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Luke 19:11-26

11While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.

12He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.' 14"But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king.' 15"He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. 16"The first one came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned ten more.' 17"'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.' 18"The second came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned five more.' 19"His master answered, 'You take charge of five cities.' 20"Then another servant came and said, 'Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.' 22"His master replied, 'I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?' 24"Then he said to those standing by, 'Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.' 25"'Sir,' they said, 'he already has ten!'

26"He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.

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“Pipe Dreams” is episode #208 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Chris Fabry, and originally aired on October 17, 1992.


Charles Chunky Thompson winds up saving the day in spite of a a rainstorm, a cranky old woman and a backed up sewer system.



It’s Campbell County Government Day. The student chosen to represent Odyssey Middle School is Charles Edward Thompson, also known as “Chunky.” Chunky is hoping to be assigned to the sheriff’s department, but he winds up in “The Division of Fluid Management”, or in actual terms, the Department of Water and Sewage. It’s run by a cranky, old woman named Mrs. Bavaqua who doesn’t care for kids or Campbell County Government Day.

To make matters worse, a storm has blown in, and it’s raining all over town. Chunky does learn a lot about water and sewers, but all in all, it’s a dull experience. Things get more interesting when Mrs. Bavaqua gets called away on an emergency, leaving Chunky to answer the phones! The emergency nearly turns into a disaster when the rain causes the system to back up at the treatment plant. Odyssey’s water supply is in danger of becoming contaminated. The only one who can stop it is Chunky!

Mrs. Bavaqua walks Chunky through the steps on the telephone, and Chunky saves the day! As a reward, he receives a citation from the city, a real sheriff’s badge, and the knowledge that, no matter how big or small, every job is important in its own way.

This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Chunky think bad things always happen to him?
  2. What would you have done if you were in Chunky’s place during the emergency?
  3. What have you learned about water and sewers?


Role Voice Actor
Annunciator Will Ryan
Mrs. Bavaqua Joan Gerber
Charles Thompson Mark Shillinger
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Denver Thor Michael Portillo
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Maureen Hodges Janet Waldo
Maureen Thompson Marlene Aragon
Principal McFadden Phil Lollar
Patrick O'Ryan Will Ryan
Mrs. Thor Joan Gerber
Wallace Worthington Unknown




Charles Thompson: Mom, I can't sleep!
Maureen Thompson: Count sheep.
Charles Thompson: I can't count sheep. It makes me hungry.
Maureen Thompson: Count horses!
Charles Thompson: But Mom...
Maureen Thompson: Good night, Charles!

Connie Kendall: Can I help you with something?
Eugene Meltsner: Basic motor skills, perhaps?

Mrs. Bavaqua: Calling what I do "fluid management" is like calling a pothole a "pavement deficiency."

Mrs. Bavaqua: Thompson, when the dirty water goes down the drain, where does it go?
Charles Thompson: <beat> Back into the pipe?
Mrs. Bavaqua: You beat all, Thompson.