Game for a Mystery

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#658: “Game for a Mystery”
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Proverbs 15:19
19The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

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Game for a Mystery

“Game for a Mystery” is episode #658 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Kirby Atkins, and originally aired on March 27, 2010.


Simon Jones just wants the hedge trimmed, but his son Barrett can’t tear himself away from his portable video game — until it disappears without a trace!


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Discussion Questions

  1. Why wasn’t Simon Jones happy with Barrett?
  2. What things can distract you from your chores and responsibilities at home?
  3. Was it right for Emily to distract Barrett from trimming the hedge?
  4. What are the consequences to putting off important tasks?


Role Voice Actor
Barrett Jones Andy Pessoa
Dorothy Jones April Stewart
Emily Jones Cristina Pucelli
Matthew Parker Zach Callison
Nelson Swanson Georgina Cordova
Simon Jones Joel McCrary


  • Matthew Parker says that “detective” is the middle word in "Jones and Parker Detective Agency". However, “Parker” is the middle word.



Barrett Jones: Ah! Oh! That's it! Almost there! Ah, I got it! I got it! No, wait, I didn't get it. I did get it! I got it!! I beat the level!! Whooohooo!!!

Simon Jones: Do you hear that?
Barrett Jones: What?
Simon Jones: I can hear the hedge calling your name. It's saying, "Come bring that great electric hedge trimmer to bane all that is untrimmed and untidy!"
Barrett Jones: That's not funny, dad.
Simon Jones: Wait a minute. And I give you this, Hedge Bane the Horrible, half of my energy bar. It will aid you in mustering all of your strength!

Barrett Jones: I'm busy.
Emily Jones: With what? Scratching ant bites and playing Verminoids?
Barrett Jones: I'm not playing Verminoids! Who said I was playing Verminoids?
Emily Jones: Well, I couldn't help but notice the concave indentations in your thumbs. About the size of the buttons on your game I would think.

Barrett Jones: Well, I hope this is good. Like a crashed space ship or a nest of radioactive snakes!
Matthew Parker: I think Verminoids is warping your brain.

Matthew Parker: The subconscious mind has a tendency to manipulate even casual conversation.

Barrett Jones: Oh boy. Here we go again! Man this is so textbook. Denial, denial, denial! Shame is a prison, Nelson, and you are it's inmate!

Barrett Jones: a lawnmower!
Emily Jones: More Than Likely...
Barrett Jones: But that means... DAAAAAAAD!