Honor Thy Parents
School's out, and Laura is ecstatic! Sixth grade is over, and she is planning a party at Whit's End to celebrate. As she and her friend Kelly walk to the popular emporium, Kelly says that she's looking forward to meeting Laura's parents at the party. Laura quickly replies that her folks are out of town. The girls turn a corner just in time to witness an employer chewing out one of his employees. Kelly feels sorry for the employee, but Laura callously remarks that the man probably deserved it. When Laura and Kelly get to Whit's End, Laura's mom, Eula, is already there, talking with Whit. Laura is embarrassed that her mother is there (especially since her parents are supposedly out of town). When Laura's father, Homer, shows up a few moments later, Laura is mortified. Homer is the man they saw getting yelled at in the alley! Homer and Eula are friendly to Kelly, but Laura quickly shuttles Kelly away, then turns on her parents. She tells them they embarrass her and yells that she wishes she'd never been born into the Fremont family!
The next day, Whit talks with Laura about why she treats her lovely parents like dirt. "Because they're hicks!" Laura blurts out. Whit can't believe Laura feels that way and decides to show Laura why her folks are honorable. First, he has Laura meet Homer's boss, who tells Laura that Homer is his best employee. Then Whit takes Laura to the mission where Homer and Eula volunteer their services. Laura sees the wonderful work the mission is doing and discovers that her parents helped start it. Laura meets people who literally owe their lives to her parents.
Whit informs Laura that the things her parents have done are worthy of her respect. But the most important reason Laura should honor her parents is because the Bible says children must do it. The lesson sinks in, and at her party that night, Laura introduces all of her friends to her special guests of honor: her folks, Homer and Eula Fremont.
- Why is it important to honor and respect your mom and dad?
- How can you show respect for your parents?
- What is God's promise to those who honor their father and mother?
- This episode features Dave Madden's debut as an actor on Adventures in Odyssey. He would eventually play the lovable janitor Bernard Walton.
- The episode title is a reference to Exodus 20:12.
- This episode starts the Summer of 1988 Season which ends with #42: “The Last Great Adventure of the Summer”.
- Despite not being included in an album until the release of The Lost Episodes, this episode has been re-broadcast many times.
- Homer Fremont uses the word "Gosh," contrary to what Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey think is moral.
QuotesJohn Whittaker: Laura, your Mom and Dad are two of the most lovely people I know. I can't for the life of me figure out why you're so ashamed of them.
Laura-Jean Fremont: I'll tell you why. It's because.. It's because they're hicks!
John Whittaker: Laura, I admit they're not high society. But that's part of their charm.
Chris Anthony: You know, there are two great things about shopping in a store in Odyssey. One is the bargains that you get here. And the other is the fact that they play really great music over the speakers. <theme begins> See what I mean?
John Whittaker: The Bible doesn't say to honor your mother and father as long as they dress properly or act the way you want them to. It simply says to honor them: no conditions.
Chris Anthony: 5... 4... 3... 2... 1!
Odyssey Academy Students: School's out!!