A Member of the Family, Part 2

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#18: “A Member of the Family, Part 2”
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12"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

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4Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

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A Member of the Family, Part 2
“A Member of the Family, Part 2” is episode #18 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Steve Harris and Susan McBride, and originally aired on March 19, 1988.

Summary

Whit, Jana, and Monty finally resolve their problems.

Plot

A tape of the original Odyssey USA version of this episode.

After the seemingly surprise visit from Jana, Whit tries to explain everything to her, but she refuses to listen, and the discussion quickly turns into an argument. Angry, she goes upstairs to find Monty, but he isn't there. He has run away! Jana tells Whit what has happened and they leave for the sheriff's office. When Whit and Jana arrive and try to report Monty's disappearance, he is already at the sheriff's office for breaking a window at Whit's End.

The three return to Whit's house to sort everything out. After talking to Monty, Jana and Whit send him to his room, leaving them to have a father-daughter conversation. Whit begins to explain some Whittaker family history to Jana. Whit begins to talk to her about when her brother, Jerry, died in Vietnam; they all grieved differently. Whit spent much more time Jason, his only remaining son, partly because he missed Jerry so much, and partly because Jason would soon be of draft age himself. Unintentionally, Jana was lost in the whole ordeal, and before Whit knew what happened, there was a huge emotional gap between the two of them. Whit tells her that he would like to fill that gap, and Jana agrees. For the first time in years, they both are happy — except for Monty, as he has to mow lawns in order to pay his grandfather back for the window.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Jana so angry with Whit?
  2. What mistakes did Whit make in raising Jana?
  • How could he have avoided those mistakes?
  • Corrected them?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Fred Bob Luttrell
Jana Whittaker-Dowd D.J. Harner
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Monty Whittaker-Dowd Chad Reisser
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Jimmy (a) John Whittaker
Jerry Whittaker John Whittaker
Jason Whittaker John Whittaker
Phil Dowd Monty Whittaker-Dowd
Jenny Whittaker John Whittaker
Jenny Whittaker-Dowd Jana Whittaker-Dowd

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Quotes

Police Officer: How'd you know to come down here? We were just trying to call ya.
John Whittaker: Call me? Why?
Police Officer: Yeah, Jeff had been patrolling down by your store just now. He heard some glass breaking. He picked up a kid crawling in your back window. Says he's your grandson.
John Whittaker: Oh! Thank the Lord!
Police Officer: I wish everyone'd look that relieved when I've told them they've been vandalized.

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