It's not easy living with a super-intelligent sister, as Monty Whittaker-Dowd knows. Jenny has done everything during her visit to Odyssey. She has played the violin in the Children's Orchestra, been in a church play, and built a model of a Southern Pacific Railroad passenger car - and she's done it all with excellence. Monty, on the other hand, can barely manage to keep himself out of trouble. Whit notices this, and when Tom Riley decides to take Eugene on an ice-fishing expedition to broaden his horizons, Whit decides to join them and take Monty, figuring the trip might do Monty some good as well.
The foursome heads off for the wilderness, though Eugene, much to Tom's frustration, manages to bring along many of the comforts of civilization. Meanwhile, Whit has a wonderful bonding time with Monty, convincing him that just because Jenny is special doesn't mean that Monty isn't special, too. In fact, Whit says, even though there are billions of people in the world, no two are exactly alike. God loves each one of us. All we have to be is who He's made us to be.
The trip is a success. Everyone ends up having a good time, and Monty and Tom learn that if there is anything about us that needs changing, we should let God do it. At least Monty does.
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- Monty said he was tired of being “Jenny’s brother” and “Whit’s grandson.” Do you know how he feels?
- If so, how do you deal with those feelings?
- Why did Tom want to change Eugene?
- Should Tom have tried?
- Name five things you’re good at.
Heard in episode
|Monty Whittaker||Chad Reisser|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Tom Riley||Walker Edmiston|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Jenny Whittaker-Dowd||Tiffany Brissette|
- This is the 100th Adventures in Odyssey episode.
- Though Paul McCusker and Phil Lollar both wrote this episode and #101: “Scattered Seeds”, they wrote it together but separately (one starting and the other finishing each episode, due to mutual writer's block), they thought 'written by Paul McCusker and Phil Lollar' was boring, so they got Campbell from Phil's mother's maiden name, and Freed from Paul's mother's maiden name and came up with the name Campbell Freed.
- Connie tells Monty that he doesn't need to worry about his train car because "trash pickup isn't until Thursday." (This refers to the plot of #21: “The Case of the Missing Train Car”, which was remade into the later episode #118: “What Happened to the Silver Streak?”)
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
- Eugene compares Old Grundy to Moby Dick, the titular fish from Herman Melville's classic book.
- In this episode Eugene states that -12 Celsius is 20 Fahrenheit; actually, -12 Celsius is 10.4 Fahrenheit.
Tom Riley: Eugene, it is not an environmental expedition. It's a fishin' trip. A fishin trip.
Eugene Meltsner: But Mr. Riley, I don't see anything wrong with studying the cold-blooded vertebrate in its natural habitat as long as we're already there!
Tom Riley: It's not right for Eugene to be so... so... Eugene-like!
Tom Riley: Eugene, did you hear the way Whit and I spoke to each other when he came in?
Eugene Meltsner: Absolutely.
Tom Riley: Well, that's the way you're supposed to say hello. No fancy shmancy words, just a nice simple howdy-do, or hi or hello. Understand?