Coming of Age

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#154: “Coming of Age”
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Deuteronomy 31:6
6Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Matthew 10:30
30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

1 Timothy 4:12
12Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

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“Coming of Age” is episode #154 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on May 18, 1991.

Summary

Jimmy Barclay begins his journey of adolescence, while confronting his changing voice and his first crush.

Plot

After a three-year absence, Jimmy Barclay has returned to his journal to pen his thoughts and feelings about life. Lately, several “strange” things have been happening to him. Donna has been teasing Jimmy because he’s started shaving. He’s not getting along with his mom and dad. His body seems to be falling apart. His chest hurts, his bones ache, and his voice sounds like a cross between a frog with laryngitis and a country-western singer.

To top it all off, Jimmy’s been thinking a lot about Connie lately. He gets a funny feeling in his stomach when she’s around. Jimmy discovers what the strange feeling is while rehearsing Romeo and Juliet at the Little Theater in Whit's End. Connie is playing Juliet to Jimmy’s Romeo, and during the balcony scene, Jimmy realizes he’s in love with Connie! But while he’s trying to figure out how to tell her, he learns that Whit has cast Artie Powell in a role that Jimmy wanted to play. Jimmy confronts Whit about it, demanding to play the role. Whit refuses, so Jimmy quits the play and angrily storms out of the theater. Unfortunately, he leaves behind his journal, which reveals his feelings about Connie.

Jimmy rushes back to Whit’s End and learns that Connie has seen his journal. Jimmy apologizes to her, feeling terrible that Connie discovered his feelings for her that way. But Connie tells him that she only saw the journal, she hasn’t read it. Completely embarrassed, Jimmy retreats to the Wonderworld Treehouse. Whit joins him and talks to Jimmy about what’s been happening to him. Jimmy thinks he’s going crazy, but Whit says he’s actually on the verge of adolescence. Whit explains that growing up is inevitable, so Jimmy should try to enjoy it. And it will be much easier by if he remembers that Jesus is always with him.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Jimmy feel he couldn’t talk to his father?
    • What should he have done to overcome those feelings?
  2. What do you think is the best part of growing up?
    • The hardest part?
  3. What did Whit mean when he said Jimmy was not alone?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Artie Powell Kyle Fisk
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Donna Barclay Azure Janosky
George Barclay Chuck Bolte
Jimmy Barclay David Griffin
John Whittaker Hal Smith

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Mary Barclay Jimmy Barclay
Rodney Rathbone Donna Barclay
Eugene Meltsner Artie Powell
Chester Jimmy Barclay
Grace (a) Jimmy Barclay
Ted Jimmy Barclay
Oscar Peterson John Whittaker

Notes

  • VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The first few airings of this show and the first cassette versions contained a few scenes that were eventually cut from all subsequent releases. They include a few more scenes where Jimmy is writing in his journal and one where Donna gives Jimmy some cream to have Ferguson “lick his mustache” off.
  • PARENTS: This episode deals with Jimmy Barclay’s entry into adolescence and all the embarrassment, anguish, and awkwardness that go along with it. Although tastefully handled, it may be too mature for younger listeners. It also may raise questions in older listeners’ minds about the process of growing up.
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Connie Kendall: I'd play Juliet to your Romeo any day...

Jimmy Barclay: I've been kinda busy since our vacation to Florida... uh... three years ago.

Jimmy Barclay: I'm in love with Connie Kendall!!

Jimmy Barclay: ARRRRTIE! Would you get outa here!