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Ask the Washingtons!

April 7th, 2009

The Washington Family

The Washington Family

We’ll be interviewing the actors who play all four Washington family members. If you could ask them any question, what would you ask them? Tell us in the comments below and we’ll choose a few when we talk with them!

UPDATE: We had our interview with the wonderful Washington actors and we’ll be sharing it with you this summer. Thank you for all the questions you submitted! (And don’t worry…they answered the snowflakes question!)

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136 Comments on “Ask the Washingtons!”

  • K1 on March 27th, 2009 - 12:57pm


    Have any of you ever had an experience like the Washingtons did in “Sunday Morning Scramble”? Have you ever been late/early to church on a time-change day? (Why o why couldn’t they have picked Saturdays?!)

  • DS on March 29th, 2009 - 7:37am


    How long have you been acting,and how did you get started.

  • pk on March 30th, 2009 - 5:31pm


    Are your characters like you in real life?

  • JO on April 7th, 2009 - 6:38pm


    What was it like when Kelly came?

  • dbd on April 8th, 2009 - 7:37am


    Would you really make a cheese cake too have for dessert when you have your pastors’ over?

  • kaitlin on April 8th, 2009 - 10:34am


    i have always wanted to do something like you do. i wish i could act out a character. i like Tamika. i like to write my own music two. i found out that she does too in “the chosen one”. is it fun to act out your characters?

  • XobEo on April 8th, 2009 - 11:25am


    Does Marvin have a wii,Xbox360,PSP,PS2,PS3,or Plays his Games on the Computer? Does Tamika own a hair dryer? How many levels does Alean Destroyers have?

  • KARL on April 8th, 2009 - 11:56am


    Will the Washingtons leave Odyssey next season? If so, will Kelly still be around? I want to se if she will reconcile with her mom.

  • drew on April 8th, 2009 - 11:58am


    Have any of you ever been to a deserted western town like Tin Flats? If so, what did you do.

  • XobEo on April 8th, 2009 - 12:04pm


    Do the Washingtons live in a neighborhood or in more “out of townish”?

  • XobEo on April 8th, 2009 - 12:06pm


    Has Marvin Ever Eaten a Taco? If so will ever eat one again?

  • hMESCHOOLCHK on April 8th, 2009 - 12:22pm


    Are the Washingtons ready for DTV?

  • lindsey s. on April 8th, 2009 - 12:45pm


    Who is older, Marvin or Tamika? Tamika always acts in charge but then sometimes Marvin seems to be the one in charge instead.

  • jENnifer on April 8th, 2009 - 12:46pm


    (For Courtney Brown) Are you a singer in real life and like Tamika, do you make up your own songs?

  • henry B. on April 8th, 2009 - 2:03pm


    What was your favorite show that you guys were in?

  • Emma c. on April 8th, 2009 - 2:24pm


    How come Marvin hasn’t played a really serious role since “Something’s Got to Change”? Lately he’s simply been comic relief and I’ve missed his serious side.

  • hOSANNA on April 8th, 2009 - 2:26pm


    I am REALLY sad you guys are leaving…I have to say that you are one of my FAVORITE odyssey families…and I am very disappointed that they are taking your out. I want to know about the older Washington boy. I can find any episodes with him in it..where did you come up with the idea to have a son that is aways a way. Why are they taking you out of the show? I love you guys, you have given me alot of lessons that I can use in real life. Thanks a ton.
    PLLEEAASSEE COME BACK because I love you guys

  • Sarah on April 8th, 2009 - 2:27pm


    How long have you all been acting together and are you all really close?

  • ashley on April 8th, 2009 - 2:40pm


    why are you leaving? my whole family laughs when we listen to you guys!

  • Miss madison on April 8th, 2009 - 3:15pm


    Hi! The Washington’s are my favorite family in Odyssey!! I am a big big fan. I was wondering two things. One, how old are the characters? Is Kelly still ten?
    Two, If you could each describe one an others characters in one word, what would it be?
    Thanks, and you guys all ROCK!!!
    Much thanks,
    ~Miss Madison~

  • jessica on April 8th, 2009 - 3:43pm


    Do you have a favorite episode that you aren’t in? Where are you all from?

