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The 2010 Season is the 24th regular season of Adventures in Odyssey. It started on March 6, 2010 with the airing of #655: “The Inspiration Station, Part 1”, and concluded with the airing of #678: “Grandma’s Christmas Visit” on December 18, 2010.

The spring season was highly anticipated as the last episode to be aired and released in the regular series was #642: “The Imagination Station, Revisited, Part 2”, broadcast on May 17, 2008. Although the Passages: Darien's Rise dramatization had aired in the fall of 2009, it didn't pick up the "cliff-hanger ending" from the 2008 Season.

The 2010 Season contains 25 episodes that have an average rating of 85.7%.
Episode Original Airdate Album Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
“Welcome to Whit’s End”
Unaired
Welcome to Whit’s End (sampler album)
Nathan Hoobler
Nathan Hoobler
91%
Download from the Official Podcast

Chris takes a tour around Odyssey, showing all of the different places and people.

#655: “The Inspiration Station, Part 1”
March 6, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
85%
Buy from CBD

Connie loves spending time in Whit's newest invention, the Inspiration Station. But when a glitch shuts down the machine, her obsession may go too far. Meanwhile, Eugene traces the source of the malfunction to Matthew Parker, who apparently has been “fixing” everyone’s electronics, with disastrous results!

#656: “The Inspiration Station, Part 2”
March 13, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
85%
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Whit is concerned about The Inspiration Station's strange effects on Connie, but hopes the invention could be just the thing to inspire young Matthew Parker.

#657: “Clutter”
March 20, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Bob Hoose
Dave Arnold
83%
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After nearly being mauled by the junk in his own garage, David Parker declares that his family is going to have a yard sale. Will the entire Parker family survive parting with their treasures?

#658: “Game for a Mystery”
March 27, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Kirby Atkins
Nathan Hoobler
70%
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Simon Jones just wants the hedge trimmed, but his son Barrett can’t tear himself away from his portable video game – until it disappears without a trace! Emily, along with trusty sidekick Matthew, takes this as a case for the newly formed Jones and Parker Detective Agency.

#659: “Target of the Week”
April 3, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Marshal Younger
Dave Arnold
88%
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Matthew Parker is Vance King’s “Target of the Week” – which means certain humiliation at the hands of the bully! Matthew decides to take matters into his own hands by getting revenge on Vance during an Odyssey Coyotes baseball game.

#660: “For the Birds”
April 10, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Phil Walton
Paul McCusker
82%
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Camilla Parker desperately wants a pet, but her family seems to suffer from the “Parker Family Pet Curse.” To prove her responsibility, Camilla takes care of a baby blue jay. Meanwhile, Eugene has his own run-in with some feathered foes – which leads to drastic action!

#661: “When You’re Right, You’re Right”
April 17, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Kirby Atkins
Dave Arnold
78%
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Emily Jones is usually right about everything from solving mysteries to cooking chili. But when she decides to try her hand at matchmaking for her brother Barrett, the singing card she creates may have disastrous consequences. Will Emily have to face a situation where she could be...wrong?

#662: “Grandma’s Visit”
April 24, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Bob Hoose
Bob Hoose
73%
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The Parker family is in for a bumpy ride. It all starts when their grandmother (or Abuelita, the Spanish word for Grandmother) comes to tell them that their Aunt Rosalita has decided to elope...next week...in Odyssey...at their house! Then relative after relative arrives to stay with the family. Where will the chaos end?

#663: “Finish What You...”
May 1, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Tim Hodge
Bob Hoose
86%
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Doors are opening up for Olivia Parker - too many actually! After signing up for guitar lessons with Eugene, she also agrees to star in Connie's play. How can she possibly juggle the schedule?

#664: “The Jubilee Singers, Part 1”
May 8, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Dave Arnold
Paul McCusker
90%
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A talking portrait of Frederick Douglass tells Olivia Parker the story of the famous Jubilee Singers of Fisk University. In the story, school treasurer Mr. White tries to assemble a group of talented singers who can save the school from a financial crisis.

#665: “The Jubilee Singers, Part 2”
May 15, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Dave Arnold
Paul McCusker
92%
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Olivia Parker continues to hear the story of the Jubilee Singers from a talking portrait of Frederick Douglass. The singers’ journey is far from easy. Drunken threats, racism, sickness, and hunger follow the singers from town to town. They hope against hope for a miracle that can save their school.

#666: “The Jubilee Singers, Part 3”
May 22, 2010
51: Take it From the Top
Dave Arnold
Paul McCusker
90%
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Olivia Parker hears the conclusion of the story of the Jubilee Singers from a talking portrait of Frederick Douglass. Things aren’t looking good for the Singers. With each performance, their tour seems closer to despair. Will a church in Oberlin, Ohio, spell the end of their tour and their school...or is it the miracle they’ve been praying for?

#667: “The Mystery of the Clock Tower, Part 1”
October 2, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
94%
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Eugene Meltsner and Matthew Parker investigate why the clock tower at City Hall seems to be stuck at 11:45. Could it have something to do with the anniversary of a lost love from twenty years ago?

