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Hal Smith's Final Season

This is the final season to feature original Whit actor Hal Smith, as Smith would pass away on January 27th (see article Whit's Departure and Return saga for more). Whit's demeanor during this season sounds noticeably less jocular and more subdued than normal as a result of Smith's deteriorating health. Perhaps in response to this, many of the supporting characters would begin to take on larger roles during this season — a trend that would continue up through the next few seasons while the character of Whit remained written out of the action.

While #266: “It Began With a Rabbit's Foot” would be the last episode Smith would record before his passing, the final episode in the season to feature his voice work would be #271: “The Secret Keys of Discipline”. Many of the preceding episodes would be interspersed with others (like #263: “When Bad Isn't So Good”, #270: “The War Hero”, etc.) that were rewritten to feature the supporting characters in place of Whit after Smith's passing.

Adventures in Odyssey

The 1994 Season contains 42 episodes that have an average rating of 92%.
Episode Original Airdate Album Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
#254: “Truth, Trivia and 'Trina”
January 8, 1994
19: Passport to Adventure
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
96%
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Bart Rathbone's TV trivia contest pits Eugene and Connie against a college student named Katrina Shanks, who seems to have captured Eugene's heart.

#255: “The Boy Who Cried 'Destructo!'”
January 15, 1994
19: Passport to Adventure
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
91%
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Lawrence Hodges claims that agents from Destructo have kidnapped Harlow Doyle near a mysterious cave.

#256: “Aloha, Oy!, Part 1”
January 22, 1994
19: Passport to Adventure
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
96%
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The Barclays win a contest for an all-expenses paid vacation to Hawaii, but the Rathbones are coming along! (Part 1 of 3)

#257: “Aloha, Oy!, Part 2”
January 29, 1994
19: Passport to Adventure
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
96%
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The Barclays win a contest for an all-expenses paid vacation to Hawaii, but the Rathbones are coming along! (Part 2 of 3)

#258: “Aloha, Oy!, Part 3”
February 5, 1994
19: Passport to Adventure
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
97%
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The Barclays win a contest for an all-expenses paid vacation to Hawaii, but the Rathbones are coming along! (Part 3 of 3)

#259: “The Potential in Elliot”
February 12, 1994
19: Passport to Adventure
Marshal Younger
Paul McCusker
87%
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Middle-schooler Sam Johnson tells his friend Elliot Richie to stop his weird science experiments, but then Sam takes an Imagination Station trip where he meets another young man who tinkers with inventions.

#260: “Naturally, I Assumed...”
February 19, 1994
19: Passport to Adventure
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
91%
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Eugene comes to Connie for advice to win the heart of Katrina Shanks, who seems to be interested in another man.

#261: “Afraid, Not!”
February 26, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
76%
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A bully makes young Danny Schmidt afraid of walking to school.

#262: “A Prayer for George Barclay”
April 2, 1994
19: Passport to Adventure
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
91%
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After losing his job, George Barclay and family are trying to cope with not having a regular paycheck. Jimmy and Donna pray for their dad to get a job, but get a very unexpected answer.

#263: “When Bad Isn't So Good”
April 9, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
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Edwin Blackgaard and Sam Johnson come to the conclusion they need to be "bad" once in a while to get noticed.

#264: “Making the Grade”
April 16, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Jimmy Barclay discovers that all that "worthless stuff" he neglected to learn in school was more important than he thought.

#265: “War of the Words”
April 23, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Marshal Younger
Phil Lollar
95%
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A carelessly uttered word from Eugene creates havoc as it becomes the fashionable insult for the kids in Odyssey.

#266: “It Began With a Rabbit's Foot”
April 30, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
96%
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Whit tells Lucy Cunningham-Schultz about the creation of the Bible Room, and the discussion leads Katrina Shanks to a very important decision.

#267: “It Ended With a Handshake”
May 7, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
97%
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Eugene's relationship with Katrina takes an unexpected turn when his computer disk filled with unsent love letters goes missing.

#268: “Pet Peeves”
May 14, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Donna Barclay tries to cope with all the change going on in her life by adopting a stray dog.

#269: “Fences”
May 21, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Marshal Younger
Phil Lollar
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Upset that her father has canceled his visit to Odyssey, Connie unleashes her anger on men in general.

#270: “The War Hero”
May 28, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
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Connie's uncle, Joe Finneman, is reluctant to reveal the true story of what he did in a remote village in the South Pacific during the waning days of World War II.

#271: “The Secret Keys of Discipline”
June 4, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
80%
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Danny can't seem to force himself to practice the piano for the talent show at Whit's End.

#272: “Two Brothers... and Bernard, Part 1”
June 11, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
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Bernard tells the story of Jacob and Esau – and the cunning deceit that nearly destroyed the brothers. (Part 1 of 2)

#273: “Two Brothers... and Bernard, Part 2”
June 18, 1994
20: A Journey of Choices
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
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Bernard tells Erica Clark the story of Jacob and Esau.

