The Mailman Cometh

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#529: “The Mailman Cometh”
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Luke 12:48

48But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

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The Mailman Cometh

“The Mailman Cometh” is episode #529 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Torry Martin and Marshal Younger, and originally aired on October 18, 2003.


The Washington kids, Marvin and Tamika, are determined to show their mom that they should be allowed to do the same things as their older cousin, Xavier.



It’s just not fair, say Marvin and Tamika. Their older cousin Xavier gets to do all sorts of things that they can’t: wander around the fair without a parent, drink coffee, and more. The brother and sister start to believe that disobedience is an option.

The kids drank coffee, and were very hyper. They tried painting and folding laundry like paper air planes.

Xavier is mowing the lawn when the Washington parents are away. Marvin convinces Xavier to let him drive, and soon Tamika jumps on too. Once Xavier steps away, chaos ensues. Marvin loses control when the ride-on mower kicks into another gear, rolling over the garden and eventually breaking the garage door!

Worse, however, the three try to cover it up. Xavier takes all the blame...until Marvin realizes that Wooton may have seen the whole thing. The mailman shows up at their door, and the kids spill the whole story before Wooton can speak a word... in front of their mother! Elaine grounds Marvin and Tamika for a week – while Xavier, their older and "more privileged" cousin, serves two weeks of time inside.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What did Mrs. Washington say made Xavier different from her kids?
  2. How did Marvin and Tamika respond to their discipline?
    • Was it the right way or the wrong way?
  3. What privileges or rewards do you have now that you didn’t when you were younger?
  4. How was Wooton's continual exposing with the Marvin and Tamika's disobedience actually a blessing for them?


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Role Voice Actor
Elaine Washington J Karen Thomas
Marvin Washington Jordan Calloway
Tamika Washington Courtney Brown
Wooton Bassett Jess Harnell
Xavier Washington Niles Calloway
Woman at the Fair Unknown

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Ed Washington Marvin Washington
Mrs. Randolph Wooton Bassett



VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode included a "Fun Fact" about a scene in the background of a scene in #313: “Top This!”.

  • The title is a spoof on the play by Eugene O'Neill titled The Iceman Cometh.
  • Tamika's line, "The raptor always knocks twice," might be a reference to the novel-turned-film titled The Postman Always Rings Twice.
  • The lawn mower pictured in the official art for this episode is painted in iconic John Deere colors.



Elaine Washington: Since when did you become a weight guesser?
Wooton Bassett: Since Gus left on his break 15 minutes ago and asked me to cover for him.

Wooton Bassett: Step right up to Wooton the weight guesser! If I get it right, you'll be amazed... so will I... if I get it wrong, you win a prize!

Elaine Washington: So, my darling children...
Marvin Washington: Um, can we rewind about four minutes and act like this never happened?
Elaine Washington: I don't think so. Why don't we all sit down and... have a chat.
Marvin Washington: <very nervously> Chat?