Thirty Jays Hath September

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Titus 3:4-8

4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,

5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

8This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

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Thirty Jays Hath September

“Thirty Jays Hath September,” an Adventures in Odyssey Club exclusive, is episode #747 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Marshal Younger and Dave Arnold, and was originally released on September 1, 2014.


After Jay breaks into Whit's End late at night, Whit sentences him to an unusual punishment - thirty days of kindness


When a video shoot at Whit's End goes horribly wrong, Jay and Brian find themselves in Mr. Whittaker's debt. How will they repay him? The answer: Thirty acts of kindness to the people of Odyssey-one every day for an entire month! Will they do a good job or make more trouble?

Discussion Questions

  1. What emotions do you think Whit experienced when he discovered the melted ice cream? Would getting angry have made things better or worse? Together, read Ephesians 4:31-32.
  2. Do you think Jay and Brian’s punishment was fair? Why or why not?
  3. What’s the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you? Did it make you want to do something kind for someone else?
  4. When Whit learned that Brian and Jay were taking shortcuts, he said, “The only person they’re cheating is themselves.” What did he mean by that?
  5. When assigned a task you really didn’t want to do, have you ever found yourself doing just enough to get by? How did that turn out?
  6. Based on Colossians 3:23-24, how should Christians approach work?
  7. How did you feel when you heard that Brian returned to Miss Carver's house? What do you think each of the boys learned from his experience?
  8. If your family sponsors a child like Abote, what do you enjoy most about that relationship? What sorts of things do you talk about in your letters back and forth?
  9. Whit explained that we develop habits—good or bad—by repetition. Do you have any bad habits you need to break? What about good habits you’d like to add to your life? How can repetition help?
  10. Despite Jay's crusty facade, Whit said he wouldn't give up on him or stop praying for him. Is there someone in your life who can be hard to love, but needs your patience and prayers?


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Eugene Meltsner John Whittaker
Eva Parker Camilla Parker
Nick Smouse John Whittaker


  • This episode's title is a pun on the phrase "Thirty Days Hath September", a mnemonic used to remember how many days are in each month.
  • The thirty days of good deeds may have been inspired by the TV show 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd, which starred AIO actor Brandon Gilberstadt.
  • Jay's line "Rolling, Mr. DeMille" references legendary Hollywood director Cecil B. DeMille.
  • Camilla mentions that Whit's End has 30 flavors of ice cream - this may be a reference to Baskin-Robbins's famous 31 flavors.
  • Jay calls Brian "Frodo", a Lord of the Rings reference.
  • Jay's affinity for Elvis is referenced in this episode. When he speaks for his "Little Elvis" he references Elvis's song "Return to Sender". His ringtone is an Elvis impersonator telling him to answer his phone.




Jay Smouse: Ah, home sweet home. Hello, little Elvis doll.
Elvis Doll: Hey Jay, little buddy. How are ya?
Jay Smouse: Mediocre, as usual… you know.
Elvis Doll: Yeah. Whatcha' got there?
Jay Smouse: A letter. From a boy in Uganda. He writes that he liked my note, and he wants to be friends.
Elvis Doll: Hey, you can mark it "Return To Sender."
Jay Smouse: I actually thought I'd, uh, you know <pause> maybe write him back.
Elvis Doll: Yeah, man. That's alright.
Jay Smouse: But let's… let's keep this to ourselves, okay… little Elvis? No sense in word getting out.
Elvis Doll: Hey, it's hard to live up to an image. I know.
Jay Smouse: Yeah. Exact-a-mundo. Me too. <phone rings>