Mike Makes Right

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Proverbs 16:18

18Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Matthew 20:25-28
25Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.

26Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--

28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

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“Mike Makes Right” is episode #20 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on April 2, 1988.


Billy Barton, the bully of Odyssey Elementary, gets into a fight with Mike Caldwell. When Mike wins, he becomes arrogant and lets stardom go to his head.


Fight! Fight! All the kids at Odyssey Elementary are gathered around to watch Billy Barton, the biggest bully in school, beat up poor Donnie Hollman. As the fight progresses, Mike Caldwell walks over. Mike tells a kid named Freddy that Billy should cut it out, then Mike yells for Billy to pick on someone his own size. Billy hears this and is insulted. He finishes up with Donny, then turns his anger on Mike. Fortunately, Mike is literally saved by the school bell signaling the end of recess. But Billy tells Mike to meet him the next day for the thrashing of his life, and to bring a bun and mustard because Billy is going to turn him into hamburger meat . Mike is naturally petrified.

At the fight the next day, Mike gets predictably whipped - until Billy grabs Mike's shirt and tears it. Mike is enraged! He attacks Billy, punching him wildly. Billy backs away from the onslaught as best he can, but a sidelong punch connects solidly with Billy's nose. The blood flows, and so do Billy's tears. Beaten, Billy runs away.

Mike's an instant hero! Everyone is proud, heaping praises upon him. But soon, Mike gets arrogant about the fight and begins taking over Billy Barton's place as the school bully! "Magnificent Mike" generally abuses and pushes around the other kids. Then he runs into Sam, a new kid who's never heard of Billy Barton. Mike tries his conceited routine on Sam, who responds with a swift punch to Mike boy's stomach. Suddenly, the kids have a new hero! Lying on the floor, gasping for breath, Mike realizes that his pride has gone before his enormous fall - a lesson he won't soon forget.

Discussion Questions

  1. Should Mike have stood up to Billy Barton?
    • Why or why not?
  2. When is it more appropriate to "turn the other cheek"?
  3. How could Mike have kept himself from becoming a bully?
  4. Read Matthew 20:25-28. What does Jesus say about being the greatest?



VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode contains an opening scene where Chris Anthony discusses definitions with an English scholar.

  • The show title is a modification of the phrase "might makes right."
  • For radio, the fight scene wouldn't have sounded exciting at all - mainly a lot of scuffling and grunting from the participants, with screaming and yelling from the onlookers. So Freddy was added as a miniature sportscaster in order to have someone provide a funny, blow-by-blow description of the fight. That way, the listeners would know everything that was happening-without realizing they were hearing all about it.
  • In the early days of Adventures in Odyssey, the regular cast (aside from Whit, Tom Riley, Connie Kendall, June Kendall and the ill-fated David Harley) was constantly shifting. As a result, it wasn't uncommon for characters to appear in only a couple of episodes and actors usually found themselves playing a different character every episode. For example, Chad Reisser (who plays Monty Whittaker-Dowd) plays Billy Barton and David Griffin (who would later play Jimmy Barclay) played Mike Caldwell.
  • This episode was adapted into a Hindi video episode called ताक़तवर तरुण (Strong Young). It can be found here.



John Whittaker: Just remember David and Goliath.
Mike Caldwell: I don't own a slingshot.
John Whittaker: But you do have something better.
Mike Caldwell: Hospital insurance?

Mike Caldwell: Here Freddy, hold these.
Freddy: Sure, Mike, anything I can do to help!
Mike Caldwell: Good, then you fight him.
Freddy: Anything you need held, I mean.
Mike Caldwell: You're a real pal, Freddy.

Freddy: Mike is dancing around the punches!
Billy Barton: Stand still!
Mike Caldwell: Are you crazy?!?!

Billy Barton: Bring a bun and some mustard.
Mike Caldwell: A bun and mustard? Why?
Billy Barton: Cause I'm gonna turn ya into hamburger, that's why!

Mike Caldwell: Mom, would you take a good look at me?
Mrs. Caldwell: Sure, but why?
Mike Caldwell: You might wanna remember me as I was.

Mike Caldwell: Billy, have you ever heard of David and Goliath?
Billy Barton: Yeah, they're a new rock group, right?