Wooton and Bernard go to Alaska together after finding out that Wooton's grandpa is about to pass away. Bernard owes Wooton a favor after he helped Bernard land a new job. Wooton claims he doesn't want to go to Alaska alone because of his family.
After arriving in Alaska, a limousine picks them up from the airport. Bernard questions why Wooton really brought him there and asks him to tell the truth about his family. Wooton reveals that his grandpa is passing through, not passing away. He's now a missionary in Africa and only back for a visit. Wooton is simply coming to Alaska for a family meeting at his grandparents' house.
At the family meeting, Wooton introduces Bernard to several of his family members. Bernard learns that Wooton's brother, Wellington Bassett, is trying to keep Wooton from getting their grandpa's inheritance. Wooton is oblivious to what's going on. He spends some one-on-one time with Grandpa in his office, where they talk about loving someone for who they are not what they have. The common bond between Wooton and Grandpa is that they both treasure their relationship with God more than possessions.
Wooton's cousin, Wilma Bassett, is having family problems. She pretends that everything is all right, however, because she wants to be included in Grandpa's inheritance. Wooton encourages her to tell the truth. In the end, Grandpa rewards his family with his inheritance according to what he feels he can entrust to them.
- Why did Bernard join Wooton on his trip to Alaska?
- When they arrived at Grandpa’s house, what did Bernard discover was the reason for Wooton’s family being there?
- After pretending to have a perfect life, Wilma finally came out and told her Grandpa the truth. As a result, she was rewarded for her honesty. Can you think of times that you’ve told people things that aren’t true?
- How can you be more honest in the future?
Heard in episode
- Although it wouldn't be revealed to anyone in Odyssey until #585: “The Poor Rich Guy” (and publicly to the town at large in #640: “Rights, Wrongs, and Winners”), Wooton's identity as the author and illustrator of the successful and popular Powerboy comic strip is finally confirmed in this episode during his conversation with his grandfather. Hints and allusions to this can be find in previous episodes, such as Wooton's admission that he doesn't need the pay from his mail carrier job in #472: “Welcoming Wooton”.
- This episode was the fourth show to be set in Alaska.
- In addition to this episode, Bernard also handed out jerky in #205: “Flash Flood”.
- Bernard's work at The Golden Glass Company, a contract he got in this episode, is mentioned later in #538: “Stubborn Streaks”.
- This episode's title is a reference to the dog breed of basset hounds, although it could also be considered a reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
- In #624: “Wooing Wooton”, Wooton's father's name is Winston but in this episode, his name is Winslow.
Bernard Walton: Does your Grandpa live very far away?
Wooton Bassett: Yeah, he does if you're driving.
Bernard Walton: Well, then, we'll have to take turns at the wheel.
Wooton Bassett: Oh, okay, but I don't think the airline pilots are going to like that.
Bernard Walton: Well, wake up the queen and alert her to trespassers!
Bernard Walton: The only thing harder to find than you in this house is a light switch.
Wooton Bassett: He's always playing games like that. Once when we were little, he told me I was adopted, and I believed him for a year!
Bernard Walton: But... that's ridiculous! You're twins!
Wooton Bassett: <snorts> Yeah, I know. That's why I only believed him for a year.
Wooton Bassett: It's not that we don't make sense, it's that we have a different way of looking at things that do make sense.