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#472: “Welcoming Wooton”
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Philippians 4:1

1Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!

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Welcoming Wooton

“Welcoming Wooton” is episode #472 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Torry Martin, and originally aired on May 26, 2001.


When Wooton Bassett takes time out of his postal route to help at Whit's End, he gets fired for missing too much work.



Nick Mulligan is late getting to Whit's End, again. Connie has to leave, but she can't leave the shop unattended. Just when all seems desperate, in comes Wooton Bassett, their mailman. Wooton offers to fill in and Connie reluctantly agrees. Wooton and the kids at Whit's End have a great time and he even teaches them Biblical lessons using comic book characters. Whit shows up and thanks Wooton for filling in.

But all is not well in Wooton's world. He finds his boss, Mr. Rose, holding his time-card that evening. Wooton has been delayed on his route too often and Mr. Rose has to fire him. Wooton is disheartened, but says he understands.

Since Whit's End was part of the reason Wooton was fired, Whit gets Wooton a new job at Speedy Package Express. Speedy Package Express is all about speed. Wooton is supposed to deliver things "lightning fast," but he finds himself continually waylaid with important stops (like Mrs. Randolph's birthday celebration). Wooton can't keep up and decides to quit. Whit visits Wooton and asks him to work at Whit's End instead.

A few days later, Wooton shows up to work on Mr. Rose's car and Mr. Rose tells him that he wants to hire him back. All the people on Wooton's route have been complaining about not seeing him.

Back at Whit's End, it's the same song, second verse. Nick is late again. Connie has to go. Wooton shows up and insists on filling in. Connie once again reluctantly agrees. It looks like Wooton is here to stay.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Mr. Rose upset with Wooton?
  2. Why didn't Wooton like his job at Speedy Package Express?
  3. Was it right for Wooton to be late for his job to help Connie out?
    • Why or why not?
  4. Throughout the Bible, we hear about the importance of good friends. In Philippians 4, Paul said he longed his friends in Philippi. Why do you think it's so important to have friends?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Automated Attendant Jess Harnell
Alex Jefferson Travis Tedford
Cal Jordan Adam Pavlakovich
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Ed Jess Harnell
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Mr. Rose Brian Cummings
Mrs. Randolph Chris Anthony
Tomas Brian Cummings
Whit's End Customer Unknown
Wooton Bassett Jess Harnell

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Nick Mulligan Connie Kendall
Jenny Whittaker-Dowd Wooton Bassett


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The original broadcast of this show featured a very slight version difference in the scene where Wooton teaches Whit the secret knock. In all versions, Wooton opens the door and says "Hey! That'd be great!" and then slams the door while saying, "But I still can't let you in without the secret knock." Then Whit says "I don't know the secret knock." Wooton then shows him how to do the knock. In the original broadcast, Wooton told him from behind the door. In the album release and all subsequent re-airs, Wooton opens the door again to tell him.

  • This episode marks the debut of Wooton Bassett, who would go on to be a main character. Wooton was created by writer Torry Martin. In this show, Wooton mentions that he grew up in Alaska. It is interesting to note that Torry Martin lived in Alaska for a time.
  • This is also the first episode to feature Mrs. Randolph, a woman on Wooton's mail route. Wooton states that she is 82.



Mr. Rose: ...Do you have any idea what time it is?
Wooton Bassett: No, but if you let me punch out with my time card, I can show ya.
Mr. Rose: It's six p.m.
Wooton Bassett: Wow! Shouldn't you be home for dinner?

Connie Kendall: Thanks, Wooton!
Wooton Bassett: You're welcome, now shoo!

Wooton Bassett: Who wants to see me make a chocolate milkshake in less than a minute without using my hands?
Alex Jefferson: I do!
Wooton Bassett: Ok, here goes. <breathes heavily> Alex! Make me a milkshake and make it fast!