A Member of the Family, Part 1

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Proverbs 3:11-12

11My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Exodus 20:12
12"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Ephesians 6:4
4Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

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A Member of the Family, Part 1

“A Member of the Family, Part 1” is episode #17 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Susan McBride, and originally aired on March 12, 1988.


Monty Whittaker-Dowd, Whit's grandson, comes to visit for the summer, and learns a few lessons along the way.


This episode starts with Whit and Tom Riley waiting at the airport for Monty Whittaker-Dowd, Whit's grandson who is visiting for the summer. But, much to Whit's surprise and dismay, Monty turns out to be a rude, spoiled brat.

After much conflict between the two of them, Whit applies a few house rules which he hopes will set Monty straight.

The next day, Whit takes his grandson to Whit's End to earn a bit of spending money. After Monty is told what to do, he waits for Whit to leave, and decides that he doesn't want to work for the money — or to be there at all! Monty calls his mom and lies about how Whit is mistreating him and demands that she pick him up immediately. Jana refuses, saying she can't pick him up for another week. Angry, Monty slams the phone down and cons a Whit's End employee to open up the cash register and give him some money. Monty then leaves for the movies, very pleased with himself.

When Whit finds out, he does not spare the rod on his grandson. Afterward, Whit explains to Monty why he had to be spanked. Monty responds positively.

After this, Monty finally starts having fun, and even joins up with The Odyssey Coyotes, completely forgetting that he ever called his mother. Everything seems to be going well until Jana finally shows up, very upset.

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think Whit had a good reason to spank Monty?
    • Could Whit have handled the situation in any other way? Explain your answers.
  2. Why was Jana so angry with Whit?
  3. Why was Monty so rude to Whit and Tom?
  4. What mistakes did Whit make in raising Jana?
    • How could he have avoided those mistakes?
    • How did he correct them?


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Phil Dowd Tom Riley
Jenny Whittaker-Dowd Tom Riley
Jerry Whittaker John Whittaker
Jason Whittaker John Whittaker
Heather Bullock Tom Riley






Tom Riley: Well, you know, Whit. It just occurred to me, if Monty wants to. He could be a Coyote.
John Whittaker: What?!
Tom Riley: Well, he can play on the team. The Coyotes. Little League, Whit!
John Whittaker: Oh.

John Whittaker: The boy thought that loving the puppy meant giving him what he wanted, but in this case the most loving thing was to give him what he needed whether he liked it or not. It was the little boy's job to recognize the hidden danger the puppy couldn't understand.

John Whittaker: You see, we all have to live by the rules Monty. I don't just make them up, you know. God is the one who sets down the rules about what people do and how we ought to treat each other. And if I love you, if I really love you, not only will I obey those rules myself, I'll do what I can to see that you do too. I don't get any pleasure out of it. I do it because I love you. and because that's the responsibility God's given me, at least for these few weeks.