Back to Bethlehem, Part 1
Along the way, they encounter a cranky innkeeper, several smelly shepherds, a crazy but sincere Jewish teacher, a hot-headed but romantic young zealot, a callous but romantic Roman general, and a carpenter and his maiden bride.
While the zealot and the general vie for Connie's affections, the teacher explains the strange star up in the sky to Eugene - and they both bear witness to the glory of the newborn King.
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- Whit said much of what we think about Christmas is pure speculation. Based on what the Bible says, how do you think the first Christmas might have been different than how we picture it?
- Bethlehem wasn't a very nice place for a baby to be born. Why was Jesus born there?
- The wraparounds to this episode feature a Christmas version of the theme.
- This was the first Adventures in Odyssey three-part episode.
- The episode begins and ends with Chris and Julius Schnitzelbonker, who shows off his new invention, the Instant Christomatic. It is the only of the three parts to include this kind of wraparound scenes.
- Eugene's conversation with Hezekiah in this episode about belief would prove to be an important step in Eugene's journey to salvation. Sections of it would be replayed to Eugene in the Imagination Station from his journal in #330: “The Time Has Come” five years later.
- At one point, Benjamin tells the crowd gathered in front of his inn, "This is my courtyard, not the Colosseum!" However, the Colosseum wasn't built until around AD 70-80, long after Christ left the earth and certainly NOT before His birth! (This goof is repeated in #176: “The Star, Part 1”, #347: “St. Paul: An Appointment with Caesar” and #425: “Blackgaard's Revenge, Part 2”.)
Chris Anthony: But Doc, the Christmas spirit isn't something you can manufacture by a machine.
Julius Schnitzelbonker: Oh yeah, smarty pants? Well, tell that to all the people who make video games, huh?
John Whittaker: Just push the button when the doors are closed Connie. Both sides are synchronized.
Connie Kendall: I bet you don't know how to change the oil in a car.
Connie Kendall: Or fix a Whittaker special double-decker sundae.
Judah: Double... decker?
Connie Kendall: See I'm just as smart as you. And I'm getting a little tired of Eugene and all you men talking about me like I'm some sort of work camel.