A Thankstaking Story

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#675: “A Thankstaking Story”
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March 29, 2010
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A Thankstaking Story

“A Thankstaking Story” is episode #675 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Dave Arnold, and originally aired on November 27, 2010.


On a snowy Thanksgiving Day, Whit, Connie, Eugene, and a few of their friends end up stuck at Whit's End. To pass the time, they tell a zany story of the Scrunch and his plan for “Thankstaking.”


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It's Thanksgiving. Connie loses her phone at Whit's End. Whit arrives and there is a bad storm. Then Eugene comes and Connie's cell phone is in his pocket, their phones were mixed up. Then Wooton arrives. A bit later Jay and his Uncle Wally arrive after their car got stuck in a ditch. The only food they have is ice cream and no TV. The power goes off. Wooton wants to play a game that is really pitiful. Whit gives the idea of making a story. Wooton plays a harmonica and Eugene strings his instrument. They start the story with a song about a happy town and an evil man named Scrunch.

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever got stuck and ever needed help?
  2. Who can you go to for help?
  3. How can you entertain your friends with no electric?


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June Kendall Connie Kendall
Katrina Meltsner Eugene Meltsner
Johann Von Meltsner Eugene Meltsner
Nick Smouse Wally Haggler
Great Bumpkin Scrunch
Carpet Burn Arctic Blast
Silvia Smouse Wally Haggler



VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] Album version contains more dialogue on Connie's missing phone such as a line asking if she left it in the fridge again.

  • This episode is a musical, including songs like:
Good News, Bad News
We Are the Bad Guys
The Thankstaking Song
Thanksgiving Day
  • This episode is a parody of ' How the Grinch Stole Christmas' by Dr. Seuss. A Thanksgiving parody of 'A Christmas Carol' was previously done in #173: “A Thanksgiving Carol”.
  • This episode contains many references to famous Christmas movies, including "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Year Without A Santa Claus," "Elf," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman," "A Christmas Carol," "White Christmas,", "The Night Before Christmas", as well as a Halloween TV special: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," and a book, "Horton Hatches the Egg,".
  • Jess Harnell (Wooton [ Arctic Blast ]) does an Elvis impression when he gives Katie the card for his rock band (Stinging Cold) and again when he sings The Thankstaking Song.
  • The Great Bumpkin is a reference to The Great Pumpkin.
  • The Burger Blitzer's ban on praying was probably inspired by the similar law imposed in Daniel 6:7.
  • The Burger Blitzer's line "Scrunch, you have some 'splaining to do" is a reference to Ricky Ricardo's catchphrase on I Love Lucy.



Connie Kendall: Hot chocolate?! How can anyone think of hot chocolate at a time like this?!

John Whittaker: I suppose things could be worse.
Jay Smouse: Oh, yeah? Like how? <static electricity sounds>
Wooton Bassett: Uh, oh! What was that?
John Whittaker: Uh, well, the power could go off.
Jay Smouse: Yep, that would be worse alright.
John Whittaker: Don't worry, the, uh, generator should kick in any minute.
Eugene Meltsner: Uh, you mean the generator I've been trying to fix?

Harlow Doyle: Merry Christmas!
Connie Kendall: Uh, Harlow, I hate to tell you this, but, it's not Christmas.
Harlow Doyle: Well then, Happy New Year!
Connie Kendall: No, it's not New Year's either!
Harlow Doyle: Um...joyous Arbor Day?

John Whittaker: Well, we should do something fun instead of feeling sorry for ourselves.
Jay Smouse: I dunno, I kinda like feeling sorry for myself.

Scrunch: Turkeys get married?!.

Burger Blitzer Blitzer Burger: Wait, so you're saying Thanksgiving is OK after all?I knew it! I totally knew it! I could've been watching football and eating pies and playing games,it could've been so great! I've been robbed,I want restitution!