Buddy Guard

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#623: “Buddy Guard”
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Deuteronomy 11:17
17Then the Lord's anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.

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Buddy Guard
“Buddy Guard” is episode #623 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Jymn Magon and Marshal Younger, and originally aired on October 13, 2007.


Grady McKay hires a bodyguard to protect himself from Rodney Rathbone at all times. Meanwhile, at Odyssey 105, Cryin' Bryan Dern convinces his assistant, P. J., to sue people for frivolous actions.


Grady hires a big guy to protect him from bullies and Bryan Dern uses his radio show to allow guests to publicly extort money from people.

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Discussion Questions

  1. How was Grady being a bully to Rodney?
  2. Have you ever been a bully to someone, even if you didn't know it at the time?
  3. Did you apologize to them like Grady did? What was their response?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Grady McKay Jordan Orr
Rodney Rathbone Steve Burns
Big Phil Ross Thomas
Bryan Dern Corey Burton
PJ Manning Scott Menville
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Judge Debbie McLeod

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Kristi McKay John Whittaker


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] This episode had a deleted scene that was added into the album. The scene showed PJ talking to the neighbor in his apartment about the "howling chinchilla".

  • Jordan Orr's voice had begun to change when this episode was recorded.
  • Bryan Dern makes his first and, thus far, only episode intro in this episode.
  • This is, to date, the last episode to feature Rodney Rathbone. It is also, to date, the only episode to feature Rodney after the death of Walker Edmiston, the voice of Rodney's father Bart Rathbone.
  • The first draft of this episode featured a subplot of Bart Rathbone filing frivolous lawsuits against several people (including Whit and Wooton). This likely had to be changed after the death of Walker Edmiston.
  • This is the second episode to include a scene in which Rodney considers making a movie or video. The first scene was in #557: “A Lamb's Tale”, which also directly involved Grady.
  • Rodney refers to Big Phil as "Grady's Wookie," a fictional animal from the Star Wars series.
  • Rodney references Juan Valdez, whose image appears on the logo for Colombian coffee.
  • The "Pete's Gas and Chow" commercial in this episode previously appeared in #313: “Top This!” and #517: “It's All About Me”.
  • The solo artist "Ketchup" is most likely the other half of the musical group "Ketchup and Mustard," last referenced on Dern's show in #313: “Top This!”.



Grady McKay: Hey, Rodney! Why don't you pick on someone your own IQ? Oh wait, you did—a squirrel.

Bryan Dern: If anybody sees a goofy-looking eighteen-year-old kid with hair like a frightened porcupine carrying a sack of salami sandwiches...tell him to GET TO THE RADIO STATION; I'M STARVING HERE!!

Bryan Dern: I'm tired of people always thinking about themselves!
PJ Manning: Yeah, me too!
Bryan Dern: You know what you're gonna do, PJ?
PJ Manning: What?
Bryan Dern: You're gonna sue!
PJ Manning: Dude! PJ now stands for prepare for jurisprudence!

Big Phil: My friends call me Big Phil. But you can call me SIR!

Bryan Dern: And that was Ketchup with his first solo single, "I Love Your New Nose, Baby".

Big Phil: I could squeeze his head between my fingers.