Robyn Jacobs tries to start a business mowing lawns, but finds that it is too difficult to do by herself. After hiring several employees, she deals with labor problems.
Robyn Jacobs wants money-lots of it. The trouble is, she doesn't want to work for it. Her dad proposes that she get a paper route, which she tries. Unfortunately, she can't seem to handle getting up early enough to deliver the papers on time. One of her customers, Mrs. Maddux, suggests Robyn move into a different line of work and offers her $10 to mow the lawn. Robyn jumps at the opportunity, and when she's finished, Mrs. Maddux's next-door neighbor also hires Robyn to clip his yard. Robyn knows a good thing when she sees it. She decides to start Robyn's Rotor Company, a gardening service.
Business is good — too good, as it turns out. Robyn is so booked up with lawns to mow, she doesn't have time to spend or enjoy any of the money she is making. She relates this to Jack Davis and Oscar Peterson on one of her rare afternoons off, and they say they wish they had her problem — they can't seem to find work anywhere. Another light bulb goes off in Robyn's head, and she immediately hires the two boys for $5 per lawn.
The business works like a charm - Jack and Oscar do all the work, while Robyn takes phone calls and rakes in the money. But after a few days of this, Jack and Oscar wise up. They demand more pay and threaten to go on strike if they don't get a raise. When nothing happens, Jack and Oscar hit the picket line. Robyn is back where she started. She wants to fold the business completely, but her father won't allow it. They discuss what went wrong, and Robyn learns that she shouldn't try to get something for nothing. An honest day's work must merit an honest day's pay. Robyn meets again with Jack and Oscar and tells them they can have the whole $10 for their work. After all, "a worker must be worthy of [his] wages."
- Robyn wanted to make money without working for it. Is that wrong?
- Why or why not?
- Do you think Robyn paid Jack and Oscar fairly at first?
- What does Jesus say about the love of money?
Heard in episode
|Mr. Benson||Dave Arnold|
|Dale Jacobs||Phil Lollar|
|Jack Davis||Donald Long|
|Mrs. Maddux||Linda Gregory|
|Oscar Peterson||Joseph Cammaroto|
|Robyn Jacobs||Sage Bolte|
Mentioned in episode
|Ann Jacobs||Robyn Jacobs|
|Bobby Adams||Robyn Jacobs|
|Al Davis||Jack Davis|
- When this episode originally aired, AIO received a lot of negative mail from listeners who viewed the episode as Communist in theme, citing lines where Dale tells Robyn that the best wage comes from an honest days work. Their inference was that Paul McCusker meant that everything should be equal, with no managers or people making money from their business, whereas the actual intent was to go after the mentality that 'I should get money without working for it.' As a result of the outcry, the staff re-recorded several lines for the album release.
- Dale Jacobs, voiced by Odyssey writer and director Phil Lollar, is introduced in this episode. Dale would later be identified as the editor of The Odyssey Times newspaper.
- AIO Update: Read
QuotesJack Davis: Hey, look, it's Robyn Roter! Hi, Greensleeves. How's it going?
Robyn Jacobs: I'm not in the mood, Jack.
Oscar Peterson: Is that a new dress?
Robyn Jacobs: Yeah!
Oscar Peterson: It's pretty! I had an aunt who was buried in a dress like that.
Robyn Jacobs: Thanks, Oscar.
Robyn Jacobs: All right, guys. You win. If you help me finish the lawns I said we'd do, I've give you what you want.
Jack Davis: You'll give us seven dollars and seventy-five cents?
Robyn Jacobs: No. I'll give you all of it: the whole ten dollars.
Jack Davis: What?!!
Oscar Peterson: But you can't! We only asked for—
Jack Davis: Quiet, Oscar! Be quiet!
Dale Jacobs: My little girl's becoming quite the financier.
Robyn Jacobs: No. I just wanna make money.