For the Birds

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#660: “For the Birds”
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Matthew 10:29-31

29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.

30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

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“For the Birds” is episode #660 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Phil Walton and Paul McCusker, and originally aired on April 10, 2010.

Avery Award Winner!
This episode won an Avery Award for Best Scene in the Spring 2010 Season!
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Camilla Parker desperately wants a pet, but her family seems to suffer from the “Parker Family Pet Curse.” To prove her responsibility, Camilla takes care of a baby blue jay. Meanwhile, Eugene has his own run-in with some feathered foes – which leads to drastic action!



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Discussion Questions

  1. Caring for “Dexter” was a lot of work! Who helped Camilla care for her bird?
  2. What did Whit mean when he said that “curse” was a word we might use for things we don’t like?
  3. Camilla says that she learned responsibility isn’t easy. How have you seen that lesson in your life?
  4. How can you show responsibility?


Role Voice Actor
Camilla Parker Sydney Shiotani
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
David Parker Marc Evan Jackson
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Eva Parker Amanda Troop
John Whittaker Andre Stojka
Matthew Parker Zach Callison
Olivia Parker Hope Levy
Susie Ellie McCusker
Wooton Bassett Jess Harnell


  • VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The aired version does not include Camilla's prayer about ending "The Parker Family Pet Curse" over dinner, Chris's jokes ("I'm glad Eugene is finally flying free of his hairy bird-en!", etc.) or her skit with Dave Arnold. Also, in the first release version, Matthew comments on the demise of the Parker goldfish, Spanky and Lester, saying, “I think they had a suicide pact.” Olivia laughs. The line was cut from future releases.
  • Read a devotional thought about this show.
  • To get the foley for Eugene's haircut Jonathan Crowe's wife came in and gave him a real haircut



Camilla Parker: Hi Eugene!
Eugene Meltsner: Oh, greetings Miss Parker!
Camilla Parker: Camilla. What are you doing?
Eugene Meltsner: Doing?
Camilla Parker: You're just standing there in the middle of the park!
Eugene Meltsner: Oh, on the contrary! I'm not merely standing here: I'm basking in the glory of an exquisite day!

Camilla Parker: Wow! I never seen a bird do that before! It looked like it was aiming for your head!

Eugene Meltsner: Uh, Miss Parker take cover!...I've never tried out-running a bird before!!

David Parker: And who here remembers the goldfish?
Olivia, Matthew and Camilla: Oh! Spankie and Lester!
David Parker: Dead within six weeks.
Matthew Parker: I think they had a suicide pact.

Olivia Parker: Pickles, Pickles! That wasn't my fault! Mom sat on him!
Eva Parker: Well, what was he doing loose? And on the kitchen chair?
Matthew Parker: You called us all for dinner. He thought he was part of the family!

Matthew Parker: Hey, maybe Wooton knows.
Wooton Bassett: Wow! Well, I never did before, but there's a first time for everything. What is it?

Wooton Bassett: He was a Great Horned Owl named Doctor What.
David Parker: Doctor... what?
Wooton Bassett: Yeah, exactly. Doctor Who would have been a better name, but I think it’s trademarked.

Connie Kendall: Okay, here goes! <turns on razor> Hair today, gone tomorrow.
Eugene Meltsner: What?!
Connie Kendall: <snickers> Goodbye!

Camilla Parker: And [the bird] bit Eugene and now he may have bird rabies, but I think he's just hungry.
Eva Parker: Eugene’s hungry?