Father's Day

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#195: “Father's Day”
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14You ask, "Why?" It is because the LORD is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.15Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.16"I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.

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“Father's Day” is episode #195 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on June 20, 1992.

Summary

Connie's father surprises her by visiting Odyssey … and brings even more surprising news.

Plot

It’s Father’s Day, and Connie’s dad, Bill, has come to town, and specifically to Whit’s End, for a surprise visit. He’s actually just passing through on his way to see his ailing mother in New York. He wants to take Connie with him. Connie is all for it but says she has to get permission from her mom first. She doesn’t have long to wait. A few moments later, June Kendall walks through the door.

Things are a bit tense at first, but soon June gives her consent for Connie to go to New York. Bill and June even have a pleasant conversation about the old days and the happy times they had together. Bill insists on taking June and Connie out to dinner that night. He even walks June out to her car. Connie is so happy to see her folks “back together” again, she gets the wild idea that maybe she can do something to make the arrangement permanent.

Later, Bill and June come back to Whit’s End to pick Connie up for dinner. They are stunned to find the place redecorated to resemble one of their favorite restaurants they used to go to when Connie was little. Connie tries her best to recreate the atmosphere of happier times, but both Bill and June gently tell Connie that it is impossible for them to get back together again. June explains that they are different people now, but Bill has a more fundamental reason: He’s already remarried!

When Connie hears this, she gets upset. Things get even worse when she discovers that Bill married someone named April, a woman whom Connie doesn’t even know. Connie storms out, telling her dad to forget about the trip to New York.

Later, June talks with Connie about her father’s irresponsible ways, and Connie makes yet another discovery, her mother still has feelings for her father. June has simply learned to deal with the hurt and move on with life. Connie takes her mother’s example to heart. The next morning, she informs Bill that she’ll go with him to New York after all. She also determines that, even though she still loves her father, she won’t look at him through rose-colored glasses anymore. From now on, she’ll see him as he really is.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Connie think she could get her folks back together again?
  2. Why was Connie so angry with her dad when she learned he was remarried?
  3. Why do you think the Bible is so against divorce?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
April Kendall Lynn Luttrell
Bill Kendall Alan Bergmann
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
John Whittaker Hal Smith
June Kendall Maggie Malooly
Waiter Paul McCusker

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Mildred Kendall Bill Kendall
Eugene Meltsner Connie Kendall


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  • At the end of the episode, Connie says "I couldn't get a seat on your flight." But what about April? From what we hear, Connie presumably books their seats before her dad tells her he is married again. Where did April's ticket come from? And wasn't it a little silly of Bill to let Connie make the arrangements before telling her there will be one more person with them? So did Connie give up her seat to April before she came to see her dad the next morning?

Quotes

Connie Kendall: Forget the trip, Dad!


Connie Kendall: EUGENE, KILL THE MUSIC!


Connie Kendall: You still have feelings for him, don't you? But you said you were over your hurt!
June Kendall: No, no, I said I was over my anger. When you've loved someone, the hurt never really goes away.


Bill Kendall: You may not believe this, but, I still do love your mother.
Connie Kendall: You're right. I don't believe you.