The Scales of Justice

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#182: “The Scales of Justice”
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Psalm 89:14

14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

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The Scales of Justice

“The Scales of Justice” is episode #182 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on February 15, 1992.


Isaac Morton finds a bag filled with money and wants to keep it, but it's up to Judge Eugene Meltsner to determine what will happen to the loot.


It all started one afternoon. While walking through the woods near Gower’s Field, Isaac Morton literally stumbles across a plastic bag filled with $2,000. He takes it back to Whit’s End. Whit advises him to take it to the police, and Isaac does. He files a “found property report” and waits for 90 days to see if someone claims the property. But on the 89th day, Rodney Rathbone appears! He claims the money is his and says that Isaac tried to steal it!

The police know that Rodney is obviously lying. So, because of the special circumstances surrounding the case, and in the interest of giving the kids at Whit’s End a civics lesson, Captain O’Ryan of the Odyssey Police Department agrees to let the matter be settled in a mock trial, held at Whit’s End. Whit serves as Isaac’s lawyer, and Bart serves as Rodney’s. Connie is the bailiff, and Eugene presides over the court as judge.

Rodney and Isaac state their sides in the matter.

In the end, Eugene decides that the money is Rodney’s. Rodney and Bart are thrilled, while Isaac wonders if justice really does exist. It does, but not always in the ways we expect.

In a news report, we learn that the money was, in fact, counterfeit, and Bart and Rodney have been taken to the police station for questioning.

This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think Eugene made the right decision?
  2. Was justice ultimately served in this case?
  3. What does God say about justice?


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June Kendall Connie Kendall




Connie Kendall: Representing Rathbone is, uh, Rathbone!

Patrick O'Ryan: Peacocks and pelicans, no!

Eugene Meltsner: Young Rathbone, you'll have the chance to tell your side of the story later. But for now, you will keep your muscles immobile and your oral cavity tightly sealed!
Rodney Rathbone: Huh?
Connie Kendall: He means, keep still and be quiet.
Eugene Meltsner: I believe I said that.