  • Alden on April 8th, 2009 - 4:52pm


    In your mind, based on you, how many times do you think Wooton would need to “come over” ( As in ” The Mailman Cometh”)

  • Jenna D. on April 8th, 2009 - 5:07pm


    (this question has nothing to do with the washintons) Why didn’t you air the second part to “The Highest Stakes”! You left everyone hanging from a limb! Pllllleeeaaaasssse re-air it soon!?!
    Dear Janna, The second part will air this weekend. 🙂

  • Jenna D. on April 8th, 2009 - 5:09pm


    I love Mr. and Mrs. Washington!(Duh, of course I love Tamika and Marvin to…and Xavier). I’m going to miss you guys!

  • Anonymous on April 8th, 2009 - 5:17pm


    Are there going to be episodes of Adventures in Odessey when Marvin and Tamika are teens?

  • Nathan on April 8th, 2009 - 5:19pm


    Will there be episodes when Marvin and Tamika are teens?

  • reanna on April 8th, 2009 - 5:40pm



  • Sam on April 8th, 2009 - 5:43pm


    Did you any of you ever work together in a different show?

  • Nancy on April 8th, 2009 - 5:44pm


    what happened to kelly? there are hardly any stories with her and the washingtons.

  • TA418 on April 8th, 2009 - 6:45pm


    Courtney Brown, would you like to ride in a hot dog car?

  • Chels! on April 8th, 2009 - 7:00pm


    Is your famly life anything like what’s on the show? Because in the show, you all seem to have lots of fun – even with all the family problems and conflicts. Does this resemble any of your families in any way?

  • Mandy on April 8th, 2009 - 7:37pm


    Why are ya’ll leaving? I luv you guys!

  • Puppeteer on April 8th, 2009 - 8:23pm


    Do you really react to coffee the way you did in “The Mailman Cometh”?

    Also, if you were in a band, would you call yourselves “The Coolest Dogs”? If not, what would you call yourselves?

  • Dan on April 8th, 2009 - 9:06pm


    What happened to Xavier? Did he go back to live with his mom? How long did he stay with the Washingtons? What’s Marvin going to do after he graduates?

  • tiffany on April 9th, 2009 - 12:28am


    hey im from new zealand.have you ever had an episode where you go to another country that the washingtons were in!? please can u sell episodes in new zealand? i want them sooooo badly

  • Bryan on April 9th, 2009 - 1:59am


    How much do you think your characters are based off your own personality?

  • Tim on April 9th, 2009 - 6:56am


    Can each of you tell us a funny moment or blooper that happened to you while recording? I like that kind of stuff!

  • Julie on April 9th, 2009 - 7:22am


    What are your favorite memories from recording Adventures in Odyssey episodes as a family?

  • Jake on April 9th, 2009 - 7:39am


    How did one of you feel when the Adventures in Odyssey producers asked you to be on the show?

    P. S. Maybe the actor who played Marvin could be asked this question?

  • Anonymous on April 9th, 2009 - 7:56am


    0ther than Eugene Meltsner marvin was my favorite.

  • Lydia on April 9th, 2009 - 7:59am


    Did you ever listen to the Adventures in Odyssey program before you became actors on it? Did you like it? Or did it not become thrillingly, dazzlingly wonderful until you started acting on it?

  • Cathy on April 9th, 2009 - 8:06am


    Would you care to explain the “snowflake” incident?

  • Belinda on April 9th, 2009 - 8:22am


    First of all I want to say that I have enjoyed the Washington Family a lot. They always have good lessons in the stories they are in for the family’s and they are funny to boot. I would like to know why the Washington’s are leaving and was this the writers idea or is someone in the family going? I’ll miss you all and thanks for all you guys have done to put on a great show. That goes for everyone!!

  • Lo on April 9th, 2009 - 11:17am


    Kendre, when you came on the show to replace Jordan Calloway did you do anything to try to sound like him at all or did you just use your natural voice?

