Call Me if You Care

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#554: “Call Me if You Care”
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21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

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Call Me if You Care

“Call Me if You Care” is episode #554 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Nathan Hoobler, and originally aired on November 13, 2004.

Summary

Connie’s cell phone is getting unusual messages from someone named Cindy who is desperate to reach “William.”

Plot

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.

After searching all over Odyssey, they find William at the VA Hospital, but now they can’t find Cindy!

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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Discussion Questions

  1. Should Cindy have forgiven William when she had become a Christian?
  2. Should William have sent a letter to Cindy since the 20 years that they hadn't talked?
  3. Do you think that Cindy and William will ever talk again?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bill Kendall Unknown
Cindy Bancroft Sara Buskirk
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Jack Allen Alan Young
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Voice Mail Unknown
William Crestone Jeff Doucette

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Character Mentioned By
Jerry Whittaker Connie Kendall
Jana Whittaker-Dowd Connie Kendall
Jason Whittaker Connie Kendall
Joanne Woodston-Allen Jack Allen


Notes

Trivia
  • 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.
Goofs
  • 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.
Audio
  • 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.

Quotes

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.