Monday morning, 7 a.m. Alex Jefferson is intensely studying the insides of his eyelids when suddenly... his alarm startles him to consciousness. The radio announcer informs him (slowly) that many schools have been canceled for the day, including — glory be! — Campbell County. Wahooo! Alex is free to frolic in the snow all day, and his cousin Cal Jordan invites him out to play! But a funny thing happens on his way out the door; his mother asks him to deliver cookies to his grandmother. It's a dangerous job, but someone has to take it. And Alex happens to be the only one in sight.
It's an arduous journey. First, Alex has to endure the hungry pangs of his cousin and his friends Nathaniel and Mandy, but he manages to fend them off. Then he has to defend himself in the snowball fight of his life against Rodney Rathbone and the Bones of Rath who want nothing more than to take the cookies for themselves. After Nathaniel and Mandy fool the Bones, Cal and Alex take off across town.
But the Bones aren't outwitted that easily. Alex and Cal are assaulted with snowballs again and it's only through the use of the Super Anti-Snow Missile Defense System (a.k.a. garbage can lid) that they escape once again. They're nearly home-free when they come to Gumper's Hill, the biggest, meanest hill in all of Odyssey. The boys race down the hill on their Super Anti-Snow... er... their garbage can lid. But Rodney is in hot pursuit after swiping another kid's sled. He lands in the creek at the bottom of the hill and lures the boys away from their victory by pretending to be drowning.
Having outwitted the poor boys, Rodney pops open the tin and stares inside. The cookies have Macadamia nuts in them, and he's allergic to nuts! Alex grabs the tin and runs, but Rodney isn't to be outwitted so easily... at least not for the fourth time! He chases after them and just when it looks like curtains for Alex and Cal, Mandy and Nathaniel show up to finish Rodney off with snowballs from a hidden location. Alex sees his chance, and runs for his grandmother's door; he manages to make it!
After the completed quest, Alex hands over the cookie tin to his grandmother, but when she opens the lid, all that's left is cookie crumbs! Alex asks for forgiveness, but his grandmother doesn’t even know why he's apologizing; they'll make the perfect topping for her equally famous apple crisp!
- Why did Alex think it was so important to deliver the cookies to his grandma?
- Why didn't he give up?
- The Bible says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. How was that illustrated in this adventure?
- Have you ever had a hard challenge like Alex?
- Did you accomplish your goal?
|Alex Jefferson||Travis Tedford|
|Cal Jordan||Adam Pavlakovich|
|Mrs. Jordan||Jennifer Naimo|
|Kid with the Sled||Unknown|
|Mandy Straussberg||Aria Curzon|
|Nathaniel Graham||Blake Ewing|
|Rachel Jefferson||Jennifer Naimo|
|Rodney Rathbone||Steve Burns|
- This show is one of the 36 classic Adventures in Odyssey stories from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s included on The Encore Collection.
- This episode's description of Cal's garbage can lid as the "shield of Captain Alex" may or may not be a reference to comic book character Captain America.
- The fictional character of Powderpuff Pamela from this episode is probably an allusion to the Powerpuff Girls.
Alex Jefferson: Snowflakes drifted down like dandruff from the sky…
Alex Jefferson: The pond in the park was iced over and people were gliding around on ice skates like ballerinas wearing really slippery socks on a linoleum floor.
Alex Jefferson: (Singing) Snow, snow snow, how Alex loves snow, snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow. Snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow snow...