#668: “The Mystery of the Clock Tower, Part 2”
October 9, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
91%
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In spite of Eugene Meltsner's best efforts, the computer that controls the town clock is not responding and now the clock has begun a backwards countdown to a potential disaster. But who is behind the plot and why? Is a broken heart to blame? Can the mystery be solved before it's too late?

#669: “Wooton’s Broken Pencil Show”
October 16, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
84%
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In a last-minute replacement, Wooton Bassett hosts his own Kids' Radio show and is forced to ad-lib for a half-hour. Will his show have a point?

#670: “Stage Fright”
October 23, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Kirby Atkins
Dave Arnold
80%
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Barrett Jones couldn’t be more excited about getting the lead role in the school play. But when his first practice is interrupted by a mysterious booming voice, Emily Jones must investigate the “phantom of the school play.”

#671: “Fast As I Can”
October 30, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Marshal Younger
Dave Arnold
90%
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Wooton Bassett, Eugene Meltsner, Connie Kendall, and Matthew Parker try to apply the discipline of fasting and, through their comedic antics, realize that it’s far more difficult than they imagined.

#672: “Opposite Day”
November 6, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Kathy Buchanan
Nathan Hoobler
83%
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Odyssey Middle School’s “Opposite Day” inspires Olivia Parker to become friends with a girl who is nothing like her.

Meanwhile, Barrett Jones becomes obsessed with getting as many online friends as possible.

#673: “The Owlnapping”
November 13, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Marshal Younger
Nathan Hoobler
90%
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When the Odyssey Middle School basketball team’s mascot is stolen, they suddenly start losing all their games. The team considers drastic measures to get back their good luck charm.

#674: “Square One”
November 20, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Marshal Younger
Paul McCusker
91%
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Matthew Parker joins a mysterious new club and refuses to tell Emily Jones about their activities. Emily decides that this is a mystery that she must solve.

#675: “A Thankstaking Story”
November 27, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Dave Arnold
Dave Arnold
82%
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On a snowy Thanksgiving Day, Whit, Connie, Eugene, and a few of their friends end up stuck at Whit's End. To pass the time, they tell a zany story of the Scrunch and his plan for “Thankstaking.”

#676: “An Agreeable Nanny”
December 4, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Bob Hoose
Dave Arnold
86%
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The Parker family kids are convinced that they are too grown-up for a babysitter. A parent's night out, a nanny named Charlotte Maria, and the neighbor’s dog Bruno may be their opportunity to prove themselves.

#677: “The Malted Milkball Falcon”
December 11, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Kirby Atkins
Dave Arnold
91%
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A piñata filled with delicious chocolate goes missing from Whit's End. Only a few people were in the room at the scene of the crime, leading Emily Jones to investigate “whodunit!”

#678: “Grandma’s Christmas Visit”
December 18, 2010
52: Cause and Effect
Kirby Atkins
Paul McCusker
83%
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The Parker’s grandma comes for a Christmas visit, in the middle of an elaborate Christmas celebration cooked up by Eugene and Connie. The Parker family parents wonder if it’s possible to have a Christmas without stress.

Three different albums encompass all of the episodes in the 2010 Season.
513d.png Album 51, Take it From the Top, was released in March 2010. Much excitement was built up in the two years before its release. 523d.png Album 52, Cause and Effect, was released in October of 2010. According to the official podcast, album 52 is the longest album ever produced. Sampler-welcome-to-whit's-end-3d.png The sampler album Welcome to Whit’s End, includes the 11-minute minute episode called “Welcome to Whit’s End”.

Between 2008 and 2009 the AIO team took a long hiatus to reevaluate the direction that the show was taking, as they had done 10 years earlier after Album 25: Darkness Before Dawn. During this time they wrote new episodes, created new characters, and decided to make changes on things such as the show's logo and the release of albums.

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Whit's Voice

Probably the most notable and noticeable change in the season is that the acting role of John Whittaker, who was done by Paul Herlinger up until the end of 2008, was taken over by the actor Andre Stojka. When the switch was officially announced, it was stated that Herlinger retired because of health reasons. Sadly, one month before the premiere of this season, he passed away.

Album Release

In the past, albums were always available some time after all of the episodes in them were aired on the radio. Starting with the release of Passages: Darien's Rise, albums have been available before their episodes air, or shortly after the first few episodes air.

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Around this time the AIO logo was redesigned, making its debut on the official site and then on the covers of Album 51 and the sampler album Welcome to Whit's End.

Opening Theme

This season also marked the use of a new theme song composed by John Campbell. It was released shortly before the season premiere on the Official Podcast.

Character Art

The character images for Whit, Connie, and Eugene were updated with somewhat of a new look. The first image of Wooton without his face covered was also released.

As was done after the first hiatus, many new families and characters were introduced in this season, primarily in spring.

New Characters

Character Changes


Resources