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The 2000 Season is the 14th regular season of Adventures in Odyssey. The season began on March 4, 2000 with #437a: “Sunset Bowlawater” and #437b: “Long Way Home”, two split episodes and ended on December 16, 2000 with #459: “Slumber Party”. The fall 2000 season saw the start of the Novacom saga in the season with #457: “Opportunity Knocks”, broadcast on December 2, 2000.

Episode status

The original spring 2000 season was to have been at least three episodes longer (including four more split shows and one full-length episode). Several episodes were written and recorded for this season which never made it to the air before the team decided to rethink their approach to AIO and shift the style of production to also appeal to older audiences instead of just younger audiences. The episodes originally intended for the spring 2000 season but were later lost included #444c: “Bethany's Flood” (split), “The Hoax's on You” (split), Fads (split), Turning Paige (full), and The Dangerous Haircut (split, which was fully produced but later incorporated into #568: “The Power of One”).

The original plans for Album #34: In Your Wildest Dreams was to include the first twelve episodes of the spring 2000 season, including the currently unreleased episodes #438b: “The Telltale Cat”, #439: “B-TV: Grace”, #442b: “Sticks and Stones”, and #444a: “Career Moves”, as well as all of the other episodes eventually included in the album except for #422: “Passages: Fletcher's Rebellion, Part 1”, #423: “Passages: Fletcher's Rebellion, Part 2”, and "Bethany's Flood". The understanding was that the three other episodes from spring 2000, which are now "lost episodes", would be included in Album #35: The Big Picture.

However, before the spring 2000 season was over or the album was released, Paul McCusker became executive producer of AIO and wanted the team to rethink their approach to AIO. He thought they had been appealing too much to the younger audiences and not enough to more mature audiences. They decided to completely switch styles (as can be seen in the drastic difference between the spring and fall 2000 seasons. Among other major changes in format and style, the team decided to abandon the split episode format forever and decided that none of them should be included in future albums. The spring 2000 season was ended early (even after some of the lost episodes had been announced on the official site) so as to include only twelve episodes that could be used to create an album. However, McCusker felt that album 34 would have been severely undermined by only containing the generally negatively received episodes from spring 2000, which was widely considered the worst season ever by the fan base at the time. He also did not want the album to consist of more than half of the episodes in the split-episode format for fear that this could damage the reputation of AIO and the ability to market future albums.

The decision was made to remove three of the weakest split episodes and the weak and semi-offensive B-TV episode and include the extremely well-reviewed Passages episodes and a special un-aired split episode (“Bethany's Flood”) as a bonus to provide incentive for fans to go ahead and purchase the album. These episodes, along with #440: “I Slap Floor” and #445: “No Boundaries”, actually did have the intended affect and saved the album from dismal sales numbers. The team originally wanted to remove #441b: “Idol Minds” instead of “Career Moves” from the album, but that was impossible because the cover art for the album, which featured a scene from that episode, had already been commissioned and finished. The decision was made to pull the above four episodes even though “Idol Minds” had received the most negative response. Another change made was that two split episodes that had originally been aired as “It's All My Fault” and “I'll Do It My Way” were combined into #448: “Mandy's Debut” so the package would not appear to include so many split episodes. This was also done to set up for an episode in the next season.

The three split episodes that were aired but not included in this album, “The Telltale Cat”, “Sticks and Stones”, and “Career Moves”, along with the full episode “B-TV: Grace”, were all pulled from all subsequent airings. There is one other split episode, “The Hoax's on You", which has been confirmed as being fully produced but never aired. These three full episodes could later be included in an album as a special feature, but are currently considered “lost”.

Adventures in Odyssey

Spring Season

The 2000 Season contains 30 episodes that have an average rating of 84.8%.
Episode Original Airdate Album Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
#437a: “Sunset Bowlawater”
March 4, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
John Fornof
Phil Lollar
88%
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Mandy enlists Harlow Doyle's help to find out why her goldfish died, and the goldfish explains why in his own words.

#437b: “The Long Way Home”
March 4, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Jim Ware
Phil Lollar
87%
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Aubrey Shepard is fed up with the Timothy Center and tries to get away by going on a youth group trip.

#438a: “The Lyin' Tale”
March 11, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Charlie Richards
Phil Lollar
57%
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After Aubrey Shepard is frightened by a kitten in a garbage can, she begins to quickly exaggerate the story.

#438b: “The Telltale Cat”
March 11, 2000
Unreleased episodes
Jim Ware
Phil Lollar
77%
N/A

David Straussberg's conscience gets the better of him after he disposes of Mandy's cat.

#439: “B-TV: Grace”
March 18, 2000
Unreleased episodes
Jim Ware
Phil Lollar
71%
N/A

B-TV presents various skits, stories, and clips to portray the importance of grace and how it applies to our everyday lives.

#440: “I Slap Floor”
April 1, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Marshal Younger
Phil Lollar
93%
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Bernard Walton tells Mandy Straussberg and her brother, David, about an extremely strange week in Odyssey.

#441a: “What Do You Think?”
April 8, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
John Fornof
Phil Lollar
90%
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Liz Horton uses the Room of Consequence to find out what other people really think of her.

