Not One of Us
Extra! Extra! Councilman Philip Glossman resigns in disgrace! He makes 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"-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.
- What is prejudice?
- Have you ever been discriminated against?
- Have you ever discriminated against anyone?
- What were the reasons?
- How do you think God feels about discrimination?
- How did Jesus treat people who were different?
- 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.
- 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 The Pact, Part 2.