Two Friends and a Truck

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#567: “Two Friends and a Truck”
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9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
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Two Friends and a Truck
“Two Friends and a Truck” is episode #567 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Nathan Hoobler, and originally aired on April 23, 2005.

Summary

Eugene swaps vehicles with Bernard so he can move his belongings into his new house but gets into an accident. After Bernard blows up at him, he gets into an accident with Eugene's vehicle and tries to cover it up.

Plot

On another typical day in Odyssey, Bernard and Connie are looking at the classified ads. It seems that Bernard is soon going to purchase a new pickup. Just then, Eugene comes in, announcing that he and Katrina are moving out of their cabin and into a house in Odyssey.

Everyone is happy Eugene is back to normal and are excited to help the pair transition to their new home - everyone, that is, except for Bernard. It’s not that Bernard isn’t excited for Eugene and Katrina...he just doesn’t trust Eugene with borrowing his truck. He's trying to sell it and is afraid if anything happens to it, its resale value will be lowered. Eugene, however, assures him that he will treat the truck with "utmost care" and lets Bernard borrow his car in the meantime.

Shortly after arriving at the moving site, however, Bernard's truck rolls down a hill and into a tree. It seems that Bernard forgot to tell Eugene about the truck’s faulty parking break. Eugene is mortified, and Bernard is furious. Bernard's so enraged, in fact, that he drives away from the situation and runs over a garbage can while on his cell phone. Because of his lack of patience with Eugene, he is terrified to admit what happened.

Through a mass of miscommunication coupled with a dying cell phone, Eugene believes Bernard is having Eugene's car repaired as "an act of benevolence." Eventually the truth all comes out, and all parties get a first hand example of the importance of showing mercy.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think Eugene could have been more careful with the truck? Why, or why not?
  2. Do you think Bernard was being very truthful when he told Eugene about his truck's "personalities?"
  3. What other way could Bernard have fixed the situation?
  4. What do you think Bernard's feelings were when he wrecked Eugene's car?
  5. Has anyone ever broken something of yours before?
  6. How did you feel? Did you forgive them?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Leon Wankel Bob Hoose

Notes

Trivia
  • This episode's title is a reference to the moving company Two Men and a Truck.
  • Several references are made in this episode to the events of Eugene and Bernard's Road Trip saga — specifically #278: “The Fifth House on the Left, Part 1”. The truck featured in this episode is the same truck and Bernard purchased in that episode, something that Eugene mentions in the opening scene. Eugene and Bernard's conversation at the end of this episode also mirrors their conversation in the opening scene of that episode.
  • This is Whit's 400th episode.
  • The Leon Wankel character's last name is a reference to Felix Wankel, a German automobile engineer most famous for inventing the Wankel rotary engine.

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Connie Kendall: It's not that bad, Eugene.
Eugene Meltsner: Precisely what they told General Custer on the ride to Little Bighorn. It's bad enough! It hit a tree, a tail-light's broken! How could this have happened? I'm sure I set the parking brake!
John Whittaker: ...Oh, boy.
Eugene Meltsner: "Oh boy", Mr. Whittaker? There's sub-text in that phrase, I'm certain of it!
John Whittaker: Well, the parking brake doesn't work. That's one of the quirks. You have to leave it in gear to keep it from rolling.

Eugene Meltsner: What am I gonna do?!
Connie Kendall: Wear your groveling vest! It'll be perfect for the occasion.

Bernard Walton: Should I have spoken in words you would understand and said "Kindly refrain from mutilating my vehicle"?

John Whittaker: The truck rolled down the hill because of the broken parking brake. You forgot to tell him about that, ah, aspect of its personality.
Bernard Walton: Oh, now, that's great, thanks, Whit. I'll let my doctor know you're doing your part to lower my blood pressure.

John Whittaker: You're gonna have to tell Eugene, you know.
Bernard Walton: Yeah, I know, I know. I'll tell him. I'd better get going. I've got places to go and windows to wash.
John Whittaker: Okay, I'll see you, Bernard.
Bernard Walton: See ya, Whit. <muttering to himself> Sure, I'll tell Eugene. Maybe when I'm on my death bed.

Bernard Walton: You're the only guy I know who can ruin an apology by saying "I'm sorry"!

Bernard Walton: The front of Eugene's car looks like it met my sister-in-law in a bad mood!