It's another edition of "Candid Conversations with Connie," that fabulous radio show in which Connie Kendall interviews interesting people about interesting things. Today it's Tom Riley, owner and operator of the Timothy Center. Connie starts asking questions about all the projects coming up at the Center, but Tom seems hesitant to talk about it. Connie pushes him and eventually finds out, however, that the Center is in a financial crisis...and she didn't even know about it! Whit and Bethany Shepard are listening to the broadcast and suddenly hear a voice cut into the program. It says "Novacom transmission test...testing...one...two...three." Whit wonders why the company is cutting into their programming. Just then, Tom and Connie come out of the booth. Connie wonders why she didn't know about the financial trouble, but Tom insists that he'll handle things. Connie isn't easily persuaded and eventually convinces him to have a big fund-raiser at the Center. Ben and Ellen Shepard help out by praying, while Bethany works on making a list of how she can help save money.
Meanwhile, Whit finds that Novacom is a new company around town which just recently got their broadcasting license. Whit meets with Arthur Dent, a representative of the company, and he assures them that the interference was simply a malfunction. He continues by telling Whit of all that Novacom wants to do in supporting the community of Odyssey. He also says that the company needs to build a radio tower nearby and suggests a plot of land on Tom's property, stating that the company is willing to pay Tom handsomely to build the tower. Connie and Tom, of course, think this is an answer to prayer. Whit isn't so sure, but after Tom meets with Mr. Dent, he agrees to allow them to build their tower. As the trucks begin to prepare the site for construction, the whole gang watches. Tom wonders if Whit still thinks he made the wrong decision. Whit says that he still isn't certain, but there's no point in second-guessing a decision that has already been made. They have to wait on God and see what this new adventure will hold.
- Why did Novacom's offer seem like an answered prayer to Tom and Connie?
- Why do you think Whit was wary of Novacom?
- What are some situations in the Bible where people acted when they weren't sure what God's will was?
- What was the outcome of their situations?
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|Harlow Doyle||Connie Kendall|
|Ellen Shepard||Ben Shepard|
|Dale Jacobs||Town Hall Clerk|
- This episode marks the beginning of the Novacom saga.
- The name Arthur Dent (who is introduced in this episode) is a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
- Harlow Doyle is mentioned but not heard in this episode — one of the few times (or perhaps the only time?) the character is referenced during Will Ryan's extended hiatus from the show.
- Connie mentions in this episode that Tom isn't good at fixing cars. This was seen earlier in #198: “Treasure Hunt” as Tom feebly attempted to install a new fuel pump in his truck.
- This episode heavily reuses the musical score originally composed for #278: “The Fifth House on the Left, Part 1”.
- This is Tom Riley's 100th episode.
QuotesConnie Kendall: You do have a suit, don't you?
Tom Riley: Connie, I was mayor. It was kinda required.
Connie Kendall: Oh, yeah, I remember that suit. Maybe we should try something from a recent decade.
John Whittaker: There's no point in second guessing the decision. It's done. Now all we can do is see how it plays out and have faith that even if we made a mistake that God will work through it.
Tom Riley: But we pay for our mistakes, Whit.
John Whittaker: I know, that's why I hope I'm wrong.
Aubrey Shepard: Ugh, I'll probably have to sell my blood or something.
Bethany Shepard: Ooh, Aubrey, that's a great one! I'll add it to my list, too!
Aubrey Shepard: What list?