Much as I love Thank You God
, (I first accepted Jesus into my heart with that episode. Anyone else have that experience?) it sadly can't be used as the Golden Standard for AIO Thanksigivings. For one things, there's the problem of the character Rodney. This is something of an inevitable AIO incongruity with the Odyssey that later came to be, there can only ever be one Rodney in the Odyssey universe. (And that
Rodney doesn't sound mysteriously like Monty and Digger.) Then there's the non-ill Agnes. It may seem wrong to say this, but one might easily prefer this episode if Agnes were ill. In a sense, it's a treasure to see this clearheaded Agnes. On the other hand, we know nothing about her. (Are there any other episodes like this where we see her in her right mind outside of Nova Com?) It's not this Agnes, but the Agnes who thinks Mrs. Shanks is her Mother we all know and love.
The biggest problem though is this: most of the story has nothing to do with Thanksgiving!
It's a peek into Whit's past. Which is always lovely, but couldn't the flashbacks have occurred during Thanksgiving? Wouldn't that have tied Whit's past in more directly with the holiday? Instead, it's all rather random. The only connection to Thanksgiving in the blashbacks is that they are about being content, which is indeed the point, but where is the festivity
Now for all this, it does have some enjoyable jokes, the story about Whit's stepmother is movingly beautiful, and the scenes with the AIO gang of the time enjoying Thanksgiving are delightful. It is a very lovely and well done classic, but while this episode will always be special, it is sadly just not the go-to Thanksgiving episode.
I prefer the energy, charm and wit of a Thankstaking story. We get to see Connie freaking, Eugene playing his ukelele, Whit narrating, and Jay and Wooton being amusing. Wally Haggler is enjoyable, and Harlo makes a surprise appearance. And at least this time, everything is centered on celebrating Thanksgiving. Plus, who can resist the Odyssey characters spoofing other kiddy holiday shorts? Jay as Burgomaster from Santa Is Coming to Town, Wooton as Winter from The Year Without Santa Clause, the Abominable Turkey (a spoof perhaps on the Abominable Snowman from Rudolph) the "Great Bumpkin" ("He'll be here. Just wait, you'll see!") and of course, the entire thing is a spoof on Seuss. It's so irresistible.
So this is the episode me and my siblings anticipate every thanksgiving as much as pie.
I haven't heard all the Thanksgiving episodes, so these will be the only two I'll list. Which means it's your turn to... put on a turkey outfit and dance the fandango!
Er, I mean, talk it up.
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