|Wooton befriends a boy who doesn't want to give his name and soon discovers that the boy has been stealing comic books from Max Hampton.
"Grady Be Thy Name"
Written By: Shadowpaw
During the opening scene, my mind get stuck on the name of the bus driver: Blaylock. It ran through my head over and over as I tried to recall where I had heard the name before and I soon realized it was the name of Walter's missionary friend in "Sheep's Clothing". He asks if Monica Stone (as Paula Jarvis) knew his buddy Kenny Blaylock, but she informs him that she had never heard of him. You might think it's incredibly odd that I bring it up, but it's noteworthy for being unique and it's appeared twice now. Could it possibly be the name of a friend or relative of an Odyssey staff member? Marshal Younger has slipped Robert Skeed's name into several episodes, so why not this mysterious Blaylock? Maybe it will be an AIO trivia question of the future. Time will tell...
Torry Martin's latest episode was another terrific slice of life show, containing that Wooton charm we've come to love and those laugh out loud moments we've come to expect. I'm not sure if more credit should go to Torry or Jess, but this character is quite possibly one of AIO's most lovable characters ever created. The former crafted an interesting and complex back story (not all of which we've heard) as well as writes some fantastic jokes, while the latter takes those jokes off the page and still makes Wooton feel like a real character. It would have been easy for him to become another Harlow Doyle - a bumbling buffoon who lacks intelligence and heart - but Wooton possesses both attributes in spades.
And recall in the review I posted for "True Calling" that I mentioned the guidance counselor was a great secondary character because he wasn't just window dressing... it seemed like his story might be as interesting as any of the major characters. And both Mr. Blaylock (the bus driver) and Ms. Drummond (the thrift shop employee) are two more examples of well developed sidebars that elevate the show to a more memorable platform. The interactions between Wooton and Ms. Drummond were particularly delightful and reminded me of long lost people like Mr. Watson (the "bad joke buzzer" guy from "Heatwave") and the annoying teller from "Feud for Thought", who refuses to help Eugene and Bernard except at the correct "window". Interesting characters like these are solid additions to AIO's rich library of characters and subtlety make any given episode that much funnier.
I'm also very pleased to hear from Seth. Actually, no, I'm not pleased to hear from Seth but rather I'm pleased that he was accused of doing something cruel to Grady and his sister, and was not cleared of wrong doing by the end. I don't like his character and I never will... in fact, I would be more than happy if Seth and Liz got married and the two moved out of town. They're perfect for each other! Having a church going character in Odyssey who isn't a good role model is actually quite interesting and different for the series. Normally this is where I would say "let's hope we hear more of it", but sadly, if Seth is the one we must suffer to listen to, I would gladly bypass this plot line.
There were also some weird things in the episode. When Grady and Wooton were working on his tree house and Grady mentioned that there were "all these people" working with them, I just didn't buy it. Maybe it will sound different on a CD, but the area around Wooton and Grady sounded deathly quiet for most of the scene. Where was the ambient voices of the "twenty people" playing and laughing while they worked? So from a technical standpoint, that irked me. And then from a plot standpoint, wouldn't Max have found it incredibly strange that he stopped receiving his weekly Power Boy comic? If I went a week or two without receiving something I had paid good money for, I would be calling to complain. But here it seemed Max was completely ignorant of the fact he was no longer getting them in the mail. There was never really an attempt to explain that.
However, there were too many good points to overshadow the bad. From the acting of Grady to the running gag of Wooton calling him by different names, the episode was a great slice of life show to lead into the groundbreaking episodes to come.
Max seems to be totally unaware of the fact that someone has been stealing his comic books from his mailbox for weeks.
- Waluigi Freak 99
The title of this show is taken from the popular book "Tuesdays with Morrie."
: I used to be in the Boy Scouts, too, doing all those fun "ing" things. You know, boating, camping, rafting, hiking, falling, hurting, bleeding, yelling for help. It was the most fun I've ever had!