Let This Mind Be in You
Whit is going out of town for a couple of days. He puts Connie and Eugene in charge of Whit's End. Connie is nervous about it - she doesn't want to do anything wrong. But Whit tells both her and Eugene that he's left a note that explains everything they need to know. Whit has even included the phone number where he can be reached if they have any questions. Connie still isn't sure about the arrangement, but Whit says all they have to do is run the place the way he would run it. Eugene tells Whit not to worry because everything will be under control. With that assurance, Whit leaves.
The next day, Connie shows up for work dressed like Whit. She figures that if she's supposed to be like Whit, she might as well look like him. Meanwhile, Eugene tries to decide what to do with a delivery of paint. He wonders where Whit is planning to use it. Eugene recalls Whit saying something about repainting the Bible Room and decides to complete the task himself to surprise Whit.
Downstairs, Connie takes on Whit's role with a vengeance. First, she interprets for Jack Davis and Lucy Cunningham-Schultz the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with the angel. Then Connie attempts to fix the malfunctioning Bible Room mirror. Finally, she helps Jimmy solve an ethical dilemma, advising him not to tell his father about being sent to the principal over a shoving match. Connie's attempts to be like Whit fail dismally: Her biblical explanation confuses Jack and Lucy; she breaks the Bible Room mirror; and Jimmy's father, George Barclay, mildly reproves Connie for her poor advice to Jimmy.
Connie is upset. She removes her "Whit sweater" and tells Eugene about her failures. Eugene tells her that being like Whit doesn't mean Connie has to be Whit. Connie can't be anyone else. She has to be herself.
Unfortunately, Eugene hasn't handled things perfectly, either. When Whit returns and sees the Bible Room, he informs Eugene that the paint was for a storage shed outside. Whit asks Eugene if he and Connie read the note. Whit's instructions about the paint and the Bible Room mirror were clearly spelled out there. If they had questions, all they had to do was call! Connie and Eugene sheepishly admit their mistakes, having learned about both imitation and obedience.
- In this episode, who did Whit represent?
- What did his letter signify?
- If Connie and Eugene had called Whit, what would their call have represented?
- Why did Connie try to be Whit?
- Why didn’t she succeed?
- What does it mean to be an “imitator of Christ”?
- How can you best do that?
- Eugene says he's working on a new computer program for computing student's grades at the college. We don't hear about it until later in #76: “Eugene's Dilemma”, when he gets mixed up with Richard Maxwell and the grade-changing scheme.
- Eugene tells Connie that he never assumes. Apparently, he still had one or two kinks to work out in #260: “Naturally, I Assumed...”.
- When Connie tries to turn off the Bible Verse Mirror, she says that she can't unplug it, because Whit had wired it into the wall. This foreshadowed #73: “A Bite of Applesauce”, when Whit told Eugene he had wired all of Whit's End's inventions into Mabel.
- In #588: “Broken-Armed and Dangerous”, Connie writes about the events of this episode in her book Tales of a Small-Town Soda Jerk.
- George mentions Jimmy's actions from #57: “The Prodigal, Jimmy” in this episode.
- The story of Jacob and Esau that Connie tries unsuccessfully to tell to Jack and Lucy, and that Whit begins to more competently tell at the end of the episode, would be dramatized in a story by Bernard in #273: “Two Brothers... and Bernard, Part 2”.
- This is one of the earliest programs to feature Connie and Eugene's playful banter.
- Chris's guest "imitator" Rich Vendel imitates Mickey Mouse and John Wayne in the opening wraparound, while Chris assumes his natural voice is a portrayal of Pee-Wee Herman.
- Connie asks Eugene to go bowling in this show, yet when she and Mitch go bowling years later, she knows hardly anything about it.
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