It Began With a Rabbit's Foot

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#266: “It Began With a Rabbit's Foot”
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10As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;

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23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

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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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8But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:9That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

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It Began With a Rabbit's Foot
“It Began With a Rabbit's Foot” is episode #266 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on April 30, 1994.

Summary

Whit tells Lucy Cunningham-Schultz about the creation of the Bible Room, and the discussion leads Katrina Shanks to a very important decision.

Plot

Katrina arrives at Whit’s End in an agitated, though outwardly calm, state. The college is making cutbacks, and her job has been cut. Effective immediately, she has no work. Connie comforts her, then comes up with an idea: Katrina can work at Whit’s End! Once Whit walks up, Connie tells him about Katrina’s situation. Whit promptly hires Katrina. Then, Whit leaves with Lucy to give her information for an Odyssey Times article she’s doing on the creation of the Bible Room.

When Eugene finally appears on the scene, Connie excitedly tells him the wonderful news about Katrina. But instead of being pleased, Eugene is uncomfortable. Strangely enough, he immediately rushes out to buy a newspaper. So Connie gives Katrina the grand tour. In the process, they come across Whit and Lucy. Katrina is as intrigued by the Bible Room’s creation as Lucy is, so Whit and Connie proceed to tell both Lucy and Katrina the story of its creation.

In the midst of this, Eugene returns with his newspaper. He shows Katrina the many jobs she could take instead of working at Whit’s End. Everyone is confused by Eugene’s actions. Whit makes it clear to Eugene that, for now, Katrina will stay. Katrina asks to hear the rest of the Bible Room story. But before Whit can continue, Eugene asks to speak to him privately.

In Whit’s office, Eugene reveals why he is so reticent about having Katrina work there: He’s in love with her, and he’s afraid she will be affected by the place’s prevailing views on Christianity. Eugene’s concerns are confirmed when Connie enters a few moments later to retrieve a book on the basics of Christianity. Katrina is captivated by the story of the Bible Room. As it turns out, she is interested in Christianity. Eugene is too late.

Connie and Katrina leave to continue their discussion. Eugene sighs heavily and goes back to work. Lucy gets a final quote from Whit for her column: “The Bible Room is a wonderful example of what Whit’s End is all about: Redemption, taking that which appears to be useless and making it useful once again. Just like Jesus does with our lives.”

Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think Eugene was so concerned that Christianity would affect Katrina?
  2. Why did Eugene say he doesn’t really understand what love is?
    • What would you say love is?
  3. What does it mean to “redeem” something?
    • Why was Jesus’ redemption so important?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bible Verse Mirror Phil Lollar
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Katrina Shanks Pamela Hayden
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Philo Sanderson Nathan Fisk
Sylvia Heather Sanders
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Bart Rathbone Eugene Meltsner

Notes

Trivia
  • Sadly, this was the last episode for which Hal Smith recorded dialogue prior to his death.
  • This episode brings back the creation of the Bible Room via flashbacks from the episode #24: “Gotcha!”".
See Episodes with Flashbacks
  • The flashback sound effects heard in this episode draw largely from the effects for the Room of Consequence startup sequence.
  • Katrina'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.

Quotes

Connie Kendall: That is depressing! Aren't you depressed?
Katrina Shanks: Well, I wasn't...

Eugene Meltsner: I believe that... I'm in love with Katrina.

Eugene Meltsner: Please don't take offense.
John Whittaker: Oh, I won't. Unless you're going to criticize my mustache.

John Whittaker: <in flashback> Philo, you can get more luck out of a deodorant spray than you can from that silly good luck charm.

John Whittaker: I guess you could say that that's what Whit's End has always been about: to redeem not only rooms, but lives.