A Question of Loyalty

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#185: “A Question of Loyalty”
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Micah 7:5

5Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words.

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A Question of Loyalty

“A Question of Loyalty” is episode #185 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on March 7, 1992.


Lucy befriends a shy, would-be writer from her school named Emily, who starts writing for The Odyssey Owl.


It all started at Odyssey Middle School. The The Odyssey Owl is having an important meeting. Mr. Burton, the school’s sponsor and editor, makes an announcement about a county-wide newspaper contest, a competition to determine the best middle-school newspaper in the county. The contest is open to all middle-school newspapers, including the The Odyssey Voice. The Voice is a fluffy, low-budget paper, put together by kids who don’t know good writing from a hole in the ground.

The Owl staff is excited about the contest and thinks they have a good chance of winning. Lucy is especially involved in the contest. She even goes out of her way to encourage and coach a talented, shy, new girl named Emily Fowler. Lucy teaches her the basics of newspaper writing and helps draw Emily out of her shell. A friendship is born. Unfortunately, Emily and Lucy’s friendship quickly withers when Emily begins to receive praise for her articles. Soon, Emily finds she simply doesn’t have time for Lucy anymore. Things worsen when Emily goes to Mr. Burton and demands that her articles get front-page status. Mr. Burton asks Lucy to talk some sense into Emily, but it’s no use. Either Emily gets the front page, or she defects to the Odyssey Voice.

The Owl refuses, Emily leaves, and the contest becomes heated. It is a hard-fought, close competition, but in the end the Owl wins! Only, Lucy doesn’t feel like rejoicing. She’s lost a friend. She has also learned a hard lesson about loyalty, that its betrayal can have long-lasting and heartbreaking consequences.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Emily suddenly decide she didn’t have time for Lucy anymore?
  2. Since their friendship turned out so sour, would Lucy have been better off not helping Emily in the first place?
    • Explain your answer.
  3. What was the worst act of betrayal in history?
    • Why?





Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: It's Emily Fowler. I can't keep track of her anymore!