Like Father, Like Son

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#216: “Like Father, Like Son”
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Like Father, Like Son

“Like Father, Like Son” is episode #216 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by April Dammann and Paul McCusker, and originally aired on December 26, 1992.

Summary

Teenager Eric Myers is accused of stealing from the soccer team's cash box.

Plot

Eric Myers has been working hard, shoveling snow off people’s driveways. He’s doing his part to help his soccer team take a trip to France to see the World Cup. The team has earned almost all of the money they need, despite having some unwanted competition from Rodney Rathbone and his snow blower.

Rodney is earning the money for himself. He razzes Eric about everything from his lack of equipment, to the way the team is suspicious of him.

Rodney really arouses everyone’s distrust of Eric later at Whit’s End. The cash box containing the money for the team’s trip turns up missing, and the last one seen near it was Eric. Rodney repeatedly points out that Eric’s father, Ernie, is in prison. He reminds everyone of the old saying: Like father, like son. These comments earn Rodney a sharp reprimand from Whit and a punch in the nose from Eric.

But the fact remains that someone took the money, and the prime suspect is Eric. Even his mother suspects him when she unexpectedly walks in on him and sees him counting a large wad of cash! Eric actually got the money from his father before he went to jail. He was going to use it to replace the team’s missing money.

At Whit’s End, Whit tries to convince Eric to wait before he replenishes the cash. The truth will come out. Eric says it doesn’t matter, though. Everyone thinks he took the money because his dad’s in jail. Nothing he does will change people’s beliefs.

The truth does come out when Eric and Coach Bryant deduce that Rodney’s younger cousin, Scrubb Moseley, took the cash box. Scrub collects junk, and he thought the box was something no one else wanted. Everything is resolved, and the kids learn not to jump to conclusions.

Discussion Questions

  1. Did Rodney deserve to be punched?
    • Why or why not?
  2. If you were on the soccer team, would you have thought Eric took the money?
    • How would you have reacted?
  3. Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do?
    • Have you ever accused someone without first knowing all the facts?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Coach Bryant Brian Cummings
Eric Myers Joe Dammann
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Julie Myers Donna Christie
Mrs. Moseley Lynn Luttrell
Phil Zachary McFarlane
Rodney Rathbone Matt Hurwitz
Scrubb Moseley Landon Arnold

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Ernie Myers Julie Myers
Bart Rathbone Rodney Rathbone


Notes

Trivia
  • Steve Burns was not available to play Rodney Rathbone, so Matt Hurwitz stepped in and did an admirable job.
  • Eric Myers says, "It's what I get for praying," and attributes the line to "an old movie" — which is, of course, It's a Wonderful Life.
Main article: List of It’s a Wonderful Life References
  • Eric Myers' voice actor, Joe Dammann, is the son of this episode's co-writer April Dammann and is best known for his role as Nick Martin on the 1989-95 video series McGee and Me (incidentally co-produced by Focus on the Family).
  • Listen carefully: the rock song that Eric is listening to in his room as his mom enters is taken from the 1960s-inspired score for #164: “Sixties-Something”.
  • This is Whit's 200th episode.
Goofs
  • The soccer team is saving up to go to France for the World Cup; the only year since WWII that France has hosted the World Cup was 1998. The World Cup closest to the air date was held in the United States.

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Scrubb Moseley: Night-night!
Mrs. Moseley: Time for you to get back into bed, young man. But first, we're going to have a little talk about you taking other people's property.
Scrubb Moseley: But, mom...