Connie, Part 1

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#51: “Connie, Part 1”
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16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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Connie, Part 1
“Connie, Part 1” is episode #51 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on December 3, 1988.

Summary

Connie encounters old friends who remind her of how different she was before coming to Odyssey. Meanwhile, Eugene Meltsner starts working at Whit's End and promptly changes how the shop works.

Plot

Wintertime has come again to Odyssey - and so has Connie's trip to California. Everything is settled. All that's left now is getting time off from work. Whit grudgingly gives it, adding that he'll have to look for part-time help while Connie is away. Eugene Meltsner comes in and Whit hires him on the spot, and Eugene immediately goes about trying to change everything in sight. Soon it's the day of Connie's big departure.

Whit and June Kendall see Connie off on her trip. Whit gives her an early Christmas present to open on the bus. He and June hug Connie goodbye, and she leaves on her two-day bus ride to California.

The next morning, just outside Los Angeles, Connie awakens to find an elderly woman, Mrs. Nelson, sitting next to her. They talk, and Connie discovers Mrs. Nelson is a Christian.

Connie muses that Whit probably arranged this, but Mrs. Nelson says it wasn't Whit - it was God. She tells Connie that God loves her, and He has put people in her life who have shown her that love. It's up to her to believe. As they arrive in California, Connie ponders this.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Connie want to get back to California so badly?
  2. Tom told Whit that what happened to Connie in California was God’s business. What did he mean by that?
  3. Both Mrs. Nelson and Pamela told Connie that God was putting people in her path to influence her. Can you think of people who have influenced you for God?
    • How?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Audrey Nelson Joan Gerber
Bob Luttrell Bob Luttrell
Bus Driver Will Ryan
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Girl on the bus Kara Stooke
John Whittaker Hal Smith
June Kendall Maggie Malooly
P.A. announcer Will Ryan
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Bill Kendall Connie Kendall
Karen Crosby John Whittaker

Notes

VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] In the broadcast version of this episode, Chris shows home movies of her past vacations. Production Engineer Bob Luttrell doesn't think the idea would work for the radio.

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Eugene Meltsner: My name is Eugene Meltsner, and I'm a science student and, might I add in all modesty, a recognized genius at the Campbell County Community College.

Connie Kendall: Hi, Whit, I'm sorry I'm late.
John Whittaker: Hi, Connie; are you late? I hadn't noticed.

John Whittaker: Your timing couldn't be better, Hubert.
Eugene Meltsner: Eugene.

Tom Riley: Eugene, I just can't understand a word you're saying. Are you one of those foreign exchange students?

Eugene Meltsner: Whit's End. Is that a pun?
John Whittaker: Well, sort of.
Eugene Meltsner: I hate puns.

Bus Driver: Good morning ladies and gentlemen. We'll be arriving at the Los Angeles bus terminal in just a few moments. Now would be a good time to start gathering your things. I'd offer you hot towels, but if I get out of my seat we'll crash.

Connie Kendall: See, in California, they don't care. I can be free out there. I can be whoever I want to be!
June Kendall: Who is that, Connie?
Connie Kendall: I don't know. I guess I'll find out.