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August 8: Bringing Up Dads – Secret Word #8

August 7th, 2009

Congratulations on entering this week’s secret word! Now, enjoy your prize: another episode from the Family Portraits series called You’re Not Gonna Believe This…!

As a test “prequel” to Adventures in Odyssey, Family Portraits showed off the town of Odyssey and its citizens. However, several changes were made between Family Portraits and Adventures in Odyssey. Today’s episode was later re-written into another Adventures in Odyssey episode titled “It Sure Seems Like It To Me.”

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123 Comments on “August 8: Bringing Up Dads – Secret Word #8”

  • Janie Nieman on August 7th, 2009 - 7:07am


    I love this odyssey! I think it is so funny about the bubble hat, the banshee roars, and the belly flops. I think all of the Washington odysseys are so good!

  • cinnamonrose on August 7th, 2009 - 7:27am


    Awesome episode! Thanks guys!

  • Mercy on August 7th, 2009 - 9:23am


    This is MY FAVORITE WASHINGTON EPISODE!!! Hey,what have all of you been doing this summer??

  • IS on August 7th, 2009 - 9:26am


    Haha, this has to be the wrst Family Portraits episode, but thanks for sharing!

  • Harpazo on August 7th, 2009 - 9:40am


    I like the idea of a bubble hat,someone ought to make bubble hats one of these days. =)

  • Libby on August 7th, 2009 - 10:14am


    i <3 adventures in odyessy! I LOVE GOD!

  • Hadassah on August 7th, 2009 - 10:27am


    That Was So Awsome!Keep Up The Great Work.*Sincerly Hadassah*

  • Latishia on August 7th, 2009 - 10:41am


    I think that was th best.

  • butterfly on August 7th, 2009 - 10:52am


    I like this episode because it brings a father and a daughter together. I think relationships are important!

  • clh737 on August 7th, 2009 - 1:16pm


    Cool! I can’t wait for next week…

  • realMarizona on August 7th, 2009 - 1:39pm


    Hey, are you calling me funny for doing belly flops and yelling “CANNONBALL!” when I go off the high dive? JK, I love this Odyssey too!

  • Josiejess on August 7th, 2009 - 1:49pm


    This was so funny! They even had to pull over for the bubble hat! Haha!

  • Josiejess on August 7th, 2009 - 2:18pm


    The belly flop was pretty funny, too.

  • Janice on August 7th, 2009 - 2:26pm


    i love this episode it the best.. i cant wait till next week!!!

  • andi(GIRL) on August 7th, 2009 - 3:38pm


    i love this secret word game

  • andi(GIRL) on August 7th, 2009 - 3:39pm


    (: (:(:

  • sv on August 7th, 2009 - 3:42pm


    i luv AIO.
    i luv listening free episodes!!!!

  • Heidi on August 7th, 2009 - 7:12pm


    I think it is interesting that most of the family portraits episodes i have heard sound like other episodes that odyssey has made.

  • Lauren on August 7th, 2009 - 7:44pm


    mine is too andi(girl)!

  • MOLLY on August 7th, 2009 - 11:17pm


    I love the bringing up dads episode!!!!!!!!! i can kinda relate to that. But o luv my dad!!!!!!!!:D

  • AShley on August 8th, 2009 - 6:27am


    I enjoy listening to free episodes and the secret word contest.

  • horse girl on August 8th, 2009 - 8:11am


    this is such a cool contest. I luv this episode, it’s the best Washington Family episode yet!

  • Josiah on August 8th, 2009 - 8:42am


    Ha Ha Ha! This guy is funny. I have a dad just like that. He may be a pastor, but SILLY AND Fun. A good puppet script writer. He’s COOL!

  • Nevada on August 8th, 2009 - 8:54am


    I love the Washington family.They are such a Godly family.This summer I went swimming cause when your in Texas you have to go swimming.I rode horses.And helped my Mom,One things for sure i never have a summer vacation.I do homeshcooling all year round.I want to finish School.

  • Belinda on August 8th, 2009 - 8:55am


    I love this episode, its so funny, but I never had this problem with my dad!!

