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#677: “The Malted Milkball Falcon”
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Psalm 139:1-3

11 For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.

2You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

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The Malted Milkball Falcon

“The Malted Milkball Falcon” is episode #677 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Kirby Atkins and Dave Arnold, and originally aired on December 11, 2010.


A piñata filled with delicious chocolate goes missing from Whit's End. Only a few people were in the room at the scene of the crime, leading Emily Jones to investigate “whodunit!”


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Emily Jones comes up with an idea to raise money for an orphans' care program at Whit's church. The plan consists of six kids rocking in rocking chairs at Whit's End for an entire night. As an incentive, the pastor has given the kids a piñata filled with chocolate milkballs that they can take a swing at if they stay awake for the whole night.

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  1. The kids said they would do something, but they didn't follow through on it. Have you ever done something similar?
  2. Was it right for Emily to jump to conclusions?


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Pastor Brown John Whittaker


  • The title of this episode is a reference to Dashiell Hammett's detective novel, The Maltese Falcon. Jay's use of the term "stool pigeon" is probably a reference to the popular detective fiction at the time of the novel as well.
  • Nelson's movie "Buck Norris and His Flying Feet" is a reference to martial artist and action movie star Chuck Norris.
  • Nelson's novel "The Good, the Bad, and the Unhygienic" is a reference to spaghetti western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
  • The movies about the mutant ninja porpoises are references to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Jay blames his falling asleep on his suffering with sleep apnea, but sleep apnea does not cause increased sleepiness. A more likely condition that would cause falling asleep is narcolepsy. However, this is likely not a goof on the writers' part but a joke about Jay's poor excuse.



John Whittaker: I didn't ask you here for a fight.
Barrett Jones: Then, why are we here?

Barrett Jones: Emily Sherlock Jones is about to solve the case.

Emily Jones: ...the case of the chocolatey, maltball-goodness pinata, that someone took.
Matthew Parker: That's not going to work. Honestly, you are the worst at naming these mysteries.

Emily Jones: You're not done til' I'm done.

Jay Smouse: Hey wait a minute, I didn't do anything wrong this time, I admitted I fell asleep! hahaha, Good for me.
Emily Jones: Yeah enjoy it while you can.

Barrett Jones: Someone ate all of the maltballs out of the pinata last night..
Jay Smouse: Barrett!
Barrett Jones: What?
Jay Smouse: You stole them! How would you know that someone ate them unless that someone that ate them was you!
Barrett Jones: I just assumed that...
Jay Smouse: Put him in irons, throw away the key!

Jay Smouse: I slept like a rock. Does that count?

Chris Anthony: And I’m Chris, hoping you’ll join us again next time for more Adventures in Odyssey! <music fades out> …Is anyone gonna eat that last maltball?