Connie, Part 2
Finally, Connie is on the sunny California beach with her friend Marcy. Connie asks Marcy about one of their old friends, Pamela. Marcy says the old crowd hardly sees Pamela now because she's become a Christian. Connie is surprised — Pamela was the wildest one of them all. But Marcy says that's all in the past. Then Marcy tells Connie about a great party that night at a house in Beverly Hills.
Connie isn't sure she wants to go, and Marcy thinks she's off her rocker.
Meanwhile, back at Whit's End, Eugene has changed everything from how the electric trains run to the way ice cream sundaes are made. Tom comes in and tells Whit that some of the kids are complaining about all the changes. Whit promises to have a talk with Eugene to get the place back to normal — right after Whit and Tom pray for Connie.
Back in California, Connie is having trouble spending time with her father. Bill Kendall is too busy to even have dinner with his only child. But Connie isn't totally alone. The doorbell rings, and in walks Pamela. She and Connie talk briefly about Pam's new life. Connie states emphatically that she's not a Christian. Pamela tells Connie about God's love for her, then invites her to a beach bonfire that night with some Christian friends. Connie says she'll think about it.
Later, Connie sits by herself, trying to watch television. She is agitated and frustrated. Finally, as a last resort, she attends Pamela's beach bonfire.
Pamela is happy to see Connie and introduces her to their group's sponsor: Mrs. Nelson, the woman Connie met on the bus! Connie doesn't know how to handle all this, but Mrs. Nelson repeats that God is working on Connie. With that, Connie makes a decision to go back to Odyssey.
Once there, she immediately visits Whit. She tells him about her trip and why she returned so early. Then Connie says the words Whit has prayed for over a year to hear: "I want to ask Jesus Christ to come live in my heart." Whit cries tears of joy, praising God as they kneel to pray. In the center of the Bible Room, Connie Kendall becomes a new creation... and her real adventure finally begins.
- Why did Connie want to get back to California so badly?
- Tom told Whit that what happened to Connie in California was God’s business. What did he mean by that?
- 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?
Heard in episode
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Tom Riley||Walker Edmiston|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Audrey Nelson||Joan Gerber|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
- This is the second show in a row with the title named after a character; the episode before “Connie, Part 1” was #50: “Karen”.
- This episode features Connie Kendall finally repenting and trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation. For a complete list of everyone who has been saved on the show, see this List of Conversions.
- This episode ends Connie's Conversion saga, a storyline in the early days of the program.
- Connie and Eugene meet each formally for the first time in the episode. However, they had previously met at Camp Jumonville in California, which they discover much later in #583: “The Champ of the Camp”.
- Astoundingly, even after all his mentions leading up to this episode, the character of Bill Kendall still fails to make an appearance here, even as Connie stays with him at his home. Bill would not be heard until the episode #195: “Father's Day”, three years later.
- The sound effects of the tornado in The Wizard of Oz can be heard on the TV before Connie flashes back to the events of #34: “Stormy Weather”.
Connie Kendall: I've been really confused, and I thought that by going to California everything would become clearer for me. And that's exactly what happened. I've got it all figured out and I know what I want to do. I want to pray with you.
Pamela: God loves you, Connie. He's nuts about you, and he wants you to love him back. That's why it seems why he's been sending people after you. I had no idea you'd been meeting other Christians. I just had the strong feeling to come and see you.
John Whittaker: Eugene, I do appreciate your efforts around the shop, but you're missing something very important in what you're doing!
Eugene Meltsner: I am? What am I missing?
John Whittaker: Your heart.
Eugene Meltsner: Oh, I beg to differ, Mr. Whittaker. I couldn't function at all if my heart weren't actually--
John Whittaker: No, no, no, not your physical heart, Eugene. Your emotional heart. You see, you've automated nearly everything in Whit's End, but Whit’s End isn’t about automation, machines, or inventions—it’s about people. Now, you can make it more efficient with your inventions, but…can you make it warmer? Friendlier? Loving?