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029: Rumor Has It
StarStarStar
June 04, 1988

Jack investigates the mysterious Kirban family who want to keep to themselves. After jumping to several of the wrong conclusions, Jack gets into some trouble.


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Production Team
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Paul McCusker   Steve Harris   Phil Lollar   Male Missing
Paul McCusker   Steve Harris   Phil Lollar   Bob Luttrell
Writer   Director   Director   Sound Designer


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Written By: Chandler

In reference to the tongue, James says: "Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!" (James 3:5b) That perfectly illustrates what happens in this episode.

Jack and Lucy have a big mystery to solve--or so they think. What is that new family in the neighborhood up to? Lucy is scared of them but Jack takes it upon himself to investigate the family. At school, they talk to Alice who has supposedly gone into the house. Alice says that she actually went onto the porch to try to sell cookies. But I have to wonder why Alice went on the porch to try to sell cookies and then ran for her life. Did she not realize whose house she was at? Or did the people really scare her that much when they opened the door?

Jack continues to talk to other kids about the family. The rumors are flying! Everyone knows something about them. Kids can really let their imaginations and their tongues run away sometimes. Besides describing the family as creepy, weird, strange, and freaky, the kids make various accusations against the family:

1. The mother is rude.
2. The father is part of the Mafia.
3. The father is a terrorist.
4. The father is transporting bodies at night.
5. The father is transporting drugs.
6. The father is transporting terrorist weapons.
7. The boy is a lookout.
8. The father is a scientist who does experiments on animals.
9. The father is creating people in his experiments.
10. The boy is being kept secret by the family.
11. The father is a Mafia scientist.
12. The boy has been locked in a basement all his life.
13. The father is a murderer.
14. The father is a drug-dealer.
15. The boy is kept from school by his father.

Jack devises a plot to uncover whatever "crimes" are being committed. Considering all the accusations, Jack was pretty dumb to think he could single-handedly take the family on. Had they been anything like the above statements, Jack would have been in big trouble. Instead, Jack gets in trouble for calling the police on a false alarm.

As a result of Jack's escapade, Whit gets to talk to the family himself and learn the truth about them. As it turns out, the mother barely speaks English, the boy is home educated, and the father is a carpet-maker who has to deliver the rugs early in the morning. All that excitement for nothing.


Trivia
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Jack Davis is the name of Paul McCusker's stepfather. Source: Acknowledgments in PM's "A Season of Shadows"
- Catspaw

This episode introduces two long-term AIO kids, Jack Davis and Lucy Cunningham-Schultz. Five years after this episode aired, their two actors, Donald Long and Genesis Mullen, got married.
- noname

The police officer in this episode was originally Officer Harley.
- noname

The broadcast version of this episode contains a scene where Chris (the show host) conducts a gossip survey on Main Street.
- noname


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There is no requirment that a licence is needed from the state for home schooling given the fact that I was one myself.
- David


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