  • Jenneniah on August 8th, 2009 - 9:02am


    This is so cool. I wonder how long until the new season……

  • Melissa on August 8th, 2009 - 10:27am


    THIS EPISODE was fantastic. I love roast beef too.

  • chocolate on August 8th, 2009 - 10:54am


    AIO is swo awesome! I listen to every free episode 4 times a day!

  • Isaiah on August 8th, 2009 - 11:33am


    I love odyssy!

  • h on August 8th, 2009 - 12:05pm


    That was really funny!
    I love all washington family episodes but that one and when the mailman cometh are my favorite ones

  • h on August 8th, 2009 - 12:54pm


    um.. interesting

  • kayla on August 8th, 2009 - 1:26pm


    I like how they bonded together at the endand the daghter ended up enjoying each other.

  • HMJ on August 8th, 2009 - 2:16pm


    Nice! This episode was remade later on, only using girls instead of the cousins, with some other minor changes. I like the way AIO is now, but it really is neat to hear these classic beginning shows. Thanks AIO! Keep it up!

  • Emandem11 on August 8th, 2009 - 2:43pm


    I LOVE THE BUBBLE HAT!!! Hey, what is everyone’s fave Odyssey album? Mine is #33, Virtual Realities.

  • Emandem11 on August 8th, 2009 - 2:46pm


    I am enjoying the secret word contest. I wonder if the reason they want us to keep track of the words is that there is a secret message of some type.

  • Evie m. on August 8th, 2009 - 3:15pm


    I like this Prize alot. Thanks AOL

  • joshua on August 8th, 2009 - 9:36pm


    i love the belly flops and cannonballs they are so cool i wish i could do it too

  • Shevy on August 9th, 2009 - 1:08am


    I am really enjoying these Family Portraits episodes. Thank you. I think Tamika owes her dad an appology. Are there really kids out there with no idea how blessed they are to have a Dad like Ed? I do understand the 11 year old changes Tamika portrays. I was the same way (or worse). I just don’t get the insencetivity portrayed when Dad, Ed appologizes to her. The actor playing Ed did an excellent job. I thought he was going to cry. Anyway, I loved AIO.

  • kaitlyn on August 9th, 2009 - 1:49am


    AWESOME aio has some great stories

  • zack on August 9th, 2009 - 6:42am


    i love it to but poor tamika
    but her dad is cool like me
    but i am tween

  • zack on August 9th, 2009 - 6:44am


    i love it

  • Leah on August 9th, 2009 - 6:56am


    I Like the episodes with the washingtons

  • Whit on August 9th, 2009 - 9:53am


    You know what I always say, “Normalize” the audio before posting it on the blog. It makes it much easier to listen to, and doesn’t require you to crank up the speakers.

  • sam on August 9th, 2009 - 11:28am


    Great Episode!I have 2 “BUDGIES”(Parakeets).

  • hope on August 9th, 2009 - 12:14pm


    Another good lesson to learn. Thanks, AIO crew!!!

  • Audrey on August 9th, 2009 - 12:47pm


    This episode was almost exactly like the remake, “It sure seems like it to me!” I can’t figure out which version I like best! And to Mercy, I have done almost nothing this summer, my twenty year old cousin from Arizona is staying here for the year, but that’s about it.

  • Joshua s on August 9th, 2009 - 1:45pm


    my dad and I are cool and my mom

  • Anonymous on August 9th, 2009 - 2:03pm


    lets hope my dad wont take me to the mall with a hot dog limo

  • Anonymous on August 9th, 2009 - 2:55pm


    I love all the episodes about the Washington’s! I wish they wouldn’t have stopped having the Washington’s in AIO. I think this was a cool idea to do this secret word thing. I think it is fun to listen to these episodes. Budgie is pretty crazy!!

  • j. pierpont on August 9th, 2009 - 2:57pm


    Thank you so much! I am glad you chose to bring back old shows however bad they may be. !]

  • lis on August 9th, 2009 - 3:31pm


    I thought it was very sad the way Tamika treated her dad…but aside from that…It was pretty good. “Do or diet” is one of my favs=)I like the Washington’s episodes too! My fav of the Washingtons is the one about Tamika and Marvin sneaking stuff behind their mom’s back…and how she finds out from Wooten what they did…hehe=)

  • josh on August 9th, 2009 - 5:50pm


    thats not my fav from the washingtons but i still like it it. i think my fav is mailman cometh!!!!!

