The Power

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#239: “The Power”
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13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

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The Power
“The Power” is episode #239 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Marshal Younger and Paul McCusker, and originally aired on July 17, 1993.


Nicholas Adamsworth uses his computer skills to control the school records and grades.


Sam Johnson and Isaac Morton are suspicious. Everyone is getting bad test grades in Mr. Gardener's math class except Nicky and Rusty Gordon. Nicky's good grades are understandable — he's a child genius, but Rusty is a member of the Bones of Rath, a group that foams at the mouth if they even hear the word "study."

Something obviously isn't right. Sam and Isaac are determined to find out the problem. Their search for truth causes them to tickle information out of Charles Thompson, who also uncharacteristically got a good grade on a pop quiz. Under pressure, Charles tells them that Nicky has access to the school's computer files. Isaac goes to the principal, but Nicky finds out about it before Isaac can get there. Nicky gets back at Isaac by making him look ridiculous.

Nicky seems unstoppable. With his computer skills, he can make or break anyone. But just as he gets ready to take care of Isaac once and for all, a freak storm causes a power outage, ruining his computer. Nicky's power is gone, he is caught by the school, and Sam and Isaac learn about the source of true power.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Nicky think he could get away with manipulating things?
  2. Should Sam and Isaac have gotten information out of Charles?
    • Why or why not?
  3. Where does ultimate power lie?


Role Voice Actor
Charles Thompson Mark Shillinger
Isaac Morton Justin Morgan
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Mr. Gardener Kevin Wade
Nicholas Adamsworth Dick Beals
Principal Skinner J.P. Sloane
Rusty Gordon (Malone) Shawn Svoboda
Sam Johnson Kyle Ellison


  • When Nicholas Adamsworth first appeared in #76: “Eugene's Dilemma”, he was a good guy. Unfortunately, in "The Power," Nicholas's character turned a bit shady.
  • In this episode, Nicholas seems to be using some of the skills he learned from Richard Maxwell in Eugene's Dilemma.
  • Isaac Morton quotes It's a Wonderful Life: "That's just what I get for praying."
  • This is Isaac Morton's last episode. Appropriate, since his voice was changing.
  • This episode is full of goofs, though they can be (tentatively) explained. Nicholas is now in middle school, though when we first met him, he was in college. Rusty mentions Nicholas's mother, though Nicholas is an orphan. Nicholas has a notebook of all the people who have insulted him since he was 'a little tyke', but if he was moved around due to being an orphan, they wouldn't all still be in Odyssey. Some of this can be shakily explained—if Nicholas has been adopted. Also, Isaac is suspicious of Charles prematurely getting the answers to a pop quiz because he spelled Roosevelt correctly, but there is no feasible way to cheat on a spelling test; that is, knowing the "answers" in advance doesn't help because one always knows the word that they have to spell; how to actually spell a word is a matter of understanding phonetics and visualization.
    • The goofs are also slightly excusable since this is one of Marshal Younger's first episodes.
  • In this episode, Isaac the Procrastinator is referenced.


Isaac Morton: He's just Nicky, not Adolf Hitler.

Nicholas Adamsworth: Computers are the gateway to the future, the pathway to advancement for kids like me.

John Whittaker: <about Nicholas being a cyberbully> That's a shame. He used to be such a nice kid. Something went wrong, I guess.