Red Wagons and Pink Flamingos

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#296: “Red Wagons and Pink Flamingos”
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Matthew 5:23-24
23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
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Red Wagons and Pink Flamingos
“Red Wagons and Pink Flamingos” is episode #296 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on January 7, 1995.

Summary

Erica Clark loses her friend Kim Peterson at a birthday party and Jack Allen has a problem with Jason Whittaker bringing video games into Whit's End.

Plot

Erica’s birthday is around the corner. She and her best friend, Kim, are planning a party at Whit’s End. Kim suggests that the theme for the party be flamingos, but Erica pooh-poohs the idea. While they plan, Jason wheels in his new invention, a Bible video game. Jason plugs it in and turns on the power. Much to Jack’s dismay, it’s an instant success. The invention is loud and obnoxious. But the kids seem to like it, so Jack keeps his thoughts to himself.

A few days later, Erica has her party. Kim shows up extremely late. In fact, the party is almost over when Kim arrives. Kim explains that on the way to the party, she passed Greenblatt's Department Store. It was having a huge sale, so she had to stop. Erica can’t believe that Kim missed the party to go shopping. Kim apologizes, but Erica is irate. She and Kim get into an argument that ends up nearly destroying their friendship.

Meanwhile, Jack gets so annoyed by the video game’s noise, he unplugs it. Erica comes in and tells Jack about her fight with Kim. Jack can relate to Erica because he once experienced a similar situation. But Jack says he realized that the friendship was more important than the disagreement. He helps Erica see that her friendship with Kim is worth saving. Erica leaves to find Kim.

Then Jason enters. He and Jack talk about the video game, and they agree to put the game in a soundproof room. And as Jack and Jason resolve their differences, so do Erica and Kim.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Erica so angry at Kim?
    • What did Kim’s actions say to Erica about their friendship?
  2. Why didn’t Erica want to forgive Kim?
  3. Why didn’t Jack want to tell Jason how he really felt about the video game?
    • Should Jack have said something sooner?
    • Why or why not?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Courtney Vincent Sara Buskirk
Erica Clark Erin Love
Jack Allen Alan Young
Jason Whittaker Townsend Coleman
Kim Peterson Laura Assaf
Scrubb Moseley Landon Arnold
Woman (Shopper) Laura Assaf


Notes

  • This episode mentioned Nick Grant, who appeared in #220: “This is Chad Pearson?”.
  • Jason briefly mentioned the idea of recording Imagination Station adventures in this episode, an idea which was explored in #331: “Checkmate”, in which Eugene recorded his adventure (which was unfortunately corrupted).
  • Although Jack and Jason agreed to put video games in a sound-proof room at the end of this episode, the games never appeared again due to complaints from parents who listened to the show.
  • In this episode, Jack mentions that he has experience with grandchildren. This helps explain the line in #302: “Share and Share Alike” where Jack says he has mugs that say "World's Greatest Grandfather".

Quotes

Erica Clark: Uh oh, Pharaoh's men have me cornered.
Jason Whittaker: Part the Red Sea! Part the Red Sea!

Jason Whittaker: Wow! Look at all these kids.
Jack Allen: Yeah, there's been a line to play your video game all day long.
Jason Whittaker: Oh, that's great! You know, I'm thinking about bringing out some more. I could do the whole Old Testament in video games. Set it up in chronological order. You know, David and Goliath, Jonah...