A Call for Reverend Jimmy
After one of George Barclay’s sermons one Sunday morning, one of the church members plants the idea in Jimmy’s head that he should become a pastor. Jimmy is intrigued by the idea. When his father asks him to teach a Sunday school class, and Lawrence Hodges tells him he handled a crisis with Donna just like his father would, Jimmy begins to take the idea seriously.
Meanwhile, Donna is getting mad. Her dad keeps using stories about her in his sermons. The stories are humorous and good illustrations, but they are embarrassing to Donna, especially one where George describes how Donna made goo-goo eyes at a boy during an awards ceremony the family attended for Jimmy. Donna is irate.
Jimmy joins Donna’s foul mood when his Sunday school teaching experience is terrible. He is so boring that the kids practically walk out on him during the class.
Later, George and Mary counsel their children. Jimmy realizes that he doesn’t really want to be a preacher, and George apologizes to Donna for using her so often as a sermon illustration. He promises to ask permission before he tells stories about her in the future. It’s not easy being a preacher’s kid.
- This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »
- Why did Jimmy think he’d make a good preacher?
- Why did Donna have a problem with George’s stories about her?
- What do you think God wants you to do with your life?
- What’s the best way to find out?
Heard in episode
|Donna Barclay||Azure Janosky|
|George Barclay||Chuck Bolte|
|Jack Davis||Donald Long|
|Ms. Jeffries||Cheryl Henderson|
|Jimmy Barclay||David Griffin|
|Lawrence Hodges||Gabriel Encarnacion|
|Mary Barclay||Carol Bilger|
- This was the last episode with Jack Davis until #638: “The Triangled Web, Part 1”.
- In this episode, an airplane flies over the Barclay house just as Mary reveals what gender the baby will be. This was inspired by the ending of the 1992 film Patriot Games, where Caroline Ryan is about to reveal the gender of her baby just as the credits start to roll.
- By this episode Donna has finally begun to reciprocate Jack's interest in her, having been initially oblivious of his attention during the events of #192: “Modesty is the Best Policy” and going on a date with him in #204: “Wonderworld”.
- This is the second episode to focus on Jimmy's exploration of his future career, the first having been #264: “Making the Grade”.
QuotesLawrence Hodges: I changed the letters in your Dad’s name on the sign out front of the church. Now it says, "Preaching this Sunday: Large Rag Boy."
Jimmy Barclay: Great! Now what do you want me to do, Lawrence?
Lawrence Hodges: I think you should wear a bow tie.
Jimmy Barclay: I'll look like my dad. He's a pastor.