The Return of Harley, Part 1

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Proverbs 14:7

7Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.

Proverbs 14:25
25A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.

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The Return of Harley, Part 1

“The Return of Harley, Part 1” is episode #70 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on April 29, 1989.


Officer Harley returns to Odyssey and is caught up in a mystery involving bootleggers and hidden caves!


Officer David Harley is back! He comes into town to take Steve Larson on a promised motorcycle ride. But Steve is no longer in town, so David takes Jack Davis for a spin instead. They're on their way up to Trickle Lake when Jack spots a deserted road. Officer Harley and Jack investigate and discover a van on the road, parked in front of a hidden cave. Two guys are loading boxes into the van from the cave. David tells Jack to hop off and stay put. Then Officer Harley races up the road toward the cave and van to investigate. On his way up the hill, his motorcycle hits a booby trap. Harley's motorcycle careens out of control and crashes down a steep embankment. Jack runs back to town and is followed by one of the men from the van.

Jack gets Whit, Connie, and his parents to return with him to the cave. But once they get there, everything is gone - the van, boxes, motorcycle, and even Officer Harley! And since Jack tends to have an overactive imagination, no one believes him.

Later that night, the man who followed Jack into town suddenly appears in Jack's backyard. The man tells Jack that if he ever wants to see David again, Jack had better make sure no one believes his story.

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever let your imagination run away from you?
    • When?
  2. Do you think that an imagination is good?
    • Why or why not?


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Steve Larson David Harley
Al Larson Jack Davis
Barbara Larson Jack Davis
John Kirban Helen Davis
Mr. Kirban Helen Davis


There's one other twist to the story - how David, Whit, and Jack are going to escape. You'll enjoy finding out for yourself and discovering that appearances can be deceiving.
However, until the launch of the Adventures in Odyssey Club in 2014, this episode was not available from Focus on the Family. The The Complete Guide has a similar summary.


David Harley: Ah, Trickle Lake, ey? It's not too far from here! Right near, uh... Trickle Lake!

John Whittaker: What do you mean by running in front of a truck that way? You scared 10 years off our lives — which I can hardly afford to lose, I might add!