Call Me if You Care
Strange messages from an unknown woman named Cindy Bancroft keep being left on Connie’s cell phone. The woman is trying to find her father William Crestone whom she hasn’t spoken to in nearly twenty years. Her messages sound incredibly urgent! These messages lead Whit and Connie on a chase to reunite Cindy and William once again.
Finally, their investigation leads them to the train station, where they find Cindy, who informs them she is set on leaving Odyssey. She explains that the only reason she tried to find her father was because her doctor thought her unborn baby could possibly have a disease. The only way to get answers about this disease was to find William to learn about her family medical history. The doctors ran the tests again, however, and informed her that the baby is healthy and disease-free. At the station, Cindy is adamant she has no desire to see her father, and persists she will leave Odyssey without delay. Connie gives Cindy a letter from William and begs her to rethink her decision to leave.
Cindy boards her train and Connie and Whit head back to the nursing home where William is living because of a stroke. Shortly after they arrive, Cindy walks in the door! She is able to verbally share her grief and the pain his leaving caused her. He is able to share how much he still loves her. This heartrending story serves as a remarkable lesson in forgiveness and the cleansing power of Christ’s love.
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- Should Cindy have forgiven William when she had become a Christian?
- Should William have sent a letter to Cindy since the 20 years that they hadn't talked?
- Do you think that Cindy and William will ever talk again?
Heard in episode
|Cindy Bancroft||Sara Buskirk|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Jack Allen||Alan Young|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|William Crestone||Jeff Doucette|
Mentioned in episode
|Jerry Whittaker||Connie Kendall|
|Jana Whittaker-Dowd||Connie Kendall|
|Jason Whittaker||Connie Kendall|
|Joanne Woodston-Allen||Jack Allen|
- The character Cindy from this episode apparently lives in the vicinity of Lansing, Michigan because her home phone number has a 517 area code.
- Whit's comment from this episode about making mistakes as a parent is probably a reference to his troubled relationship with Jana.
- The Odyssey Train Station makes its third appearance in this episode after a 13-year absence, having last been featured in #142: “Train Ride”.
- Whit's jest to Connie during this episode's train station scene about her being heard at the Connellsville bus station harkens back to #155: “Waylaid in the Windy City, Part 1”, when Connie shouted at the top of her lungs to prevent a bus from leaving without the two of them.
- Cindy asks William during the episode why he is in the hospital and expresses surprise that he had a stroke, even though Whit had told her about her father's medical state at the train station.
- Strangely, this episode uses the 1999-2002 AIO theme rather than the recent one that was in use for all of the other shows at the time.
John Whittaker: How do we figure out who she is? Do-do you have something to write on; I could make a sign and-and write her name on it...
Connie Kendall: Cindy!!! Cindy Bancroft!!! Paging Cindy Bancroft!!!
John Whittaker: Or we could do that, yeah.
Connie Kendall: Do you think she heard me?
John Whittaker: She probably heard you if she's leaving from the bus station in Connellsville.