|Laura Fremont is embarrassed by the things her parents do. Whit then tries to help her learn what great people they really are.
Written By: Chandler
Laura Jean Freemont doesn't respect her parents. In the first scene her school, Odyssey Academy, has let out for the summer. Laura and her friend Kelly walk to Whit's End discussing the graduation party Laura's going to hold there. Kelly comments she has never even met Laura's parents. Laura brushes that off quickly and says that her parents won't be able to make the party.
The girls come upon a boss reproving his employee. When the employee says he's sorry, the boss responds that he's just about the sorriest employee he's ever had. Laura tries to move on but Kelly insists that they stay and watch the rest of the exchange. When it's over, Kelly expresses sympathy for the man, but Laura says the man probably just got what he deserved.
The next scene shifts to Whit's End where Eula Freemont, Laura's mom, shows up and greets Whit. When Whit asks Eula the reason for her visit she explains. Laura Jean (as Eula calls her) has just finished her first year at Odyssey academy. Eula and Homer, Laura's dad had to take on extra jobs in order for Laura to attend the school. Laura has thrived academically but has slowly withdrawn from her parents. Not only does Laura no longer brings friends to the house, she can't wait to leave the house herself. When Laura got permission to hold her party, she made it clear the she would do it without her parents' help. Eula and Homer had decided to stop by Whit's End just to see how Laura was doing.
When Kelly and Laura walk in, Eula enthusiastically greets Laura who gives her mom a cool reception. Kelly can be heard whispering, "That's your mother?!" Laura grudgingly concedes that she is. The door opens again and a man comes in calling, "Eula Freemont." Laura mutters, "Oh, great." Kelly is surprised to recognize him as the man they saw getting yelled at earlier. Added to her astonishment is the fact that he's Laura's dad! Laura quickly asks Kelly to leave--they'll decorate tomorrow. Kelly departs with a final shot, "Goodbye, Laura Jean."
Laura asks to speak to her parents privately. She then tells them how much they've embarrassed her and says that she wishes that she wasn't part of the family. Laura then hastily runs out the door leaving her parents stunned.
When Laura arrives at Whit's End the next day, Whit confronts her about her appalling disrespect. Laura doesn't get it. She can't stand that fact that her parents are "hicks." Their country ways and accents are an embarrassment to her. Whit challenges Laura to look at them the way everyone else sees them, but Laura just thinks they are laughed at.
Whit begins working to set Laura straight. First, her dad's boss, Mr. Heath, comes in and apologizes for the scene she'd witnessed the day before. He explains that it was all a mistake and that her dad is an excellent employee. Then Whit takes Laura to a homeless shelter. She is surprised to discover that her parents help run the place and are loved by everyone there. Whit says that Laura's parents don't want to be noticed for all the good deeds they do, but I'm puzzled that the Freemonts didn't include Laura in their family ministry. There should have been time after school or on the weekends when Laura could have had time to learn to help others just like her parents did.
When Whit is done showing Laura what wonderful people her parents really are, Laura has a true change of heart. She decides to change her graduation party into a celebration for her parents instead. Whit brings the Freemonts to the party and they are once again stunned. But this time they are happy as Laura proposes a toast to the best parents in the whole world.
A lot of familiar voices are heard in this show, but not necessarily by the title we would best know them. Laura is Robyn Jacobs; Kelly is Donna Barclay; Mr. Heath is Bernard Walton; Joan Gerber, who has done quite a variety of voices, does both Eula Freemont and the lady at the shelter.
This is episode is a nice reminder of the fifth Commandment. I'm not sure why it's not included in an album since I like it better than some other shows around this time that made it into albums.
This episode featuers Dave Madden's debut as an actor on Adventures in Odyssey. He would eventually play the lovable janitor, Bernard Walton.
Mr. Freemont uses the word 'Gosh' contradictory to what some at Focus on the Family and AIO think is moral.
- Christian A.
The title is a reference to Exodus 20:12.
- Christian A