Jimmy Barclay is in the midst of a dilemma. It’s his birthday, and he wants to buy himself a new, portable video game. The problem is, his mom doesn’t think the purchase is a good use of his money. Jimmy takes the problem to Whit, who helps him solve it through the use of a new invention: the Room of Consequence. Whit programs Jimmy’s dilemma into the room’s computer, then Jimmy enters and “plays out” the scenario to its conclusion.
In this case, Jimmy decides to go against his mother’s wishes and buy the game, which sets off a rash of bad decisions by Lawrence Hodges and everyone else who comes in contact with him. Jimmy tells Lawrence not to play the game. But Lawrence does and breaks it. To cover up his mistake, Lawrence tells Donna that he found the game. So Donna decides to take the game to the lost and found at the police station. But then Donna changes her mind and plans to give it to Jimmy for his birthday. She hides the game in the next-door neighbor’s mailbox. The neighbor finds the game and gives it to George. George shows it to Mary, who thinks that George bought it for Jimmy. Mary concludes that George is the best father ever.
Each one of them gives in to the temptation to do wrong, and at Jimmy’s birthday celebration that night, everything falls apart. Jimmy exits the Room of Consequence, realizing that it’s best to resist temptation.
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- Why did everyone give in to temptation?
- Is it wrong to be tempted?
- Why or why not?
- Have you ever been tempted?
- Did you give in to the temptation or resist it?
- What would you have done in Jimmy’s place?
|Ben Chambers||Bob Luttrell|
|Donna Barclay||Azure Janosky|
|George Barclay||Chuck Bolte|
|Jimmy Barclay||David Griffin|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Lawrence Hodges||Gabriel Encarnacion|
|Mary Barclay||Carol Bilger|
|Store clerk||Corey Burton|
- This episode marks the first appearance of the Room of Consequence.
- This episode is included on Odyssey DVD 1.
- Jimmy's birthday was previously celebrated in #190: “Moses: The Passover, Part 1”.
- The song Lawrence hums to drown out his conscience is the chorus of "The Stars and Stripes Forever"; fitting since his father is a lieutenant in the Navy.
QuotesJohn Whittaker: It's something new. I'm calling it the Room of Consequence. You see, instead of sending you back, this'll let you play out the future.
Jimmy Barclay: The future?
John Whittaker: I've rigged this room to play out the options and consequences for certain decisions. You'll get the whole picture as if you're doing it for the first time - not only you, but everyone it involves, because your decision will often affect how other people act. You'll get to see it all.
John Whittaker: Every time you're tempted to do something bad, I'll be the one who tries to talk you out of it.
Jimmy Barclay: Oh, yeah, like in the cartoons. Only, there's supposed to be a good guy on one shoulder, and a bad guy on the other.
John Whittaker: You don't need a bad guy. You do all right by yourself.
John Whittaker: He can't play with it. You're taking it back to the store.