"An Agreeable Nanny"
ratings are based on a 5 star scale unless otherwise noted.
Review by T.S.
The reviewer of this episode ( I'm assuming
its Jacob Isom) summed up my views fairly well, but I felt
that I could expand on some of the points. As for the
characters being wild and chaotic, I agree. But I have three
younger siblings, around the same ages as Olivia, Matthew,
and Camilla (12, 9, and 5). I babysit them quite frequently,
and I feel qualified to share my position.
Frankly, I thought the events of their night were portrayed
quite well. Don't get me wrong, my siblings wouldn't act
like the Parker children did on any normal night, but that
is exactly my point. This was not a normal day for the
Parker family. Since when had AiO made episodes involving
normal people in normal events during their normal days? If
they wanted to do this, no one would listen to their show!
Now back to the Parker children. While their actions were
childish and irresponsible, the events of the night
definitely could have happened. My siblings would not act
that way on a normal night, but you wouldn't believe our
stories about our abnormal ones.
When babysitting, it is important to watch out for the
snowball effect. One thing leads to another, and events
occur quickly. For an inexperienced babysitter, I could see
things getting out of hand very quickly. I didn't find this
part of the episode unrealistic. However, and unfortunately,
I did find the ending entirely unbelievable.
Next, I want to farther address Maria. Why, in Jacob's
words, would they include a 'surprise ending'. It makes
absolutely no sense. Who would go to the trouble of hiring
an actress to babysit their kids? Why the fake British
accent? Why even exemplify the babysitter character
whatsoever? Instead of a weak attempt at humor/interesting
plot, why not use that time to address the consequences of
our actions even farther, including direct Scripture or Mr.
Parker's personal experience. This would deepen his
character and bring more purpose to the show.
Finally, I feel driven to address the issue of the shows'
lessons. Many have complained as they feel that Adventures
in Odyssey episodes have lacked in their lessons. However, I
feel that the issue is much deeper than that. AiO still
includes morals. A character sums up the episode with (more
or less) " The lesson we learned today is _____." True, they
at least include these morals, but they are flat, two
dimensional, without heart or meaning. Think of an Aesops
fable. Each short story is outlined by a basic principle.
They are clear, concise, and well organized. If AiO sticks
with shallow morals, I sincerely hope that they include
these qualities. Actually, I could care less whether AiO
includes lessons or morals. They can go so much deeper than
that. Instead of summing up the show with (for example) "be
responsible", remember how Mr. Whittaker used to build on a
short phrase like that? He would share his godly wisdom with
us, not simply admonishing us for a poor choice, but
explaining WHY it was wrong, HOW we should have instead
acted, and WHAT we should do to make amends. He would take
direct Scripture, break it down, and really explain WHERE we
should go from there. The "lesson" of this show was shallow,
and didn't leave me with the enlightenment from old albums I
have come to enjoy. Please don't get me wrong. I truly enjoy
AiO, and that is why I have shared my beliefs. Adventures in
Odyssey can do so much better. The Parkers will probably
never attain the status of the Barclays or the Jacobs, but
they can help us to better understand the nature and will of
God in the meantime.
Review by Candy Cane
I liked it. I love Brittish accents. They are
awesome. The nanny twist really got me. But I didn't know
the Parker children were so-well immature.. But it was
Review by Cbriggs45 (Town
this ep made me laugh and think..
i love the parker family. i think for me they are slowly
becoming my favorite family from odyssey.
"i dont like sugar that much, maybe a spoonful at most." lol
the twist at the end even caught me off guard...
but this ep had a lot of funny parts that kept me locked in.
even tho i was driving when i heard it (i own the album)
this is a ep i can listen to over and over 4 out of five
Review by Sapphire (Town of
I enjoyed this episode. It wasn't my
favorite, but it was still good. I give it four stars out of
Review by Marvin D. (Town
(out of 10)
So the Parker's get a nanny! First
impression: A nanny? Eww. I don't like that word. But I
can't think of another word either. Oh well. We'll just
leave it at that..
Did anybody else get reminded of "Grandma's Visit" while
listening to this episode? Well, I did. And if root beer is
their regular, wouldn't it have been the regular back then?
Now, if you have listened to the OAIOP, you would have known
that the babysitter was played by the actress who played
Gloria McCoy. Lights might have flashed when you heard her
British accent? That might have signaled you off. And the
fact that Maria/Charlotte didn't make a big deal about what
Matthew did or even Camilla's movie. But seriously. Jurassic
Park of Aliens (I think)? What was she thinking?! But, I
really laughed when she was screaming. I started laughing,
Jake started laughing, Tina started screaming, so it was
This episode had a weaker moral to it, almost like a
tossed-in one. A little like the Blackgaard saga, perhaps?
Where not all episodes had much of a moral. However, it was
still an enjoyable episode, that was slightly predictable,
if you knew the clues.
Review by Joanne (Town of
Wow! This was a very fun episode, I ended up
giving it 3/5 stars.
I agree with Marvin, it did remind me a lot of Grandma's
Visit. While that wasn't necessarily bad, it did sound
rather redundant. The episode overall was pretty funny and
had some fun scenarios. I however, got kind of bored. It
seemed to me that they went from one funny gag to another
and the episode didn't have much of a point. Other than Hope
L. all the actors did a good job. Sydney does a great job as
Camilla and the part with her screaming was very funny.
Review by DanP740 (Town of
Woot for a funny episode that kept me
interested. The kids' voices are annoying as always, and I
went "arg" when the "British nanny" arrived, but still...
Review by Laura Ingalls
(Town of Odyssey)
I thought this episode was just
average...nothing too exciting, and not really horrible
either. I thought the thing thrown in right at the very end
of Maria being an actress from the local theater company was
odd and unnecessary. Saying that they had told the
babysitter to let the kids make their own choices was one
thing - but hiring an actress with a fake British accent?
That's a little far-fetched for me...
Review by The Kings
Daughter (Town of Odyssey)
I love this episode.
The characters were played wonderfully! I mean, face it,
only a boy would try to wash dishes with a hose. Ahem, I'm
sorry. It's a nice episode at the start of a most likely
long day. Mr. Whittaker was nicely played if I'll ever get
used to his voice, he listened to what happened and then
gave advice like Whit does. Something that seemed a little
stretched was, what ordinary family would hire an actress to
test their children? I mean, it made the episode work out
really nicely, but it just seem a little strange. And I'm
kind of disappointed that 'Maria' is actually just a normal
actress, I loved her voice from the start and was wishing
she would appear in other episodes. Another reason I like
this episode was the kids didn't do anything REALLY
extraordinary. They acted like regular kids who get into
some trouble when they think their old enough for something
and make a mess of things. And in the end they saw their
fault. This is going on my MP3 player when I get one.
Review by Wooton Blagard
(Town of Odyssey)
I overall Liked this episode. I thought the
things Matthew tried to do were so funny, and the line at
the end "If i would of known that I would of tried allot of
other things" just tied the whole thing up! I also loved the
nanny twist at the end where she said she wasn't British!
She had me fooled!
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