Stubborn Streaks

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#538: “Stubborn Streaks”
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Ephesians 4:15

15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

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Stubborn Streaks

“Stubborn Streaks” is episode #538 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Nathan Hoobler, and originally aired on February 14, 2004.


Bernard Walton is shocked when he seems to be losing his customers. Liz Horton has to review one of Mandy Straussberg's plays and is worried that her rift with Mandy will taint the article.


Liz is torn. She's still having her feud with Mandy. But now Mandy is writing, directing, and starring in her first play... and, as a writer for the school paper, Liz thinks it's terrible. She gives her honest opinion, knowing that Mandy will take it personally. Only Mandy takes it very personally: she thinks Liz wrote a negative review just to hurt her.

The window washing business isn't what it used to be, Bernard Walton complains. His best customers are leaving him, and he doesn’t know why. With his eye on a new truck, he had been picking up clients left and right...

In charge of sets and lighting for Mandy’s play, Jared suggests that they make some changes to the play. Mandy reluctantly agrees, even though the changes are from Liz. Jared relays the to Liz, inviting her to come see the play again. "Man, I wish they’d make up," he sighs.

Rushing from customer to customer, Bernard finally asks Jack Allen why he’s been losing business. Jack minces no words: "You’re either too busy to show up or too rushed to do the job right," he says. The window washer realizes he’s been too proud to admit his wrong, and thanks Jack for the truth. He even corrects the problem by dumping his most cantankerous customer: Bart Rathbone!

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Discussion Questions

  1. Tom Riley told Bernard at the very beginning that his low standards were the problem. Why didn’t Bernard listen?
  2. How was Mandy stubborn?
  3. Do you remember a time when you couldn’t admit you were wrong?
    • What made you finally admit it?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Jack Allen Alan Young
Jared DeWhite Brandon Gilberstadt
Liz Horton Lauren Schaffel
Mandy Straussberg Aria Curzon
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston

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Character Mentioned By
Fred Holstein Bernard Walton
Ben Shepard Tom Riley
John Whittaker Liz Horton
Sarah Prachett Jared DeWhite
Mrs. Nietchew Mandy Straussberg




Bernard Walton: You need a radio? But you run an electronics store, Bart.

Bernard Walton: It's about as uninteresting as a tuna sandwich without the pickles, I tell ya.

Bart Rathbone: Jack, let me know if you want any help with your people skills. I could give ya a few pointers.

Bernard Walton: Well, cover me in rust and call me a pickup.

Mandy Straussberg: You wouldn't know a good play if it... if it...
Jared DeWhite: Overthrew the government!
Mandy Straussberg: Overthrew the — what?!

Bernard Walton: Well, stick me with needles and call me a pin cushion.