The Flying House: Season 1, Episode 12

Poor Little Rich Men (1983)
"Time kyôshitsu: Tondera house no daibôken" Poor Little Rich Men (original title)

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Episode credited cast:
Ray Owens ...
The Lord / Episode announcer / Jesus
Sonia Owens ...
Angela 'Angie' Roberts
Hal Studer ...
Professor Humphrey Bumble / SIR
Helena Van Koert ...
Corkey Roberts
Billie Lou Watt ...
Justin Casey


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The Prodigal Son And The Rich Fool
15 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Poor Little Rich Men,our main characters - Justin,Angie and Corkey - together with SIR and Professor Humphrey Bumble,both of whom are busy with the time machine repairs, were stuck in inside the flying house due to a heavy rains outside Ancient Israel.Justin becomes furious as well as bored after hearing some explosions in the lab.When repairs done were going nowhere,everybody gathered together and decided to share parables narrated by Jesus.

Justin started doing the honors by narrating about the Rich Fool,who gathered riches here on earth instead of heaven.He started,"There ground was a rich man named Mulah that owns land that produced a good crop.He thought to himself,"What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops?"Mulah decided to stored his harvest and crops in order to accumulate wealth and save it for himself.He did it all for himself to the point of avoid sharing it with the poor and the needy.In the end,the fool who wanted to be rich for the rest of his life died in his sleep.When the servants discovered of the Mulah's death,they decided to give the riches that he has stored to others particularly the poor and the needy that he deprived sharing it with while he was alive.At the end of the parable,everyone discussed about it.They all agreed on the idea that one should store riches on heaven rather than here on earth and should not follow the example of Mulah.

The second parable that was narrated by Angie was The Prodigal Son.She begins telling the story saying,"There was a man who had two sons. Then,the younger one said to his father, "Give me my share of the estate.".So the father divided his property between them and gives the younger of his two sons his inheritance before he dies. The younger son, after wasting his fortune,goes hungry during a famine. He then goes back to his senses,repents and returns home to ask his father to take him back and beg for his forgiveness.When the father saw him,he was ecstatic and holds a feast to celebrate his return.Then,older son heard of the noise that the celebration created and refuses to participate.He stated that in all the time he has worked for the father, he did not even give him a a celebration with his friends. His father reminds the older son that everything the father has is the older son's, but that they should still celebrate the return of the younger son as he has come back to them.The father states,"Your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost.But now,he is found". Then,everyone discussed the parable.They came into the conclusion that everyone should learn the lesson of forgiveness and one should have the ability to forgive each other's mistake.

These important parables were presented in the episode not in a preachy way that presents Jesus' role in a religious manner.But rather,the virtues of love,sharing and forgiveness were given more importance and these were imparted to the young viewers as virtues that they should both cultivate and develop.Aside from that,we also appreciate the scenes wherein Professor Bumble is not merely presented as a bumbling scientist but also an adult who learns from the stories told by Jesus and from the children.This makes the series more entertaining and watchable as we see everyone learn good virtues and not only characters that are treated in a one-dimensional manner such as time travelers who just happened to personally see Jesus.

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