No Way Out
His leg is broken, and he doesn’t know where he is. John Avery Whittaker can only tell that Lester, a mentally challenged man has him locked in a dark room. Whit pleads with Lester to let him out, but Lester refuses. He tries to make things comfortable for Whit - even makes him a splint - but he won't let him leave. It’s a perilous situation, somehow connected to the Washington family.
Meanwhile, Marvin is convinced that there is a "Cheese Doodle Bandit" around who is stealing things at the new house. Not only that, but the family learns that their house might contain a millionaire’s fortune and Marvin finds a beat-up cell phone in a window well outside! What is going on?!
At Whit's End, Jason and Connie are trying to find the missing Whit. Using a voice message from Whit as their starting point, the two narrow down his whereabouts. But with Whit badly needing medical attention, will they reach him in time? The story continues in Part 2...
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- Were the Washington's right to trust Mr. Dockhart?
- Was Jason wise to try finding Whit by himself?
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- This is one of only two episodes with both an opening segment and a preview in the theme song. The other is #511: “The Pact, Part 1”.
- David Dockhart's name is symbolic of his character and is also a throwback to Whit's pseudonym for Regis Blackgaard in his short story mentioned in #158: “A Day in the Life”.
- The plot device of solving a mystery by using background sounds was previously used in #309: “The Perfect Witness, Part 1” and later in #548: “Sounds Like a Mystery”.
- This episode is one of the rare instances in which Odyssey time is placed within a specific real-world range. Whit asks Lester if 3-18-99 was when "Mr. Al" died, meaning that the episode took place after 1999, and Lester gives Whit Mr. Al's prescription for Darvocet, which was banned in the US in late 2010.
- When Marvin asks when Xavier will be in Chicago, Elaine responds that it takes a couple of days to get there by bus. However, in #387: “New Year's Eve Live!”, Harlow Doyle accidentally gets on the bus to Chicago and was told it would take him from 11:30 or so at night till sometime early the next morning - NOT a couple of days! (Although it is possible he was already outside of town.)
Marvin Washington: Hey, maybe Xavier took the jar with him. You know how he likes pickles.
Ed Washington: I don't think pickles would fit well in his suitcase, and I don't think his mom would appreciate washing pickle juice out of his clothes.
Jason Whittaker: Alright, I'll find him myself.
Jason Whittaker: Let's run it through the frequency spectrum analyzer. I'm just gonna take it through phase cancellation and do a little harmonic filtering.
Connie Kendall: Of course. That's what I would do. Jason, where in the world do you learn this stuff?
Jason Whittaker: Uh... Boy Scouts.