Childish Things

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#702: “Childish Things”
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May 10, 2011
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54: Clanging Cymbals...and the Meaning of God's Love
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1 Corinthians 13:11

11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

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Childish Things

“Childish Things” is episode #702 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on December 17, 2011.


Before a gallery exhibit of her work, Penny tries a variety of methods to decide whom she can trust in life.


Penny Wise decides to find a way to tell if she can trust people or not after her previous experience with Dr. Trask. She gets a book on facial expressions and motions and evaluates almost everyone she meets, making them very uncomfortable.

On her "date" with Wooton, she translates his facial expressions, making the "date" very uncomfortable. She does the same when she is interviewed for a job. The contacts of Mr. Henri, her boss-to-be, are bothering him and causing him to blink a lot, and Penny ends up translating that as a sign of nervousness. She walks out on the job because she believes that Mr. Henri cannot be trusted.

Whit and Connie then show Penny how wrong it is to translate people's feelings only on their expressions and movements. She then apologizes to Wooton, Eugene, and Mr. Henri, who in turn asks her to come work at his art gallery. She accepts the job, and her art is exhibited at that art gallery.

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  1. Was Penny wrong to study body language?


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Benjamin Trask Penny Wise
Jack Allen Connie Kendall
Joanne Allen Connie Kendall


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] Various lines were cut from the broadcast version of this episode (including a scene with Harlow Doyle).

  • Jacques Henri references author Charles Dickens when he messes up the idiom "hurts like the dickens".
  • The book "Don't Get Fooled Again" is a reference to the The Who song of the same name.
  • Jacques Henri references the artist Van Gogh.


Connie Kendall: Is it possible that you're putting so much emphasis on body language that you're missing the obvious?
Penny Wise: Oh, no. I'm getting really good at it.

Jacques Henri: I have known my share of temperamental artists, and she is certainly one of them.

Connie Kendall: So what are you gonna do with all these confused feelings while Penny figures things out?
Wooton Bassett: I'm gonna wait and silence my body language.
Connie Kendall: How are you gonna do that?
Wooton Bassett: Oh, I'm thinking about wearing a space suit whenever I'm around her.

Penny Wise: Connie!
Wooton Bassett: Ah! I haven't had time to change!

Connie Kendall: Take Eugene and Wooton. They're afraid to be seen by you by fear that you'll misread their expressions and gestures.
Penny Wise: They are?
Connie Kendall: Isn't that right, Eugene?
Eugene Meltsner: The word fear may be extreme. Anxious, nervous, disconcerted, discomforted, annoyed, vexed. Any of those are better words.
Connie Kendall: Whatever. Wooton?
Wooton Bassett: No, I think fear sounds perfect.

John Whittaker: When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became mature I put away childish things. I wonder how much it is.
Connie Kendall: Two hundred and fifty dollars.
John Whittaker: Maybe I'll just read it in my Bible.

Connie Kendall: You don't get wisdom by following a check list; it's not a paint by number process. Things like wisdom and knowing who to trust come from knowledge and experience and discernment—and, because you're a Christian, help from the Holy Spirit.
Penny Wise: Good, 'cause I hate Paint by Numbers.

Eugene Meltsner: I wear spectacles!
Wooton Bassett: And I'm buying sunglasses!

Wooton Bassett: But—b-b-but—
Penny Wise: Stammering isn't good either!
Wooton Bassett: Mm-mm mm-mm!