Episode Reviewed: Bassett Hounds (516)

Writer: Torry Martin

Director: Marshal Younger

Production Engineer: Allen Hurley

Original Airdate: 5/10/03

Rating (Out of 5 cones):


Bassett Hounds

[Episode Info]

Episode Summary: When Wooton gets Bernard a big window-washing job, Bernard promises to return the favor. But helping Wooton out may be more than he bargained for.


Theme: Grace (Deuteronomy 7:7)

Well paint me with three eyes and call me Picasso!” [Bernard Walton]


The Review

Throughout the course of Adventures in Odyssey, we’ve had opportunities to get to know the main characters’ families. For instance, we learned more about Connie’s mother and father in Father’s Day. We also learned about Bernard Walton’s family troubles in Feud for Thought. We’ve learned about Eugene’s lack of relatives in Last in a Long Line. Now we get to learn more about Wooton’s family.

I was generally pleased with Bassett Hounds. Bernard Walton and Wooton Bassett make a nice team to listen to. Perhaps Wooton is a lot like Eugene in that he gets on Bernard’s nerves? Whatever the reason, Bernard and Wooton are easy to listen to. There were a lot of twists and turns in this episode. We had previously known that Wooton’s brother was rich, but we hadn’t known why or what’s up with the rest of his family. I’m glad we’re finding out what the deal is with them. AIO does a good job of tying in family details to make a Biblical point.

I mentioned Feud for Thought a second ago, that’s because it and Bassett Hounds remind me of one another. They both have different storylines, but the feel of each episodes is the same.

When I found out Bernard was going to Alaska, I couldn’t help but laugh. He seems like he would never go to that state of all states. I could just imagine how awkward it must be for Bernard to be involved in this little family fight over Grandfather’s inheritance. I don’t even think I’d know how to react if I was being accused of trying to get some of the fortune when I’m not even related. Some are even acting like Christians just to get the goods. Sheesh! It was good to know that Wooton and his grandfather are Christians, and the bit about the desk chair was corny, but so is Wooton. Bernard and his beef jerky stood out too.

The bit about Grandfather on videotape was quite interesting. When one of the family members asks, “Has he lost his mind?” and Grandfather responds, “No, I haven’t lost my mind,” as if he can hear the question being asked is quite a good part of the episode. I think it would be interesting to get to know more about Wooton’s family in the days ahead.

I liked the music of Bassett Hounds. I’ve been noticing that there’s been a distinct music twang when Wooton is in the episode. The sound design was excellent in every count and I was very pleased.


The Rating

In conclusion, this episode is a must-hear. I give Bassett Hounds 3 and ½ out of 5 cones.

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