All-Star Witness

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Matthew 18:15

15"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.

Matthew 5:23-24
23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

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All-Star Witness

“All-Star Witness” is episode #578 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Nathan Hoobler, and originally aired on November 5, 2005.


When Coach Tom Riley doesn’t choose Ashley Jenkins for the local All-Star softball game, her father, former Mayor Jenkins, files a lawsuit.


Ashley Jenkins is suing Tom Riley for unfair and biased treatment when he was her coach! To fight this, Tom hires Eugene as his lawyer! The problem is that Tom didn't choose Ashley to play in the All-Star softball game and Ashley assumes it's because Tom doesn't like her. Worse yet, she lost her one chance to be scouted by the Bryerhurst Academy recruiters. While Eugene and Tom prepare their case, Ashley and her father rehearse Ashley's testimony. Ashley explains to Bill how much she liked Tom Riley as a coach at the beginning of the season.

Then she explains how things changed halfway through the season - the same day that Bill voted for the new proposed highway to Connellsville that will run right through Tom Riley’s farm. When Tom did not choose Ashley as the Coyotes’ representative at the All-Star game, Ashley and Bill assumed that it was because Tom was mad at Bill’s decision.

Eugene prepares a detailed defense case and Whit agrees to moderate a meeting between Tom and the Jenkins'. There, everyone finds out that Tom had noticed Ashley's talent on the softball field and began to push her harder and expect more of her. He didn’t choose her for the All-Star game because he thought she wasn't ready for the pressure and intimidation from the older kids. Tom apologizes to Ashley for taking her chance to attend Briarhurst Academy, but Whit arranges for her to meet with one more scout who hadn’t left town yet.

In the end, both Tom and Ashley learn a valuable lesson about communicating.

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  • The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees are mentioned on Walter's TV.
  • What Eugene is doing is considered practicing law, which means that he likely took and passed the bar exam for the state Odyssey is located in.
  • There are several things here that may be considered goofs:
    • First, over 10 years ago, Bill retired to spend time with his grandchildren. Now, he's got a daughter approaching college.
      • Note: This is not necessarily a goof: Bill may have had several children over a long period of time.
    • Second, is the way Bill acted. In past episodes he's level-headed - here he's not. He's sympathetic to Tom and Whit and the gang in the past - even going to bat for Tom against Dr. Blackgaard on the phone - but here he's suing Tom for a lot of money.
      • Note: This is not necessarily a goof: This may not necessarily be a goof as Tom and Bill's relationship may have always been competitive but after Bill's resignation it may have gone downhill.
    • Lastly is the road. Tom's land is protected by the state, and has been for a while. There wouldn't have been a vote to put a road through his land.
      • Note: This is not necessarily a goof: If part of the land that wasn't part of the orchard or near the cabin there may have been an exception made to the protection of Tom's property.



Eugene Meltsner: I'm still wondering why your team seemed to be so baffled by the opposing pitcher's curve ball. Solving it was a matter of simple physics.
John Whittaker: Eugene, they don't allow calculators in the batter's box.

Tamika Washington: But you're not a lawyer!
Eugene Meltsner: Well, heh heh, not in the "professional" sense, of course but... but I took a civil law class during my time at college, and since then, I've continued to study law books for light bedtime reading.

Tom Riley: Hire a lawyer or hire Eugene... pull a horse's tooth or get kicked by a cow...

John Whittaker: Oh yes, Eugene gets excited about things, but he is a good person to have on your side.
Tom Riley: Well, I'm sure that's true, but I feel like I just let a pyromaniac borrow my lighter.

Bill Jenkins: This is Eugene Meltsner we're talking about... he's about as intimidating as an unsalted cracker!

Eugene Meltsner: Wait! Don't you want me to tell you about subsection D?
Tom Riley: I'll talk to you later.
Eugene Meltsner: But it has pie charts!