For the Birds
Camilla Parker desperately wants a pet, but her family seems to suffer from the “Parker Family Pet Curse.” To prove her responsibility, Camilla takes care of a baby blue jay. Meanwhile, Eugene has his own run-in with some feathered foes – which leads to drastic action!
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- Caring for “Dexter” was a lot of work! Who helped Camilla care for her bird?
- What did Whit mean when he said that “curse” was a word we might use for things we don’t like?
- Camilla says that she learned responsibility isn’t easy. How have you seen that lesson in your life?
- How can you show responsibility?
- VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The aired version does not include Camilla's prayer about ending "The Parker Family Pet Curse" over dinner, Or Chris's jokes like "I'm glad Eugene is finally flying free of his hairy bird-en!" or her skit with Dave Arnold. Also, in the first release version, Matthew comments on the demise of the Parker goldfish, Spanky and Lester, saying, “I think they had a suicide pact.” Olivia laughs. The line was cut from future releases, for obvious reasons.
- Read a devotional thought about this show.
- When cutting Eugene's hair Connie says, “Hair today”; this is a possible reference to the episode #523: “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?, Part 1”.
- Eugene identifies the baby bird Camilla rescues as a blue jay. This places Odyssey within the natural habitat of blue jays.
- To get the foley for Eugene's haircut Jonathan Crowe's wife came in and gave him a real haircut
- Wooton Bassett mentions Doctor Who in this episode.
- Eugene's trouble with birds is probably an allusion to the Hitchcock film The Birds.
- There is a Pixar short by the same name that was released in 2000.
QuotesCamilla Parker: Hi Eugene!
Eugene Meltsner: Oh, greetings Miss Parker!
Camilla Parker: Camilla. What are you doing?
Eugene Meltsner: Doing?
Camilla Parker: You're just standing there in the middle of the park!
Eugene Meltsner: Oh, on the contrary! I'm not merely standing here: I'm basking in the glory of an exquisite day!
Camilla Parker: Wow! I never seen a bird do that before! It looked like it was aiming for your head!
Eugene Meltsner: Uh, Miss Parker take cover!...I've never tried out-running a bird before!!
David Parker: And who here remembers the goldfish?
Olivia, Matthew and Camilla: Oh! Spankie and Lester!
David Parker: Dead within six weeks.
Matthew Parker: I think they had a suicide pact.
Olivia Parker: Pickles, Pickles! That wasn't my fault! Mom sat on him!
Eva Parker: Well, what was he doing loose? And on the kitchen chair?
Matthew Parker: You called us all for dinner. He thought he was part of the family!
Matthew Parker: Hey, maybe Wooton knows.
Wooton Bassett: Wow! Well, I never did before, but there's a first time for everything. What is it?
Wooton Bassett: He was a Great Horned Owl named Doctor What.
David Parker: Doctor... what?
Wooton Bassett: Yeah, exactly. Doctor Who would have been a better name, but I think it’s trademarked.
Connie Kendall: Okay, here goes! <turns on razor> Hair today, gone tomorrow.
Eugene Meltsner: What?!
Connie Kendall: <snickers> Goodbye!
Camilla Parker: And [the bird] bit Eugene and now he may have bird rabies, but I think he's just hungry.
Eva Parker: Eugene’s hungry?