The Business of Busyness
Eugene’s new philanthropic organization PLEASE is a whopping success around Odyssey. His phone rings off the hook with requests for kitchen painting, lawn mowing, raking, and even a pedicure. However, Eugene is quickly getting burned out! Whit suggests that Eugene use his energy to train people to help others. That way, Eugene can use his specific talents to invent and instruct.
Meanwhile, Ed Washington attempts to lead his family in family devotions, but the family never seems to be in the same place at the same time.
When Ed and Elaine forget to pick Tamika up from Whit's End, Tamika explains the family busyness to Eugene. He agrees to create a family schedule for the Washingtons'. His conclusion is that, with their current schedule, they do not have time for family devotions.
After some prayer, each family member gives up one activity in order to make time for family devotions. Tamika gives up dance and Marvin gives up Dinosaur Club. While discussing their plan for family devotions, Tamika suggests that they do a family activity together. The doorbell rings and Eugene hurries in to pick up his scheduling supplies and the family has an idea...they should help out Eugene! Together they clean Mrs. Randolph's yard with the help of Eugene's new invention: the Super Power Raker. And together they discover that spending time with God is more important than dance lessons or Dinosaur Club.
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1. How did some of Odyssey's residents take unfair advantage of Eugene's willingness to serve? Would that be a good excuse to stop serving? Why or why not?
2. God wants us to meet needs according to the gifts He has given us (1 Peter 4:10). What are some of the gifts He has given you? How can you use them to be a blessing?
3. The Washingtons had a great time working with P.L.E.A.S.E. Is there a ministry or charity in your community that could use a little help? Talk to your parents about devoting a few hours to serving together.
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|Armitage Shanks||Eugene Meltsner|
|Trent DeWhite||Elaine Washington|
|Mrs. Randolph||Connie Kendall|
|Guy Feldstein||Connie Kendall|
|Harlow Doyle||Connie Kendall|
|Doris Rathbone||Connie Kendall|
- Ironically, the usually-articulate Eugene verbally stumbles over "manus sursum" every time he says it in this episode.
- Eugene's apology in this episode to the Washington family about the crudity of his schedule outline may have been inspired by a similar line given by Doc Brown to Marty twice in the Back to the Future trilogy.
Eugene Meltsner: If I were a father, I'd have to equip my children with homing devices!