A Bite of Applesauce
Against Whit's express orders, Eugene and Connie tamper with a top secret computer room--and the mysterious program Applesauce is unleashed.
Whit has been busy working on a new project at Whit's End, and his secretive attitude is nearly driving Connie crazy - especially when Whit lets Eugene in on the secret. Whit shows Eugene a special computer room behind the bookshelf in his office. The room contains a huge computer named Mabel and an unusual program called "Applesauce." Whit shows Eugene how to use Mabel but gives him strict instructions: (1) to keep the room a secret and (2) absolutely, positively, under no conditions is he or anyone else allowed to even look at "Applesauce." Eugene promises.
Later that week, Whit is at a city council meeting when the electric train set starts acting funny. Eugene goes to take care of the problem. He starts off toward the office, telling Connie to wait where she is. But her curiosity and frustration at being left out get the best of her. She follows Eugene into the office...and the computer room. Eugene immediately orders her out, but Connie stubbornly refuses to go until Eugene shows her how Mabel works. So Eugene shows her, swearing Connie to secrecy. Unfortunately, she sees the "Applesauce" program on the main menu and wonders what it does. Eugene adamantly refuses to look at "Applesauce" and insists that they both leave. Connie agrees, and finally they go.
But the next morning when Connie is running the shop all alone, the train set acts funny again. Connie tries to get Mabel to fix it, but she "accidentally" loads "Applesauce." The program causes Whit's End to go crazy! Eugene arrives and tries to stop the computer, with limited success. Finally, Mabel uses "Applesauce" to shut down the shop completely, causing the place to become as quiet as a tomb. Connie and Eugene are mortified.
When they finally face Whit, he is anguished that his two most trusted employees - and his friends - would disregard his wishes and instructions. Eugene and Connie apologize profusely, and Whit forgives them, but the damage is done. They must face the consequences. Effective immediately, Connie and Eugene can no longer work at Whit's End. They're fired.
- When Connie first entered the computer room, what should Eugene have done?
- Describe a time when you realized the benefits of having rules.
- What would have happened if (or when) you broke these rules?
- Why has God sent rules for us?
- Why does he command obedience to them?
Heard in episode
|Julius Schnitzelbonker||Chuck Bolte|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Whit's End Customer||Nathan Carlson|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Donna Barclay||Azure Janosky|
Mentioned in episode
|Tom Riley||Eugene Meltsner|
|Jenny Whittaker||Eugene Meltsner|
- Parts of this episode are very similar to the very first story about disobedience, the one about Adam and Eve. God sets up a garden and says that Adam and Eve are allowed to eat from any tree but one. Whit sets up a computer room and says that Eugene may use any program but one. Connie, like Eve, was curious about the program and eventually was tempted into using it. She then got Eugene involved and at first they tried to hide what they did from Whit. In the end, they were sent away from the place they had sinned at. Also interesting is the name of the program: "Applesauce" (the fruit Adam and Eve ate is often depicted as an apple).
- This theme is expanded on in the first book of "The Blackgaard Chronicles", casting Philip Glossman as the character of the Serpent. Sent by Regis Blackgaard to "disrupt things" at Whit's End, Glossman subtly plants several doubts in Connie's mind. These doubts come up repeatedly throughout the story, tempting her to prove her equality with Eugene by looking at Applesauce.
- This episode introduced Whit's association with intelligence agencies and secret computer programs, revealing yet another side of his character.
- The key for the secret computer room in Whit's bookshelf is hidden in C.S. Lewis's "The Last Battle," the last book in The Chronicles of Narnia. "The Last Battle" is an apocalyptic story about the end of the world, but in a Christian context, so for the key to be hidden there hints ominously about the power of the Applesauce program - that it may have something to do with the end of the world. While looking for the key, Connie mentions "Dawn Treader" and "Magician's Nephew," other books in the series.
- Whit and Eugene discuss Eugene's previous work to automatize Whit's End during #52: “Connie, Part 2”, with Whit citing it as part of his inspiration behind the Computer Room.
- Whit's wiring of all the inventions into Mabel was previously mentioned in #62: “Let This Mind Be in You”, when Connie said she couldn't turn off the Bible Verse Mirror because Whit had wired it into the wall.
- Eugene loses his job in this episode, and gets it back in Eugene's Dilemma. Connie gets her job back at the end of The Nemesis, Part 2.
- Eugene repeatedly calls Connie by her first name. However, for many years after he would insist on calling everyone by his or her last name.
Connie Kendall: You know, train? Wooo-woo?
John Whittaker: I'm sorry. This grieves me. But Eugene, Connie, because of what you've done today, you're fired—effective immediately. You are no longer employees of Whit's End.