Chain Reaction

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#433b: “Chain Reaction”
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Matthew 25:23

23"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

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“Chain Reaction” is episode #433b of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on December 4, 1999.


David Straussberg sets off a chain of bad events by not mowing Bernard Walton's lawn when he's supposed to.


David and Mandy are speculating about the new water-park coming to Odyssey. Whit acknowledges the plans and says that George Paxson is making the deal. Later that day David offers to cut Bernard Walton's grass while he's on vacation. Mr. Walton agrees, but says that he'll need to cut it twice in those two weeks. Nearly two weeks later, Mandy finds David watching TV and asks why he hasn't mowed the Walton's yard. David ends up mowing it on the day before the couple returns, but since it wasn't mowed earlier, two thieves have robbed the house (realizing that the couple was on vacation). The robbers even stole Bernard's answering machine that had a a very important message from a local landlord, asking him to come fix their electricity. Harlow Doyle, a member of the apartments, oversleeps without his alarm, and wakes up to realize that he was late for work. In his hurry, he crashes into Paxson on his way to finish the negotiations for the property where he was going to build a water-slide, causing him to be late and lose the negotiations. In the final scene, Whit tells David and Mandy that the water-slide is not going to be built after all. Will David ever realize he is responsible for the water park falling through? Seemingly small actions can have big consequences.

Discussion Questions

  1. Who indirectly caused the water park not to be built in Odyssey?
  2. Are there any responsibilities (even small ones) in your life that you're neglecting?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
David Straussberg Jeff Ellison
George Paxon Phil Lollar
Harlow Doyle Will Ryan
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Leonard Jerry Houser
Mandy Straussberg Aria Curzon
Nathaniel Graham Blake Ewing
Landlord Paul Herlinger
Burglar Will Ryan
Property Owner 1 Mark Drury
Property Owner 2 Dave Arnold

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Maude Walton Bernard Walton


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version contains some additional comments with the burglars in the car. One burglar corrects the other's grammar.

  • In this episode, listen for producers Mark Drury and Dave Arnold who play the parts of the two property owners who are trying to sell their land to a water park developer. When the deal falls through, they decide to sell to the law firm of "Crowe, Jorg, & Beeboff," a name Mark and Dave came up with representing fellow producers Jonathan Crowe, Rob Jorgensen, and writer John Beebee. Also, although Mark and Dave have appeared in small roles in other shows, this is actually the first time they "acted" together in the same episode. Will it be their last? Stay tuned! (Thanks to Duane Harms for the information!)
  • One of the things the burglars took (or Bernard's wife hid) was Bernard's Hip Hobson record collection. Hip Hobson was mentioned in #278: “The Fifth House on the Left, Part 1”, when Bernard drove around Hollywood trying to find Hip Hobson's house.
  • Watch for a "Wheel of Fortune" parody in this episode. (Thanks to Duane Harms for the information!)
  • Contains an AIO Shorty: And You Think You've Got Problems - Josiah

Television in the background while David refuses to cut Bernard's grass...

CONTESTANT: "Yes, I’d like to solve the puzzle."

HOST: "Okay."

CONTESTANT: "Don’t. look. a. gift. horse. in. the. house."

HOST: "Ooh. No. Sorry. Robin?"

Wheel spins.

HOST: "450."

CONTESTANT #2: "Is there a "D"?

HOST: "Yes, there is."

CONTESTANT #2: "I’d like to solve the puzzle. Don’t look a gift house in the house."

HOST: "No. Sorry."



Bernard Walton: My house was robbed while I was gone.
David Straussberg: No way!
Bernard Walton: Yeah, they took everything but the bathtub. Stereo, VCR, my Hip-Hopson, come to think of it, my wife might've hidden that from me.

Harlow Doyle: Wait a minute, if it's still midnight, why is it so bright outside? It's a reverse eclipse! No, no, Harlow; that's silly. But it's definitely twelve o'clock, twelve o'clock, twelve o'clock, twelve o'clock. Great wholesome crunchy goodness! It must be noon! I'm late for work!

Harlow Doyle: I learned on TV—uh, in detective school that leaving the scene of a crime is yet another crime!

George Paxon: Hey—what are you doing! Get these handcuffs off of me!
Harlow Doyle: As an American citizen of America and a defender of our justice system, I cannot do that!
George Paxon: Why?!
Harlow Doyle: Because the keys are at the office.