Something's Got to Change

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#545: “Something's Got to Change”
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1 Corinthians 10:24

24Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

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Something's Got to Change

“Something's Got to Change” is episode #545 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Bob Hoose, and originally aired on May 15, 2004.


The Washington family considers moving across town so that Ed can be closer to work.


Ed has always been good at helping the kids at Whit's End. Unfortunately, however, the 45-minute drive between the Washington house and Whit's End (Connellsville) keeps him from being able to do as much as he could. Because of this, he and Elaine have decided the family should move. They begin to house hunt, but with very little success.

Finally, while driving with Whit, Ed sees the "perfect" house. He makes Whit pull over and they look into buying the house. Then he brings the whole family to the site with blindfolds on so they will be sure to get the first look all at the same time. He's sure that they will love the house as much as he does. What Ed has failed to mention, however, is that the “perfect house” is actually the old McAlister house. Everyone in the family, with the exception of Xavier and Ed, are less than pleased with the house. Ed still feels it is God’s will, but decides that he won't force this point upon his family.

A few days later, Marvin and Tamika run into one of the kids Ed has been a major influence on. After the conversation, they realize how important it really is for their dad to be closer to Connellsville, and change their minds about the house. They tell their dad its okay to move after all. Soon after, the Washington’s arrive in their new home. They're all nervously excited until they are paid a visit by their new neighbor...Bart Rathbone!

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Discussion Questions

1. How is the unpredictability of life sometimes like a "reverse carnival"?

2. What made Xavier more flexible and willing to accept change than his cousins? Who are you more like? Read Philippians 4:11 to see what the Apostle Paul wrote—from prison—about adapting to life's challenges.

3. Has God ever asked you to do something that made you a little uncomfortable? Did you adjust your thinking and do it anyway? If so, how did you grow from that experience?


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Role Voice Actor
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Ed Washington Mark Christopher Lawrence
Elaine Washington J Karen Thomas
Joel Matthew Fahey
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Marvin Washington Jordan Calloway
Tamika Washington Courtney Brown
Xavier Washington Niles Calloway

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Trent DeWhite Marvin Washington
Stephen Straussberg Ed Washington
Ernest McAlister Marvin Washington





Elaine Washington: Ed, is this going to make me want to hit you or kiss you?
Ed Washington: I'm hoping for the latter.
Marvin Washington: Why are we going to need the ladder?
Tamika Washington: Is this a tree house?

Xavier Washington: I once lived in a house with no ceiling! ...Okay, I didn't. But you make do with what you got!

Tamika Washington: Are you feeling as guilty as I am?
Marvin Washington: Are you ready to crawl under a rock?
Tamika Washington: Uh-huh.
Marvin Washington: Then yes.