Teacher's Pest

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#531: “Teacher's Pest”
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Teacher's Pest
“Teacher's Pest” is episode #531 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Torry Martin, and originally aired on November 1, 2003.

Summary

Max Hampton and Mandy Straussberg, who are complete opposites, must work together on a science project.

Plot

Max Hampton gets himself into a real "pickle." The class clown can sure work a crowd – but a good homework assignment? Forget it. He's more interested in joking about Mandy, who is the teacher's pet. His teasing of Mandy finally gets him more than detention: Mrs. Sweeny assigns them to work together on a project.

While Max only wants to do as little work as possible and have fun, Mandy does everything she can to make the project perfect. After seeing Mandy trying to do the whole project herself, Whit confronts her. "We’re supposed to help people despite what we think of them," he says. Mandy begins to see how Max needs encouragement, so she secretly gets him a birthday gift. She works more on Max’s part of the project until she realizes that trusting him might be the best encouragement she could give.

The due date for the project arrives. Max discovered that the gift was from Mandy, and he decided to actually complete his part...an electric-powered mouth that can crack walnuts! However, when Mandy calls him up to demonstrate it, it explodes. Mandy still praises Max for his work, and both students learn a lesson.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Max tease Mandy about being a “perfect” student?
  2. How did Mandy try to help Max?
  3. What should you do when you disagree with your friends?

Cast

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Role Voice Actor
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Mandy Straussberg Aria Curzon
Max Hampton Jeffrey Noah
Spencer Bobby Block
Mrs. Sweeny Florence Stanley

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Character Mentioned By
Mrs. Hampton Max Hampton

Notes

Trivia
  • This is the only episode written by Torry Martin that does not feature his signature character (Wooton Bassett).
  • This episode bears a great deal of similarity to #64: “The Greatest of These” — another episode about students who don't work well together completing a disastrous science fair project.

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Mandy Straussberg: <about Whit> I hate it when he doesn't scold me!

Max Hampton: I'm not working with her!
Mandy Straussberg: And I'm not working with him!