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39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

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A Cheater Cheated

“A Cheater Cheated” is episode #586 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Nathan Hoobler, and originally aired on February 18, 2006.


Bart Rathbone seeks out Whit’s business advice after deciding he wants to make the Electric Palace a “respectable establishment.”


Mad at Bart Rathbone for not advertising on his show, Odyssey 105's Cryin' Bryan Dern is preparing to air a show in which the questionable business practices and mistreatment of customers at the Electric Palace are brought to light. Bart is desperate to redeem his image before he loses his job. His desperation drives him to Whit's End. Whit suggests observing a reputable business in action. Eugene suggests that Bart intern at Whit's End, and Whit reluctantly agrees.

After observing Eugene in action for a few hours, it's time for Bart to get some experience of his own. Tom Riley is the first of several customers for Bart, but it soon becomes evident that Bart has much to learn about the Golden Rule.

At the end of the day of training, Bart believes he is ready and has agreed to be interviewed by Dern on the radio so he can show Odyssey how he is changing. The interview turns out to be an ambush when a surprise guest, Bart's own son Rodney comes on the show with a list of the unscrupulous things that happen behind the scenes at the Electric Palace!

Later, Bart decides to protest what he thought was going to be the show that aired his interview, but it turns out that the broadcast schedule has changed. Bart’s interview is replaced with a fundraiser for cancer patients, but Bart doesn't know this as he tells everyone not to listen to the "garbage" on the radio.

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Role Voice Actor
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Boy Unknown
Bryan Dern Corey Burton
Electric Palace Customer Unknown
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Sister Mary Cathleen Unknown
Rodney Rathbone Steve Burns
Mr. Tanner William Schallert
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston
Woman Unknown

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Edwin Blackgaard Bart Rathbone
Mr. Stalling Mr. Tanner


  • At the beginning of the episode, Whit says that the cancer ward is called Cans for Cancer. On the "Bryan Dern" show at the end, Dern calls it Cans Against Cancer.
  • In the scene where Bart is boycotting the Bryan Dern show, a clock can be heard striking 5:00. However, in his preview for the show heard earlier in the episode, Bryan Dern says his show would start at 7:00.



Bart Rathbone: Shoppers, don’t forget about the electric palace’s half off rebate program! Just bring back your receipt whenever the second Tuesday of the month falls on the fifteenth.

Mr. Tanner: So you're admitting you're deceptive in your business?

Mr. Tanner: So I have to buy a 50 dollar flashlight to buy 20 dollar batteries to get 50 percent off a CD?
Bart Rathbone: Yep! That's a sweet deal.

Bart Rathbone: He said that I cheated people and treated my customers bad!
Eugene Meltsner: And he considers that newsworthy?

John Whittaker: Bart, I don't feel that I could defend you in good conscience. I mean, I don't really care for the way Bryan Dern goes after people, but...well, I can't say he was altogether wrong.
Bart Rathbone: Wha? Whattaya talkin' about?
John Whittaker: Well, you do mistreat your customers, Bart, and you often have dishonest business practices.
Bart Rathbone: Aww, come on...now, you still can't be mad at me about that computer keyboard I sold ya!
John Whittaker: ...It had no "W".
Bart Rathbone: So you just use the "M" and turn the paper upside down! What's the big deal?

Bart Rathbone: Here's your sundae.
Tom Riley: It looks like someone sat on it.
Bart Rathbone: Well, ah...<nervous chuckle>

Eugene Meltsner: It's how you would wanted to be treated, isn't it?
Bart Rathbone: No, I would want someone to take my order!

Woman: This is just what I need after a tough day.
Bart Rathbone: Lady, you musta had a lot of tough days.
Woman: What? Are you saying I'm fat?!
Bart Rathbone: Well, if the girdle fits...!

Bart Rathbone: If you can't take the heat, don't let the door hit you on the way out!