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The Prize That Was Won and Lost 



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Episode credited cast:
Billie Lou Watt ...
Justin Casey / Queen Herodias
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Owens ...
Jesus / S.I.R.
Sonia Owens ...
Angela Roberts
Hal Studer ...
Professor Humphrey Bumble / SIR
Helena Van Koert ...
Corky Roberts


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1983 (USA)  »

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This episode plot was changed significantly from the original story, clearly in order to make it suitable for young viewers: while according to the New Testament Salome willingly collaborated with her mother Herodias to have John the Baptist killed, in this episode Salome asks Herod innocently to grant her mother what she wishes, and is shocked to hear Herodias' demand to behead John. She tries her best but in vain to prevent the execution, and afterwards she deeply mourns John. See more »

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Salome's Pain And The Execeution Of John The Baptist
14 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Prize That Was Won and Lost is in contention for the best episode of Flying House just like the fifth episode,Speak Of The Devil.It was definitely memorable and unforgettable especially when narrating the story of Salome and the execution of John The Baptist.

As usual,Professor Bumble is unable to do the necessary repairs in the time machine to transport them back to the 20th century.Our main characters - Justin,Angie,Corkey and SIR - continuous gets disappointed with it after many attempts to do so.Even SIR would rub it towards the professor by saying,"To be precise,this is the 8th time!!!!!" LOL

The flying house lands into Galilee.Our main characters go into the town and they witness how Queen Herodias' soldiers robs people of their jewelries.Also,they find out that her husband,King Herod puts John The Baptist into prison after being critical of his relationship of Queen Herodias,who happens to be the husband of his brother,Philip.Later,they meet Salome,who was preparing for her dance that she is performing for the King's birthday.They decided to practice with her and join her that night.

During that night,Salome together with our main characters,provided great delight to the King that he was willing to give her any price "up to half of his kingdom". She decides to ask her mother,Queen Herodias to ask for want she wants that would truly provide her happiness.Too bad that she asked for the execution of John The Baptist that truly made Salome extremely sad.They tried to stop that from happening but to no avail.That truly affected her that she was to the point of being suicidal the night John was beheaded that she almost drowned herself to death until Angie saw her and stopped it from happening.In the end,Jesus and the apostles saw Salome and relieved her by saying that there were only good intention on her heart.

The writers did an amazing job of taking a creative license in retelling the story of Salome that was suitable for young viewers.While in the New Testament,Salome and Queen Herodias collaborated for the execution of John but in this episode,they made her someone that a viewer would feel for especially after she tried to provide happiness to her mother.Also,we witness how our main characters truly felt for her as well especially after she failed into helping her mother to become a better person and how to overcome pain and frustration.The things that bothered me though is the fact the attempt of Salome drowning herself and hearing the beheading of John could be somewhat too much and too dark for young viewer.But nevertheless,it was definitely one of the best episodes of the series.

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