Leave It to Beaver: Season 3, Episode 2

Beaver Takes a Bath (10 Oct. 1959)

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When the babysitter cancels at the last minute, Ward and June leave Wally in charge while they are out of town overnight. They have a bathroom mishap in the new house when Beaver takes a bath.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert 'Rusty' Stevens ...
Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)
Madge Blake ...


Ward and June are going on an overnight business trip. When the sitter they hired cancels at the last minute, Wally, feeling responsible enough, volunteers to be the sitter for the night, getting paid at the same rate as the previous sitter of course. His parents agree. One of the many tasks June leaves for the boys is for Beaver to take a bath. When Wally first tells Beaver to take a bath then to come down for dinner, Beaver forgets that he left the water running in the bathtub, which eventually overflows. The flood causes water to flow onto the main floor, which leaves a large water stain on the kitchen ceiling. After Ward and June come home, the plaster on the ceiling where the water damage occurs falls off. Wally and Beaver have to decide whether to confess, especially after Ward and June praise them on doing such a good job while they were away. Written by Huggo

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While Wally and Beaver are eating hamburgers, the label on the ketchup bottle is not showing in the first scene. When Beaver reaches for potato chips, the label on the ketchup bottle is showing. See more »

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Kids Say (And Do) The Darnest Things!
28 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The babysitter cancels out at the last minute so Wally takes the chores. It's okay for everyone but June, of the course, the world's worst overprotective mother and worry-wort (sounds like my mom).

It turns out that June had cause for concern because stupid Beaver runs the bath water, goes back downstairs when he hears Wally call for dinner, and then forgets about the running water (making the title of the show incorrect, because he never did take the bath.) As the boys prepare to eat dinner, Wally gets dripped on. Soon, he and the Beav discover the ceiling is leaking and then they have to fix everyone and hope that mom and dad don't notice.

What happens is not entirely unpredictable as these boys are strong consciences.

There are not a lot of laughs in this one but there are some funny lines delivered by Beaver, half of them incidental, just the goofy kid-things he used to say. "Larry Mondello" gets in a few good ones, too. The writers of this show are great that way, making normal kids' comments very funny.

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