It's carnival time in Odyssey, and young Rodney Rathbone is missing. Officer Patrick O'Ryan is investigating at Whit's End. He interviews Rodney's father, Bart. Bart is impatient and thinks that O'Ryan isn't doing enough to find Rodney. When O'Ryan suggests that Rodney might have run away, Bart gets angry and walks off to the woods, where Rodney was last seen going to baseball practice that morning.
O'Ryan then makes his way over to Jay Brandt's house. Jay, a member of the Bones of Rath, mentions that Rodney skipped out on baseball practice because he hates the game, so there's no use looking for Rodney around there.
Meanwhile, Isaac Morton and Lucy Cunningham-Schultz are walking through the woods when they see Officer O'Ryan at Rodney's house. Isaac wishes Rodney would get arrested, but Lucy tells him that isn't very Christian. They stumble through the woods (following Isaac's "shortcut") and find the old Gower barn.
Isaac goes inside the barn and finds...Rodney! He's trapped under some boards because it collapsed. Lucy goes for help as Isaac stays behind. Rodney tells Isaac that his dad is so angry and doesn't listen to him, but Isaac tells Rodney that his dad really loves him.
Later, after the rescue team arrives on the scene, Bart and Rodney agree to talk about the softball issue. Bart reaffirms his love for his son. Rodney wonders if Isaac was right after all.
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- Why did Rodney run away?
- The Bible tells us to honor our parents. Why was it dishonoring to Rodney's parents when he ran away?
- How could you help a friend who is determined to run away?
Heard in episode
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Patrick O'Ryan||Will Ryan|
|Isaac Morton||Justin Morgan|
|Lucy Cunningham-Schultz||Genni Long|
|Bart Rathbone||Walker Edmiston|
|Jay Brandt||Donald Long|
|Rodney Rathbone||Steve Burns|
Mentioned in episode
|Doris Rathbone||Patrick O'Ryan|
|Jerry Morton||Isaac Morton|
|Doc Morton||Isaac Morton|
|Tom Riley||Isaac Morton|
- This episode a remake of #25: “Harley Takes the Case, Part 1” and #26: “Harley Takes the Case, Part 2”. In this version, the story is condensed into one episode, Rodney Rathbone is the runaway, Isaac and Lucy find him and no one is threatened by wild dogs.
- In this episode, Isaac dreams that Rodney never existed. This may be a vague reference to George Bailey's wish to never have been born in "It's a Wonderful Life."
- On the official Whit's End summary, the name Harley is substituted for O'Ryan, and the name Steve for Rodney a couple of times.
- Isaac's rescue of Rodney in this episode would be referenced later in #182: “The Scales of Justice”.
- Bart Rathbone's love of baseball (and sports in general) is established in this episode and would be seen in later episodes such as #124: “The Winning Edge” and #196: “Harlow Doyle, Private Eye”. Similarly, Jerry Morton's skills as a handyman referenced in this episode would be seen in the episode #201: “Fair-Weather Fans”.
- The closing scene of this episode marks one of Rodney's rare uses of the word "dad" for Bart instead of his usual "pop."
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Rodney Rathbone: He'll kill me when he finds out!
Rodney Rathbone: I hate baseball. I'd rather be working on my minibike.
Patrick O'Ryan: Dispatch has sent his description out in a wire throughout the state. It doesn't matter if he's in a car, train, plane, boat or a tricycle. If he's been taken out of Odyssey, they'll find him.
Isaac Morton: I thought you didn't want to be rescued.
Rodney Rathbone: Are you kidding? I'd rather be rescued and have to deal with my dad than sit around here and have more counseling sessions with you.
Isaac Morton: Thanks, Rodney. I like you, too.