    Have any of you ever played any other roles on Odyssey other than the Washngtons? (background voices, minor characters, . . . etc.)

  • Lydia on April 9th, 2009 - 11:24am


    Why are you leaving!I love your family. I like Kelly’s situation. Can you do a episode with them leaving Odyessy instead of us just never hearing from them agian? I would really like you to do that.And another thing can you ask the family what there favorite episode is? And I would like to here what happens to Kelly. And what happens to “Whits End” Consville? And another thing I don’t like it when you leave us like you did in “The Highest Stakes”. I am pretty mad. (Just kidding) By

  • Elijah on April 9th, 2009 - 11:25am


    I was wondering why the Washingtons almost never see Wooton?

    P.S. You all did a great job thanks for putting on a great show.I think the chosen one parts1&2 was great I also think it was great that you incorporated foster children into your regular program it will be a great encourgement for foster children. Thanks!

  • MADDIE on April 9th, 2009 - 11:38am


    I am praying for you. Thank you for having such an impact on adventures in odyssey.I will miss the Washingtons.

  • Emily on April 9th, 2009 - 12:10pm


    Hey, what ever happened to your oldest son. We never met him 🙁

  • Danita on April 9th, 2009 - 12:15pm


    My question is: What have you learned from playing your character that relates to real life (i.e. Courtney Brown, how has playing a sister on Odyssey helped you be a better sister in your own family)? Thanks, Washingtons! 🙂

  • Lindsey S. on April 9th, 2009 - 12:27pm


    (For Courtney Brown and Kendre Berry). How old are you in real life, when did you start working on AIO, and do either one of you play musical instruments like on the show?

  • AMS on April 9th, 2009 - 12:34pm


    What is your favorite episode that you didn’t act in?

  • chris on April 9th, 2009 - 12:39pm


    To Kendre and Courtney: Do either of you have any siblings, and if so, how did that influence your performance behind the microphone? To Mark and J. Karen: What are some of the projects you’re currently working on?

  • Sidney on April 9th, 2009 - 12:53pm


    Why are the washingtons going away?

  • SAM on April 9th, 2009 - 1:05pm


    Will Marvin ever fall in love? Or will Tamika? Or will they make some new friends, such as a kid named Sam?

  • Erica on April 9th, 2009 - 1:30pm



  • Audrey on April 9th, 2009 - 2:43pm


    If you could switch places with any Odyssey character (besides your own) which would it be? Please explain why.

  • NINJACHICK on April 9th, 2009 - 2:54pm


    How old are all of you?

  • Sam on April 9th, 2009 - 3:56pm


    who will marvin and tamika marry?????????????

  • Joel on April 9th, 2009 - 4:11pm


    What is the ‘snow-flake’ incident?

  • Joel on April 9th, 2009 - 4:12pm


    What other programs(not Odyssey) have the actors played in?
    I know the old Marvin is on ‘That’s So Raven’.

  • Logan on April 9th, 2009 - 4:37pm


    What do you like the most about Adventures in Odyssey?

  • pk on April 9th, 2009 - 6:05pm


    What other things have you done?And as a side note,my mom like the Washingtons and Wooton the best.I think that you’re better than the Bachleys.

  • eC on April 9th, 2009 - 9:04pm


    How old are Marvin & Tamika? Sometimes it seems like Tamika is older, but sometimes it seems like Marvin is. So which is it??

    P.S- Marvin is one of my most Favourite characters!!!!
    P.S 2- What happened to Xavier???????????????

  • Jeesica on April 10th, 2009 - 5:54am


    If the Washingtons were to adopt a child (boy or Girl, what would the personality be? Christian or nonchristian? Name? Do you think Tamika and Marvin would be happy about this new change, or would they freak out?

    P.S. That joke from a couple podcasts ago about the pregnant duck and the one G thingey was HILARIOUS!!!!

  • Melissa on April 10th, 2009 - 6:21am


    What do you like the most about the Washingtons? What have you learned from playing the Washingtons?

    P.S. I love your episodes!!!!!!!

