It's a Pokenberry Christmas, Part 2

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James 1:17

17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Isaiah 41:10
10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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It's a Pokenberry Christmas, Part 2

“It's a Pokenberry Christmas, Part 2” is episode #386 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on December 20, 1997.


Whit and Eugene travel to Pokenberry Falls to help George Barclay, who has lost faith that he should be a pastor … which leads to a bizarre series of events.



Continued from part I... After drying off from the river rescue, Eugene and George return to the hotel, where George pours out his heart to Eugene, telling him he wished he'd never become a pastor in Pokenberry Falls. Eugene cautions him against wishing for something like that, mentioning the lives that George has touched, but George scoffs.

As they go in search of Whit, they realize that they are unknown to anyone, and the lives of the inhabitants of Pokenberry Falls are drastically different. Through a series of misadventures, Eugene hypothesizes they are in a parallel time where George's wish has been granted. To end the mystery, Eugene calls Whit, who is still in Odyssey, and finds out that after George had lost his job, he became terribly discouraged and even lost his faith in God. His family left him and then George himself disappeared. His youngest son Stewart wasn't even born.

George insists on going to the church, where Donna's scholarship celebration was to be held, but because George was not there to intervene, Mr. Lionel has turned the property into a golf course. Eugene exhorts him that even in times of discouragement, our lives have great impact on those around us. After desperately searching in vain for his family, George goes to the same bridge and begs to have his life back, problems and all. Suddenly, back in the river George once again, pulls Eugene from the water. George rushes through town, realizing it was all a dream, and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. At home, a man from the bank is waiting to foreclose on the church and house, but George joyfully greets his children. Mary arrives, followed by members of George's congregation and townsfolk, who have brought money to replace the $800 that was lost.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why would Eugene assume the worst: that George Barclay was considering throwing himself into the water?
    • And though George denied it later, was there any truth to Eugene's assumption?
  2. Have you ever been in a position like George's, where God has called you to do something that would be impossible to carry out without Him?


Role Voice Actor
Barclay family guest #1 Will Ryan
Barclay family guest #2 Unknown
Barclay family guest #3 Steve Bridges
Barry Lionel Tom Williams
Donna Barclay Azure Janosky
Ellis Birch Howard Morris
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
George Barclay Chuck Bolte
Heidi Horrawitz Kimmy Robertson
Jimmy Barclay David Griffin
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Pokenberry Falls Librarian Carol Bilger
Mary Barclay Carol Bilger
Stewart Reed Barclay Craig Miller
Travis Gitt Steve Bridges
Officer Ward Bond Steve Bridges
Mr. Welch Alan Young


  • The entire plot of this show is based on the movie "It's a Wonderful Life", with George Bailey as George Barclay and Clarence as Eugene. The miserly character of Barry Lionel is an obvious reference to Lionel Barrymore, the actor who played the miserly character of Mr. Potter in the 1946 film. (Additionally, Officer Ward Bond was named after the actor who played Bert, the policeman.) Numerous other It’s a Wonderful Life References appear throughout AIO.



Pokenberry Falls Librarian: Oh, my. You fell for the old "look at the giant phonebook" trick!

Barry Lionel: Ha! A Happy New Year to you — in Rupert!