A Matter of Manners

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#446a: “A Matter of Manners”
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James 5:19

19My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,

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A Matter of Manners

“A Matter of Manners” is episode #446a of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by John Fornof, and originally aired on May 13, 2000.


After getting kicked out of Whit's End for poor manners, David Straussberg and Alex Jefferson decide to learn good manners.


David and Alex are being excessively rude at Whit's End, so Whit asks them to leave. In order to impress Whit and get back into his good graces, the two of them concoct a plan which names them as "manners experts." Judging everyone on a point system, correcting their fellow students and distributing "Good Manners Badges," the boys become obsessed with their new roles.

Back at Whit's End, Mandy and Whit confront the two of them. Whit agrees that he wants them to police Whit's End for good manners, but not before they test their ability at eating ice cream politely. The two try their best, but end up failing miserably since Whit has set so many rules. Whit has made his point, explaining that manners are important, but correction should be done in a loving manner.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What does "loving your neighbor as yourself" have to do with manners?
  2. Matthew 7:1 says not to judge-or else we will be judged in the same way we judge others. How does that apply to today's show?


Role Voice Actor
Alex Jefferson Travis Tedford
David Straussberg Jeff Ellison
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Principal Johnson Walker Edmiston
Mandy Straussberg Aria Curzon
Russel Unknown





Alex Jefferson: Tut tut there, Mandy, is that an elbow I see?

John Whittaker: Ready?
Alex Jefferson: Ready!
David Straussberg: Ready!
John Whittaker: Begin.
John Whittaker: <buzzer> Oh, sorry! Alex, this diagram shows you need to lick the ice-cream in a clockwise direction, not counterclockwise. Minus two points.
Mandy Straussberg: <buzzer> David, it says here you're supposed to eat the cherry first, not the whipped cream. Three points off.