A Game of Compassion
Eric Myers is one of the star players on Odyssey's soccer team. Thanks to his skills, the team has a chance to win the championship for the first time in 17 years. The big game is on Friday, and Eric is pumped for it.
After practice, he meets the locker-room cleaning lady, Mrs. Phillips. She seems distressed. Mrs. Phillips reluctantly tells Eric she is widowed and nearly destitute. She needs to move from her current place to a new apartment, but she doesn’t have anyone to help her. Eric volunteers. He tells her that he’ll be there first thing Saturday morning.
But the next day, the soccer coach announces that due to a problem with the field, the big championship game has been moved to Saturday. Eric panics! He knows the team needs him, but he’s made a promise to Mrs. Phillips. Eric decides to keep his promise. He tells the team he can’t be there. But Eric doesn’t tell the team why, so they think Eric is a traitor.
Later, at Whit’s End, Eric’s little sister, Brooke, tells Whit about Eric’s dilemma. Whit tells Eric that he’s doing the right thing. Eric knows this, but he says it still won’t help him win the game.
Saturday arrives, and Eric goes to help Mrs. Phillips. She has also heard about Eric’s dilemma, though. Mrs. Phillips tells Eric to go to the game. But Eric says he made a promise, and he intends to keep it. Just then, there’s a knock at the door. It’s Whit, along with the entire soccer team. They all pitch in and help, and Mrs. Phillips is moved before the game.
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- Should Eric have kept his promise to Mrs. Phillips?
- Why or why not?
- Why didn’t Eric simply tell his coach or his mom or even Whit about his dilemma?
- Would you have kept quiet?
- Have you ever faced a problem like Eric’s?
- How did you handle it?
Heard in episode
|Brooke Myers||Amber Arnold|
|Coach Bryant||Brian Cummings|
|Eric Myers||Joe Dammann|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Julie Myers||Donna Christie|
|Mrs. Phillips||Julia Kazarian|
- The theme of this episode is similar to that of #174: “Where's Your Daddy?”, with the formerly-bitter and distrustful Eric taking the role of the helper here, showing the extent of his character development since then. Eric even refers to the events of Where's Your Daddy? in his first conversation with Mrs. Phillips, with the musical cue at the end of their conversation being the same as the one heard at the end of Eric's conversation with Tom Riley in that episode.
QuotesCoach Bryant: Did ya make up your mind about the game tomorrow?
Eric Myers: I can't be there, coach. I have to keep my promise.
Eric Myers: The game was supposed to be today, and they changed it. You see, I made a promise.
Brooke Myers: Did you cross your heart?
Eric Myers: No.
Brooke Myers: Then you don't have to keep it.
Eric Myers: Yes, I do. A promise is a promise, whether you cross your heart or not.
Brooke Myers: Really? So when you promised last week to take me to Whit's End, you still have to do it, even though you didn't cross your heart?
Eric Myers: Brooke, I don't wanna go to Whit's End.
Brooke Myers: But, you promised! And a promise is a promise.
Eric Myers: Oh, come on.
John Whittaker: That seems to be common about problems, doesn't it? Always being so... uh... problematic.
Eric Myers: Yeah. Especially this one.