Go Ye Therefore
Connie learns about evangelizing.
Connie arrives at Whit's End, frustrated. She has been attempting to carry out the Great Commission to evangelize - with disastrous results. She says that she got her ideas about witnessing from a book. Then, in a flashback, Connie tells Whit how poorly the ideas worked.
First, she and a friend, Robert, try handing out pamphlets in the park to strangers. Connie gets snubbed so often that when someone actually wants a tract, she ends up snubbing him. Next, she and Robert try putting the pamphlets into books at a local bookstore and end up getting booted from the establishment. Then Connie plasters her mother's car with Christian bumper stickers.
Finally, Connie follows the book's advice about being bold at school. During a study hall, several friends begin talking about a drunken party they had attended the previous Friday. When one of them thinks she saw Connie at the party, another denies it before Connie can say anything. The girl uses the opportunity to criticize Connie for her new beliefs. Connie attempts to turn the conversation into a discussion about the condition of her friends' souls, but the harder she tries to convince them of their lost state, the more they make fun of her. Another disaster.
Connie tells Whit that she simply isn't cut out to spread the Gospel. She doesn't even care to try anymore. Just then, the door opens and Cheryl McCormick, another friend of Connie's, enters. Whit excuses himself, and Cheryl and Connie talk. Cheryl says she's noticed a change in Connie over the past few months - especially in Connie's happiness. Cheryl wants that kind of joy. At first, Connie is a bit taken aback, but then she shares the source of her happiness with Cheryl. Cheryl becomes a new creation, and Connie discovers that the best way to spread the word of God is one person at a time.
- What is “the Great Commission”?
- Should Connie and Robert have handed out tracts in the park?
- What is the best way to share your faith with others?
- The character of Robert was played by Steve Burns, the actor behind Rodney Rathbone who would also (oddly enough) play Connie's love interest, Robert Mitchell, in the future.
- This episode introduced substitute teacher and coach Fred Zachary.
- Cheryl McCormick's conversion in this episode was one of many that has happened in Adventures in Odyssey over the years. For a complete list of everyone who has been saved on the show, see this List of Conversions.
- When Connie begins listing off things she's learned about being a Christian to Cheryl at the very end of the episode, she is listing off the themes of the episodes in Album 04: The FUN-damentals — an album whose theme is the "fun-damentals" of Christianity.
- The authors whose names Dan (a) butchers in the classroom scene of this episode — "Charles Shakespeare, William Dickens, and F. Scott Fitzgerald Kennedy" — are William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and F. Scott Fitzgerald (the latter of whom he also improperly conflates with the U.S. President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy).
- Connie performs an admirable impression of Porky Pig near the end of this episode.
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John Whittaker: Hi, can I help you? Well now Connie, this is something different. It's been a long time since I’ve waited on you as a customer.
Connie Kendall: I had one guy take a pamphlet so he could tear it up in front of me — right in front of my face! I wanted to punch him, but... thought it wouldn't be a very good witness.
Connie Kendall: Robert said my mom needs a spiritual revival. But I was thinking that Robert needs a brain transplant.
John Whittaker: Well, is there anything else?
Connie Kendall: Well, some new clothes, maybe...
John Whittaker: I mean, anything else happen to you.
Dan (a): It's like all those boring old books, by those guys that's—what's their names? Uh, Charles Shakespeare, William Dickens, and F. Scott Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Connie Kendall: I tried to be a witness, like Peter, and sounded more like Porky Pig: abee, abee, abee, get saved, folks!