Feeling ignored after Wally doesn't invite him to a party, Beaver is convinced by his sneaky pal, Gilbert Bates, to get even by sabotaging his big brother's evening.

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On a technicality, Wally is able to convince his parents to let him throw a party on Saturday night. Everyone in the house, wanting it to be a good time for all, are excited in preparation, including Beaver, despite he having to do no prep work. Beaver's attitude changes when he learns from Wally that he isn't invited to the party, which, although they don't totally agree, is supported by their parents. Upon this news, Beaver feels like the mad but forgotten member of the household. In order for Beaver to get back at Wally but still not totally ruin the party, Gilbert suggests that Beaver plays some gags, like putting fake cheese in the sandwiches and rubber spiders in the curtains, which Beaver does decide to do. On the day of the party, Wally, on a suggestion from his parents, has a change of heart and decides to let Beaver come to the party. Beaver's excitement at being able to attend turns to panic when he finds that undoing the gags is a little more difficult than putting them in... Written by Huggo

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One of The Beaver's pranks to sabotage Wally's party was to put a current-interrupter in the plug of the record player, so that the music would stop, then restart, every few seconds while everyone was dancing. Logically, every time the player re-started, the record would have to re-start, gradually spinning up to speed before the music would sound "normal". In the show, however, the music simply re-started at regular pitch and rhythm, as if it were playing continuously while the sound on a separate amplifier was cutting in and out. Record players didn't work that way in those days. See more »

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Clarence Rutherford: [Lumpy thinks that Eddie has been pulling practical jokes] Ya know Eddie, this seems just like the kind of thing you would do.
Eddie Haskell: Oh sure, I'm the kind of guy that goes around putting rubber cheese in my own sandwiches!
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Beaver the Trickster
20 April 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

This elegantly made episode is a surprising high point of LITB's final season. Wally is organizing a party at home for himself and his friends, and June and Ward are lending their hand in the preparations. Amidst all the hubbub, Beaver feels ignored and neglected; to make matters worse, Wally acts like a haughty jerk and tells Beaver flat-out he's not invited to the party. (Believe me, Wally is downright unlikeable in this episode!) Gilbert Bates - that snake in the grass who always pushes Beaver over the edge - convinces Beaver to sabotage Wally's party by planting tricks from a novelty store all around the house - rubber cheese, fake spiders, the works. But Wally, on the encouragement of Ward and June, makes an eleven-o'clock decision to invite Beaver to the party after all. You can imagine the spot Beaver is in now!

The writing here is top-notch, with an imaginative reconciliation scene for Beaver and Wally and a funny surprise coda. Season 6 had a new cinematographer, Jack MacKenzie, and his style is noticeably different: more chiaroscuro lighting, and more extensive use of closeups and tracking shots. The episode looks stunning.

An even bigger surprise is that we get to see the inside of Ward and June's bedroom - a sacred precinct that was scrupulously avoided throughout most of the show's run. The couple sits there watching television as the youngsters dance the Twist downstairs, and the camera cuts between them and the youngsters. Perhaps with the series heading towards the end and the Cleaver boys growing more mature, the writers felt they could afford to be a bit more daring. Yet the decorous conventions of the era were still in force: twin marital beds, and June shown lounging on the bed with one foot on the floor.

"The Party Spoiler" presents a rare instance of Wally coming across as a jerk, while Ward comes across as benevolent as ever. You feel pity for Beaver and loathing for Gilbert, and Eddie and Lumpy get exactly what they deserve. Watch the episode and you'll see what I mean!


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