Thanksgiving at Home

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#132: “Thanksgiving at Home”
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Thanksgiving at Home

“Thanksgiving at Home” is episode #132 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on November 17, 1990.


While George and Mary Barclay are sick in bed on Thanksgiving, both Jimmy and Donna decide to take the initiative and make dinner on their own.


Another Thanksgiving Day has rolled around. Jimmy Barclay is looking forward to the smell of roasting turkey, a crackling fire in the fireplace, and that warm, cozy feeling of watching foot ball games on TV. The only problem is, none of that is happening. George and Mary Barclay were visited by an unwelcome guest during the night - the flu bug. They are both so sick that if Jimmy and Donna want Thanksgiving this year, they'll have to provide it for themselves.

So Jimmy and Donna attempt to cook, with disastrous results. Donna tries to bake a frozen turkey. Jimmy struggles to whip whole, unpeeled potatoes. Donna makes stuffing out of torn-up pieces of white bread. Jimmy tries to light a fire in the fireplace without opening the flue. Once they've made a mess out of the dinner and the house, Jimmy and Donna decide to put on a play for their ailing parents - the story of the first Thanksgiving.

Finally, the Barclays all end up on George and Mary's bed, eating pizza and chicken soup. Jimmy reveals that he's learned the true meaning of the holiday - it's not how you celebrate it, it's why you celebrate it. And Donna has discovered she is most thankful for her mom and dad.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was it dangerous for Jimmy to try lighting a fire?
  2. When was the first Thanksgiving celebrated?
    1. When did Thanksgiving become an official holiday?
  3. Describe a special Thanksgiving memory.


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Dale Jacobs George Barclay
Ann Jacobs George Barclay
Robyn Jacobs George Barclay
Melanie Jacobs George Barclay


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode features more previews than the release version does; but the release version has Whit tinkering with an invention, while the broadcast version does not.

  • This episode was made into an AIO Activity Pack, A Thanksgiving Carol, Volume #9.



Donna Barclay: Can I get you anything?
Mary Barclay: Uh...some ice water would be nice. George?
George Barclay: A new head. Mine just exploded.

Jimmy Barclay: We should have a big and bountiful feast to celebrate!
Donna Barclay: Yes, we should.
Jimmy Barclay: Good, now go fix it.
Mary Barclay: Some things haven't changed.

Jimmy Barclay: I'm a big man, and a proud man, and a bulky man. I can open those cans with my teeth.
Donna Barclay: The can-opener will be fine.

Jimmy Barclay: What's gonna happen at Christmas? An outbreak of leprosy?