A Most Extraordinary Conclusion

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#566: “A Most Extraordinary Conclusion”
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1 Thessalonians 5:11
11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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A Most Extraordinary Conclusion
“A Most Extraordinary Conclusion” is episode #566 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Marshal Younger and Paul McCusker, and originally aired on April 16, 2005.


Losing hope, Connie, Bernard, and Katrina take turns in the Imagination Station hoping that their memories of Eugene will help him unlock his own.


Continued from #565: “A Most Surprising Answer”... Dr. William Foster and Whit try the controversial experiment to make Eugene's memory return. For the method to work, they try to transfer the memories of Connie, Bernard, and Katrina and Whit into Eugene’s memory. When the experiment doesn’t work, Eugene gets incredibly frustrated and insists he just needs a bigger dose. Dr. Foster and Whit refuse this notion, which makes Eugene even more frustrated.

That night, Eugene comes back to the Imagination Station and attempts to load all of the memories into his brain at once. Whit stops him before the procedure is completed, and Eugene comes out in a haze. He still remembers nothing and asks Whit to pray with him. Whit obliges and has a heartfelt prayer time with Eugene.

Shortly after, Eugene mentions that Jack Allen should be there. (Whit realizes that Eugene is remembering his conversion experience (see #330: “The Time Has Come”). Suddenly, Eugene’s memories begin to sweep over him, but the process is far too much for his system to handle. He falls into unconsciousness and they rush him to the hospital. Not long after, Eugene wakes up and is just like his old self. He remembers everything, and even wants to play his ukulele!

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Role Voice Actor
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Dr. William Foster Matt Hurwitz
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Katrina Meltsner Audrey Wasilewski
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Katrina Shanks Pamela Hayden
Hezekiah Parley Baer
Brandon Teller Gary Reed





Katrina Meltsner: I was wondering—is it possible to select which memories he gets back? Can we leave some out?
John Whittaker: Leave some out? Why would you want to do that?
Katrina Meltsner: Because some are rather bad...the kind I wish he wouldn't ever have to remember. The death of my father..the worry about the wrong people getting their hands on his research...what happened to him that night at the NIH!
John Whittaker: Katrina...you know, even if I could, would you really want me to? God uses our memories, both good and bad, to shape who we are and who we'll become. To get rid of those parts of our life that cause us pain would rob God of one of the ways He works in our lives and hearts. Do you really want Eugene to be less than who he should be?
Katrina Meltsner: Of course not. But I love him and if I could spare him the pain of reliving certain memories, I would.

Tom Riley: I'll do anything for Eugene, you know that. But I think you're goin' about this the wrong way.
John Whittaker: Oh? How so?
Tom Riley: Oh, come on, Whit. You're talking about relationship, about heart, and I'm wonderin'...what happened to praying? What happened to Eugene's relationship with God? How does He fit into all this technical mumbo jumbo?
John Whittaker: I'm not leaving Him out, Tom. I'm praying about everything we're doing. But we have to do something. Why is it wrong to try?
Tom Riley: Well, it's not wrong, I just don't agree with it. Now, if you want to manufacture a relationship through that machine of yours, that's up to you. But I think Eugene needs real relationships—with God, with us. And a lot of time, patience and prayer.

Bernard Walton: Hold on, Whit, don't stop it yet. This is the best fight I've seen since my Aunt Bertha threw away my Uncle Ted's golfing pants.

Nurse: Excuse me, Mr. Whittaker?
John Whittaker: Yes, that's me.
Nurse: Mrs. Meltsner wanted you to know that her husband seems to be waking up.
John Whittaker: Wonderful, wonderful. Is he alright?
Nurse: <laughing> It's hard to say. I had difficult time understanding him.
Tom Riley: Sounds like he's alright to me!