Naturally, I Assumed...

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Philippians 4:8

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

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Naturally, I Assumed...

“Naturally, I Assumed...” is episode #260 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on February 19, 1994.


Eugene comes to Connie for advice to win the heart of Katrina Shanks, who seems to be interested in another man.


Connie's curiosity is getting the best of her again. She tells Whit that Eugene has been acting strangely lately. He leaves just before four o’clock every day so he can race to the college. Whit says that’s natural, Eugene is going to class. But Connie knows better. It isn’t school Eugene is thinking about, it’s Katrina. Sure enough, just then, Eugene speeds by on his way out the door. Connie teases Eugene as he leaves, then decides to find out how his relationship with Katrina is progressing.

As it turns out, Eugene is having a slight problem. Eugene really likes Katrina, but she hasn’t given him any sign that the feelings are mutual. In fact, she tells Eugene that she can no longer meet at their usual time. She has another appointment and doesn’t want to keep him waiting.

Eugene is understandably upset about having to vie for Katrina’s affections. Connie coaxes the whole story out of him and immediately takes Eugene under her wing. She offers Eugene all sorts of suggestions about what girls like: small gifts, romantic language, flowers, candy. Eugene tries them all, with comically disastrous results. To make matters worse, Whit walks in on Connie and Eugene several times at the wrong moments. Soon Whit begins to think romance is brewing between his two employees!

Finally, Katrina discloses that her mysterious appointment is with a young boy from England named Darren. Katrina is tutoring him. The merry mix-up is solved, and everyone is reminded of why it is foolish to make assumptions.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Should Eugene have told Katrina how he felt about her?
  2. Why or why not?
  3. How could he have shared his feelings?
  4. How could all of these misunderstandings have been avoided?
  5. Why should you never assume things about people?
  6. Have you assumed anything about anyone lately?


Role Voice Actor
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Darren McGibbs Matt Butcher
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Katrina Shanks Pamela Hayden


  • The collection of Emerson's Essays Eugene gives Katrina is probably a collection of essays by the author Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Connie Kendall: You're a boy, which naturally means you don't know the first thing about girls. I'm a girl, which—
Eugene Meltsner: Which naturally means that you know everything there is to know about boys and girls!
Connie Kendall: Right!
Eugene Meltsner: What?!

Katrina Shanks: Now, would you care to explain to me what that tirade was all about?
Connie Kendall: Tirade... it was nothing. Lines from a play I'm working on. It's called, "The Large Foot Pushed Deep into the Mouth."

Eugene Meltsner: Of course! Don't allow the facts to get in the way of your opinion!

Connie Kendall: "Goes without saying?" "Enjoyed our meetings?" Eugene, I said to be sweet and romantic, not submit a budget to your department head.

Eugene Meltsner: My mind is racing, you see. And alas, they do not exist.

Eugene Meltsner: Please accept this token which you're unworthy of!

Eugene Meltsner: Well, naturally I assumed that my attentiveness would communicate a certain level of feeling.
Connie Kendall: Eugene, your actions communicate only that you're a walking encyclopedia — no more, no less!
Eugene Meltsner: Well, thank you!

Eugene Meltsner: Pardon me while I shrivel into profuse embarrassment.
Katrina Shanks: Eugene?
Eugene Meltsner: An amendment: pardon me while I die of embarrassment!