Terror from the Skies

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#248: “Terror from the Skies”
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21Test everything. Hold on to the good.

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“Terror from the Skies” is episode #248 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on October 30, 1993.


Edwin Blackgaard produces a live broadcast about monsters from outer space, but the broadcast is a little too real for some listeners.



Edwin Blackgaard has teamed up with Odyssey FM to produce and air a fun, fictional program called "Terror from the Skies." The show is aired live to add to its spookiness, but it is all in good fun. Unfortunately, through a series of incidents and accidents, Lawrence Hodges and Jimmy Barclay miss the fact that it's just a show. They think the program is for real and are terrified that aliens from outer space are invading the earth! Lawrence takes off in a panic with Jimmy close behind him.

After a series of madcap mishaps, the two of them manage to burst into The Silver Wind Restaurant at the climax of the production. This gives it a poignant, if unintended, ending. Lawrence again learns that he shouldn't let his imagination run away with him, and Jimmy finds that you can't believe everything you hear.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was it silly for Jimmy and Lawrence to be frightened of outer space aliens invading the earth?
    • Explain.
  2. Would you have been afraid?
    • Why or why not?
  3. What is the best way to handle fear?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Commercial narrator #1 Corey Burton
Commercial narrator #2 Walker Edmiston
Construction worker Phil Lollar
Dale Jacobs Phil Lollar
Edwin Blackgaard Earl Boen
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Hank Corey Burton
Harlow Doyle Will Ryan
Jimmy Barclay David Griffin
Joe Tom Williams
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Lawrence Hodges Gabriel Encarnacion
Maureen Hodges Janet Waldo
Mr. Miffland Walker Edmiston
Mildred Fineswiper Janet Waldo
Movie announcer Corey Burton
Principal Skinner Tom Williams
Walter Shakespeare Corey Burton

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Joe Hodges Lawrence Hodges


  • This entire episode is a reference to the radio drama of "War of the Worlds" and listeners' real life reactions to its original airing, 55 years ago to the day of this broadcast. During the original drama, one town's electricity was actually cut off (accidentally) much like Lawrence and Jimmy's was. The siting of the drama's 'meteorite' was Grover's Mill, not unlike Gower's Field.
  • Below is a transcript for Mr. Miffland's Radio Commercial... heard in this episode:
Listen, friends...Are you sick and tired of those annoying red spots, pimples and blackheads? Then maybe it's time your tried to clear, tingling feeling of OXYMORON! That's right, OXYMORON is the only acne medicine containing carbonite-benzedrine-peroxide -- the patented formula designed to get rid of pimples and keep them away! So the next time your look in the mirror at those ugly red things, just say to yourself "OXYMORON". Available at all fine drug stores and Rathbone's Electric Palace where you can buy one and get the second for the same price! Batteries not included. Void where prohibited. Some assembly required.


Mr. Miffland: Well, as they say in show business, break a leg.
Edwin Blackgaard: Of course. Equal wishes for your various limbs as well!

Dale Jacobs: Something's coming out with tentacles. It's huge! It's monstrous!! It's-it's-AUGHH!!
Edwin Blackgaard: Dale! Dale? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm sorry but we seem to have lost contact with Dale. I've been informed that the police are at the scene now and well we'll break here until we have an update.

Walter Shakespeare: Help! Get your oily tentacles off of me. Help! Ed, it's got me! The rumors are true!! The rumors are-!

Lawrence Hodges: AAAAAH! I WANT MY MOM!!
Jimmy Barclay: I WANT YOUR MOM TOO!!

Eugene Meltsner: Hellooo! Mr. alien! I am Eugene Meltsner and I am your friend. Do you understand? I am your friend. Ow! Cease and desist! Wrapping your tentacle around me is not conducive to good communication. Ow! STOP!
Edwin Blackgaard: Eugene!? Eugene!
Eugene Meltsner: I'll have to get back to you Ed!
Edwin Blackgaard: Terrible. Just terrible.

Maureen Hodges: Are you crazy running in front of me like that? I could've hit you!
Harlow Doyle: I'm sorry about that ma'am. Harlow Doyle, private eye, here. I thought you might want to know that the city is under attack!
Maureen Hodges: What?
Harlow Doyle: You'd better grab your water pistols and run for the hills! The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming! Warn your neighbors and your friends and maybe even a few distant acquaintances. The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming!

Eugene Meltsner: I would certainly be amenable to the effort.
Edwin Blackgaard: Meaning...?
Eugene Meltsner: I'll try.