  • Emalie on April 10th, 2009 - 9:01am


    What was it like when Kelly came? How long did she stay?

  • Xobeo on April 10th, 2009 - 10:31am


    Will you tell us more about the new families coming in Album 51? 🙂

  • K4 on April 10th, 2009 - 11:28am


    I would also really really like to know whether Marvin or Tamika is older! “The Mailman Cometh” is one of my favorite episodes!

  • Lindsey S. on April 10th, 2009 - 11:35am


    What in the world happened with the “snowflake” incident?!
    My entire family loves that episode and we’re all dying to know! Also what is going to happen to Kelly when the Washingtons leave Odyssey?

  • ElishEVA on April 10th, 2009 - 12:00pm


    When you grow up, what is your favorite color, book, and movie?

  • JMD on April 10th, 2009 - 12:08pm


    If you could live in any town, what would it be? THE WASHINGTONS ARE LEAVING?!?!?!?!?!? Why? They are one of my favorite families!!! Side note: Marvin is older than Tamika (I think.)

  • JMD on April 10th, 2009 - 12:10pm


    One more question: What is your favorite episode that you have been in? Ones you have not been in?

  • LEXI on April 10th, 2009 - 1:07pm


    I LOVE ODYSSEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jenna D. on April 10th, 2009 - 1:24pm


    Are there any other episodes that mention “the cool dogs”? I listened to the background music that they sometimes play while brian dern is talking, but I never heard it, or anywhere else for that matter.

  • jenna d. on April 10th, 2009 - 1:26pm


    THANK YOU FOR ARING THE SECOND PART TO “Highest Stakes”!!! I LOVE Adventures in Odyssey!! 🙂

  • Sam on April 10th, 2009 - 1:35pm


    Yes, Whatever happened to Xavier? It’s like he just disappered!

  • Molly on April 10th, 2009 - 2:29pm


    Have you always been a fan of odyssey?


  • Siera on April 10th, 2009 - 3:15pm


    IN real life is the person who plays tamika musical?

  • Mercy on April 10th, 2009 - 5:44pm


    First, PLEASE don’t let the Washingtons leave! Second, where do the actors/actresses live/come from? Third, what is Mr. Washington’s job? he’s worked at Whits End and in connellsville and has worked with toys,but what is his real job!?!?

    P.S. what is the snowflake incident????
    they talk about it in the whole episode called ‘Sunday Morning Scramble’ BUT WHAT IS IT??!! I really want to know! It sounds SO funny!!!

  • cassie on April 11th, 2009 - 8:29am


    Please tell us what is the “snowflake incident”? It sounds really funny! What is the Washington family’s favorite episode? What is the one they had the most trouble with? What do they think was the funniest?

  • Casroline on April 11th, 2009 - 8:30am


    What i want to know is how you came up with the Washington’s in the first place? Why did you come up with them and what were some events that lead up to them being created? What is it like to work with the actors that make up the Washington’s?

  • Joel on April 11th, 2009 - 9:49am


    Will the Washingtons ever be coming back?

  • Joel on April 11th, 2009 - 9:52am


    How old are Tamika and Marvin?

  • pC on April 11th, 2009 - 10:02am


    i love Sunday morning Scramble!

  • pC on April 11th, 2009 - 10:05am


    Did Bart get sick after eating the fish in “Sunday Morning Scramble”?

  • JMD on April 11th, 2009 - 11:04am


    Please tell us about the new families!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mariah on April 11th, 2009 - 11:41am


    Wow, I have so many questions, but I’ll ask ask a few.
    One: What is the snowflake accident?
    Two: Who is Antoine?
    Three: Are some of the Washington’s remotely related.
    Four: Will Kelly ever be reunited with her mother.
    Five: When will the Washingtons officially adopt Kelly?

