Life Trials of the Rich and Famous

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James 2:1-7

1My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.

2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," 4have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?

7Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?

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Life Trials of the Rich and Famous

“Life Trials of the Rich and Famous” is episode #451 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on October 14, 2000.


When Nathaniel Graham's family suddenly becomes very rich, he notices that the kids start to treat him differently.


It's a beautiful day at Whit's End and Whit, Sarah, Liz, and Alex are taking advantage of it by painting the porch. Nathaniel rides up on his bike to say hello, but as he leaves, he almost starts riding in the wrong direction before he takes off. Alex wonders aloud why Nathaniel never invites him to his house anymore. The three kids go to his house to suddenly find that he no longer lives there. When they go to his new address, they find the reason that Nathaniel hasn't invited them over lately. His family lives in a big new house with chandeliers and a pool. He's rich! When Nathaniel shows up at the door, the three of them ask him why he never told them. He tries to dodge all their questions and finally agrees to meet them at Whit's End. Once there, Liz seems to be falling all over him, Sarah is trying to sell him Sunshine Girl cookies, and Alex keeps giving him business advice. They're all telling him how "high class" he is and what he should do to change his life.

Later when they're all in Nathaniel's indoor pool, he leaves to go up to his dad's office. He wonders if his dad likes being rich and why everyone's treating him differently. His dad suggests a clever way for him to show his friends who has really changed. At Whit's End, Nathaniel comes in, kisses Liz on the cheek, asks to buy twenty five thousand boxes of Sunshine Girl cookies (insisting that they name their troop after him), and tells Alex that his website ideas are childish. He even asks them to use the "servant's entrance" the next time they come to his house. "Who do you think you are?" they all say. Then he springs it on them. He's Nathaniel. He's still the same person that he was before he was rich and they all had changed. They all agree to treat him just like a normal person again.

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Discussion Questions

  1. How did Nathaniel's dad suggest "testing" his friends to see who had really changed?
  2. Why do you think that Liz, Sarah, and Alex started treating Nathaniel differently when they found out he was rich?
  3. Can you think of any other events that could happen to someone that might make people treat them differently?
    • Would you treat them differently?


Role Voice Actor
Alex Jefferson Travis Tedford
Mr. Graham Bob Hoose
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Liz Horton Lauren Schaffel
Nathaniel Graham Blake Ewing
New Homeowner Bob Luttrell
Sarah Prachett Scarlett Pomers


  • This episode is production engineer Bob Luttrell's first show in five years.
  • The library and billiards rooms (mentioned in the Quotes below) are adjacent rooms on a regular Clue/Cluedo game board, so getting lost between them is absurd and a small easter egg for this episode.
  • Alex claims in this episode that his computer is in the shop due to a broken Scroll Lock key. Unless his computer were a laptop, this would only require a keyboard repair; his computer in #431b: “The Virtual Kid” appeared to be a desktop.
  • Conversations about Nathaniel's father's website from this episode were clipped out and used in early commercials for the official AIO website.


Liz Horton: Nathaniel is not a multimillionaire. Have you seen his haircut?

Liz Horton: The kid wears garage sale clothes. No way is this his house!

Sarah Prachett: How many bathrooms do you have?
Nathaniel Graham: I lost count after five and a half.

Alex Jefferson: Liz, they can't just have anybody in their pool. I mean, what if the King of Siberia happens to drop in for a quick dip?

Nathaniel Graham: I mean, I'm happy to be your friend, but we'd rather not let the neighbors know.
Alex Jefferson: We don't have to be your friends if it's embarrassing to you!
Sarah Prachett: We have other friends we can visit, y'know!
Nathaniel Graham: Really? You could've fooled me. We've had to have the pinball machines recalibrated three times because you've been using them too much, and the filter in the pool had to be replaced four times because of excessive girl hair. I mean, I'm not complaining; we want to keep you as happy as possible. Without people like you on our side, who would pump our gas?

Liz Horton: I wanted to be your girlfriend so I could swim in your pool, not because I wanted to be seen with you!

Liz Horton: Just who do you think you are?!
Nathaniel Graham: I'm Nathaniel, that's who. You remember—Nathaniel, the kid who wears garage sale clothes, and is lousy in sports...and who just happens to have an indoor pool. That's all. I'm the same person I always was.

Nathaniel Graham: Look, I just want things to be like they were. I want to be your friend—or at least, as much as I was your friend before. Sometimes it was hard to tell.

Sarah Prachett: Did he just kiss you?
Liz Horton: He must have. My cheek just went numb!

Sarah Prachett: We walked around trying to find him, but we got lost somewhere between the library and the billiards room.