"For the Birds"
ratings are based on a 5 star scale unless otherwise noted.
Review by J P
I enjoyed the episode For The Birds . This
episode was great. ,I liked how Eugene and supposedly,Wooten
both shaved thier heads in this episode.
Review by Bennett (Town of
There are a few nice scenes in this episode,
but it was probably not at the standard I would want it to
be. The episode seemed to be, like last week, going back and
forth multiple themes: Curses, Responsibility, why should we
play, God's will--just a host of different lessons thrown
together. Eugene being chased by birds is something I would
see used on "rejected storyline ideas" list. Again, there
are a few good moments and it has its strengths. But there
were way too many weaknesses --even when taking into
consideration the age level they were perhaps going for--I
do recognize this episode's target audience is "8" year olds
in the "8 and above" range.
Review by Catspaw (Town of
I really enjoyed it - it was another great
story that could happen to any normal family in a variety of
locations. I really liked the emphasis on prayer, but also
how praying doesn't mean that we'll get exactly what we
want, since sometimes God has other plans. The storyline
with Connie and Eugene providing the cover of "Take it from
the Top" was fun and provided some comic relief from the
baby blue jay story, though there definitely were humourous
moments within the family storyline as well. It wasn't
perhaps the most realistic thing ever, but hey, what do I
know about birds coveting Eugene's hair? Maybe it happens
all the time! Wooton was nicely used. I liked the family
consensus on how they didn't understand the connection
between the meaning of Dexter in Latin and how it applied to
his moose being given that name. I love Wooton, and he fit
in well without going too overboard on the goofy side, which
is what I think he sometimes receives criticism for.
Overall, this was another solid episode that a lot of
families will relate to and enjoy again and again! Plus
Chris was funny at the end. On the CD they had a little
blooper bonus from Chris's wrap-up. It was short but
Oops, Bennett posted while I was posting. I think I had a
higher opinion of the episode than him, but I'm not being
quite as analytical, either. It wasn't the best episode
ever, but it was good, and I really do think that while it
is aimed at kids, there will be parents who are nodding
along in sympathy for the poor parents, since they've heard
the pleas for pets and gone through similar situations with
their own kids. It's the kind of episode a family could
enjoy together and relate to together. Maybe us middle-range
young adults without kids don't relate quite as much, but
think back a few years, or look a few years into the future.
Review by American Eagle
(Town of Odyssey)
I like Susie's voice, and good to get to
Wooton was good again.
The whole episode was a bit far-fetched,
but still pretty fun.
I loved Camilla's scream when she saw
Eugene's (lack of) hair.
Overall, I liked it. Not as much as Target of
the Week, but still pretty good.
Review by American Eagle
(Town of Odyssey)
I really liked this episode. I loved that
Wooton was in it. I am glad that we got to get to know more
about Camilla and the rest of the Parker family. I loved the
father and daughter talk. Eugene getting rid of his hair was
Review by Audrey
The conversation in
the first scene (between Susie and Camilla) was a
realistic for two 8 year olds
Eugene being attacked by a dove was...
It was kind of strange that David wanted
the whole family to hear the pet history, but I'm glad
he did because it was really funny!
The "Parker family curse" was a cute
title, and a great opportunity for a lesson.
I loved Wooton's part
The line with the Moose was great!
I felt so sorry for Camilla
I still wish there were some older
Poor Eugene, getting his head shaved, but
what happened to Wooton?
Review by Freddy Jay (Blog)
Here are some general
Eugene gets attacked by a
dove? Comical, but realistic? I'm not so sure.
The part where the family
is discussing why pets is a bad combination for them is
pretty funny. I don't really like Matthew's line "They
had a suicide pact." Referring to the fish.
Wooton's part(s) in this
episode were great. Quote: Matthew: Hey maybe Wooton
Wooton: Wow! Well I never did before, but there's a
first time for everything. What is it?.
This episode gives a
little more about the Parkers.
I like that this episode
doesn't have the expected ending. The baby bird doesn't
make it. Also Camilla doesn't get a dog, even though she
proved how responsible she is.
We hear the explanation
behind the cover of the album.
Camilla's scream when she
sees Eugene's shaved head, priceless.
Conclusion: This episode has a
good funny side to it. It was good to here more of the
Parker family's personality. The theme was good too.
Although it seemed to hit several;curses, responsibility,
prayer. The theme that they hit the most in a way, and the
one I like, is that even if you pray for something, it
doesn't guarantee it's gonna happen. Also I liked how they
had a serious moment, and then it ended with a funny one.
Review by Marvin (Blog)
First, let me begin by saying
this is a great episode. There was humor, just a bit of
sadness, and as usual, a good lesson was learned.
We hear some more of the Parkers, particularly Camilla. But
somehow, she sounds a bit like a boy, which is what bothered
me. We get to hear Wooton! Woot! And as always, he's as
goofy as he ever was.
As for EUGENE CUTTING HIS HAIR, that was probably the best
part. I never knew birds would be attracted to his hair.
Hmm...so that's why it's called for the birds.
There was some of Whit in here, which is good. He's starting
to dawn on me some more. And I liked how he explained that
there's no such thing as a curse.
Review by Odyssey Blogger
For the Birds" is one of the
only episodes on album 51 that really has that "Odyssey
Feel". One of the reasons i think that is because a lot of
the other episodes don't have many bilble references. This
one does have biblical references but not as many as i would
like. Also, the parkers are in too many episodes. Correct me
if i'm wrong, but they have been in every episode on album
51. I would also like to see a lot more of Connie and Eugene
in future episodes.
