My Favorite Thing

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#598: “My Favorite Thing”
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My Favorite Thing
“My Favorite Thing” is episode #598 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Mary Fritson, and originally aired on October 7, 2006.


The Washingtons get stuck sitting with the Rathbones at a fancy restaurant.


Ed Washington surprises his wife on her birthday by taking her to a fancy restaurant, but gets more than he bargained for when his family is forced to spend the evening with the Rathbone family.

Meanwhile, the kids run wild in the restaurant and cause all sorts of trouble.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did the Washingtons' want to do what Elaine liked instead of thinking about what she wanted?


Role Voice Actor
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Doris Rathbone Diane Hsu
Ed Washington Mark Christopher Lawrence
Elaine Washington J Karen Thomas
Francis Bob Hoose
Henri Wally Wingert
Jack Wally Wingert
Marvin Washington Kendre Berry
Tamika Washington Courtney Brown
Waiter Unknown


  • This is the first episode in which Doris Rathbone is played by Diane Hsu rather than by Pamela Hayden.
  • The name of this episode, "My Favorite Thing", is a reference to the song "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music.



Doris Rathbone: How 'bout pulling out one of your hairs and putting it in your soup so they'll give it to you for free!

Bart Rathbone: We just love Ellen!
Ed Washington: Elaine.

Bart Rathbone: You're not getting the lobster; we can't afford it.
Doris Rathbone: Oh! Well, what can we get, then?
Bart Rathbone: Let me see, ah...there we go! Here's something for 20 cents: extra butter.

Tamika Washington: Do you think your lobster even got a chance to say goodbye to his friends in the tank over there? How could he? He was swept away by a guy with tongs before he even noticed what was happening!
Customer: You saw that?
Tamika Washington: Yes, and I could almost hear his lobster screams: "Goodbye, friends! Goodbye, world! I'm off to be buttered and cracked open with metal pliers!" Enjoy your meal!
Customer: Waiter?
Waiter: Yes?
Customer: Did you happen to hear my lobster...scream when it came out of the tank?

Bart Rathbone: Okay, we're gonna have to move on to Plan B.
Doris Rathbone: But I forgot the pepper spray at home!
Bart Rathbone: Wrong plan!

Doris Rathbone: Elaine, I have to say, your kids don't seem to be cut out for the elegance of the fine dining experience. HEY YOU! WAITER WITH THE TOUPÉEE! I NEED YA!

Marvin Washington: It looks like a fish!
Tamika Washington: A fish with a giant gun coming out of its forehead?