Episode Reviewed: The Case of the Disappearing Hortons (518)

Writer: Bob Hoose

Director: Bob Hoose

Production Engineer: Bob Luttrell

Music Composer: John Campbell

Original Airdate: 5/24/03

Rating (Out of 5 cones):


The Case of the Disappearing Hortons

[Episode Info]

Episode Summary: When Liz's entire family abruptly goes missing, it's up to the kids of Odyssey (and a few of their friends) to solve the case.


Theme: Accepting help from others (Galatians 6:2)

You know old guys. They just sit around all day watching people. They’ll be perfect witnesses.” [Solly Mendelson]


The Review

I love mystery episodes. They’re so mysterious in nature, and when they’re over you feel a keen sense of relief, closure, and a feeling of “What’s gonna happen next?” It’s the little mysteries in life that help to show our more mysterious sides. The Case of the Disappearing Hortons may not have been the best (nor most creative) mystery show, it did have its positive points.

I can dig that. I really liked the introduction of Jasmine, although she probably won’t be back ever again. It’s always fun to hear how the flower children from the sixties talk, and it’s sometimes fun to hear them on drama. I was surprised at how many people we were introduced to in this episode. Solly Mendelson and Irving Greenfarb were also interesting additions to the show. I must complain about them… Solly and Irving really weren’t played by old male actors. If you’re going to introduce old characters, why not just go out and get some? I hate listening to people in their forties try to imitate an old person. I’m fine with Chris Anthony’s acting as an old woman (IE: Mrs. Randolf in Welcoming Wooton and For the Fun of It), but any others I’ve heard just don’t have the art. I could tell that Paul Herlinger played one of the old men, and the other was played by Alex’s dad. Yucky… and yes, I still use the word “yucky.” Only when things are yucky.

It’s just too bad that the writers run out of ideas once they get to 500 episodes in the making. The Case of the Disappearing Hortons really paralleled A Game of Compassion quite a bit in that the characters were ashamed of what happened and were too afraid to ask for help. The stories were different, the message the same. So go out and ask for help. People will help you.

I believe it was Solly who constantly said, “What’s happened to the youth of America?” I like that a lot because it is so true in our day and age. Just look around. Over the years each generation has really been going downhill, and that steady course isn’t leveling out yet. It’s only getting steeper. (Note: Solly wasn’t referring to the downgrade of American morals. He was referring to something else.)

Aside from Liz’s constant, unrealistic, everyone-feel-sorry-for-me diary entries, I can’t complain about this episode that much. The title isn’t the best of choices, but as long as the content is able to make up for the name. What’s in a name, anyway?


The Rating

It’s definitely an interesting episode, quite a mystery that isn’t meant to be really mysterious. This type of mystery show should actually go in a category with Heatwave. I give The Case of the Disappearing Hortons 3 out of 5 cones.

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