Double Trouble

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#203: “Double Trouble”
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Double Trouble
“Double Trouble” is episode #203 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on August 29, 1992.

Summary

Lucy goes out to the Harlequin Dinner Theatre to interview the new owner – only to discover that it’s R.E. Blackgaard! Is Whit’s arch-nemesis back in town?

Plot

Lucy Cunningham-Schultz goes to the local dinner theater to interview its new owner for The Odyssey Times. There, she gets one of the biggest shocks of her young life. The new owner is Blackgaard; Edwin Blackgaard. He is the identical twin of the infamous Dr. Regis Blackgaard, although no one really believes this at first. Everyone is suspicious of poor Edwin, thanks to his notorious brother.

Edwin goes out of his way to prove himself. He puts up posters, does a newspaper interview, attempts conversation, and finally puts on a free performance at the gazebo in McAlister Park. But it’s no good, no one shows up for the performance except Whit.

Later that night, Edwin comes to the back door of Whit's End to thank Whit for his support. Whit says that he believes Edwin is really Edwin, not Regis trying to pull a fast one. Edwin thanks Whit and asks for advice on how to win over the people of Odyssey. Whit doesn’t have an answer for him. He can only say that it will take time for people to get over their bad feelings for his brother. Whit promises to help Edwin in any way he can and proves it by breaking one of the cardinal rules of Whit’s End: He hangs up one of Edwin’s posters in the window. Perhaps Edwin will make it in Odyssey after all.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did everyone believe that Edwin Blackgaard was really Regis Blackgaard?
    • Were they justified in expecting the worst?
      • Why or why not?
  2. What’s the best way to be discerning with people?
  3. Have you ever felt like you had to prove yourself to someone? If so, explain.

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Dale Jacobs Phil Lollar
Edwin Blackgaard Earl Boen
Jack Davis Donald Long
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Miss Minion Elizabeth McCusker
Walter Shakespeare Corey Burton

Notes

Trivia
  • This episode marked the first appearance of Edwin Blackgaard, the twin brother of Dr. Regis Blackgaard.
  • Edwin Blackgaard and his aide Shakespeare are loosely modeled after Edwin Blackadder and his aide Baldrick from British television.
Goofs
  • At the end of this episode, Whit said "I got something in the mail last night...". We find out it contained information about the events that happened on that very day. The delay time for mail would make that impossible.

Quotes

Edwin Blackgaard: And may I commend you for this makeshift stage you've concocted on this horrid gazebo.
Shakespeare: You may.
Edwin Blackgaard: Consider yourself commended.

Walter Shakespeare: Ladies and... gentleman.