My Brother's Keeper

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Proverbs 12:18

18Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

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My Brother's Keeper

“My Brother's Keeper” is episode #15 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker and Phil Lollar, and originally aired on February 27, 1988.


Phillip Callas gets angry during baseball practice and tells his younger brother Dean to go home. When Dean doesn't return home, the police get involved and try to track down the boy.


Twelve-year-old Phillip Callas has a problem — namely, his six-year-old brother, Dean. Dean is constantly getting himself and Phillip into trouble. Once, Dean nearly destroyed a special school project Phillip had recorded on his tape player. Then, later at baseball practice, Dean embarrasses Phillip by making a pre-supper snack out of a large bug. Phillip blows up at Dean, then sends him home, alone. Phillip half-jokingly wishes that something would happen to his little brother — until the phone rings, and his mother informs him that Dean never made it home. He's missing.

With Whit's help, Phillip searches for Dean. They find him in the bottom of a large hole at a construction site. Dean has taken a nasty fall and is unconscious. They rush him to the hospital. Phillip is upset, believing the whole thing is his fault. He hadn't really wanted anything to happen to Dean. Whit comforts Phillip and prays with him. As Phillip talks to God, Phillip realizes that Dean isn't such a bad kid after all. Fortunately, aside from having a small concussion and some bruises and scratches, Dean is all right. Phillip goes into Dean's hospital room. There, Phillip apologizes for treating Dean so badly, and says that Dean can play with anything he wants when he gets home. And, of course, the one thing Dean wants to play with is Phillip's tape player.

Discussion Questions

  1. How should Phillip have handled the situation with Dean?
  2. Have you ever treated your younger brother or sister, or even a friend at school or at church, the way Phillip treated Dean?
  3. What does it mean to love your brothers and sisters?


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Jimmy John Whittaker
Charlotte Knox John Whittaker


  • This episode is a re-airing of FP #06: "My Brother's Keeper".
  • After its initial broadcast, this episode was re-aired throughout the 1990s. However, after its 1999 broadcast, the episode was not heard again on the radio until 2010. The episode was eventually included in The Lost Episodes in 2007.
  • The title is a reference to Genesis 4:9.
  • This episode revealed that Whit had a little sister, who would later be introduced as Charlotte Knox.
  • 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 Bob Luttrell (who would later play AREM) played Jimmy (a).



Phillip Callas: And if they dared you to jump off a bridge, would you?
Dean Callas: Maybe...

Phillip Callas: You made Dad hit his finger with the hammer.
Dean Callas: Dad said bad words.
Phillip Callas: Yeah, and I wanted to.