The Pretty Good Samaritan
Connie has assigned a project to her Sunday school class: They must come up with original presentations of Bible stories. Brenda decides to do a puppet show of the story of Jesus and the 10 lepers. Charles plans to use Popsicle sticks to present the story of the good Samaritan. They start on their projects — not realizing that they’ll both have opportunities to act out those stories in real life that week.
Charles’s turn comes when he is assigned to sit next to Glenn Adams in study hall. Glenn is terribly obnoxious. He nearly drives Charles crazy, and even gets Charles in trouble. But the next day, Charles is faced with a dilemma — Glenn has decided that Charles is the best friend he’s made since moving to Odyssey. Glenn invites Charles to his birthday party that Thursday after school.
Later, on the bus, Charles tells Brenda to invite him somewhere — anywhere — so he won’t have to go to Glenn’s party. Brenda does, and Charles is relieved — until that Friday when he discovers that no one showed up for Glenn’s party. Charles feels terrible about it — so terrible, in fact, that he relates himself to the bad guys in the good Samaritan story.
That Sunday, Brenda gives her presentation of Jesus and the 10 lepers. Then Connie provides the class with a treat — homemade ice cream. Everyone enjoys it — except Charles, who decides to make amends with Glenn. When Charles leaves, Brenda realizes that Connie isn’t there either. She rushes out to Connie’s car to thank her for the ice cream. Connie tells Brenda that she was the only kid to do so — just like in the story of the 10 lepers.
As for Charles and Glenn, they have a nice game of catch. Charles realizes that even though he wasn’t exactly a good Samaritan, at least he was a pretty good Samaritan. And for now, that’s good enough.
- How should Charles have handled Glenn in study hall?
- Do you know anybody like Glenn?
- How do you treat that person?
- Why is it important to be a “good Samaritan”?
- Can you think of other ways to be one?
Heard in episode
|Brenda Perry||Jennifer Day|
|Mr. Cabot||Greg Berg|
|Charles Thompson||Mark Shillinger|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Mr. Everson||Greg Berg|
|Glenn Adams||Ryan Devin|
|Mr. Perry||Greg Berg|
Mentioned in episode
|Rusty Gordon (Malone)||Brenda Perry|
|Rodney Rathbone||Brenda Perry|
- This episode marks Charles's final appearance to date (not counting clip and retrospective shows).
- This episode aired with a “Fun Fact” about the age range of Adventures in Odyssey.
Brenda Perry: So, how's The Good Samaritan coming?
Charles Thompson: He's purple.
Brenda Perry: What?
Charles Thompson: He was a grape-flavored Popsicle. But I figure, he'd be pretty purple anyways after getting beat up.
Glenn Adams: I mean, bad posture never killed anyone, as far as I know. The worst thing it could do is cripple you for life... and that's not even really likely if—
Charles Thompson: I DON'T have bad posture!
Glenn Adams: Pfft! Not if you're a chimpanzee...
Charles Thompson: I've got better things to do than to get my hands dirty helping you! Stay away from me!
Charles Thompson: How could this guy ever live with himself again? He was the most selfish, horrible man who ever lived, and didn’t deserve to have any friends! And that’s exactly what happened to him! He never had any friends! After he passed by that man on the road, he went home and stayed there, and watched television and ate popcorn all day for the next twenty years, ’cause nobody wanted to be around him!