A Lamb's Tale

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#557: “A Lamb's Tale”
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John 1:29

29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

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A Lamb's Tale

“A Lamb's Tale” is episode #557 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on December 11, 2004.


The Odyssey crew is involved in six interwoven stories about Christmas. It all begins when Tamika gives away her toy lamb for Christmas . . .


It’s Christmastime in Odyssey and the town is buzzing with Christmas spirit: so much excitement for so many reasons! Liz is excited because her older brother Mark is home from the war. He seems different, however, and the adjustment is very hard for Liz. All she wants is her brother back, while all he wants to do is give his stuff away to the charity drive Whit is heading up.

In this episode, Tamika finds herself trying to grow up. Because of this, she attempts to give up the stuffed lamb she has slept with for ten years. She learns, however, that she is perhaps not quite as ready as she thought. While trying to get it back, we find that other plans have been made for the stuffed animal. A young boy named Grady has tracked the lamb down to give to his little sister Samantha who lost hers at the local bus station. She originally got the lamb from their father whom they haven’t seen in a long time. For Samantha, it serves as one of the few remaining connections between her and her father, but Rodney Rathbone catches hold of it.

A visit to Connellsville helps us to see that Mark almost lost his life in the war. It was saved, however, by a soldier from Connellsville who lost his own life in the process of saving Mark’s. This event has caused Mark to feel incredibly guilty and he decides to dedicate his life to charitable causes. During his visit, Mark is comforted by the father of the deceased soldier. The father tells him that his son sacrificed his life, and there is no way Mark can earn that gift back. Ultimately, he needs to accept it, and go on with his life.

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Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Mr. Cruz Gil Ellis
Grady McKay Jordan Orr
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Liz Horton Lauren Schaffel
Mark Horton Mikey Kelley
Mike Mulligan Bill Myers
Nick Mulligan Chris Castile
Rodney Rathbone Steve Burns
Samantha McKay Mary Mouser
Tamika Washington Courtney Brown

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Ed Washington John Whittaker
Elaine Washington John Whittaker
Dale Horton John Whittaker
Mrs. Horton John Whittaker
Natalie Liz Horton
Carson McKay Samantha McKay
Kristi McKay Grady McKay


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] Whit used to say "Happy Holidays!" at the beginning of this episode, but that line has since been removed.

  • Rodney's "America's Funniest Explosions" and "America's Funniest Injuries" are possible parodies of America's Funniest Home Videos. His attempt to blow up a toy by attaching it to a rocket also mirrors the sinister activity of the young villain Sid in the animated Pixar film Toy Story.
  • During this episode Nick and Mike Mulligan discuss the Mulligans taking in Nick; this occurred in #377: “Just Say Yes”.
  • The theme song for this episode was also used in Electric Christmas.
  • Chris says in the wraps of this episode, “...And I'm Chris, hoping you have a wonderful Christmas season!” instead of her normal sign-off.


Tamika Washington: You have to grow up sometime.

Mike Mulligan: We haven't sorted through this [stuff in the attic] in like--ten years!

Mark Horton: I'm an adult, Liz.

Liz Horton: Long way to go for a lamb.

Nick Mulligan: Kid's gonna get himself killed... I like him!

Mark Horton: In fact he gave his life for mine.

Rodney Rathbone: They wanted a funny injury.

Nick Mulligan: You did it for me, didn't you? You gave up the job offer for me.