The Greatest of These
Robyn Jacobs is madder than a wet hen. The focus of her anger? Oscar Peterson. She tells Whit that not only did Oscar lose a spelling bee for her team at school (thus creating extra homework for them that night), but Robyn has also been paired with Oscar for the upcoming science fair! Robyn believes that their project will be an absolute disaster.
Whit tells Robyn to calm down. When Oscar joins them a few moments later, Robyn is surprised to learn that Oscar has a good idea for the fair. He wants to build a working model volcano. They decide to begin gathering research, but Whit tells Robyn to go ahead without Oscar - Whit first wants Oscar to help with something.
Robyn leaves, and Whit asks Oscar to read the big menu board above the counter. Oscar tries his best, but he can't even get past the fourth word. This confirms Whit's suspicion that Oscar is dyslexic. Unfortunately, Whit doesn't get a chance to tell Robyn, and she and Oscar proceed with their science project together.
At the end of the week, they're ready to test their model volcano for Whit and Connie. It works nicely - the lava is pushed through the volcano orifices via a pump controlled by a dimmer switch, which Oscar operates. But when Robyn tells Oscar to turn the dimmer off, everything turns chaotic. The pump goes crazy, and the volcano erupts, slathering everyone in glop! Oscar turned the switch all the way on rather than off. Before Whit can stop Robyn, she chews Oscar out, almost completely sinking his fragile self-esteem.
Later, when Robyn is cleaning up the room, Whit talks to her about her outburst and reveals Oscar's dyslexia problem. Robyn says she feels terrible for Oscar. But Whit tells Robyn that her words aren't good enough. The Bible teaches us to practice agape love - unconditional love - even if people don't deserve it. Whit explains that's the kind of love Jesus had for us. Robyn sees her mistake. When Oscar pops in to help with the cleanup, Robyn apologizes and suggests that they build a newer, better volcano. Oscar agrees...and Whit smiles at agape in action.
- Did Robyn have a right to be angry with Oscar?
- Do you know anyone with dyslexia?
- If so, how would you handle working with him or her on a project?
- How can you practice agape love today?
Heard in episode
|Mr. Southworth||Phil Lollar|
|Robyn Jacobs||Sage Bolte|
|Oscar Peterson||Joseph Cammaroto|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
- The model volcano sound effects were created with a generator (the pump motor), hair gel puffed through a straw into a bottle (the lava), and mud in a wastepaper basket splattered on the floor (the explosion).
- In this episode Connie asks how Whit is feeling, and he says his throat is getting better. This suggests that this episode was supposed to air after #65: “Bad Company”, where Whit had a bad cold.
- Whit quotes Joseph Addison to Connie. Addison was an 18th-century English essayist and the founder of the Spectator magazine.
- This episode is included on Odyssey DVD 10.
- This episode is very similar to the later release #531: “Teacher's Pest”, another episode about students who don't work well together completing a disastrous science project.
- Oscar's idea for a volcano is similar to Wilson Knox's idea in #808: “No Friend Like an Old Friend”, where a young Whit is extremely unwilling to use Wilson's idea. Here, Whit encourages Robyn to do the project despite her initial aversion to it.
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Connie Kendall: He even has trouble remembering stuff that should be really familiar. Like one time, we were saying the Lord's Prayer, and when we came to the last part, Oscar said, "For Thine is the kingdom and flower and the laundry forever, Amen."
Robyn Jacobs: Alright! Alright! Keep your shirt on!