Bobby makes his first appearance in the episode “Lights Out at Whit's End”. In “Connie Comes to Town”, Bobby develops a crush on Connie Kendall, who makes her first appearance in the same episode. The same episode reveals that Bobby is very knowledgeable about the Bible; Whit puts him in charge of the Bible Bowl. In his final episode, “Bobby's Valentine”, he is embarrassed when Amy Duran develops a crush on him and sends him a Valentine. Bobby then asks for advice from Officer David Harley to remedy the situation.
Bobby appears in three early Adventures in Odyssey episodes. Two of these episodes (#3: “Lights Out at Whit's End” and #13: “Bobby's Valentine”) never found their way into mainstream albums, leaving Bobby as a little-known character, perhaps best known for being the first character to have a crush on Connie in #4: “Connie Comes to Town”.
|“||Bobby Novak: You're worried cause she's going to California and she won't have anyone to take care of her and make sure she doesn't get into trouble.
John Whittaker: Well, as a matter of fact, yes! That's a big part of it!
Bobby Novak: Then you can relax.
John Whittaker: Why?
Bobby Novak: Cause I talked it over with Connie and she's not going off by herself to California after all.
John Whittaker: Oh, she's not?
Bobby Novak: No way. I'm going with her!
John Whittaker: What?!
|“||Jeff (a): So, what kind of poison is the cafeteria serving today?
Bobby Novak: I can't tell. It smells like my dad's sneakers.
Jeff (a): Let me see. Is meat supposed to be green? And what are those little round purple things supposed to be?
Bobby Novak: Look, Jeff. I have to eat this stuff! I don't want to think about it.
|“||Bobby Novak: Officer Harley! She likes Officer Harley! Boy, it's a good thing she doesn't have pigtails...
|“||David Harley: You're not making a movie without a permit, are you?
Bobby Novak: Permit? I didn't know you needed a permit to make a movie!
John Whittaker: You don't, Bobby. Not as long as you own private property or you're not obstructing traffic or something like that. Isn't that right, Officer Harley?
David Harley: Well, it isn't exactly wrong. Not that it couldn't be, mind you 'cause ignorance of the law is no excuse! But as far as wrong goes, yes, you're right!
|“||Connie Kendall: Who were Shadrach, Meesh... a-lack...
Bobby Novak: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Connie Kendall: <buzzer sounds> Yeah, yeah! What he said!