Connie is reading through some of Whit's short stories and wishes aloud that she could write like Whit. She feels that something interesting is always happening to Whit, while she is as boring as a glass of water. But Whit disagrees and reminds Connie of an incident that recently happened to her, which would make a great story.
Connie directed one of Whit's plays, "The Sower and the Seeds," based on the parable of the sower. Everyone around Whit's End had roles. At first, they each were excited about their parts, but soon the actors began to behave just like the "scattered seeds" in the parable.
Eugene was snatched from the play by his college computer club, just like the seed in the parable was snatched up by the birds. Monty Whittaker-Dowd was like the seeds sown among the rocks - enthusiastic in the beginning about his part, but when things got tough, he left. Jenny Whittaker-Dowd was worried about what other people would think of her if she didn't do a perfect job. She was so worried, in fact, that she choked - just like the seeds sown among the thorns. Tom Riley and Lucy Cunningham-Schultz were similar to the good seeds who stuck with it, worked hard, and produced a good crop - the play.
Connie realizes she has lived out a modern version of one of Jesus' parables, and she thanks Whit for pointing that out. Whit smiles and tells her that we're surrounded by parables in our daily lives - we just have to learn to look for them.
- This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »
- Monty was excited about his part at first, but then his enthusiasm petered out. Has that ever happened to you?
- How so?
- Jenny choked and couldn't do her part at all. Have you ever "choked" on something you were involved in?
- What did you do?
- Eugene became so busy with other things, he couldn't do his part. Is there something important you're neglecting because you are too busy?
Heard in episode
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Jenny Whittaker-Dowd||Tiffany Brissette|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Lucy Cunningham-Schultz||Genni Long|
|Monty Whittaker-Dowd||Chad Reisser|
|Tom Riley||Walker Edmiston|
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] In the broadcast version of this episode, Chris begins the episode from her greenhouse where she has rare plants, and one way of entertaining them is by playing the AIO theme. After she plays it, though, the plants all start choking.
- This show is credited as being written by Campbell Freed. The name came from Phil Lollar and Paul McCusker mothers, Agnes Campbell Lollar (Phil’s mother) and Nancy Freed (Paul's mother).
- Interesting to know that Connie wishes she could write, but she doesn't take action on this wish until #580: “Tales of a Small-Town Thug”.
- The story Connie reads in the beginning is from another AIO episode, #12: “The Tangled Web”.
- This episode is the first to feature Eugene's ukelele. This started Eugene's musical career and eventually led to 2 AIO-based musical albums: Eugene Sings and Eugene Sings! Christmas.
- Eugene says, "Down to the last microbyte." "Kilobyte," "Byte," and "Bit" are computer terms (for decreasingly small memory), but "Microbyte" doesn't mean anything! Perhaps Eugene was too preoccupied to think.
- AIO Update: Read
Connie Kendall: Actually, uh, I did the play while I was in elementary school. It was called 'Little Flip-Flop Meets Mean Old Mr. Gum'. It was an anti-litter program!
John Whittaker: Have you tried?
Connie Kendall: Yeah, I've tried. I start with a pencil and a blank piece of paper.
John Whittaker: And?
Connie Kendall: And, I end with pencil and a blank piece of paper!
Tom Riley: The computer club has something urgent? What could be urgent?! It has a fractured floppy disk? A cracked keyboard?
Connie Kendall: <reading lines to Monty> The news of it has spread...
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: The news of it has spread... Um...
Connie Kendall: Even out to these lonely...
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: The news of it has spread even out to these lonely... Um...
Connie Kendall: And nethermost...
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: And nethermost...
Connie Kendall: Regions.
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: Regions!
Connie Kendall: <exasperated> Monty!
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: Monty!