Sulking because June made him do an errand for her instead of letting him help Wally and Eddie install a radio in Eddie's car, Beaver only speaks to her when necessary and starts playing up to his dad.

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Beaver is just about ready to head off with Wally and Eddie to work on installing Eddie's new car radio when June stops him to do a chore - namely go to the store - which he promised to do earlier but has not yet done. Angry, Beaver decides to give his mother the cold shoulder while pay extra special attention to his father. While Wally knows exactly what Beaver is up to, June does notice that Beaver is acting strangely, namely being curt with her, only responding the necessary minimum to anything she asks or says, while acting especially nice to Ward. Ward doesn't see what Beaver is doing until he looks specifically for what June is saying, after which he agrees. June surmises correctly the incident causing the problem. Ward intends to have a chat with Beaver about his behavior, while June convinces him to let it be and let Beaver resolve the issue on his own. Will Beaver have any reason to be nice to his mother again, or will this problem just fade away as June believes? Written by Huggo

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Rare LITB Misfire
4 May 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Stiff, contrived episode finds June insisting that Beaver go shopping for her instead of installing a car radio with Wally and Eddie. Beaver responds by getting sore at his mother, giving her the "silent treatment" and playing up to his father. His behavior is downright childish, and the fact that Ward doesn't notice it until it's pointed out to him is one of the contrived aspects of the episode.

Things reach a turning point when Beaver is stung by a bee and runs to his mother for help. Their relationship is thus patched up, and Beaver gains an appreciation of the different virtues and strengths of a mother and a father.

Just about the best thing in the episode are the playboy antics of Eddie as he shows off his new car radio; he uses it to play Brahms (just to impress the chicks, of course). Ken Osmond's acting is most extravagant here.

The worst thing in the episode is the bee that stings Beaver; a string is clearly visible holding it up. LITB doesn't usually have a low-rent feel, but it sure does here. And who would ever attempt to remove a bee from a freshly painted bench by picking it up with his bare hands? Answer: the teenage Beaver, that's who.


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