#274: “First Hand Experience”
July 23, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Eugene decides to take a journey away from Odyssey to broaden his horizons and gain new experience … only to find that the road to adventure intersects with Bernard's trip to San Diego.

#275: “Second Thoughts”
July 30, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Marshal Younger
Paul McCusker
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Eugene and Bernard's cross-country journey gets waylaid in the middle of Iowa. There Bernard and Eugene meet Graham, a kid who desperately wants to leave his small-town life.

#276: “Third Degree”
August 6, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Marshal Younger
Paul McCusker
94%
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In Colorado, Eugene meets a group of people who are just like him. Bernard is not so fortunate; he fights a traffic ticket in court.

#277: “It Happened at Four Corners”
August 13, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
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An old prospector, a torn map, and a legendary gold mine interrupt Eugene and Bernard’s journey to California and infect them with gold fever.

#278: “The Fifth House on the Left, Part 1”
August 20, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
94%
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In Hollywood, Bernard and Eugene meet the Smith-Hammer family. Bernard tells a little girl about Jesus, and Eugene is cast to star in a movie.

#279: “The Fifth House on the Left, Part 2”
August 27, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
96%
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In Hollywood, Bernard and Eugene meet the Smith-Hammer family. Bernard tells a little girl about Jesus, and Eugene is cast to star in a movie.

#280: “Gone...”
September 3, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Bernard and Eugene return from their long road trip to Odyssey, where things always stay the same. Or so they think.

#281: “...But Not Forgotten”
September 10, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
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Phil Lollar
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Tom Riley, Connie, and Eugene find that running Whit's End takes more time than they thought. Tom asks an old friend of Whit's, Jack Allen, to help out.

#282: “The Fundamentals”
September 17, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Marshal Younger
Marshal Younger
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Jimmy Barclay attends a basketball camp with Phil McFarland, a teen who thinks he knows everything there is to know about the game.

#283: “A Book by Its Cover”
September 24, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
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Connie and Eugene try to see Jack's secret painting, and Katrina Shanks tutors a difficult student.

#284: “The Election Deception”
October 1, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Marshal Younger
Phil Lollar
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When Courtney Vincent's diary disappears from her locker, events conspire against her hopes of being elected president of the student council.

#285: “George Under Pressure”
October 8, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Because George Barclay's demanding schedule is exhausting him, Jimmy and Donna are determined to make sure he takes a day off.

#286: “Tom for Mayor, Part 1”
October 29, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Philip Glossman returns to look for toxic chemicals on Tom Riley's farm. Meanwhile, Odyssey's mayor resigns, so Tom Riley and Bart Rathbone compete for the office.

#287: “Tom for Mayor, Part 2”
November 5, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Philip Glossman arrives in town to run tests on Tom Riley's farm. Meanwhile, Mayor Bill Jenkins steps down which forces both Tom and Bart Rathbone to run for mayor.

#288: “The Twilife Zone”
November 12, 1994
21: Wish You Were Here!
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
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Kids' Radio tells the story of a talking toy chicken that enslaves its owner in a web of strange demands.

#289: “A Call for Reverend Jimmy”
November 19, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Marshal Younger
Paul McCusker
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Donna Barclay is annoyed to find herself a source for sermon illustrations, and her brother, Jimmy, wonders if God may be calling him to the ministry.

#290: “A Name, Not a Number, Part 1”
November 26, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
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Jason Whittaker, Whit's son, gets sidetracked from his move to Odyssey when he's called to Europe on a mission. He has to find a missing friend who has been kidnapped by the terrorist organization Red Scorpion.

#291: “A Name, Not a Number, Part 2”
December 3, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
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Jason Whittaker, Whit's son, gets sidetracked from his move to Odyssey when he's called to Europe on a mission. He has to find a missing friend who has been kidnapped by the terrorist organization Red Scorpion.

#292: “Siege at Jericho”
December 10, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
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The O. T. Action News team breaks the story of Joshua, Rahab, and a standoff at the walls of Jericho.

#293: “A Code of Honor”
December 17, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
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Jack Allen and Jason Whittaker find a mysterious codebook in Whit's workroom that leads them to a secret gang called the Israelites.

#294: “Unto Us a Child Is Born”
December 24, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
87%
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On Christmas eve, Jimmy produces a live Kids' radio presentation of the birth of Jesus--which includes an unexpected real birth.

#295: “Soaplessly Devoted”
December 31, 1994
22: The Changing Times
Marshal Younger
Phil Lollar
91%
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Jason programs the Room of Consequence so that Erica Clark can actually live in Medical Center of Love, her favorite soap opera.


Resources

1994 Season on whitsend.org

1994 Season on AIOHQ.com

1994 Season on AIO Soda Fountain

1994 Season on The Odyssey Scoop