One Bad Apple
|Have You No Selpurcs?||One Bad Apple||Not One of Us|
Tom Riley investigates what could be causing people to become sick from eating his apples.
Something unthinkable is happening at Whit's End. Kids are getting sick from food served there. Whit can't imagine what the cause might be, until he and Connie figure out it was a batch of apples Whit bought from Tom Riley.
Tom is having illness problems of his own, though. He thought one of his horses was down with colic, but instead it turns out to be a mild form of insecticide poisoning. When Curt Stevens informs Tom that his creek is filled with dead fish, Tom decides to launch a full-scale investigation.
He and Curt do some exploring upstream. They come across an empty barrel from Edgebiter Chemical Company lying in the middle of the creek. Further up, they discover the industrial complex that houses the Edgebiter offices. They try to get some information but end up getting the runaround. So Whit joins the investigation.
That night, the three of them examine the industrial complex more closely and discover a warehouse with an illegal drainage system that dumps into the creek. But their discovery does them little good-right then, an Edgebiter security guard catches them and takes them inside the offices. There, they confront Jerry Edgebiter himself.
Mr. Edgebiter admits that the warehouse has been illegally draining an accidental chemical spill into the creek. But he also points out that Whit, Tom, Curt, and the rest of America are quick to accuse big businesses of polluting the environment, but they hardly live up to their own responsibilities to keep the world clean. None of them recycles or conserves. They simply use things and throw them away. It is a point well taken. Both sides agree to try in the future to take better care of this planet God has loaned to us.
 Discussion Questions
- Were Whit, Tom, and Curt wrong to walk around Edgebiter after hours?
- Explain your answer.
- Do you and your family recycle?
- Why or why not?
- Why is it important to take care of our environment?
- Besides recycling, what else can you do to help?
|Dr. Baker||Richard Goodwin|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Curt Stevens||Fabio Stephens|
|Jerry Edgebiter||Richard Goodwin|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Tom Riley||Walker Edmiston|
- Curt's part in this episode was originally written for Bernard Walton, but Dave Madden was not available for recording.
- The security guard's name 'Eustace' could possibly be a C.S. Lewis reference
 QuotesCurt Stevens: You don't operate on fish do you, Doctor Baker?
Dr. Baker: Sorry, I don't. Unless they have four legs and wear a saddle.
Curt Stevens: Oh, seahorses, huh?
Jerry Edgebiter: I'm Jerry Edgebiter, I own this company. And you are John Whittaker, Tom Riley, and Curt... Um...
Curt Stevens: I'd like to remain anonymous if I may.
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