No Friend Like an Old Friend

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#808: “No Friend Like an Old Friend”
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April 8, 2017 ↓
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April 19, 2016
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62: Let’s Put on a Show! ↓
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Jonah 4:1-11
1But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.2He prayed to the LORD, "O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.3Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."4But the LORD replied, "Have you any right to be angry?"5Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.6Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.7But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered.8When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live."9But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?" "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die."10But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.11But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"
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No Friend Like an Old Friend
“No Friend Like an Old Friend” is episode #808 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on April 8, 2017.


Summary

On a bus ride home, Connie meets Wilson Knox, who recalls a tale from his childhood about a science competition and two boys named Av and Al.

Plot

Connie is getting Jules's luggage and talks to Whit about Jules then gets on the bus. She then sits down next to Wilson Knox who then tells Connie he is the new pastor of Odyssey Community Church. Connie says that sometimes she wants to throttle Jules. Wilson says that Connie is like the Older Brother in the tale of the prodigal son. He says everyone is sometimes like the Older Brother. He then tells the story of his older brother moment during middle school.

Wilson, Av, and Al are in Principal Farley's office about the science club. Wilson says that Av and Al are leaving him out of their experiments. Av and Al explain that they tried to at first but he wouldn't take part in them because they weren't approved by the school. Principal Farley then makes a rule: All experiments must be approved by the school. Wilson says that they should enter an experiment in the Young Scientist Competition and donate the money to the school. Av doesn't want to donate the money to the school, so the principal makes a compromise that they will split the money evenly between them and the school. In the lab, Wilson says that the experiment that he wants to do is already approved by the school and it is a model volcano. Av says no, but Al convinces him to say “fine.”

A few days later, Wilson notices that Av and Al are going to their tree house. Wilson hears them saying that they will enter a different experiment. Wilson tells on Av and they go to the principal's office. Just as the principal is going to expel Av, Al bursts in and says that the reason Av was doing it was to help Al's mom because she needs a surgery for a problem with her feet that makes her unable to stand after a few hours. If Av won the competition he would have given Al the money to help his mom. The principal decides not to expel Av and decides to enter both Av's experiment and Wilson's experiment. Wilson then gets mad and says that they get away with everything.

Wilson then states that it took him a while to realize that being right isn't the same as being loving. The train then pulls up to Odyssey and meets Whit and we find out that Av is Whit and Al is Jack! Connie then says, "Welcome to Odyssey, Pastor Knox."

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Wilson Knox Gregory Jbara
Young Wilson Knox Cole Sand
Av Aden Schwartz
John Whittaker Andre Stojka
Jules Kendall Shona Kennedy
Principal Farley Dave Arnold
Al Noah Rosenthal
Bus Driver Unknown


Notes

  • The timeline for Whit's luminol experiment makes sense since Av, Al and Wilson Knox's would've all grown up during the late 1920's and 1930's and that was when luminol research was being conducted.
  • It's not stated but insinuated that Whit through the Universal Press Foundation was the "wealthy benefactor" that allowed Pastor Knox to become a traveling missionary.

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Connie Kendall: Welcome to Odyssey, Pastor Knox.