Blackgaard's Revenge, Part 1
The "Star Spangled Banner" is playing in the background as Connie and Aubrey enter the Imagination Station. Pretty soon they see a character that looks like Abraham Lincoln, but when Aubrey recognizes that the "Gettysburg Address" is misquoted, she wonders who it is. It turns out that the character was actually Dr. Regis Blackgaard, who orders that some missiles be launched! After escaping from the station, they soon discover Blackgaard has infected the Imagination Station with some sort of computer virus. Connie, Whit, and Eugene tell Aubrey how dangerous Dr. Blackgaard is, but she is not convinced. Aubrey goes back to the Imagination Station under the guise of putting up a "not working" sign, and she meets Dr. Blackgaard, who invites her back into the Station. While skeptical at first, Aubrey eventually steps into the Station. Blackgaard takes advantage of her questions and begins feeding her mind with many doubts as to the integrity of Whit and the others at Whit's End as he deceptively twists the truth. Meanwhile, Whit orders Eugene to find and delete the virus, but it is more widespread than they thought and could cause considerable damage. To their horror they discover that Aubrey is in the Station and wants to stay there with Blackgaard. In the Station, Dr. Blackgaard entices Aubrey with the possibility that she can have a full, eternal life and can visit any place in history that she would like through the Vortex of Time. Will she believe him and be lost forever in his evil deception? The story continues in part II...
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- What did Dr. Blackgaard promise Aubrey if she would come into the Imagination Station?
- Why did Whit say that Dr. Blackgaard could not have invented a program for eternal life?
- Who has the only program for that?
- Do you ever find that it's easy to get deceived by people?
- What are some ways that you can think of to check if people are telling the truth about God?
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|Tom Riley||Eugene Meltsner|
|Richard Maxwell||Regis Blackgaard|
- PARENTAL WARNING: This episode deals with the struggle for a young girl's soul. While told in an entertaining and fantastic way, it may be too intense for younger children.
- Interestingly enough, an article about the return of Blackgaard was written and published on AIOHQ before this episode aired.
- References are made throughout this episode to previous episodes in the Blackgaard Saga, including:
- Despite the fact that it's specifically referred to as the Gettysburg program and seems to begin at the Gettysburg Address, the Imagination Station visited in this episode may be the same adventure experienced by Jimmy Barclay in #104 – #105: “Lincoln”. Walker Edmiston even reprises the role of Lincoln from said episode.
- The delivery that Connie Kendall receives for Whit's End in this episode may be from Steinway Grocers — the same supplier from whom Connie accidentally ordered a truckload of prunes in #351: “What Are You Gonna Do with Your Life?”.
- This is the first episode to feature acting credits in the closing wrap.
- The first music cue for the episode is the tune to The Star Spangled Banner.
- The sound effect heard when Blackgaard opens his vortex in this episode was previously heard punctuating the voice of God during Marty's dream sequences in #345: “B-TV: Compassion”.
QuotesAubrey Shepard: Connie, who is that?
Connie Kendall: It's... it's...
Regis Blackgaard: That's right. It is I, Dr. Regis Blackgaard.
Eugene Meltsner: The station's alarm went off, so we knew something was amiss.
John Whittaker: What happened?
Connie Kendall: I'll tell you what happened. Blackgaard was in there!
Aubrey Shepard: You're just a computer program.
Regis Blackgaard: Ah, but I'm a program that knows the truth. What is that saying? The truth shall set you free. I want to set you free, Aubrey.
Aubrey Shepard: Did you burn down Mr. Riley's barn?
Regis Blackgaard: Absolutely not. A thug named Richard Maxwell did that. And afterwards he burnt down my business Blackgaard's Castle as well. A business I might add that was direct competition for Whit's End. It was only due to my diligence that Maxwell was caught and sent to prison for his crimes.
Aubrey Shepard: Did you try to steal a top secret government computer in Chicago?
Regis Blackgaard: Oh how absurd! I was working for the government at the time, trying to get the computer back. It was Whittaker who was under suspicion.
Aubrey Shepard: Did you take over Whit's End?
Regis Blackgaard: Is that what they told you? Aubrey, I acquired Whit's End legally. It's all a matter of public record. You can look it up if you like.
Aubrey Shepard: And Odyssey?
Regis Blackgaard: I only wanted what is best for the town. Same as Whittaker.
Regis Blackgaard: If you want her that badly, Whittaker, you're gonna have to come in here personally and get her. If you have the courage, that is.
Delivery Man: Uh, Miss? That fruit ain't gettin' any fresher.
Regis Blackgaard: My, my, my, aren't you the emotional one!