Where There's Smoke
Nathaniel is being bullied in typical Rodney Rathbone style. Nick Mulligan comes along and intimidates Rodney with his street-wise lingo. When Nick tells Nathaniel he has to go or he will be late for an interview at Whit's End, Nathaniel is excited and says he is going there too. As soon as Nick's interview with Whit is over, Whit offers him the job, and he starts working immediately.
A few days later, Whit comes up to Nick and compliments him on the way he has won Nathaniel's friendship, saying it has really helped Nathaniel's self confidence. He gently reminds Nick that it is a big responsibility to be a fan to someone like Nathaniel, and Nick assures Whit he has it all under control. Whit then leaves him to close Whit's End that night. Nick lights a cigarette while he is getting into his car, which shocks Nathaniel when he comes to see him.
The next day Eugene comes and says that that his friend has gone to the emergency room, presumably with a respiratory problem. Nick thinks he means Whit, but Eugene tells him that it is Nathaniel, who is severely asthmatic. Nick panics, asks Eugene to cover for him so he can run to the hospital and see how Nathaniel is. He finds that instead of it being an asthmatic attack, Nathaniel has tried to light a cigarette and burned himself. Nick apologizes, says he will never smoke again, and when Nathaniel's parents come, volunteers to support Nathaniel and take responsibility for the bad example he was to Nathaniel in the incident. Mr. Whittaker calls his choice to be a good example cool.
- What caused Nathaniel to have to go to the hospital?
- Nick realized that he was a role model for Nathaniel, even though he didn't want to be one. Why should we be careful of the example we set?
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|Nathaniel Graham||Blake Ewing|
|Nick Mulligan||Chris Castile|
|Rodney Rathbone||Steve Burns|
- When Nick is going down the hallway at the hospital, the loudspeaker makes a call for "Paging Dr. Jorgensen to the Mental Ward", a reference to the production engineer of this episode.
- VERSION DIFFERENCE: In the broadcast version of this episode, The Shorty And You Think You've Got Problems?: Isaac is heard between it and its pair, The Virtual Kid.
- Whit says that Nathaniel has always had a hard time finding friends and fitting in. Although this bit of his persona is also played out a bit in #451: “Life Trials of the Rich and Famous”, it contradicts his social nature in other episodes, most notably in #429: “The YAK Problem”.
- This is Whit's 300th episode.
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