The Good, the Bad and Butch

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#301: “The Good, the Bad and Butch”
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11 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.2But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
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The Good, the Bad and Butch
“The Good, the Bad and Butch” is episode #301 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on February 11, 1995.

Summary

The Bones of Rath use Butch's connection to Sam Johnson to hopefully get them some tickets for a banquet where they are planning to pull a prank.

Plot

Sam and his mother are shopping for new school clothes when they run into Brian, one of Sam’s old friends, and Brian’s mother. While the two moms talk, Sam and Brian, who now likes to be called “Butch,” also carry on an awkward conversation. Butch now hangs out with the Bones of Rath. Sam rightly feels that the two of them have little in common.

Later, the Bones decide to pull a major prank at an academic awards banquet. Butch is forced to pal around with Sam again because Sam has an extra ticket to the banquet, a ticket that Butch needs to let the Bones into the building where the banquet is being held. The only problem is, Sam and Butch start to rebuild their friendship. Sam pulls out several mementos he’s kept from their previous friendship. Butch is genuinely touched by them, and by the fact that Sam has kept them.

Things seem to be progressing nicely between the two of them when Rodney and the Bones again rear their ugly heads to get Butch to help them with another scheme. Now Butch is torn between his friendship with Sam and wanting to remain with the Bones of Rath. What Butch is really dealing with, though, is his perception of himself. Is he a “good kid” like Sam, or does Butch belong with the “bad kids” like the Bones of Rath? He ultimately makes a difficult choice that teaches Sam a hard lesson about friendship and loyalty.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Sam hesitant to talk to Butch?
  2. Sam agreed to go to a Bones meeting if Butch would go to church with him. Was this a smart bargain?
    • Why or why not?
  3. Why did Butch go with the Bones instead of with Sam?
    • What would you have done in Butch’s place?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Brian Evans John Burdick
Kathy Evans Mimi Monaco
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Nancy Johnson Rae Ruff
Rodney Rathbone Steve Burns
Rusty Gordon (Malone) Shawn Svoboda
Sam Johnson Kyle Ellison


Notes

  • Interestingly, Sam says he knows no dirty jokes, but he had no problem telling a few to Isaac Morton in #180: “Isaac the Pure”.
  • Rusty and Sam talk in the background while Rodney and Butch talk in the foreground. Dialogue is in the Quotes.
  • The title of this episode is an allusion to the movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Quotes

Sam Johnson: I got a new bike. It's a 10-speed.
Butch: Oh, boy, I bet it goes fast.
Sam Johnson: It does, I even got a speedometer for my birthday. I got it up to almost forty-five miles an hour once going downhill.
Butch: Really? Can a person breathe going that fast?

Rusty Gordon: I have a question to see if Sam's rubbing off on you. Answer this question—how much time have you spent in his tree house doing any of the following: finger painting, making baby snow-cones, or pretending to be any kind of crime fighting team.

Sam Johnson: What did the mother bullet say to the daddy bullet?
Rodney Rathbone: What?
Sam Johnson: We're gonna have a be-be!

Rusty Gordon: You really don't know any [dirty jokes]?
Sam Johnson: No.
Rusty Gordon: Well, maybe you can make one up. Let me help you. Try to think of the three most disgusting things you've ever heard of.
Sam Johnson: What?
Rusty Gordon: Okay, I got mine. You got yours?
Sam Johnson: No.
Rusty Gordon: All right, I'll let you use mine. Number one...
Sam Johnson: <interrupting> I don't wanna hear this.

Sam Johnson: All I know is that I'd still be your friend if you quit being Butch and started being Brian again.
Butch: Brian's gone.
Sam Johnson: That's too bad. Let me know if he comes back. I miss him.