#441b: “Idol Minds”
April 8, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Charlie Richards
Phil Lollar
79%
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Eugene creates an animatronic Whit to replace Mr. Whittaker when he leaves town.

#442a: “Two Roads”
April 15, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Jim Ware
Phil Lollar
81%
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A Twilife Zone episode follows the lives of two people, one who lives an 'evil' life and one who seems to live a good, upstanding life.

#442b: “Sticks and Stones”
April 15, 2000
Unreleased episodes
Marshal Younger
Phil Lollar
82%
N/A

Bart Rathbone tries to run an old enemy out of town to prevent him from opening up a competing electronic shop.

#443: “Changing Rodney”
April 22, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Kathy Buchanan
Phil Lollar
89%
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Mandy goes on a mission to turn Rodney Rathbone into a “good” guy, but it's more difficult than she thinks.

#444a: “Career Moves”
April 29, 2000
Unreleased episodes
Marshal Younger
Phil Lollar
73%
N/A
Not Available

Bart Rathbone takes Nathaniel Graham on as an apprentice and teaches him how to run a business.

#444b: “The Bad Guy”
April 29, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Marshal Younger
Phil Lollar
80%
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Nick Mulligan's controversial friend Vince seems to have become a better person.

#444c: “Bethany's Flood”
May 17, 2001
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Jim Ware
Phil Lollar
62%
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Bethany dreams a wacky version of the flood story.

#445: “No Boundaries”
May 6, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
John Fornof
Phil Lollar
93%
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Through the Room of Consequence, Alex Jefferson experiences what life would be like if he could do whatever he wanted—without any rules.

#446a: “A Matter of Manners”
May 13, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
John Fornof
Phil Lollar
84%
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After getting kicked out of Whit's End for poor manners, David Straussberg and Alex Jefferson decide to learn good manners.

#446b: “The Seven Deadly Dwarves”
May 13, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Jim Ware
Phil Lollar
73%
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Bethany Shepard has a dream very loosely based on the Seven Deadly Sins.

#447: “Potlucks and Poetry”
May 20, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Kathy Buchanan
Phil Lollar
92%
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Aubrey is so embarrassed by her parents that she does everything she can to keep them from showing up at a poetry reading--including not telling them about it at all.

#448: “Mandy's Debut”
May 27, 2000
34: In Your Wildest Dreams
Charlie Richards
Phil Lollar
95%
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Two plays that Mandy has written are performed at the Little Theatre--starring the Whit's End crew as themselves!

Fall Season

The 2000 Season contains 30 episodes that have an average rating of 84.8%.
Episode Original Airdate Album Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
#449: “The Big Deal, Part 1”
September 30, 2000
35: The Big Picture
John Fornof
Paul McCusker
94%
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Aubrey Shepard takes an Imagination Station adventure to meet the biblical John the Baptist.

#450: “The Big Deal, Part 2”
October 7, 2000
35: The Big Picture
John Fornof
Paul McCusker
86%
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Aubrey Shepard takes an Imagination Station adventure to meet the biblical John the Baptist.

#451: “Life Trials of the Rich and Famous”
October 14, 2000
35: The Big Picture
Marshal Younger
Paul McCusker
93%
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When Nathaniel Graham's family suddenly becomes very rich, he notices that the kids start to treat him differently.

#452: “Missionary: Impossible”
October 21, 2000
35: The Big Picture
Kathy Buchanan
Paul McCusker
92%
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Alex Jefferson becomes convinced that he should become a missionary like Jason Whittaker.

#453: “The Great Wishy Woz, Part 1”
October 28, 2000
35: The Big Picture
John Fornof
John Fornof
86%
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Kids' Radio features a story about a young girl named Dotty who is transported to a strange land.

#454: “The Great Wishy Woz, Part 2”
November 4, 2000
35: The Big Picture
John Fornof
John Fornof
87%
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Kids' Radio features a story about a young girl named Dotty who is transported to a strange land.

#455: “Best Laid Plans”
November 11, 2000
35: The Big Picture
Marshal Younger
Paul McCusker
94%
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When Jason Whittaker is late to speak at the Timothy Center, Connie tries to keep a restless crowd calm.

#456: “Worst Day Ever”
November 18, 2000
35: The Big Picture
Kathy Buchanan
Kathy Buchanan
86%
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Mandy Straussberg has one of those days when one thing after another goes wrong.

#457: “Opportunity Knocks”
December 2, 2000
35: The Big Picture
Marshal Younger
Paul McCusker
90%
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With the Timothy Center in a financial crisis, it seems like an answered prayer when a company called Novacom offers Tom Riley a lot of money to build a tower on his property.

#458: “Red Herring”
December 9, 2000
35: The Big Picture
John Fornof
John Fornof
94%
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Alex Jefferson and his cousin, Cal Jordan, attempt to find out what Eugene is doing at Campbell College.

#459: “Slumber Party”
December 16, 2000
35: The Big Picture
Kathy Buchanan
Kathy Buchanan
95%
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Mandy has a difficult time keeping control of the girls at her slumber party.

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