It’s another episode of “B-TV!” The topic this time is compassion. The sketches include the story of a poor shoemaker named Marty who wants to see Jesus; a game show called “Who’s Got Compassion?” where contestants pit their knowledge against one another to answer the question, “Who’s got compassion?”; and a blind man named Bartimaeus who was in dreadful need of some compassion, and received it from a Savior named Jesus.
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- What is compassion?
- Why is it important that we have compassion for others?
- Name some ways that Jesus has shown you compassion.
- The game show featured in this episode is a possible spoof of Wheel of Fortune's Toss up Round, though this feature would not be introduced into the game proper until that series' 2000-01 season (several years after this episode had initially aired).
- The story of Marty heard in this episode is adapted from a classic short story called "Shoemaker Martin" by Brigitte Hanhart, which was itself an adaptation of “Where Love is, God is" by Leo Tolstoy. The story was also adapted into a Radio Theatre production.
- William Shakespeare is voiced in this episode by Corey Burton, who also plays Edwin Blackgaard's personal assistant, Walter Shakespeare.
- This episode was part of an AIO Activity Pack, I Want My B-TV!
- Dale Martwinkle's name is an anagram of Wink Martindale, the real-life (and highly prolific) game show host. A similar gag would be used for Marty Winkdale in #417: “Not-So-Trivial Pursuits”.
Eugene Meltsner: I have it now. I'm all prepared. Compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of others distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Bernard Walton: Meaning?
Eugene Meltsner: Feeling sorry for someone.
William Shakespeare: Wilt thou plucketh out mine beard and blow it in mine face? I resenteth thou thine insinuation, poppinjay!
Sam Johnson: Did you know that one meaning of the Greek words for compassion is to be moved down to the pit of your stomach? Sort of like having a gut feeling.