Not One of Us

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#129: “Not One of Us”
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Acts 17:26
26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.

Romans 3:29
29Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,

1 Corinthians 12:13
13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

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“Not One of Us” is episode #129 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on September 22, 1990.


Summary

Lucy and Connie travel to Sloughburgh where they get a first hand experience of what it feels like to be treated in a discriminatory way.

Plot

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Extra! Extra! Councilman Philip Glossman resigns in disgrace after making a racial slur against the Japanese!

Due to the excitement, Miss Medloff, editor of The Odyssey Owl, thinks bigotry is an excellent article for Lucy to tackle. She wants young Miss Cunningham-Schultz to explore the other ways prejudice shows up in Odyssey. Lucy reluctantly complies and interviews everyone she knows to find out if they've ever experienced discrimination. She writes a model article, which briefly and clearly presents a wide variety of opinions. But it also completely lacks heart.

Mrs. Medloff asks Lucy to try again - and this time to come at it from a more personal angle. So, at Bart Rathbone's suggestion, Lucy and Connie visit a small town called Sloughburgh, where the people supposedly know a lot about prejudice. But when they get there, they discover that the folks of Sloughburgh haven't been the objects of discrimination. These folks are the discriminators. They are prejudiced against people they call "sitters," or city folks.

Connie and Lucy are treated badly. Because of a parking ticket they are both sentenced to cleaning the town jail instead of spending time in it. They finally get bailed out by Bart who is considered a "honorary citizen of Sloughburgh" because of his behavior. Now Lucy has more than enough information — and firsthand experience-for her article. Even Odyssey is not immune to the evils of bigotry.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is prejudice?
  2. Have you ever been discriminated against?
  3. Have you ever discriminated against anyone?
    • What were the reasons?
  4. How do you think God feels about discrimination?
  5. How did Jesus treat people who were different?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Henry Walker Edmiston
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Matilda Terey Summers
Miss Medloff Terey Summers
Newscaster Unknown
Philip Glossman Paul McCusker
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Tom Riley Sr. Tom Riley
June Kendall Connie Kendall
Mr. Schultz Lucy Cunningham-Schultz
Mrs. Cunningham-Schultz Lucy Cunningham-Schultz
Rodney Rathbone Bart Rathbone

Notes

Trivia
  • This episode was originally intended to get rid of Philip Glossman in a scandal. However, as we all know, he didn't stay away for long.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Bart Rathbone does a kind deed not expecting payback.
  • If you listen carefully to the newscaster in this episode, you'll notice that he says Philip Glossman is leaving Odyssey to take a position at the Webster Development Firm. From previous episodes, we know that Webster Development is actually owned by Dr. Blackgaard. This was also a way of saying goodbye to Paul McCusker, who was moving to England.
  • Bart's expressed opinion of Glossman being a "good man" in this episode can be seen as an indication of Bart's loyalty toward Dr. Blackgaard and his minions, likely due to Bart's forced cooperation with Blackgaard as a condition of his management of the Electric Palace.
  • This episode might offer a clue in the quest to discover where Odyssey is located. Lucy and Connie take a short trip which lands them across the state line. Apparently, they are near the state border, as also evidenced in #512: “The Pact, Part 2”.
  • Walker Edmiston's characterization of Henry in this episode is based on his impression of Henry Fonda, which he used to do voice matching for Fonda professionally.

Quotes

Connie Kendall: I mean if someone acts a way I don't like I don't immediately assume it's because they have different colored skin or funny-shaped eyes — did I say that? I didn't mean it, I meant eyes that are different than mine.

John Whittaker: When I take a look at someone, I want to see the heart and the spirit. What a person is on the outside doesn't last. But on the inside, there's a soul that goes on forever.

Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: Would you consider yourself a bigot?
Bart Rathbone: Me? No way. Is that what this is all about? I thought you were talking about being prejudiced!