  • SARAH!!! on April 11th, 2009 - 2:42pm


    Will the Washingtons stay in Odyssey??? I really hope so! I love hearing all of their adventures that has happened to them ! 🙂

  • sARAH on April 11th, 2009 - 2:46pm


    are you ever going to adopt a new kid

  • Jenna D. on April 11th, 2009 - 3:40pm


    You guys kept your word about the second part to “The Highest Stakes” aring this weekend. BUT It WON’T PLAY! Whenever I click on it it just says,uh, I think something like “this file cannot be found”. PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,fix it soon!!!
    Don’t worry. We’ll have it up and running tomorrow. Our apologies for not having the show up this weekend!

  • alex on April 11th, 2009 - 4:25pm


    i’m dying to know!!!
    oh,one more thing.why did you leave oddessy and will you come back?

  • natalya on April 11th, 2009 - 6:29pm


    What is the snowflake accident that was mentioned in Sunday morning scramble?

  • david on April 11th, 2009 - 6:42pm


    What is the “snowflake incident”?
    When will Kelly and her mother reconcile?
    Who are the new families coming in album 51?

  • Marissa on April 11th, 2009 - 8:54pm


    First of all I want to say that you are my FAVORITE family that has ever been in Adventures in Odyssey!!! You guys are hilarious!!! Awsome job with the acting!!! Was there ever a funny moment or a neat memory that you have when you were recording together?

  • TA418 on April 12th, 2009 - 1:16am


    The Washingtons live on Sycamore Ln. with the Rathbones, the Straussburgs, Wooton, Mrs. Randolph, and Mrs. Galaway for sure.

  • Joe on April 12th, 2009 - 5:37am


    I know the Washington’s have an oldest son named Antoine, but I have only heard him mentioned a few times. Is he in any episode? What happened to him?

  • samantha on April 12th, 2009 - 5:42am


    WHAT IS THE SNOW FALKE ACCIDENT?(sunday morning scramble)
    i still don’t understand, is savior related to them?
    how old are all of them washigton family in real life and on the show?
    are marvin and tamika twins?
    and they should get a pet!!!!

  • Liz on April 12th, 2009 - 6:44am


    I love The Washingtons!

  • RR on April 12th, 2009 - 9:29am


    Are the Washingtons going to leave? I hope not. 🙁

  • caroline on April 12th, 2009 - 12:06pm


    Do you have any advice for young actors or actresses?

  • Mara on April 12th, 2009 - 12:13pm


    Where will the Washingtons go?

  • hannah on April 12th, 2009 - 12:31pm


    why are there names washington?

  • hannah on April 12th, 2009 - 12:32pm


    how old is mr.washington?

  • anonymous on April 12th, 2009 - 3:31pm


    i want to hear about the snow flake incident too!

  • janelle on April 12th, 2009 - 3:35pm


    What is the Washington’s snowflake story? It sounds very interesting!!! Thank-you!!! God bless you.

  • Emily on April 12th, 2009 - 4:15pm


    How old is tamika?
    Does the staff at the station get snacks?

  • Lil on April 12th, 2009 - 5:20pm


    First: I am going to miss all of you.
    Second: I have a question for all of you. I know you love all of the writers, actors, ect.But has one person seemed very special to you?
    Third: This is for Courtney. Is your personality in the show anything like your real one?

  • jillian on April 12th, 2009 - 5:21pm


    does tamika like to cook

  • RR on April 12th, 2009 - 6:13pm


    What is Ed’s full first name?

  • sARAH on April 12th, 2009 - 8:01pm


    I want to know what Ed’s full name is too!

  • TJ on April 12th, 2009 - 10:06pm


    Do the cool dogs ever air again? And can Wooten play camp town races on the electric guitar?

  • Rachel on April 12th, 2009 - 10:58pm


    First off, I love you guys and really hate to see you go! Second, how did it feel to be the first African American family (characters) in Odyssey?

  • rebekka on April 13th, 2009 - 4:20am


    hi im a big fan from finland and i was wondering, 1st, do u have (marvin and tamikas actors) siblings, and if so, how does it feel to act as marvin/tamikas sibling and then go home and have ur real siblings? isnt it Confusing? does it make ur relationships better or worse with your real families? Adventures in Oddyssey is the BEST radio drama ever!! i have over 50 CDs and i listen to them on th einternet cuz they dont come on the radio here =)

  • Samuel on April 13th, 2009 - 5:34am


    Hi (This comment has nothing to do with the Washingtons,in fact it’s about the Barkleys sorta) Im a big Odyssey fan!!!!!!!!! But i live in bermuda and i thought it was cool that the barkeys freinds went to bermuda in “best vacation ever”!!!!!!!

