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#410: “B-TV: Forgiveness”
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Matthew 18:21-35
21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.23"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.26"The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.'27The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.28"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.29"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'30"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.32"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.33Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.35"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

1 Corinthians 13:7
7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
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B-TV: Forgiveness
“B-TV: Forgiveness” is episode #410 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Phil Lollar and Torry Martin, and originally aired October 10, 1998.

Summary[edit]

With help from the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf, the gang from Odyssey goes back on the air with a valuable lesson on forgiveness.

Plot[edit]

Eugene Meltsner and Bernard Walton are at the garbage dump for the latest edition of "B-TV." Eugene hints that there is a special significance to having the show at the dump.

Bernard begins to tell the story of Cozy Creek, where Parson Brown tells his parishioners that he has invited the Big Bad Wolf to church. His congregation is shocked, especially Ralphie Pig, spokes-pig for the Three Little Pigs. Goldilocks defends her friend, Wally, the Big Bad Wolf, as does Parson Brown, who claims Wally has changed so much that he is now a vegetarian. Red Riding Hood is worried that this new attitude is just a trick, but Parson Brown encourages the villagers to encourage Wally, just as Old King Cole has.

Ralphie keeps refusing to forgive, so Little Red Riding Hood shares a letter Wally has written asking forgiveness for his treatment of her and her grandmother, though she admits she is still not sure Wally's changed. Wally comes to the church, supposedly to meet with Ralphie to ask his forgiveness for what he has done to the Three Little Pigs, but it turns out to be a trick! As the wolf prepares to attack, he suddenly has a change of heart and confesses that he is part of a scam by Ralphie to buy people's land cheaply and sell them brick houses because they think the wolf can blow their houses down. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men arrest Ralphie, and Wally asks their forgiveness for his behavior. They all forgive him and invite him to join them at Horner's Cafe.

An episode of "Israel's Most Wanted" features Bubba Servanti, a fugitive who - though he was forgiven a huge debt by the king - refuses to forgive his fellow servant who owes him a small amount.

An episode of "Forgiveness in Action," live from King's Way Elementary School, portrays Verna Shemphill's attempts to continue to forgive Billy Rebowski, who pulls her hair over and over again, each time asking for her forgiveness.

At the end of the show, Eugene reveals that the dump is the site for this episode because forgiveness is like taking out the trash and allowing it to be hauled off to be recycled into something fresh and clean.

Discussion Questions[edit]

  1. What happened to Bubba when he didn't forgive the debt of his fellow servant?
  2. Was the King right in doing this?
  3. Why was it so hard for Ralphie to forgive the Big Bad Wolf?
  4. Has it ever been hard for you to forgive someone?
  5. Can you think of a time when someone forgave you?
  6. How did that make you feel?

Cast[edit]

Role Voice Actor
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Billy Rebowski Unknown
Bubba Servanti Will Ryan
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Goldilocks Katie Leigh
Johnny Wellsberg Pete Reneday
Little Red Riding Hood Aria Curzon
Maude Achan Unknown
Michael Leonardo Unknown
Ol' Jack Unknown
Ralphie Pig Dave Madden
Verna Shemphill Aria Curzon
Wally Will Ryan
Parson Brown Paul Herlinger

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Trivia
  • In the Bubba Servanti segment, while Bubba is trying to get the money out of the other servant he yells "Show me the denarii, show me the denarii!"...this can be a reference to the movie "Jerry Maguire" when Tom Cruise said "Show me the money!" Bubba also told the king that "I was even going to make a sacrifice at the temple in your name". The king then responds, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." This is likely a reference to the Bible when Samuel rebukes Saul for taking the livestock of the Amalekites. Saul tells Samuel that the livestock is for a sacrifice to God. Samuel responds by saying that "Obedience is better than sacrifice."

Quotes[edit]

Announcer: He who forgives ends the quarrel. African proverb.

Parson Brown: You know we aren't the only ones doubting Wally's conversion. He doubts it himself. In fact I spent the better part of last night trying to convince him that Ol King Cole loves him every bit as much as he loves Billy Goat Graham.