Better Late than Never
Robyn Jacobs has developed a habit for being fashionably late, but gets a taste of what life would be like if her tardiness turned into an epidemic.
Robyn Jacobs is always late. Everyone knows it, especially the kids at Whit's End. They're gathered there, waiting for Robyn to show up so they can leave for a roller-skating trip that Connie is going to chaperone. Finally, Connie decides to leave. She yells for the kids to hop in the bus outside. Then she tells Whit to inform Robyn that they got tired of waiting. Connie adds that if Robyn isn't on time for the volleyball tournament the next day, she's off the team.
They leave, Robyn shows up, and Whit delivers Connie's message. Robyn makes all sorts of empty excuses for her tardiness, but finally realizes that it really is her fault. At home, her father agrees and says that habitual lateness is downright rude. Later, a depressed Robyn falls asleep in front of the television and has a terrible nightmare. She meets Rod Serly and takes a trip into the Twilife Zone! There, she is late for every important event in her life — even her funeral! She wakes up from the nightmare in a cold sweat, determined not to be late for anything again. Especially for the next day's volleyball tournament.
But getting there the next morning proves to be its own real-life Twilife Zone. First, her parents oversleep. Then, her dad's car won't start. Robyn takes off on her bicycle and gets a flat tire. She cuts across a neighbor's backyard and is chased by a ferocious dog into the woods, where she falls in a creek. Just then, Whit drives past. Robyn hops into Whit's car, but when he steps on the gas, it, too, dies!
At the school, Connie is just about to boot Robyn from the game when Robyn walks in — wrinkled, disheveled, and soaked, but ready to play volleyball! The kids cheer. Later at Whit's End, the team has a grand celebration. Robyn's team lost, but more importantly, she showed up on time.
- Why is it so rude to be late?
- What could Robyn have done to break her bad habit of always being tardy?
- Read Matthew 25:1-13. How does Jesus feel about tardiness?
- This episode is a remake of #14: “Missed It By That Much”. The cast is a virtual repeat of the original, except that Robyn Jacobs replaces Rachel Weaver and Officer Harley has been eliminated.
- The original version of this episode introduced Twilife Zone, which reappears in this episode and would later resurface as a Kids' Radio program in #288: “The Twilife Zone”.
- The "Miss Beautiful America Pageant" from Robyn's dreams is a play on the name of the Miss America pageant.
- AIO Update: Read
QuotesRobyn Jacobs: I don't want to be late for anything ever again!
Robyn Jacobs: Let's play volleyball!
Dale Jacobs: Chicken pot pie... Turkey pot pie... The new meatloaf pot pie... Meatloaf pot pie? Ew...
Robyn Jacobs: Mom is late for things. She says it's fashionable!
Robyn Jacobs: Why does everything have to echo in dreams?... echo in dreams... echo in dreams... echo in dreams.
Connie Kendall: We're waiting for Robyn.
John Whittaker: Robyn? You mean Robyn Jacobs?
Connie Kendall: Who else?
Robyn Jacobs: I don't have trouble being punctual. It's being on time that's my problem.
Dale Jacobs: You need to learn to be—
Robyn Jacobs: Punctuated. I know, Dad. Mr. Whittaker just talked to me about it.