A Glass Darkly
Trent finally gets the chance to audition for the Chamber Music Society, but things keep getting in the way, despite his prayers to God.
Trent is overjoyed when he is one of three students from the whole district chosen to audition for the Odyssey Chamber Music Society. He has been praying fervently that God will help him get into the group and he truly believes this prayer will be answered. However, Trent is mystified when he's accused of starting a food fight and forced to stay in detention, causing him to miss the audition. Why would God make this happen?
In detention Trent learns that Rodney Rathbone is planning to place a jar full of bees in Dr. Hawthorne’s car! Trent goes to Dr. Hawthorne's car and gets the bees out, but Dr. Hawthorne thinks Trent himself was tampering with the car. Trent's in trouble again and forced to stay in detention the next day, forcing him to miss the last music audition. Dejectedly, Trent begins to believe God has completely let him down.
Across town, Wooton transforms a broken vacuum into the Wooton Bassett Deluxe Edition Riding Vacuum to help Marvin enjoy his chores! When Trent comes in bemoaning his situation at Whit's End, Whit uses the vacuum as an example. God can take something broken and useless (like Trent's situation) and use it for good. Shortly thereafter, Trent calls the music society and they inform him they have no place for trouble-makers in their group. Trent still can't understand why God would do this to him.
However, at that same moment, Dr. Hawthorne is calling the principal to tell him that he discovered a dead bee in his car. He is severely allergic to bees. If Trent hadn’t been in detention, there’s a good chance Dr. Hawthorne would have died.
- This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »
- Was Dr. Hawthorne being unfair?
- Why or why not?
Heard in episode
|Bart Rathbone||Walker Edmiston|
|Dr. Hawthorne||Ian Whitcomb|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|Marvin Washington||Kendre Berry|
|Rodney Rathbone||Steve Burns|
|Trent DeWhite||Corey Padnos|
|Wooton Bassett||Jess Harnell|
Mentioned in episode
|Elaine Washington||Marvin Washington|
|Principal Johnson||Dr. Hawthorne|
- This is the first episode to mention Trent's ability to play the cello. It would become a major plot point in #559: “The Coolest Dog”.
- This is the third time Bart has had a contest at the Electric Palace; the previous two occurred in #256: “Aloha, Oy!, Part 1” and #220: “This is Chad Pearson?”.
QuotesTrent DeWhite: What happened?
Marvin Washington: Somebody hit you with jello.
Marvin Washington: Hey, are you going to eat those mashed potatoes?
Trent DeWhite: No, you can have them.
Marvin Washington: Ready...aim...
Trent DeWhite: No! I can't allow you to launch my mashed potatoes!
Bart Rathbone: Now you've heard it on the T and V. You've seen it on the radio.
Wooton Bassett: You look kind of like PowerBoy did after he got locked in the Tweezers of Doom.
Marvin Washington: I do?
Wooton Bassett: Sure. Except you still have your eyebrows.