  • *Liv* on August 9th, 2009 - 6:58pm


    Very Cool!!!

  • kiki on August 9th, 2009 - 7:09pm


    LOL!It is so funny my dad loves me that much too!:)and to mercy swimming at the beach! so fun

  • khhgf on August 9th, 2009 - 9:07pm


    i luv adventures in odyssey!!!! i’ve listened to most of the odysseys. this was one of the best odysseys! im listening to it right now….

  • khhgf on August 9th, 2009 - 9:11pm


    u guys pick good odysseys to listen to. i also listen to ur podcasts. could u guys… like…. put i new odyssey on the podcast. plz? (please)

  • BRENA on August 9th, 2009 - 10:12pm


    I like the episode of Tamika and her father they both ended learning a lesson that some don’t realized like Tamika’s dad didn’t realize he was embarrasing her daughter. My sister gets embarrased about things I don’t get embarrased about so I pictured Tamika more so to one of my sisters. I also like the clip I’ve heard it before. It was good.

  • chal on August 10th, 2009 - 7:43am


    That sounds neat! Audrey

  • chal on August 10th, 2009 - 7:46am


    Is Lucy related to Mr.Cutingham?(sp?)

  • khemenaya on August 10th, 2009 - 8:59am


    i <33the washingtons !!!!!
    one time eugene called marvin “master washington” i thought tha was really funny :):)
    realmarizona that is a awsome name !!!!im the real khemenaya:):) hey ya’ll are great (i mean aio ) im a tomboy:):)

  • khemenaya on August 10th, 2009 - 9:02am


    i love aio<3!! hey yall are awsome aio!
    i dont know if lucy is related 2 mr.cutingham…
    maybe its her dad or some thing like that .:):)
    bye 4 now the real khemenaya:)

  • ebony on August 10th, 2009 - 10:10am


    Great episode,taught a good lesson on family stuggles.I thought my family was the only one like that.And one day I just might wear a bubble hat.hahaha

  • Tommy on August 10th, 2009 - 11:40am


    That was a hard secret word, that was hard to spell for me

  • ZACK on August 10th, 2009 - 2:04pm



  • chal on August 10th, 2009 - 3:14pm


    Hey Nevada! I did the same stuff you did this summer!homeschooled, I went swimming, and rode horses! I love horses! I used to have one! I am going to get another one! I hope that I get one soon! We live on a farm, but my uncle had to take care of my horse because it chase our cows. I love AIO!! How old are you Nevada? I am 11.

  • debs on August 10th, 2009 - 3:18pm


    hi people who love AIO nearly as much as me,
    i love this episode. please pray for me people, i am sick.

  • chal on August 10th, 2009 - 3:18pm


    My family is just like the Washingtons!:)

  • angela on August 10th, 2009 - 3:25pm


    Awesome! I love these! Thanks for this! Minor correction though: the name of the episode it was changed to is “It Sure Seems Like It to Me” (“seems” not “seemed” – it makes a difference for folks searching for episode 44).

  • Josiejess on August 10th, 2009 - 4:23pm


    Hmm…I think this was a great lesson for families in need of understanding…

  • archibald on August 10th, 2009 - 4:38pm


    I love listening to the free episodes!
    I didn’t think Jamie sounded 14 though…

  • anna on August 10th, 2009 - 4:40pm


    I love this episode!!! it reminded me of my family!!LOL!!!! and it had a good lesson too! I love episodes with the washington family!

  • Sarah-Grace on August 10th, 2009 - 6:02pm


    Odessey rocks! Keep it up Oddessey!

  • Original joe on August 10th, 2009 - 7:30pm


    Chal and Khemenaya, Lucy was called Lucy “Cunningham” for a while. They made a little mistake and called her Lucy “Schultz.” So, they fixed it by saying in “The Truth about Zachary” that her father (Mr. Cunningham), died. Then her step-dad’s last name was Schultz, so, she became Lucy Cunningham-Schultz. So Mr. Cunningham was her father.

