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Old 12-20-14, 07:33 PM
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Why did Wally and beaver share a room?

I mean, that was probably a four bedroom house they lived in. They shared the same bathroom as well. Why was that? Why??
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Old 12-20-14, 07:43 PM
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They had to be well down the hall from Ward and June, so they would never hear when Ward was "being rough on the Beaver".

Or,, Maybe a well concealed plot to fool Eddie Haskell.
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Cuz chump don' wan' no help, chump don' get da help. Jive-ass dude ain't got no brains any-how!

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Old 12-20-14, 10:02 PM
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Because it built character.
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Old 12-20-14, 10:28 PM
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Beaver was on meth
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You're assuming that Ward and June shared a room; come on, it was the 50s.
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I hate to be at all serious but I suspect that the OP is showing his age (or lack of age).

BITD, houses had fewer bathrooms, and is was par for the course for brothers (or sisters) to share bedrooms. In houses of the era, the master bedroom might have had a private bathroom, then all the rest of the bedrooms would share a hall bathroom. There might also be a 1/2 bath on the first floor for guests. That was about the max.

BTW- shared rooms also make for storyline opportunities that just wouldn't work if everybody went to his own room.
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Houses are twice as big as they were back then. If you had boys, they shared a room. If you had girls, they shared a room. If you had both and you were poor, they shared a room.
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@FBinNY and I cross posted, clearly.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Houses are twice as big as they were back then. If you had boys, they shared a room. If you had girls, they shared a room. If you had both and you were poor, they shared a room.
+1. There were 5 kids in my family. With 4 bedrooms (a sizeable house, even for Southern California in the '70's), Mom & Dad had the master bedroom/bath, older sister had her own room, older brother and I shared a room, and little sisters shared the final bedroom. All 5 kids shared a bathroom, so scheduling was often interesting. It must have worked, because we all grew up to be productive members of society.

An aside: my parents bought that house in 1970 for $30,000. It needed fixing, but it was all they could afford. They sold it in 1993 for $250,000, down from a peak assessment of $300,000. That same house, patched and upgraded here and there is now assessed at $970,000. We ain't in the '50's anymore, Wally.
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Because that's just the way it was, back in the 50s.
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The bigger mystery is where did they get all of those clothes on Gilligan's Island? After all it was only a threes hour tour. A three hour tour.
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Old 12-21-14, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
The bigger mystery is where did they get all of those clothes on Gilligan's Island? After all it was only a threes hour tour. A three hour tour.
Seems like the women would have run out of makeup pretty quickly, too.
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Old 12-21-14, 10:55 AM
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Yeah, and I would have thought the Professor would had least started giving Ginger and Mary Ann 'Biology' lessons...
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There was a guest room and Beaver tried sleeping in it once but got too scared. That might've been after they moved ~half way through the series though. I can't even imagine having to share a room into my teens. It would have led to some repression.
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I shared a room with my younger brother until I moved out when I was 19. My sister had to pass through our room to get to her room. 5 of us shared one bathroom.

Good Times...
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
+1. There were 5 kids in my family. With 4 bedrooms (a sizeable house, even for Southern California in the '70's), Mom & Dad had the master bedroom/bath, older sister had her own room, older brother and I shared a room, and little sisters shared the final bedroom. All 5 kids shared a bathroom, so scheduling was often interesting. It must have worked, because we all grew up to be productive members of society.

An aside: my parents bought that house in 1970 for $30,000. It needed fixing, but it was all they could afford. They sold it in 1993 for $250,000, down from a peak assessment of $300,000. That same house, patched and upgraded here and there is now assessed at $970,000. We ain't in the '50's anymore, Wally.
I grew up in a similar situation... In Texas. 4 bedrooms, 5 kids. The two boys shared a room, my sister, just younger than me, had her own room... and the two youngest girls shared a room. My sister had her own room due to the "fact" that she was much older than the younger girls and "needed" a room of her own. Of course, mom and dad had a master bedroom of their own, with a bath room.

We had two bathrooms in the whole house. Soon after I started high school, I was "allowed" to shower in my mom and dad's bathroom... I never took another bath in a tub after that. There were conditions for me using the "master bath;" I could not enter the room if the door was closed.

Yeah, the house was smaller than that which I live in today... with now only three people. The house I grew up in, with a household of 7, was 1660 sq ft. Today I live in a household of 3, with 1760 sq feet. Of course perhaps the biggest difference today is that we run 3 separate businesses out of this house... and have dedicated office space in several areas of the house... including a guest desk. (desk with chair, reading lamps and internet connections and supplied monitor and mouse.

Consider that situation for just a moment... There are computers in three separate rooms in the house. (my son actually has 2 computers) Next to the couch/ fold out sleeper bed is yet another desk that guests may use. Yup, we supply guests with office space... tell me things are not "different" from 1950.

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NB, Lazyass assumed the house was 4 bedroom, with out any Evidence.. Note: Studio Sets dont even have 4 Walls.
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The classic SCTV crew with the 25th anniversary Leave it to Beaver Episode:

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There were 8 of us in my house growing up. Mom and Dad and we six kids.

5 bedroom farmhouse with one bathroom.

We survived just fine.
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I think the Cleaver house had three bedrooms. The third was the guest bedroom that Mrs. Cleaver's aunt stayed in when she wanted to marvel at Beaver, her favourite.

Growing up, I sometimes shared a room with my younger brother. I hated it because he went to bed every night at 9:00 and that meant I couldn't read before bed. And he was super tidy and would wander over to my side of the room and start organizing my belongings. I was thrilled silly when we were finally able to afford a three bedroom apartment. Although I was luckier than one classmate because she share a room with her three sisters and she said closet space was nearly non-existent.
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I grew up in a 3/2, and my sisters shared the other bedroom.

Our current house is a 3/2, but we still have two kids, so they each get one. This may or may not change in the future.

I would never want to share a room with a beaver... it would chew up the furnishings.
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The Beaver shared a room with his older brother, Wally, so that it would be Wally who had "The Talk" about S-E-X (and general girl-related subjects) with The Beaver, and not his father, Ward (played with just the right degree of discomfort, by Hugh Beaumont).
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Same reason Ernie and Bert share a room.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
The bigger mystery is where did they get all of those clothes on Gilligan's Island? After all it was only a threes hour tour. A three hour tour.
The real question is why didn't the professor just fix the boat? He made a radio out of a coconut for Christ sake.
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