Emotional Baggage

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#146: “Emotional Baggage”
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5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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Emotional Baggage
“Emotional Baggage” is episode #146 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on March 9, 1991.

Summary

Connie is upset that her aunt is coming...the aunt who introduced her father to the woman he later married. Whit helps Connie realize that she should hand all of her problems over to God.

Plot

Connie is in a major snit. She has just learned that her Aunt Helen (who is only eight years older than Connie) is coming for a visit. But Connie’s mother, June, can’t figure out why Connie is so upset. Helen is June’s ex-husband’s sister. That should be a problem for June, not for Connie. Connie tells her mom that Helen has never liked her and is always mean to her. Refusing to take the grief this time, Connie decides to stay at Whit's End until Helen leaves.

Whit talks with Connie about it and discovers that her real problem with her aunt is that Helen introduced Connie’s dad to the woman he left Connie’s mom for. Whit acknowledges Connie’s pain but says that she must release her bitterness. Connie refuses, so Whit comes up with a game involving bricks and feathers to tangibly illustrate the emotional baggage that Connie is carrying around. Whit tells her that the solution is to give it all over to God. Let Him take control, and He’ll help Connie let go of her anger. Connie finally realizes that Whit is right. At long last, Connie sends her grudge packing.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What could Connie have done to avoid becoming bitter?
  2. Why is it bad to hold a grudge?
  3. Are you holding a grudge against anybody?
    • How can you let go of it?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
John Whittaker Hal Smith
June Kendall Maggie Malooly
Traci Needlemeyer Brooke Bellessi

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Helen Kendall June Kendall
Bill Kendall June Kendall
Jessie Morales John Whittaker
Donna Barclay Traci Needlemeyer
Eugene Meltsner John Whittaker

Notes

Trivia
  • Connie references Quasimodo, the bell-ringer in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
  • This episode gave listeners a closer look into Connie's family history, which would be explored further in some later episodes.
  • In this show, the name of Connie’s father’s new wife and Connie’s aunt were revealed, along with the fact that Helen is only eight years older than Connie.
Goofs
  • Although Connie has a difficult time lugging a bag of bricks around, it seems to be no trouble for Traci Needlemeyer, a girl who is much younger.

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Quotes

Connie Kendall: Why do I always have to give up my room?
June Kendall: You're always telling me that sacrifice produces character.
Connie Kendall: Maybe, but sleeping on the sofa produces a stiff neck.
Connie Kendall: <imitating Quasimodo> Mom! I'm not an animal!
June Kendall: <imitating Connie's imitation> Maybe not! But you are gonna sleep on the sofa!

Connie Kendall: Traci, there's a brick in here!
Traci Needlemeyer: <mischievously> I know.