwing dirt on them and stuff like that.
Theodore Cleaver: Well gee if you don't do that what's the fun of fightin'?
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Beaver Faces Adolescence
12 October 2015 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

LEAVE IT TO BEAVER's fifth season found Beaver facing the awkward adolescent years. In this episode, he feels humiliated because his parents are hiring a baby sitter to stay with him while they go out for the evening, despite the fact that he is fourteen years old and feels much too old for this sort of thing. What really makes the episode is the performance of Barbara Parkins as Judy, the baby sitter. With looks that are reminiscent of Annette Funicello, Parkins exudes warmth and sympathy, and a certain cool sophistication, that would win over the most recalcitrant child. Parkins makes such an impression in this part that I can imagine casting agents, after the episode was first aired, jumping to their phones to secure her acting services. Moreover, it's touching to see Beaver bonding with an "older sister" type - one of the few moments in the entire series in which he really opens up to a girl. "With a baby sitter like you, I almost wish I WAS a baby!" Beaver remarks. Judy's warmth is in stark contrast to Gilbert and Richard, who behave like real "rats" as they pester Beaver at home in the hopes of embarrassing him with his baby sitter. Judy shows herself a great sport, sparing Beaver any indignity. This is a perceptive, true-to-life episode, proof that the series still had life in it.


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