A Question About Tasha
Connie is elated. Jason Whittaker and Tasha Forbes are on their way to Whit's End from the airport. The time has come for them to get married! The happy couple arrives, everyone extends warm and heartfelt greetings, and then Jason drops a bombshell. Since Tasha has to be back at work to train her replacement, and they have only a week in town, they’ve decided to get married tomorrow!
Needless to say, this tightens the schedule. Everyone rushes off into a flurry of activity. Jason goes to shop for a gift for Tasha and to scout out jewelry stores. Connie, who in her search for a career is learning to be a wedding coordinator, helps Tasha pick out her dress and flowers.
Then Connie assists Tasha in making arrangements for the ceremony and reception. Connie starts to call up Odyssey First Church, but Tasha stops her. She explains that they want to have the ceremony and reception right there at Whit’s End. Connie agrees, then says she still has to find out if the pastor is available. But Tasha again stops her. She and Jason have decided to use a justice of the peace instead of a pastor. This surprises Connie until Tasha asks her to be the maid of honor. Connie is flattered and flabbergasted, and she immediately agrees.
Later, while Jason and Tasha are ring shopping, Connie tries to get in touch with the justice of the peace. Jack wants to know why, and Connie tells him it’s for Jason and Tasha’s wedding. Jack finds this strange. When Jason returns later, Jack asks him point blank if Tasha is a Christian. Jason is taken aback, he says he really doesn’t know, but he assumes she is. Jack tells Jason that he should find out for sure before they get married. But Jason feels that everything will work itself out after they get married.
This leads to a heated discussion that ends up with Jack refusing to participate in the wedding, and Jason taking Tasha and storming out of Whit’s End. Jack grieves for them, and while he is doing so, Connie bursts into the office with more upsetting news: Jason and Tasha have run off to elope!
Jack is heartbroken. Connie comforts him and says maybe Tasha will come to Jesus after they get married. Jack says maybe she will, and maybe she won’t. His wife didn’t. Connie is stunned. Jack’s wife wasn’t a Christian? Jack says no, and he tells Connie about his wife’s last moments. Just before she died, Jack tried one last time to get her to accept Christ. But because a stroke had robbed her of speech and movement, Jack won’t know if she’s saved until he goes to heaven. He doesn’t want Jason to have to go through that pain and uncertainty. Jack says all they can do is pray.
Outside the justice of the peace’s house, Jason opens up about why he was so upset with Jack. Tasha says she doesn’t know what she believes about Jesus, and she doesn’t want to make any decisions now, either. The justice appears at the car window, wondering if they’re coming inside. Jason sighs, and then he says no. They’re not ready to be married yet. Jason takes Tasha to her hotel, then he returns to Whit’s End to apologize to Jack. Thankfully, Jack always encourages Jason to do the right thing.
- Why were Jason and Tasha so anxious to get married?
- Why did Jack counsel Jason to wait?
- Why is it important for Christians to marry Christians?
- What does the Bible say about Christian marriage?
Heard in episode
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Jack Allen||Alan Young|
|Jason Whittaker||Townsend Coleman|
|Tasha Forbes||Christie Nimitz|
PARENTS: This is an emotional story about the importance of Christian marriage. It is sensitively told, but may be too mature for younger listeners.
- During the scene where Jack tells Connie about how his wife Emily died of a stroke, Alan Young gave a very genuine performance, with good reason. Unknown to the director, Young's wife had died of a stoke in real life.
- The parable of the sowers that Jack asks Connie if she knows in this episode is indeed well-known by Connie, with her having used the parable to convince her Uncle Joe to return to church in #151: “...The Last Shall Be First”.
- This episode was re-aired on August 13, 2016, as a commemoration of Alan Young (Jack Allen). That version included an introduction by Dave Arnold.
- The music cue that plays after Jason announces his and Tasha's imminent wedding is "Here Comes The Bride."
- Listen carefully in the background during the conversation Jack has with Connie about Tasha not wanting to marry in the church. The piece of music in the background is Pachelbel's "Canon in D," a classical piece that is popular at weddings.
- The song playing in the background as Jason and Tasha are driving to meet Judge Abernathy in this episode is the song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
- Jason had to borrow a quarter from Tasha for a phone call in this episode. However, he previously told Lucy in #331: “Checkmate” that he has a cell phone, and a few episodes later mentions having a car phone.
QuotesJason Whittaker: My faith should be the center of my life. It isn't always, but it should be. It's supposed to get in the way of everything I do, everything that I am.
Jack Allen: You just never know what's going to happen next around here.
Jason Whittaker: Tasha, I love you. And I think you becoming a Christian is the greatest thing you could ever do.
Tasha Forbes: And if I don't?
Jason Whittaker: I need to pick up Tasha's wedding present while she's distracted. I called it in before I went to the airport.
Jack Allen: Called it in? What is it — a pizza?