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Uncle Billy's Visit 

June isn't sure it's a good idea when eccentric Uncle Billy comes to stay with the boys while she and Ward spend the week-end at the lake with friends. But when Beaver is caught trying to ... See full summary »

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June isn't sure it's a good idea when eccentric Uncle Billy comes to stay with the boys while she and Ward spend the week-end at the lake with friends. But when Beaver is caught trying to sneak his friend Gilbert through the back door of the movie theater, he's glad that it's his good-natured uncle who gets the call from the theater manager and not his parents. Written by shepherd1138

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William 'Uncle Billy' Cleaver: [Uncle Billy arrives for a visit] June, you're gettin' prettier every day. Right now, you look like the middle of next week.
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The Return of Uncle Billy
19 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Ward's Uncle Billy was established in an earlier episode as a world traveler, high roller, teller of tall tales and all-around colorful character - a "senior delinquent," in his own words. In this episode Billy is staying with Wally and Beaver while Ward and June spend a weekend at the lake. It starts out as paradise for all concerned: the "fun uncle" cooks a barbecue, lets the boys sleep late, and takes care of the house chores while the boys pursue their leisure activities. But then Beaver blows everything by getting in trouble at the movie theater: he facilitates his pal Gilbert's sneaking in without a ticket, and both boys get caught. Billy is called to the theater, and to say he is angry and disappointed with Beaver is to put it mildly. It's not so much the misdeed itself that rankles Billy - he jumped plenty of fences himself in his day - but that Beaver mistook him for a pushover. Thus Uncle Billy shows that he is a more serious person than we - or Beaver - had suspected.

The old sitcoms were sometimes known to bring guest characters back for a second or even a third episode (one thinks of Malcolm Merriweather on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW). Here's a second appearance that doesn't feel a bit redundant. The writers clearly saw an opportunity to flesh out and deepen the character of Uncle Billy, and they succeeded.

A telling detail: when the movie theater manager calls Billy he is napping disheveled in the easy chair, but then we see him carefully put himself together - suit, tie, homburg hat and all - and go out the door; we gather that this is a man whose childlike sense of fun is governed by a strict ethical code and a love for order. The scene in the cinema manager's office is given extra gravity by having the theater manager act like a character out of DRAGNET. Edgar Buchanan inhabits the role of Uncle Billy like an old glove. For all his stern morality in this episode, by the end he's back to being the jovial relative we all knew and loved.


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