The Eternal Birthday
Liz Horton re-lives her birthday over and over again. She gets annoyed by the third time, and knows what's going to happen.
On her birthday, Liz wakes up to the alarm and a cheery invitation from her mom to the kitchen for Belgian waffles. The day progresses wonderfully. Her math class at school ends early to celebrate Liz's birthday with her favorite choca-mocha-chocolate-fudge cake with chocolate-chocolate-chunk ice cream. She receives gifts she has wanted. She hears a joke about lobsters and shrimp. Eugene promises her a gift if she will come to Whit's End the next day after school. After this day filled with fun, Liz wishes that everyday could be her birthday. Whit cautions her that she should be careful what she wishes for, because it might happen. Liz awakens the next day to find it is her birthday again! She is overjoyed at first, but after three days of the same birthday celebration, Liz tires of celebrating her birthday. She finds out that Eugene's gift to her is in the Room of Consequences when he engineers a repeat of her birthday several days in a row. At the end, she realizes that Whit knew what he was talking about.
- Why didn't Liz like having her birthday over and over again?
- Eugene said "be careful what you wish for." How did Liz discover that to be important?
Heard in episode
|Alex Jefferson||Travis Tedford|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Homeless Man||Will Ryan|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|Liz Horton||Lauren Schaffel|
|Mrs. Horton||Carolyn Hennesy|
- This was Kathy Buchanan’s first Odyssey episode to write for.
- This was the first episode to have two short "mini-episodes" in one. It was also the first episode to have Chris introduce both episodes during the opening tune. Also, it was the first episode in a very long time where Chris said "Don't go away" and "And now, back to Adventures in Odyssey".
- VERSION DIFFERENCE: In the original airing of this episode, a shorty titled History Moment: All Saints' Day was heard between it and its pair, Bethany's Imaginary Friend. This shorty has since been pulled from the daily schedule, and another shorty titled And You Think You've Got Problems - Daniel airs in its place.
- Lauren Schaffel reported really enjoying doing this episode along with 'The Case of the Disappearing Hortons'.
- This plot of this episode has similarities to the plot of the film Groundhog Day, which was later directly referenced in Odyssey in the episode Groundhog Jay.
- This is Alex Jefferson's first episode.
- This is Will Ryan's 200th episode acting.
Alex Jefferson: Hey Liz! What do a lobster and a shrimp have in common?
Liz Horton: You're going to say they're both crabby. But that's not very funny is it? So how 'bout, neither one of them can get flood insurance?
Alex Jefferson: You're right! That is funnier!