The Pretty Good Samaritan

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Luke 10:30-37

30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.

31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' 36"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

37The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Luke 17:11-19
11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.

12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" 14When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. 15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. 17Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

19Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

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The Pretty Good Samaritan

“The Pretty Good Samaritan” is episode #343 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on January 27, 1996.


Charles Edward Thompson's attempt to act like a Good Samaritan is challenged when he meets an annoying boy named Glenn.


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.

Discussion Questions

  1. How should Charles have handled Glenn in study hall?
  2. Do you know anybody like Glenn?
    • How do you treat that person?
  3. Why is it important to be a “good Samaritan”?
    • Can you think of other ways to be one?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
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

Character Mentioned By
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...

Glenn Adams: Charles! Charles!
Charles Thompson: What?!!
Glenn Adams: Do you always... breathe like that?

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!