  • Ellie on August 11th, 2009 - 6:38am


    I love Adventures In Odyssey! AIO ROCKS!!!!!

  • elise on August 11th, 2009 - 9:36am


    I have had alot of my distant family come over this summer. I think this washington family episode is hilarious!!!! The Andrews twins are funny.

  • ken on August 11th, 2009 - 11:36am


    I like bring up dads because it was funny and it showed that every grows up one and it is hard for parents and that kids should try to respect that.

  • Lindsey S. on August 11th, 2009 - 3:44pm


    I’m sorry to hear that you’re sick. I will definitely pray that you will get better soon. What do you have? Is it the cold or flu? Get better soon!
    Lindsey S.

  • chal on August 11th, 2009 - 7:26pm


    I am sorry you are sick. I will pray for you!

  • WOWOA on August 11th, 2009 - 11:38pm



  • Hazel on August 12th, 2009 - 1:29am


    A great episode, funny and really good too relate to, especially for pre-teens like me. I also have problems with my family, but different to Tamika, so it was really good for me.
    Thank you, Adventures In Oddysey!!

  • elise on August 12th, 2009 - 5:55am


    Its so funny, I really can tell that Family Portraits episodes are older than odyssey episodes! The quality alone is ddifferent. I really enjoy them!!! :) _elise

    Hope u feel better Debs

  • kim on August 12th, 2009 - 10:11am


    I love AIO its great! The Washingtons are my favorite family. I loved the hotdog car and the roastbeef. I am homeschooled to, Nevada, and have done a lot of the same things you have done but i dont have a horse, but my dad says i can get one since we live on a farm. i love animals and the 3 horses that live in the pasture beside us love and let me pet and feed them!
    Kim :)
    P.S. I hope you feel better debs, I’ll be praying for you! :)

  • Dan on August 12th, 2009 - 11:37am


    I love adventures in odyssey!!! Its one of the greatest show alive. i love listening to it every day, since i have no school. i could listen to it for hours. everything is so funny. this show is great for pre-teens like me. this show is awesome!!! love u all.

  • Dan on August 12th, 2009 - 11:39am


    hey debs. i feel sorry for u that ur sick. get well soon

  • Platypus on August 12th, 2009 - 12:02pm


    A lot of fun! I enjoyed it. Wonderful! At least my dad isn’t like this. :) My dad is cool. 😉

  • jimmy on August 12th, 2009 - 12:36pm


    I like the episode of Tamika and her father they both ended learning a lesson that some don’t realized like Tamika’s dad didn’t realize he was embarrasing her daughter. My sister gets embarrased about things I don’t get embarrased about so I pictured Tamika more so to one of my sisters. I also like the clip I’ve heard it before. It was good. I love odyseey so much

  • jimmy on August 12th, 2009 - 12:55pm


    i love the budgie episode

  • lisa on August 12th, 2009 - 1:09pm


    I really like this episode! I also like the Family Portraits episode is good too!

  • Segan on August 12th, 2009 - 1:54pm


    this was like word for word of “It Sure Seems Like It To Me” a little dissapointing but it was fun to listen to it with different voices. I really like the Family Portraits

  • chal on August 12th, 2009 - 2:36pm


    The family portraits were kind of short.

  • chal on August 12th, 2009 - 4:08pm


    How long have you been listening to Aio?

  • emily on August 13th, 2009 - 1:10am



  • GRETS on August 13th, 2009 - 1:27am


    I really enjoy listening to the Washington family stories!

  • odysseyfreak on August 13th, 2009 - 10:32am


    that was funny! a saloon girl on a purple fire truck looking for an umbrella! malaci’s message is awesome! i can’t wait till tomarrow!

  • amarah on August 13th, 2009 - 10:55am


    love it :>

  • sofi on August 13th, 2009 - 11:05am


    I love this one.It is so funny. I love listening to The Washingtons.Adventures in Odessey is the best.