Review by Sapphire (Town of
I really liked this episode. I
loved that Wooton was in it. I am glad that we got to get to
know more about Camilla and the rest of the Parker family. I
loved the father and daughter talk. Eugene getting rid of
his hair was hilarious.
Review by Jimmy Barclay
(Town of Odyssey)
I liked it on the most part.
It was good and had some good moments. And she didnt get a
dog at the end, like "typical hollywood Ending." She learned
some stuff. And we see why Connie cut Eugene's hair.
One Complaint. Matthew's "suicide pact" line. As someone
very sensitive to that right now, and seeing a sad story
earlier this year, I wish they hadnt included that.
I am warming up to the new Whit, and it was good to see him,
Connie, and Eugene. And I like the Parker family.
Review by Anna
(Town of Odyssey)
I thought that this show was
actually pretty good. I think I'm starting to get used to,
and like the new family! I still haven't adjusted to Whit's
voice, but I'm sure that I will in time.
Review by Laurie (Town of
I really enjoyed this episode.
There was a lot of typical Odyssey humor and I'm really
starting to like the Parker family. It had a good lesson
that I think a lot of parents and kids will relate to.
Review by King Butter
Turtle (Town of Odyssey)
It was good. It was a good storyline with
some funny lines. But, it was also, nothing to go crazy
over, with several flaws.
O.k., so what's going on with Odyssey's
birds? They expect us to believe that they're just going
crazy attacking certain people because of their hair?
That's just, uh... really weird.
The Eugene/Connie part was very shallow,
very similar to the Wooton/Whit part last week. It's
like half way between a two storyline episode and
sprinkling a reoccurring idea for comic relief. I don't
like it at all. It seemed like about 70/30 where I was
into Camilla's story but, I wasn't into Eugene's
problem. It did develop but, it just didn't work. It was
almost like a split episode. I would have liked to see
(err... hear ) Eugene investigate the problem much more
in depth, which leads me to my next point...
The Eugene that I know doesn't just shave
his head when he's randomly attacked by birds. Why
didn't he set aside an afternoon to read every book on
birds he could find, send video to an expert at Campbell
College (Since the founder was an ornithologist, [see
Truth, Trivia and 'Trina] I would expect the ornithology
department to be very good.), or do research on the
habits of various species, taking detailed notes, before
self-diagnosing, "they like my hair". He was completely
Did Eugene seriously say "baby-making
season"? Is "reproductive" more inappropriate or
I couldn't believe my auditory cavities
when I heard Eugene speak in such an irregular manner.
^That's how Eugene is supposed to talk.
I liked the Jonathan Crowe thing.
Who did that Will Ryan guy play?
Apparently, they've worked out a new contract or
Review by Crazy 4 Pugs
(Town of Odyssey)
I thought the
birds-attacking-Eugene thing was pretty dumb. Just
unrealistic. And yeah, Eugene's use of "baby-making season"
cracked me up. Overall though, I'm enjoying the return of
WalkingTextbook!Eugene. I thought they made him a little too
"human" and ignored his braininess in the last few albums.
But my favorite part:
"I wanted to name him Dr. Who, but I think that's
One of the writers is obviously a sci-fi fan. (See
references to The X-Files in other episodes.)
Review by H Tide (Town of
Overall, this was a pretty
decent episode. The opening scene was quite fun and
engaging, and the story played out nicely. I did think it
was quite drastic for Eugene to get his hair cut so quickly.
The whole Eugene subplot felt a little contrived. However, I
enjoyed the Camilla plot, as it was a relevant lesson that
many families can relate to. I also enjoyed the little funny
moments in this episode. And Chris's bird talk at the end
was quite funny. While this episode certainly wasn't as good
as Target of the Week and not quite as good as Clutter, I
think it deserves 3.5 stars.
Review by Taq (Town of
I hoping that Eugene would
shave his head to give the birds a nest, not to prevent them
from nesting. Oh well! I concur with the general consensus
that the Eugene plotline was unrealistic. HOWEVER, I
absolutely loved Camilla's story. Asking for pets is
something very realistic (My younger siblings have recently
asked for a dog!), and like American Eagle I really enjoyed
getting to know Camilla! She acted well and felt like (was)
a genuine kid. Furthermore, Wootton is doing well as a minor
Yes, curses are real. Jesus verbally cursed a fig tree and
it withered! Stronger than thinking it was "odd," I thought
for a sec that I was going to have to disagree with Whit. He
said emphatically, "There's no such thing as curses!" and
thankfully followed it up with, "no, not the way you mean
it," as EMBEE mentioned. The first emphatic statement alone
turned heads, but Whit quickly clarified that he was just
wanting the Parker kids to avoid misnaming something as they
were. Ergo, I'm letting Whit off the hook this time. (The
dialogue is at ~13:16 if anyone wants to list again.)
To sum up, I agree with H Tide's rankings. For the Birds, a
decent episdoe, is my third favorite of the season behind
Target of the Week and Clutter in that order.
Review by Smaug the dragon (Town of
I'll admit I gave a little
groan when I first heard Eugene being attacked by the dove,
thinking "Oh, no, pleeease don't let it be a case of 'birds
are attacking, Connie cut my hair' ". Which it was.
Aside from that, it wasn't bad.
Review by Joanne (Town of
For the Birds wasn't a
complete disappointment but came close for me.
First the story. I thought the over all lesson was good, but
the part with Eugene...was way too much.
Second the characters. I am really liking Camilla, I think
the actress is doing a great job portraying the character. I
think Olivia was also a little better, but I still don't
like the sound of an adult playing a kid... to polished. I
am still getting used to Whit but it isn't bad. Wooten was
better than the last one, and had a good role.
Third my rating. This episode was ok, but a little
disappointing. Over all I am going to give it 3. Not to bad
but not great.
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