Where There's Smoke

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#431a: “Where There's Smoke”
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Matthew 5:21

21"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.'

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Where There's Smoke

“Where There's Smoke” is episode #431a of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Jim Ware, and originally aired on November 20, 1999.


Nick Mulligan finds out that he's a role model when he becomes friends with Nathaniel Graham.


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.

Discussion Questions

  1. What caused Nathaniel to have to go to the hospital?
  2. 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?


Role Voice Actor
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Nathaniel Graham Blake Ewing
Nick Mulligan Chris Castile
Rodney Rathbone Steve Burns





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