All's Well With Boswell

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#125: “All's Well With Boswell”
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All's Well With Boswell
“All's Well With Boswell” is episode #125 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on August 25, 1990.

Summary

Robyn Jacobs tries to 'babysit' a cat named Boswell, but goes on all sorts of adventures when the cat escapes.

Plot

Robyn Jacobs carrying Boswell (left), and Jessie Morales (right) finding loads of cats having mysteriously appeared in a hidden room of Mrs. Fishbine's house.

Robyn Jacobs has gotten her first baby-sitting job-only, instead of a baby, she's sitting with Mrs. Fishbine's cat. Boswell is a huge feline, and Mrs. Fishbine thinks the world of him. However, she is a stern parent: Robyn must make certain that Boswell eats three solid meals during the day. Boswell also can't go outside (because he's recovering from a cold), and he must stay off the furniture. Robyn agrees to make Boswell behave, and Mrs. Fishbine leaves.

Almost immediately, the trouble starts. As Robyn prepares Boswell's breakfast in the kitchen, Boswell knocks over and breaks a small glass ballerina in the living room. Robyn realizes that she can replace the figurine with a duplicate from Greenblatt’s Department Store. She phones Jessie and tells her to pick up the figurine and bring it to Mrs. Fishbine's house.

Jessie does, and that's when the trouble really begins. Thanks to a series of circumstances, Boswell ends up outside, Robyn and Jessie chase after him, and they all end up in a locked furniture van on its way to Connellsville!

Eventually, Robyn and Jessie get out of the van in Connellsville and see Tom Riley, who is delivering a load of apples. They sneak into the back of his truck and make it back to Odyssey and Mrs. Fishbine's house just in the nick of time. But Boswell gets in the last word as he knocks the new glass ballerina from the mantle. Mrs. Fishbine reprimands her cat for breaking it again. We can guess that Robyn will never cat-sit again.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think Robyn's problems with Boswell were due to lack of responsibility or to bad circumstances?
    • Explain.
  2. How could Robyn have better handled the catastrophes of her day?
  3. Should Robyn have told Mrs. Fishbine everything that happened?
    • Would you?
    • Why or why not?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Charlie Hal Smith
Mrs. Fishbine Kay Lindley
Frank Walker Edmiston
Hank Hal Smith
Jessie Morales Erin Morales
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Robyn Jacobs Sage Bolte
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston

Notes

Trivia
  • According to Bob Luttrell, he recorded the sound for the cat food spilling by actually dumping a complete bag of cat food all over his kitchen floor. He also brought a neighborhood cat into his studio for hours to get the right "meows" for Boswell.
  • This episode's title is based on a popular phrase originally coined by Shakespeare: "All's well that ends well."
  • This episode is included in "A Fine Feathered Frenzy".
  • Some of Roger and Sylvia's scene from the TV show Robyn and Jessie watch and discuss plays again during #153: “Mayor for a Day”.
Goofs
  • At the end of the episode, Robyn and Jessie are scolding themselves for leaving the door open, but this does not make sense. As they are leaving earlier in the episode, there is a distinct sound effect of them closing the back door.

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Jessie Morales: There's a flea on the fly on the hair on the wart on the frog on the knot on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea, there's a flea on the fly on the hair on the wart on the frog on the knot on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea. There's a hole! There's a hole. There's a hole in the bottom of the seaaa. There's aaaaa hole in the bottom of the sea, there's a hole in the bottom of the s-
Robyn Jacobs: ENOUGH with the hole in the bottom of the sea!!

Tom Riley: There's a... hole in the bottom of the sea!
Jessie Morales: Hey!
Robyn Jacobs: Don't even THINK about it, Jessie.

Robyn Jacobs: Boswell! Boswell, you promised you wouldn't get up there! Get away from that food! BOSWELL! Oh no!
Jessie Morales: You're right, Robyn! That is ONE BIG CAT!
Robyn Jacobs: Thanks a lot, Jessie! Kitty-Crunchy's all over the floor. Another mess to clean.
Jessie Morales: Why don't you just put Boswell down and just eat it up? ...Okay, bad suggestion. But, Robyn, that is one big cat.
Robyn Jacobs: I KNOW, Jessie! Look, there has got to be a broom around here somewhere. See if you can find it.
Jessie Morales: Okay.