Our Father

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#230: “Our Father”
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Psalm 68:5

5A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

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“Our Father” is episode #230 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on May 15, 1993.


Lawrence Hodges gets tangled up with the Bones of Rath. His need to find a father figure results in several hilarious flights of imagination.


Lawrence Hodges is a creature of imagination. One moment, he’s a major-league baseball player, and the next, he’s a mad scientist working on his latest Frankenstein-like creation. But lately, an odd element keeps creeping into Lawrence’s imagination: his father. Or, more precisely, his lack of one.

Lawrence’s dad is on the road a lot — never around when Lawrence really needs him. So Lawrence turns to what he believes is the best substitute — the Bones of Rath. Rusty Gordon recruits him, and soon Lawrence begins taking on the Bones’s unfavorable characteristics. This all culminates in Lawrence vandalizing several flowerpots sitting on the Barclay’s front lawn. Mrs. Hodges is mortified, but George Barclay recognizes that Lawrence really needs a father figure in his life. George offers to be there for Lawrence whenever he needs someone. Lawrence happily agrees. He is on his way to learning what the love of God — the perfect father — is all about.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Lawrence so disappointed when his father couldn’t show up for his baseball game?
  2. Why did Lawrence think the Bones of Rath might be a good substitute for his family?
  3. Why are fathers important?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Command Control Tom Williams
George Barclay Chuck Bolte
Igor Corey Burton
Jimmy Barclay David Griffin
Lawrence Hodges Gabriel Encarnacion
Maureen Hodges Janet Waldo
Port Roser Tom Williams
Rusty Gordon (Malone) Shawn Svoboda
Van Scuddy Steve Bridges

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Joe Hodges Lawrence Hodges


  • This is the final "normal" Barclay family episode before George loses his job and the family's financial struggles begin in #234: “Our Daily Bread”.
  • One of Lawrence's "imaginary ride" sequences in the episode resembles the movie "Fantastic Voyage," where he goes into the body of an important person in a mini-submarine to get rid of some sort of tumor planted by terrorists. He goes through the heart (which is too loud) and is eventually surrounded by a white blood cell at the end.
  • This is the only episode to feature any activity of the Bones of Rath without its leader Rodney Rathbone being involved or even present.
  • This episode introduces Rusty Gordon, the bully and best friend of Rodney Rathbone.
  • To fill time at the end of this episode, a featurette was included that featured Chris and Harlow interviewing fans.


Rusty Gordon: You calling me a sissy?!
Jimmy Barclay: Well, if the dress fits!

Maureen Hodges: Your behavior has been terrible! You've been surly, ornery and rude!
Lawrence Hodges: Four more and you'll have the seven dwarves.

Lawrence Hodges: Do I still have to pay for the broken flower pots?
George Barclay: <along with Maureen Hodges> Definitely.
Lawrence Hodges: Just asking.