The Life of the Party
Craig Moorhead’s middle school friends like having him around because he makes them laugh. However, when Craig faces a problem that isn’t funny at all, and his friends aren’t so friendly anymore, he realizes that just having a sense of humor isn’t enough to keep his friends.
Craig Moorhead is a funny guy. No matter what anyone says to him, he always responds with a joke. In the three weeks he and his family have been in town, Craig has made a lot of friends by keeping them in stitches. Unfortunately, Craig takes his humor too far when he razzes Freddy, whose parents are getting a divorce. Freddy storms off, and Craig goes home, where he faces his own family problems.
Craig's dad moved the family to Odyssey to start a handyman business. However, business isn't going so well, and Craig's mom wants to move back to Columbus, where they previously lived. This conflict erupts into a full-blown argument. Craig, who likes living in Odyssey, is distraught by his parents' conflict. He tears out of the house and races away on his skateboard, which he ends up crashing. Craig's friends see him crash and rush over to check if he's all right. But instead of offering sympathy, his friends ask him to tell more jokes. Craig angrily refuses. His friends leave him feeling bruised, hurt and alone.
Craig wanders into Whit's End and tells Whit the whole story. Attempting to explain things to Craig, Whit uses some melting orange sherbet and raspberry ice cream to illustrate the biblical principle of sowing and reaping. Craig has sown nothing but jokes with his friends, so how can he expect to reap their sympathy? Craig understands and promises to put what he has learned into practice — a promise he gets to keep immediately when the door opens, and in walks Freddy.
- Why did Freddy get so angry at Craig?
- Is it wrong to tell jokes?
- Why or why not?
- List some qualities of a true friend.
Heard in episode
|Hank's Owner||Bob Luttrell|
|Craig Moorhead||Chad Reisser|
|Amanda (a)||Dana Howerton|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Bill Moorhead||Will Ryan|
|Joan Moorhead||May Keller|
|Tom Riley||Walker Edmiston|
- This show features the debut of Will Ryan, later of David Harley, Eugene Meltsner and Harlow Doyle fame.
- This is also the debut of David Griffin as Freddy, who later became the well-known and well-liked character of Jimmy Barclay.
- In the early days of Adventures in Odyssey, the regular cast (aside from Whit and Tom Riley) was constantly shifting. As a result, it wasn't uncommon for characters to appear in only a couple of episodes and actors usually found themselves playing a different character every episode.
- "The life of the party" is an idiomatic phrase referring to someone who is the center of attention.
- The original title of "The Life of the Party" was "The Tears of a Clown", which was also the name of a hit Motown single by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.
- The line "What you sow you shall also reap" was accidentally recorded as, "What you reap you shall also sow." It took some doing, but the engineers were able to fix the line without re-recording it.
Freddy (a): I want you to shut up for a while.
Craig Moorhead: You want me to shut up? Is that what you said? You want me to shut up? Okay, I’ll shut up. You won’t hear another peep out of me. I wouldn’t DREAM of talking on and on when someone asked me to...
Freddy (a): SHUT UP!!!!
John Whittaker: If you look at anything at all that God created, you’ll find a little reminder about how much He loves us and how He wants us to live — even raspberry seeds. You just gotta look at them the right way. You know, I think the Lord planned it like that.