A Most Surprising Answer
Continued from #564: “A Most Intriguing Question”...
Tom, Connie, and Bernard demand answers! Where has Eugene been? Why was he gone for so long? Why was Whit keeping it a secret? Whit explains. It turns out that even while in Odyssey, Eugene had been working on a top secret program to convert brain waves into radio waves. When they discovered the evil purpose that Novacom had for the technology, the pair of them left town (see #484: “Plan B, I—Missing in Action”). They went around the world until they were sure that they were safe and then went to Washington, D.C., he continued to research this project for the National Institute of Health.
However, NIH eventually withdrew its funding from the program, leaving Eugene heartbroken. Eugene decided to continue the research...by trying one last experiment on himself. This experiment caused him to lose his memory.
He and Katrina decided to come back to Odyssey to see if Mr. Whittaker could help him get it back. Connie, Bernard, and Tom do all they can to help Eugene get his memory back, but nothing seems to work. To make things more awkward, Eugene doesn't know how to act around the three of them because he can't remember them.
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Heard in episode
|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|
Mentioned in episode
|Maude Walton||Bernard Walton|
|Timothy Riley||Eugene Meltsner|
|Armitage Shanks||Connie Kendall|
- This is the first episode to feature Audrey Wasilewski in the role of Katrina, replacing Pamela Hayden from earlier seasons.
- Maude's misunderstanding of "mind control" as "mime control" was a joke first used in #507: “The Benefit of the Doubt”.
- Connie, Tom, and Bernard's descent on Eugene despite Whit's instructions is similar to Tom, Sam, and Harlow's visit to Whit in #213: “Best Intentions”.
- Tom's attempt to convince Eugene that he frequently uses the word "Howdy" is a throwback to Eugene's initial introduction to Tom in #51: “Connie, Part 1”.
- Several references are made are made in this episode to other episodes and arcs, including:
QuotesBernard Walton: Y'see, Maude, Eugene lost his memory. No, no, not like Uncle Pete, he didn't get kicked by a cow...no, Eugene was working on a top secret project to help make radios out of brain waves!
Connie Kendall: No, Bernard, it was to convert brain waves to radio waves.
Bernard Walton: Leave it to me, Connie; you'll only confuse her. Anyway, Eugene was doing this top-secret project but what he didn't know was that the whole thing was a sneaky trick by an evil company to do mind control on—no, no, not mime control, Maude, mind control. Right, like Aunt Gertrude. Anyway, when Eugene figured out what was going on, he left Odyssey with the research and Katrina, and they got married and traveled around the world until they thought they were safe, and after that they went to Wisconsin.
Tom Riley: Washington, D.C.
Bernard Walton: Right, Washington D.C., to the National Help Institute—
Dr. William Foster: National Institute of Health.
Bernard Walton: Exactly. And that's where Eugene started back with his top-secret research to convert the—the watchacall—with the...jahoozey.
Bernard Walton: I was giving the information on a must-know basis.
Connie Kendall: Just like a man.
Bernard Walton: They say a blow to the head sometimes helps.
Tom Riley: I have a shovel in my truck!
Connie Kendall: You look great, Mrs. Meltsner!
Katrina Meltsner: Thank you! You haven't changed.
Connie Kendall: I don't change. You should know that by now!
Eugene Meltsner: I made the foolish assumption that I would not miss what I could not remember, but it is now apparent that I'm missing out on so much! Knowing you as I once did—it's a terrible ache, a desperate longing! I really must succeed in restoring my memory, Mr. Whittaker!
John Whittaker: We're doing our best, Eugene.
Dr. William Foster: In essence, we're going to convert your brain waves into radio waves so they'll work through the Imagination Station's system, and then convert them back into brain waves so Eugene can receive them.
Katrina Meltsner: Wait a minute, Doctor. That's Eugene's technology.
Tom Riley: Wait, wait. You mean it's the same technology that messed up Eugene's memory in the first place?