With a Little Help from My Friends
Sam starts off by telling about something that happened the previous day. On the way home from school, he was stopped by Courtney Vincent and several other kids who were on their way to the park to pick up trash. Courtney asked Sam to go with them. Sam refused, saying that his parents always want him to come straight home from school before he goes anywhere else. But Courtney and the others kept pleading and pressing until he finally gave in and went. Before he knew it, an hour had passed! Now he feels dopey for letting Courtney and the others talk him into disobeying his parents.
Sam’s not the only one who’s given in to peer pressure, though. The previous weekend, Connie went to the mall with her friends Blair Worthington and Carla Austin. These snobby girls all but dragged Connie into a store so they could avoid talking with one of their geeky school-mates, Larry Melwood. Moments later, Blair and Carla managed to pressure Connie into basically blurting out that Larry is the biggest geek in school, right as Larry walked up to them. He was hurt and ran off before Connie could apologize. Now, Connie feels just awful about it.
But much to everyone’s surprise, June says she knows just how both Connie and Sam feel. The previous week, she succumbed to peer pressure herself. She had just gotten a promotion at work. June was attending her first executive meeting when the big boss asked for comments on one of his pet proposals. June felt she should say something about how bad the proposal was, but Harry Waters, the co-worker who pushed for June’s promotion, advised against saying anything. In fact, Harry put so much pressure on June that she went along with the crowd, just like Sam and Connie did.
Jason sympathizes with them. Then he tells Sam, Connie, and June what Whit used to say, ”You plus Jesus are always a majority.” Whit meant that the next time they’re tempted to go with the crowd, they should pray. Jesus will help them stand up for what is right.
The following week, Connie, Sam, and June each have the opportunity to do that. Sam resists Courtney’s coaxing to sneak off school grounds. Connie apologizes to Larry despite Blair and Carla’s pressure for Connie not to do it. June diplomatically tells her boss what she really thinks of his proposal, and gets demoted for her frankness. Each one is still happy they did the right thing. And Connie, Sam, and June now know the best way to combat peer pressure.
- Why is it sometimes so hard to not give in to your friends?
- Jason told everyone that Whit used to say, “You plus Jesus are always a majority.” What does that mean?
- What is positive peer pressure?
- Give an example of how you could use it.
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|John Whittaker||Connie Kendall|
|Pete Johnson||Sam Johnson|
|Nancy Johnson||Sam Johnson|
- This episode introduces Raspberry Ripple, a popular dessert at Whit's End.
- The character of Larry Melwood in this episode is portrayed by Justin Morgan, previously the voice of recurring kid character Isaac Morton.
- This episode is (loosely) based on the Family Portraits episode #FP09: “A Different Kind of Peer Pressure” and shares several elements with it. These include Blair's name as the one who gives into peer pressure, the situation of the father at work (later applied to Connie's mother), "Conformists Anonymous" which was changed to "Peer Pressure Anonymous", and the scripture reference of Romans 12:2 incorporated into the episode.
- The name of this episode is also the name of a Beatles song that has been covered numerous times (most famously by Joe Cocker, whose version was used as the theme song for the 1988-93 ABC dramedy "The Wonder Years").
- The lines about spunk (see quote below) may have been based on the first episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" where the same exchange takes place between Mary and her boss.
- The expression "you plus Jesus is a majority" is possibly a reference to a Frederick Douglass quote which reads: “The man who is right is a majority. He who has God and conscience on his side, has a majority against the universe.”
Connie Kendall: Ugh, you Whittakers can be so annoying sometimes!