Blessings in Disguise

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#349: “Blessings in Disguise”
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Proverbs 12:19

19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

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Blessings in Disguise

“Blessings in Disguise” is episode #349 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by April Dammann and Marshal Younger, and originally aired on March 23, 1996.


Brenda Perry's pen pal, Thor Douglas, comes to visit, and Brenda is panicked because she has to live up to all the exaggerations she's written.


Brenda Perry writes a letter to her pen pal Thor Douglas, full of (false) information about how intelligent, daring, and generally wonderful she is. Glenn Adams pops up and comments on the letter and the picture of her...that was taken at a glamour studio. Brenda tells him how wonderful Thor Douglas is, and informs Glenn that it's alright for her to lie about herself to this guy, since she'll never really meet him.

Just a few days later, she receives a package in the mail from Thor Douglas, who tells her that he's coming to Odyssey for a tennis game. Brenda goes nuts trying to get prepared to live up to her letters, from getting a makeover to renting a parachute. When Thor Douglas shows up, he believes her, but the truth eventually (at Connie's insistence) comes out, and in the midst of the chaos, Thor Douglas lets it out to Glenn that he's not Thor Douglas. He's twins, and he's just Douglas. His twin, Thor, who is really the tennis player, adds to the confusion. Eventually, the truth comes out, and neither Brenda, Douglas, nor Thor are very happy — with their pen pal(s) or themselves.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Brenda exaggerate the truth about herself?
  2. Why is trust so important in a friendship?
  3. Have you ever exaggerated the truth about yourself to anyone?
    • What was the outcome?


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Role Voice Actor
Brenda Perry Jennifer Day
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Douglas Steve Burns
Glenn Adams Ryan Devin
Mall P.A. announcer Unknown
Mrs. Pate Vaughn Taylor
Post Office Clerk Dave Arnold
Thor Steve Burns

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Eugene Meltsner Glenn Adams


  • The premise of this episode — a pair of twins combining their personalities to impress a date — may have been borrowed from "The Lady and the Mountain Lion," a 10th-season episode of the classic Western TV series Bonanza.
  • Connie mentions the Minnesota Twins baseball team in this episode.


Thor Douglas: The thought of impressing Brenda makes me play even harder.
Glenn Adams: So, you're just not very good.

Beautician: Who did your makeup here, honey?
Brenda Perry: The photography place.
Beautician: I oughta hire them to do the spackling work in my basement.

Glenn Adams: Connie, I think they think they're the only ones in the room.
Connie Kendall: Maybe one of us should say something.
Glenn Adams: Yes, quickly. This is making me queasy... Give me a bucket!

Brenda Perry: Twins?
Glenn Adams: Ah, you noticed the resemblance, too.