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056: By Faith, Noah
StarStar
January 07, 1989

Whit tells Jack and Luck the story of Noah's Ark in an attempt to demonstrate the power of having faith in God.


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Paul McCusker   Male Missing
Paul McCusker   Bob Luttrell
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Written By: Chandler

Jack and Lucy are listening to another story by Whit. He is explaining the meaning of faith by telling of a boy trapped in a burning house. But the kids are still confused afterward so he escorts them to the Bible Room to tell them of the story of Noah. This show sort of parallels "Return to the Bible Room". This time, they see the Noah's Ark display that Whit had promised in the aforementioned show. And much like that show, Jack displays ignorance of the story while Lucy knows what's going to happen. One difference this time around, however, is that Jack and Lucy do not actually participate in the story. But much like the other, it still contains goofy lines that are obviously not part of the original story.

The opening scene with Noah and his wife is only average. I really don't care for Noah's flippancy about talking with God. Also, his wife's reaction to Noah's news seems rather strange. She doesn't really seem bothered until she learns that they are going to have to feed all the animals and then she complains about having too much work to do. Why didn't she react more strongly to the original announcement that God was going to destroy the earth? She obviously assumes that she will be destroyed with it, but she just offhandedly remarks about canceling her hair appointment. Yes, I realize that this scene is supposed to be humorous, but it falls rather flat.

Onto my favorite scene! In fact, this scene ranks as one of my all-time favorites. While trying to get the ark built, Noah is being obstructed by a plethora of red tape. First the city health inspector cites Noah for "unauthorized construction" since he didn't have a boat permit to build his ark; then Mac Thuselah, a union boss, butts in with the accusation that Noah isn't treating people fairly with his employment practices. When Noah suggests that people repent of their wicked ways, a lawyer from the Pre-Antediluvian Civil Liberties Association appears and tells Noah that he plans to represent people that Noah has "offended" by trying to "impose" his beliefs on them, sue him, and make him go broke in court costs. But the ordeal is not over yet as a lady from the Society for the Protection of Poor Animals comes and demands to see authorization to have the animals on his land. Noah is fed up and threatens to call the police. However, a policeman shows up just then to inform Noah that his ark is double-parked! Yes, this scene is a great representation of all the problems people have today dealing with government bureaucracy.

The next part of Whit's story always reminds me how much I miss Hal Smith. His voice is so pleasant to hear as he narrates the flood and the music and sound effects are a plus. But this only one example of several in these earlier shows where Hal Smith excels in reading an extended passage. This is as opposed to say, Paul Herlinger's reading of "The Hound of Heaven" in "Opening Day". Not that he doesn't do well, being a professional and all, but Hal Smith was exceptional.

The next part of the show seems almost to be filler since the show wasn't long enough. Whit thought he was done with the story, but Lucy insists that he finish. So we get to hear another goofy scene with Noah releasing the birds to see if the earth is dry yet. Then Lucy tells Whit not to forget the rainbow, which he claims he would not have forgotten (even though he originally wasn't even going to tell that part of the story!). And of course, Jack pipes up, "What rainbow?" That is rather convenient for storytelling purposes. If Jack has grown up in church, he should have already heard that story many times in his life.

I do like the ending of this show. After being impressed by the fact that Noah lived to be 950, Jack asks Whit if he could live that long if he has faith like Noah. Whit responds, "Jack, if you have faith like Noah, you'll live forever."


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The Pre-Antediluvian Civil Liberties Association is a spoof of the ACLU.
- Chandler

The Society for the Protection of Cruel Animals is a spoof of the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
- Chandler

The permit man says "Ignorance of the law is no excuse." This is a reference to David Harley.
- Jonathan


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