Prequels of Love

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#609: “Prequels of Love”
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John 13:34-35
34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

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Prequels of Love
“Prequels of Love” is episode #609 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Kathy Buchanan, and originally aired on February 10, 2007.


From chicken costumes to phone scams, we hear the stories of how Bart Rathbone, Whit, and Bernard Walton met, or proposed to, their wives.


While Bart, Whit, Bernard and Marvin are in the Electric Palace around Valentine's Day, a tornado warning comes over the TV. They all hunker down in the basement and begin talking. The conversation shifts to how Bart and Bernard met their wives, and how Whit proposed to Jenny.

Bart met Doris at a funeral, when they were both trying to scam the family of the deceased for different things.

Bernard, as we heard once before, met Maude at Chick-A-Doodle's (Bernard's favorite restaurant) when she was holding up a sign about their new chicken sandwich.

Whit proposed to Jenny on the beach, and his oh-so-romantic proposal got her a ride in an ambulance.

Marvin learns through the stories to appreciate Tamika.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Was Whit being sensitive to Jenny's feelings?
  2. How can you be sensitive to others?
  3. Do you need to learn how to love someone in your life?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
John Whittaker (young) Jim Custer
Police Officer Jim Custer
Marvin Washington Kendre Berry
Doris Rathbone Diane Hsu
Jack Allen (young) Marshal Younger
Jenny Whittaker (young) Mandy Kaplan
Maude Walton Chris Anthony
Calvin Bernstock Ari Ross
Doctor Unknown

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Character Mentioned By
Tamika Washington Marvin Washington
Ed Washington Marvin Washington


  • Bernard tells Maude, "I'm choking!" People who are choking are unable to speak, even when meeting their future spouses.



Bart Rathbone: Shoppers! Don't forget about the Electric Palace's half-off rebate program! Just bring back your receipt whenever the second Tuesday of the month falls on the fifteenth!

John Whittaker: If a funnel cloud has been spotted, we need to get below ground. Bart, where's the basement?
Bart Rathbone: Upstairs!
Bernard Walton: The basement?
Bart Rathbone: Yeah, can't we just go upstairs instead? I keep my private snack supply downstairs.
John Whittaker: Bart!
Bart Rathbone: Okay, fine. But don't touch my pork rinds!

Bernard Walton: Hi, whats your name?
Maude: Choodle the Chicken!!!
Bernard Walton: No, I mean your real name!!!!
Maude: Huh? Oh, I'm Maude.

Jack Allen: So Whit, tonight's the night you are going to ask her?
John Whittaker: It is, Jack. I wrote a poem to Jenny and put it in a bottle.
Jack Allen: Ahh, and it'll wash up in her bathtub!
John Whittaker: Very funny.

Bart Rathbone: Never heard of her. But what an unfortunate last name.
Doris Vineropoli: I'm here too.
Bart Rathbone: Doris!? I mean—uh, you're definitely not Doris! You're the—mail lady.
Doris Vineropoli: No. I'm Doris.
Bart Rathbone: Doris! You was in the clear, and free, why didn't you run?
Doris Vineropoli: Yeah, I was going to. But then, then I realized: I'd rather be in jail with you than eating Cheetos by myself!
Bart Rathbone: Aw...I love yous, too!

Bernard Walton: Maude, Maude, stop! You really don't know me so well.
Maude: Of course I do!
Bernard Walton: No, no, because if you could really see right through me, you'd know I only took this crazy class so I could get to know you, and that I haven't stopped thinking about you since I saw you at Chick-A-Doodles, and I'm sitting here right now taking this test on whether or not I have a fear of cereal because I wanna see you again! Did you know that?
Maude: Oh, Bernard...really?
Bernard Walton: Maybe I am insane.
Maude: Well, I—I think I have just the thing here. <rips paper> Your prescription, Mr. Walton.
Bernard Walton: Oh, it's a phone number.
Maude: Well, maybe we can have dinner sometime.
Bernard Walton: Oh. I'm almost done with this like chicken?

John Whittaker: WILL YOU MARRY ME?!
Doctor: Well, answer the question. Are you gonna marry him?
Jenny Morrow: Yes! Yes, of course I'll marry you, John Avery!
John Whittaker: YES!
Doctor: Good. Now, any allergies?

Marvin Washington: <on the phone> Hi, Tamika. It's me, Marvin. Can you tell Mom and Dad I'm okay? I'll be home in about ten minutes. And Tamika...I just wanted you to know, I think I'd really miss it if you didn't talk so much; I mean, you can be really funny sometimes. No, I don't need to borrow any money; I was just sayin' that—never mind. Happy Valentine's Day.
Bart Rathbone: <on the phone with Doris> I, ah...I just wanna say I love you.
Bernard Walton: <on the phone with Maude> No, I am not going through a midlife crisis!
Bart Rathbone: No, really, it's Bart!

Bernard Walton: First you dress up as a chicken, and now you're a quack. What's next—a cow?