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552: Sunday Morning Scramble
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October 30, 2004

Bart Rathbone pays a visit to the Washington's while they prepare for their Sunday morning Church service... but his visit is just one of many complications for the scrambling family!


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# 7
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# 8
# 106


Production Team
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Kathy Buchanan   Marshal Younger   Nathan Jones
Kathy Buchanan   Marshal Younger   Nathan Jones
Writer   Writer
Director
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"Early by that Much"
Written By: Shadowpaw

What do "Unto Us a Child is Born", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "I Slap Floor" and "Sunday Morning Scramble" have in common? Not much... but they all originally aired the weekend the real life event in the show took place. Christmas Day, Valentine's Day, April Fool's Day and now... Daylight Savings Day! The episode briefly references it and it isn't that exciting, but I figured I would make note of it anyway.

So how was the show? I liked it. Similar to Wooton, the more we hear from the Washington family the more they grow on us. With each passing episode they become richer characters for us to get emotionally attached to, despite changes that have been made. For one thing, this episode marks the third time an actor has taken up the role of Marvin Washington. I'll admit I was getting used to Jordan Calloway's portrayal, despite his inconsistency, but Kendre Berry appears to be very talented and is fortunate to have a wide vocal range. The change may be difficult to accept for some (those who actually noticed it) but I think it'll pay off in the long run, especially since it's clear the Washington's will be around Odyssey for the next several years.

There was also no Xavier in the show, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I do enjoy Xavier and think he's a great friend for Nick to have (after all, Nick doesn't seem to hang out with many people his own age) but I feel like Xavier is the third wheel in the Marvin/Tamika relationship. He's certainly a great option to have available, but until he can be utilized in a more interesting role, I don't mind him taking a backstage seat.

Now, numerous fans have complained that recent years have produced too many secular shows and they have a point. The point being that yes, Odyssey has produced a lot of secular shows... but I'm not automatically inclined to think that's a bad thing. I don't mean to imply Odyssey is better off in a secular market, but I do think it's an opportunity for Focus on the Family to reach out to more children than they ever could before. The shows are still rooted in the same Biblical truths and values that Jesus Christ upheld, but non-believers would have a hard time enjoying an episode if they are constantly reminded of these facts throughout a show. However, with enough exposure and subtle hints, you can gradually bring someone to Christ without beating them over the head. This episode revolves around the preparation for church without making someone feel uncomfortable, but it also appeals to the Christian fan base (which is far and wide the majority of listeners). It's a unique balance between the two and I'm pleased to see it executed so well.

Though I guess the Washington's witnessing methods didn't work too well on Bart, who was a delight as usual. And as an extra treat for those who took the time to listen to Chris, you'll notice during her wrap-up another two scenes with Bart. One in which he puts cyan pepper on a piece of cheesecake and the other where he sticks his head in a fishbowl and inadvertently swallows a fish. Perhaps this device that could be used more often to entice listeners to actually listen to Chris? Sitcoms usually have a teaser during the credits, so why should Odyssey be any different? Especially when what Chris has to say is so important.


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This episode contains a reference to Cheese Doodles, the food that the Washington kids and Lester enjoyed in "No Way Out."
- noname

Just a side note . . . Cheese Doodles appeared much, MUCH earlier in the series in "Share and Share Alike".
- Waluigi Freak 99

Nathan Jones say's to get the cheesecake falling on the ground sound he walked thru oat meal.
- Jared DeWhite


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