A Good and Faithful Servant
The Barclay family tries a new budget.
Budget. The word conjures up feelings of grief and doom to teenagers and families everywhere. And when Jimmy, Donna, and Mary Barclay keep cornering George for money, he decides a budget is just the ticket. Donna is especially unhappy about having a budget. She believes that it will spell the end of her fun. She tells Whit this before she heads home to learn about her father's plan. Whit tells Donna to keep an open mind — it might not be as bad as she thinks.
That night, George and Mary present the budget to the kids. Though it is strict, the plan allows Donna the flexibility to spend and save. It teaches her and Jimmy responsibility in the process. Despite that, Donna still isn't very thrilled about the idea.
After three weeks of being on the plan, George and Mary decide to test the budget and let Jimmy and Donna shop by themselves at the mall. After shopping, the family will meet up at Whit's End.
Later, while waiting for the kids, George and Mary tell Whit about the situation and wonder how their daughter and son — as well as their financial experiment — fared. They don't have long to wait. Jimmy enters and says that he only purchased a small tank for his soldier collection. But the big test is Donna. A few moments later, she enters. To the Barclays' surprise, Donna has purchased nothing!
Donna explains that while shopping, she was reminded of something Whit said: Christians are God's stewards — all things are God's gifts to us, and they should be used wisely. So instead of spending money on herself, Donna went to church and put part of her money into the missionary fund. Her parents and Whit are pleased, Jimmy is impressed, and Donna has learned an important lesson about stewardship.
- Both George & Whit said, “Money is a great motivator.” What did they mean by this?
- Are you and your family on a budget?
- What are its advantages?
- How can you be a faithful steward of God’s gifts?
|Bank teller||Phil Lollar|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Donna Barclay||Azure Janosky|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|George Barclay||Chuck Bolte|
|Jimmy Barclay||David Griffin|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Mary Barclay||Trisha Alright|
- Zapazoids is first introduced in this episode except that Jimmy Barclay refers to it as singular "Zapazoid".
- George asks Jimmy if he failed another spelling test, a reference to #57: “The Prodigal, Jimmy”.
- The financial plan George and Mary Barclay implemented for their kids was based on a plan devised by Ron Blue in his book "Money Matters for Parents and Their Kids."
- Donna's line about credit cards was first spoken by Connie in #5: “Gifts for Madge and Guy”.
- During the opening with Chris Anthony, the hymn "This Is My Father's World" is heard playing over the speakers in the bank.
- Listen carefully: at the very end of the first Barclay family scene when the others are all talking at once, George can be heard quoting one of Jackie Gleason's catchphrases from the classic TV sitcom The Honeymooners: "Bang, zoom!" This phrase usually accompanies Gleason's character Ralph Kramden pretending to punch his wife Alice to the moon any time he's frustrated with her.
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QuotesDonna Barclay: That’s why I need a new one. A genuine Rostan Harringbone with real synthetic fur lining. They’re on sale at Greenway’s Department Store: 20% off.
Jimmy Barclay: I think you’re 20% off.
George Barclay: This may come as a terrible shock to you all, but this family is not independently wealthy. I mean, these things all take money, and although I never thought I’d hear myself say this, money doesn’t grow on trees.
Donna Barclay: We know that. That’s why they make credit cards.
George Barclay: Very funny, Donna.
Eugene Meltsner: I don't believe there's any real "problem," Mr. Whittaker. ... I believe it's all a matter of personality.
Connie Kendall: Yeah! I have one, and he doesn't!
Eugene Meltsner: For instance, when I speak, I use English. When Miss Kendall speaks, she uses... <turns to Connie> ...what do you call that again?
Bank teller: I said I want your money to feel at home here. In fact, we want it to stay at home here! It's all a part of our motto.
Chris: Which is...?
Bank teller: We'll teach you how to be responsible with money — even if it kills you!
Chris: Oh, catchy.