Leave It to Beaver

Season 2 Episode 12

The Visiting Aunts

Aired Unknown Dec 18, 1958 on ABC
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Beaver and Wally are all excited about going to the carnival, however, Aunt Martha throw a wrench in their plans when she makes an unexpected visit with a friend of hers, forcing Wally and Beaver to count the hours away, hoping she will leave soon enough so they can still go to the carnival.moreless

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  • Aunt Martha ruins everything and June makes things worse.

    The last time we saw June's Aunt Martha, she got Beaver beaten up at school, thanks to the old fashioned outfit she bought for him. On this occasion, her visit happens to interrupt Wally and Beaver's plans to go to the carnival. June expects the boys to just grin and bear it because, to her, the sun apparently shines out of Aunt Martha's you-know-where.

    My sympathies were entirely with the boys in this episode. Who among us hasn't had precious moments of our childhoods stolen away by tedious grown-up stuff? I've been forced to endure similar situations far too many times in the past for me to see the situation from June's perspective. In fact, although I'm now well into my adulthood, I still can't stand spending time with my dull older relatives.

    If you ask me, Wally and Beaver handle the situation with as much grace as possible under the circumstances. It's only after Aunt Martha and her snooty friend finally depart that Wally passive-aggressively declines Ward's offer to take him and Beaver to the carnival, displaying a sulky, self-destructive mood I'm embarrassed to say I can relate to only too well.

    June describes the boys' attitude as selfish, but what do you call her behavior earlier when she practically twisted Aunt Martha's arm in order to get her to stick around for lunch, stretching the visit out for over two more hours, even though she knew full well that her sons were anxious to get to the carnival?

    Ultimately, the boys learn a lesson about how making others happy sometimes requires sacrifice on your part, or something like that. Truth be told, it's a lesson I might have used as a kid when I got stuck at a family reunion far past the point it was promised we could go home, and my sarcastic remarks afterwards hurt my mother's feelings. Unfortunately, my annoyance with June in this episode prevents the message from coming across as effectively as it could.moreless
Irene Tedrow

Irene Tedrow

Mrs. Hathaway

Guest Star

Madge Kennedy

Madge Kennedy

Aunt Martha

Recurring Role

Frank Bank

Frank Bank

Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford

Recurring Role

Buddy Hart

Buddy Hart

Chester Anderson

Recurring Role

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