Snow Day

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#466: “Snow Day”
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Galatians 6:9
9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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“Snow Day” is episode #466 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by John Fornof, and originally aired on March 17, 2001.

Summary

When school is cancelled due to snow, Alex Jefferson accepts a job to deliver cookies to his grandmother. On the way, he must endure many trials and tribulations.

Plot

Monday morning, 7 a.m. Alex Jefferson is intensely studying the insides of his eyelids when suddenly...his alarm startles him to consciousness. The radio announcer informs him (slowly) that many schools have been canceled for the day, including - glory be! - Campbell County. Wahooo! Alex is free to frolic in the snow all day, and his cousin Cal invites him out to play! But a funny thing happens on his way out the door...his mother asks him to deliver cookies to his grandmother. It's a dangerous job, but someone has to take it. And Alex happens to be the only one in sight.

It's an arduous journey. First, Alex has to endure the hungry pangs of his cousin and his friends Nathaniel and Mandy, but he manages to fend them off. Then he has to defend himself in the snowball fight of his life against Rodney Rathbone and the Bones of Rath who want nothing more than to take the cookies for themselves. After Nathaniel and Mandy fool the Bones, Cal Jordan and Alex take off across town.

But the Bones aren't outwitted that easily. Alex and Cal are assaulted with snowballs again and it's only through the use of the Super Anti-Snow Missile Defense System (a.k.a. garbage can lid) that they escape once again. They're nearly home-free when they come to Gumper's Hill, the biggest, meanest hill in all of Odyssey. The boys race down the hill on their Super Anti-Snow...er...their garbage can lid. But Rodney is in hot pursuit after swiping another kid's sled. He lands in the creek at the bottom of the hill and lures the boys away from their victory by pretending to be drowning.

Having outwitted the poor boys, Rodney pops open the tin and stares inside. The cookies have Macadamia nuts in them...and he's allergic to nuts! Alex grabs the tin and runs, but Rodney isn't to be outwitted so easily...at least not for the fourth time! He chases after them and just when it looks like curtains for Alex and Cal, Mandy and Nathaniel show up to finish Rodney off with snowballs from a hidden location. Alex sees his chance. He runs for his grandmother's door...and makes it!

After the completed quest, Alex hands over the cookie tin to his grandmother, but when she opens the lid, all that's left is cookie crumbs! Alex asks for forgiveness, but his grandmother doesn't even know why he's apologizing; they'll make the perfect topping for her equally famous apple crisp!Good

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Alex think it was so important to deliver the cookies to his grandma?
    • Why didn't he give up?
  2. The Bible says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. How was that illustrated in this adventure?
  3. Have you ever had a hard challenge like Alex?
    • Did you accomplish your goal?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Alex Jefferson Travis Tedford
Cal Jordan Adam Pavlakovich
Mrs. Jordan Jennifer Naimo
Kid with the Sled Unknown
Mandy Straussberg Aria Curzon
Nathaniel Graham Blake Ewing
Rachel Jefferson Jennifer Naimo
Rodney Rathbone Steve Burns


Notes

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  • This episode's description of Cal's garbage can lid as the "shield of Captain Alex" may or may not be a reference to comic book character Captain America.
  • The fictional character of Powderpuff Pamela from this episode is probably an allusion to the Powerpuff Girls.
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Alex Jefferson: All right, it's time for plan zebra-alpha-Charlie-fettuccine-water buffalo!
Cal Jordan: Wow, sounds like a great plan!

Cal Jordan: Come on, the paper bag?
Alex Jefferson: Okay, I guess maybe you can use it to cover his... face.

Cal Jordan: Alex, I bequeath to you my lime green glow in the dark yo-yo.
Alex Jefferson: Cal, I don't want your yoyo.
Cal Jordan: (reviving suddenly) What do you mean? It's a great yoyo!

Alex Jefferson: Snowflakes drifted down like dandruff from the sky…

Alex Jefferson: The pond in the park was iced over and people were gliding around on ice skates like ballerinas wearing really slippery socks on a linoleum floor.

Alex Jefferson: Mr Smiley... isn't with us anymore.
Cal Jordan: To put it gently, he was decimated by a sniper snowball.

Alex Jefferson: Come on men! Are we warriors, or are we wimps?!
Everyone: We are wimps, sir!

Alex Jefferson: (Singing) Snow, snow snow, how Alex loves snow, snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow. Snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow...

Alex Jefferson: How many fingers am I holding up?
Cal Jordan: Bozeman, Montana!