Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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The Silent Treatment 

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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Comedy | Family





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14 March 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Beaver is swatting at the bee, you can see a nylon fishing line holding the bee. See more »


References Ben Casey (1961) See more »

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FM? Cool!
26 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I believe I got my radio wires tangled up in my previous review of Lumpy's Scholarship. It's this episode that has Eddie modulating his frequencies. Sorry about that. Beaver really has become quite obnoxious by this point in the series, his behavior understandable nonetheless in a teenager. Someone commented earlier that the writers had not yet left off putting Beav in childish situations, and yet in this episode it seems to me that he is acting just as a teenager would. I regret that I speak from my own experience here.June, whose obsessiveness with keeping her sons forever in diapers is irksome to say the least, wins my sympathy in this story, particularly with her facial expressions of a mother's hurt feelings over losing her child's affection. Ward, on the other hand, is uncharacteristically clueless about Beav's playing up to him and putting his mom down. And hasn't Ward painted that outdoor furniture already in a previous season? Maybe he should invest in a higher-quality paint. And all I can say about Beav's reaching to extract the bee from the paint with his fingers is, Idiot

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