Home Is Where the Hurt Is

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#150: “Home Is Where the Hurt Is”
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Proverbs 20:1

1Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Ephesians 5:18
18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

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Home Is Where the Hurt Is

“Home Is Where the Hurt Is” is episode #150 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on April 20, 1991.


Curt Stevens orders the teacher's edition of one of his textbooks so he can get all the answers for a class. But things get complicated when his father finds out about it...and isn't in the best of moods.



Curt Stevens is scheming. He has called up the publisher of his math book to have the company send him a teacher’s copy, which contains all the answers. It’s a devious plan, and it almost works. Except the company that prints his math book is a subsidiary of Universal Press, the company Whit owns.

Lucy Cunningham-Schultz informs Whit of Curt’s scheme. Whit tells her that a salesman will deliver the book in person to Curt’s house! Lucy relays this to Curt, and he races home in a panic to meet the salesman before his father does. Lucy hasn’t been to Curt’s house before. Out of curiosity, she follows him home.

Once there, Lucy learns why Curt has never invited her over: His father is an alcoholic. Until now, Curt has successfully hidden it from everybody. He is so embarrassed that Lucy discovered his secret, he disappears for several days.

Finally, Whit and Lucy find Curt fishing at Trickle Lake. They offer their support, but Curt doesn’t want any. He just wants to pretend that things are the same as before they knew about his father. Curt assures them that it’s no big deal and asks to be left alone. Lucy and Whit honor his request. They go, leaving Curt alone with his thoughts, his fishing line, and his tears.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why didn’t Curt want to talk about his dad’s alcoholism?
  2. Was it wrong for Lucy to follow Curt home, then tell Whit what she saw?
    • Why or why not?
  3. Do you know of someone in Curt’s situation?
    • If so, what’s the best way to help them?



  • This episode ends with Chuck Bolte coming on and confronting a serious issue, something that has only been done in one other episode: #211: “The Mortal Coil, Part 1”.
  • This episode's title comes from the popular phrase "Home is where the heart is."
  • In this episode, we learn that Curt's address is 4631 Potter's Park, a clever combination of "Bailey Park" and "Potter's Field" from the film "It's a Wonderful Life."
  • In this episode, Curt says that his mom left them when he was little, even though she "packed his lunch" in The Trouble with Girls. However, it is widely known that Curt is not exactly very honest, so it would not be surprising for him to lie about such a thing.


Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: I don't believe it! Curt Stevens is in the Odyssey Public Library.
Curt Stevens: Oh, hi Lucy.
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz: And in the reference book section, no less...I wish I had my camera.