|For Better or For Worse, Part 2||Odyssey Sings!||Back to Abnormal|
Looking for a ratings boost, the TV show 'America Sings!' decides it needs small-town singers for its latest auditions. Guess which town is chosen. Odyssey hopefuls are eager to sing their way to the top and win a recording contract... but they have to get past Bryan Dern and Walter Shakespeare first! Tamika, Eugene, Wooton, Officer Burke, Bart, and even Harlow Doyle!
Disappointment hits, however, when they find Cryin’ Bryan Dern to be a judge! Throughout the auditions, various people - in an attempt to be seen on TV - audition for Bryan Dern, Walter Shakespeare, and Mr. Tuttle. Dern is his usual tactless self, and many of the townspeople are discouraged by his comments and “quick quacking.”
In the end, however, the locals decide to have their own talent show in the Little Theater. As they do so, Mr. Tuttle walks by in time to hear Eugene playing and singing. He bursts through the doors and offers Eugene a recording contract. After a meeting, Eugene turns him down. He doesn’t feel Mr. Tuttle’s business practices are anything he’d care to sign his name to. Plus, he feels that his friends in Odyssey are far more important than worldly fame any day.
 Discussion Questions
- Should Tamika have thought that the compliments from Whit, Connie, and Wooton were less meaningful than Bryan Dern's compliment?
- Have You Ever Been to Odyssey? was composed by Will Ryan for his musical album, "Eugene Sings!" The show was done, in part, to promote the release of the album.
- This program featured many Odyssey characters singing. John Fornof composed all the songs (except for Red River Valley and Have You Ever Been to Odyssey?, which was composed and arranged by Will Ryan). The songs composed by John Fornof were then orchestrated and arranged by John Campbell. The actors then sang to Campbell's "scratch" tracks in the studio. Full versions of all songs (except Connie's and Red River Valley) were recorded and included in Album 45: Lost and Found. For the actual show, live music was recorded. The musicians included:
- Included the following songs:
- "The Electric Palace Do-Dah Song" — Sung by Bart, music by Wooton Bassett
- "You Have the Right" — Sung by Officer Stew Burke
- "My Ode to Macaroni" — Sung by Wooton Bassett
- "The Trip of a Lifetime" — Sung by Connie Kendall
- "The Death of Tragedy" (or A 27-Second Opera) — Sung by Harlow Doyle
- "The Highway" — Sung by Tamika Washington
- "The Red River Valley" — Sung by Eugene Meltsner
- "Have You Ever Been to Odyssey?" — Sung by Eugene Meltsner
- This was the first episode in which Walter Shakespeare appeared and Edwin Blackgaard did not.
- This is one of only two episodes that used live music; the other was #387: “New Year's Eve Live!”.
- America Sings is a spoof of American Idol, with Bryan Dern playing the part of a Simon Cowell, and Walter Shakespeare being a Paula Abdul.
 QuotesWooton Bassett: February is my seventh favorite month!
Bryan Dern: Were you singing, or were you trying to hail a cab in rhinoceros language?!
Bryan Dern: Iiiiincredible! My ears haven't hurt this bad since I got my head stuck in the elevator door!
Connie Kendall: Why did you have to pick a judge who was so quick to quack?
Bryan Dern: I admit, I'm a quick quacker.
Bryan Dern: Can we move on now? I have a root canal I'd like to get to.
Bart Rathbone: <singing> Electric Palace doo-dah song a-doo-dah...
Murray: And the name of our next town is...<throws dart>
Mr. Dee: Ow!
Harlow Doyle: My card, my card, here's a twenty, heh, heh ran out of cards.
Cryin' Bryan Dern: Rathbone! What are you doing?!
Bart Rathbone: <in Joe Smith voice> How did you know it was me? <normal voice> Ahem, ahah, AHEM, AHAH! How did you know it was me?
Cryin' Bryan Dern: Your fake goatee fell off!
Bart Rathbone: Ohhhh.
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