  • jo(girl) on August 13th, 2009 - 2:16pm


    free episodes yes!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i love free episodes can you put more ones up?
    I love listening to The Washingtons too.
    they’re awesome!!!
    <3 Adventures in Odessey

  • Noah on August 13th, 2009 - 11:39pm


    Sweet. Excited for Darien’s Rise. I wanna get a copy. Did you know that one of the main voices is the voice of Eugene as a kid and Everett (Leanord’s sone, Eugene’s brother). Very Cool. I like this episode. It funny! I like the bringing up Dads episode too. Btw, this summer i’ve done hardly anything, yet i’ve done a lot :-) What about evryone else?

  • Greta on August 14th, 2009 - 1:18am


    I really enjoy doing the secret word contests, they give you something to look forward to! And its so cool how you have to put in a password &then listen to bonus content!!!

  • Grets on August 14th, 2009 - 1:19am


    Adventures in odyssey are the best!!! :) :) :)

  • Anonymous on August 14th, 2009 - 8:04am


    I can’t to listen to the next Washington adveture

  • Luke on August 14th, 2009 - 8:06am


    I love the washingtons they are so funny

  • kali on August 14th, 2009 - 12:47pm


    i think i would be very embarest if i were in that family too!!

  • sakura on August 14th, 2009 - 7:17pm


    i love odessey but i can never spell it and I LOVE GOD?

  • calah on August 15th, 2009 - 10:53am


    i love adventures in odyssey! it Awsom! this was so funny my dad is alot like mr. washington but it dosent bother me. plz never stop making episodes with the washingtons.

  • Mercy on August 17th, 2009 - 12:02pm


    Maybe, but I think you might be more happy to have such a caring,loving family!!!

  • gracie-anne on August 17th, 2009 - 3:45pm


    it was nice

  • Nevada on August 18th, 2009 - 12:12pm


    Hi,my name is Nevada. I love and Adore AIO. I love and appreite you Mr.Hobbler for what you are doing.I love All the things that AIO has for me and my Family.God bless NEVADA

  • cHRISTI on August 19th, 2009 - 10:36am


    This was great! I’ve felt like this a few times with both my parents, and this was really good for me! Thanks!

  • Nevada on August 21st, 2009 - 9:57am


    I am 14.I loved the hotdog car.LOL.I have a Arabain White horse.His name is Luke.I have or our family has a 1,ooo acre Ranch.I love the podcast.As all ways NEVADA

  • LL on August 21st, 2009 - 1:47pm


    I like this one but can’t relate.

  • Leah kathryn on August 22nd, 2009 - 2:33pm


    I must agree with LL. I am not embarrased or ashamed of my dear father. He is great, and the best dad ever! God chose the perfect parents for me! :-)

    I am very, very blessed!

    the Original L.K.

  • orig.khem on August 26th, 2009 - 6:05pm


    I must have to agree with LL and original L.K. I am not ashamed of my dad either.Well my dad has never had a hotdog car.Instead he got a dunebuggy and a couple of dirt bikes.Dunebuggyss are awsome!I still haven’t gotten to ride in it yet but i can drive it ! Cant wait to ride or drive it.

    :) orig.khemenaya :)

  • meg on August 29th, 2009 - 8:40am


    I like that episod! Cool!

  • meg on August 29th, 2009 - 8:41am


    Adventures and odyssey Rock! I listen to them every night!

  • Shannon on September 1st, 2009 - 11:21am


    Someone should make a hot dog car! How cool!

  • madison on September 3rd, 2009 - 10:32am


    hey i LOVE this story!

  • carah on September 12th, 2009 - 1:30pm


    I love this episode this is the best washington episode yet! I love all the odysseys with the washington family, kelly, and the strausburg family. The hotdog car is so funny I really like it! well got 2 go now. ttyl!

  • JULie on September 26th, 2009 - 3:01pm


    I like this episode

  • Anonymous on May 7th, 2011 - 7:09pm


    cool. can u post other odyssey usa, officer harley, family potraits, or unreleases episodes? thanks.
    Ps. episodes like harley takes the case, the return of harley, do unto others, and gotcha

  • Sing For Joy on January 4th, 2013 - 12:21pm


    Does anyone even remember about this?

  • Yelsew on February 13th, 2013 - 10:05am


    I do. 😉

  • abigail on March 27th, 2013 - 6:01pm


    i have the cd date with dad i listen to it whenever i can i love adventures in odyssey it is soooooooooo awesome
    i loooooove it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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