  • jana on April 13th, 2009 - 6:00am


    1.HOW OLD IS TAMIKA? 2.What is the “snowflake incident”?
    3.The Highest Stakes” aring this weekend. BUT It WON’T PLAY! Whenever I click on it it just says,uh, I think something like “this file cannot be found”. PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,fix it soon!!! 4.Do you have any advice for young actors or actresses? 5.and they should get a pet!!!! 6.IN real life is the person who plays tamika musical? 7.DOES TAMIKA BABYSIT?
    Who are the new families coming in album 51?

  • Heather on April 13th, 2009 - 7:39am


    Has Marvin gotten over his car sickness problem yet?

  • baldwin on April 13th, 2009 - 8:31am


    what does kelly look like?

  • baldwin on April 13th, 2009 - 9:12am


    what does mrs.washington look like?

  • JB on April 13th, 2009 - 11:18am


    Is Mr Washington really crazy in real life too?

  • petER on April 13th, 2009 - 1:56pm


    when you guys are recording, does it feel like you are a family?

  • beth on April 13th, 2009 - 2:21pm


    Does Mrs. Washington like to sing?

  • kirren on April 13th, 2009 - 2:54pm


    how old is Tamika? and Kelly too. I have been wondering for a while. And will we ever hear antwon? (spellin? THeir older brother)

  • kirren on April 13th, 2009 - 2:57pm


    oh, also, um how old is marvin and what is the snowflake incident? and are the washingtons leaving?? I hope not!!

  • julia on April 13th, 2009 - 3:15pm


    HI I love adventures in odyssey and the washingtons are one of my fav odyssey family.

  • caleb on April 13th, 2009 - 4:23pm


    when was the first year you started adventures in odyssey.

  • Elliot on April 13th, 2009 - 4:30pm


    1.Are any of you movie stars? You guys are great actors.
    2.Did the Washingtons adopt Kelly?
    3.What do all of the Washngtons (including Kelly) look like?
    4.Are they older than they sound?
    5.What is the next episode the Washingtons are going to be in?

  • Xobeo on April 13th, 2009 - 4:57pm


    Hey BALDWIN, to see a pic. of Ed Washington, go to the “odyssey valult” there you will see a box that says “browse by character” click on “see all characters” and there are some of the characters pics. (If that is what you meant by what does he look like)(you may have meant what does his actor look like).

  • John on April 13th, 2009 - 5:02pm


    what is that snowflake incident

  • dbd on April 13th, 2009 - 5:08pm


    Are there any episodes that have come from your life

  • A. on April 13th, 2009 - 6:40pm


    Do you like being a voice actor? Is it hard?

  • cAROLINE on April 13th, 2009 - 6:57pm


    Did ya’ll start out as a family or did you all start out as different characters, and just aet placed together? Also are any of yall really related.

  • Lauren on April 13th, 2009 - 7:11pm


    Hay there! My name is Lauren. I’ve been listening to AIO for about three years now. The first episode I listened to and really identified with was “The Chosen One.” The Washington’s were also the first family I was introduced to in Odyssey. They’re my fave family as well as the Strasburg’s and the McKay’s. I’m really going to miss them. But if I had to pick two chars I identified the most with they would be Kelly and Mandy. I was just wondering if the Washington’s leave, will Kelly stay

  • Lauren on April 13th, 2009 - 7:13pm


    And will she ever confront her mother and try and reconcile with her?
    God bless all of you

  • Rodney on April 13th, 2009 - 7:26pm


    Will Kelly become a Christian?

  • baldwin on April 14th, 2009 - 9:21am


    Do the washintons have a pet?

  • ty on April 14th, 2009 - 9:52am


    marvin is cooL


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