Dental Dilemma

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#8: “Dental Dilemma”
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Psalm 27:1

11 Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?

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Dental Dilemma

“Dental Dilemma” is episode #8 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Susan McBride, and originally aired on January 9, 1988.


A boy plants fear in the heart of his younger sister as she anticipates her first major dental appointment. Unfortunately for him, his plans backfire.


Whit gets on the same elevator as Jean Forbes. Jean then tells Whit how Dr. Frank Graves deserves a medal for how he handled a situation last week...

The Forbes are getting ready for Sunday School while seven-year-old Emily Forbes is watching her loose tooth dangling in the mirror. She doesn't want to pull it out, because she wants Dr. Graves to pull it. It ends up falling out just before they pray for the food. Later at church, Emily, Jean and Bob talk with Dr. Graves. Jean mentions how much Emily loves going to the dentist. She's going to the dentist tomorrow and can't wait for it.

Later that night, Mark Forbes, Emily's brother, decides to scare her by telling her Dr. Graves is going to pull all of her teeth out with big pliers, and how she will get a shot so it doesn't hurt so much. When her parents tuck her in bed, Emily tells them she doesn't want to go to the dentist because she's afraid. Bob tells her she doesn't need to be afraid.

When the big day arrives, Emily is scheduled to go before Mark, and Dr. Graves takes her to the yellow room. She tries to stall and says she should come back when she's not so busy. Then Dr. Graves tells her he was almost finished. Dr. Graves gently gets to the source of Emily's warped information. The good dentist promises not to hurt Emily, and together they devise a plan to turn the tables on Mark, giving him a taste of what it feels like to be afraid. After they scare him, Dr. Graves tells Mark that even though he was just pulling a joke, he hurt Emily by making her afraid of him, making her lie to her parents, and making her dread the whole day. Mark apologizes to Emily, then Dr. Graves tells him "Smile big like a crocodile, Mark!"

Jean finishes her story, and Whit agrees Dr. Graves deserves a medal. Whit then asks why Dr. Graves never asks him to smile big like a crocodile.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Mark wrong to tease Emily?
  2. Have you ever teased anyone that way?
  3. Were Emily and Dr. Graves right to get back at Mark?
  4. Do you think all teasing is bad?
  5. Why or why not?
  6. How do you think Jesus feels about it?


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John Whittaker Hal Smith
Jean Forbes Unknown
Bob Forbes Roger Scott
Mark Forbes Chad Reisser
Emily Forbes Sage Bolte
Frank Graves Unknown
Relative Importance / Chronological
Role Actor
Emily Forbes Sage Bolte
Mark Forbes Chad Reisser
Jean Forbes Unknown
Frank Graves Unknown
Bob Forbes Roger Scott
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Boy Unknown
Boy Unknown





Mark Forbes: What’s the magic word?
Jean Forbes: Go!
Mark Forbes: Well, that works too.

Emily Forbes: Frisky doesn't go to the dentist.
Jean Forbes: That's because he's a dog, sweetie. Uh, Bob, why don't dogs go to the dentist?

Jean Forbes: Bob, how about I give you a more distinctive choice?
Bob Forbes: Like what?
Jean Forbes: Like, what would you like, Bob? A bottle of Tabasco, or some angel foodcake?