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#515: “B-TV: Behind the Scenes”
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Psalm 133:1-3

11 A song of ascents. Of David. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

2It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

3It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

1 Corinthians 12:1-31
1Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.

2You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. 4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. 12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret?

31But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.

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B-TV: Behind the Scenes

“B-TV: Behind the Scenes” is episode #515 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Nathan Hoobler and John Fornof, and originally aired on May 3, 2003.


Alex Jefferson turns a microphone on the B-TV crew to see what happens behind the scenes.



For a career class project, Alex Jefferson turns a microphone on the B-TV crew to see what happens behind the scenes of the popular show.

Alex soon sees the kind of chaos that goes on where the camera doesn't see. Station manager Guy Feldstein is bugging Bernard about format changes. Edwin Blackgaard is worried about his own part of the show and nothing else. Wooton Bassett keeps trying to take everyone else's job. The switcher isn't working.

Alex tries to stay out of the way as tapes melt, mistakes are made, and people do a lot of yelling at each other. Finally, after all seems lost when the studio nearly catches fire, Bernard gives a touching speech about working together as a team. This inspires everyone to really pull together for the final sketch...about the unity in the Body of Christ.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What were some ways that the B-TV was not unified?
    • What inspired them to show unity?
  2. Have you ever been part of a team where you didn't get your way?
    • How did you handle it?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Alex Jefferson Travis Tedford
B-TV Announcer Corey Burton
Mr. Bellybutton Travis Tedford
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Mr. Brain Corey Burton
Commercial Actor Marshal Younger
Commercial Narrator Phil Lollar
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Cooking Show Host Jess Harnell
Mr. Ear Dave Madden
Edwin Blackgaard Earl Boen
Miss Eye Aria Curzon
Mr. Foot Earl Boen
Mr. Grayhair Jess Harnell
Guy Feldstein Corey Burton
Mr. Hand Travis Tedford
Mandy Straussberg Aria Curzon
Mr. Nose Corey Burton
Tom Brokejaw Corey Burton
Walter Shakespeare Corey Burton
Woodchuck Bob Luttrell
Wooton Bassett Jess Harnell

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Mrs. Randolph Wooton Bassett


  • This is the only B-TV to be done from a "behind the scenes" perspective other than the original episode when the show was brainstormed at Whit's End. Many sketches are heard from the control room perspective, with things going haywire while the TV audience has no idea. It was also the only B-TV done as part of a telethon.
  • Wooton tells Connie in this episode that he can do improvisational theater, which he studied with Edwin Blackgaard in #506: “For Trying Out Loud”.
  • This episode marks one of the few times that Bernard raises his voice authoritatively. He was also heard doing this during a contentious jury deliberation in #354: “Blind Justice”.
  • A bit of irony is found at the end of this episode. Due to a move, this was the last episode to feature voice work by Travis Tedford. It was fitting that his character's last line would end up being "This is Alex Jefferson, signing off."



Connie Kendall: Can anyone here play the piano?
Wooton Bassett: Oh sure, I can do that.
Connie Kendall: Can you really?
Wooton Bassett: Yeah, I play for Mrs. Randolph's horse all the time.
Connie Kendall: What?
Wooton Bassett: Well, that's the only way he'll fall asleep.

Guy Feldstein: What's the topic of today's show?
Bernard Walton: Unity...
Alex Jefferson: Mr. Walton is now experiencing bitter irony.
Bernard Walton: Oh, be quiet.

Alex Jefferson: I am now walking down the hall to the green room where the actors wait before they go into the studio. Due to budget cuts the green room doubles as the first stall in the men's room.

Guy Feldstein: Look, you can either have the cameras or the light. Your pick.

Edwin Blackgaard: Just imagine it, a man of my acting stature reduced to a foot.
Walter Shakespeare: Really, you're much taller than that sir.

Mr. Bellybutton: And where, I ask you, would the world be today without bellybuttons?!?
Mr. Brain: Thank you, Mr. Bellybutton.

Alex Jefferson: This is Alex Jefferson, signing off. <Alex's final line of the series>

Bernard Walton: <shouting> All right, everyone, hold it! I'm tired of this chaos! Now straighten up, for goodness' sake!