The Black Veil, Part 2
Continued from part 1... Tap-tap-tap! Cal comes in through Alex's window to see what's going on. Alex tells him all that's happening and Cal deduces that what's happening must be connected to the satellite boxes installed in Odenton. Later, Alex heads over to Whit's End to apologize to Whit and asks him about satellites. Whit doubts the connection, but takes it more seriously when Jason tells him that the same kind of boxes were installed in Alaska and that they are having the same kind of problems. After hanging up with Whit, Jason decides to test the theory by watching TV all night.
Tap-tap-tap! It's Cal at Alex's window again. Cal has a satellite box and decides to take it apart. He finds a sticker for Veil Industries, but he and Alex can't find anything about the company. Cal takes the box to Whit to see what he can figure out.
Back in Alaska, Walter finds Jason blurry-eyed in front of the television, acting angry. Walter is convinced Jason is coming down with the disease. Jason says he thinks the problem is the satellites, but Walter says the Beckers have problems but don't have a box. Jason says to head to the Beckers'. Once there, Jason finds that their neighbor has a satellite box. Jason calls Whit to compare notes. Whit tells Jason that he's taken a box apart and found a port that sends signals out. Jason wonders what kind of signal can go through walls. "Radio waves," Whit concludes.
Soon after, Whit is working on the box and tells Connie and Cal that the box contains almost identical circuitry to the Imagination Station. Except one piece (the same piece he left out in the plans he gave Barry Muntz, reference "Breaking Point") is now replaced with something else. Connie makes the connection between radio waves, Eugene's research, Novacom, and the Imagination Station. Whit decides to put the new piece in the Imagination Station and see what happens. Whit gets in and starts the Station. Suddenly, he cries out! Connie turns off the machine as Whit continues to yell. Whit stumbles out, saying it isn't safe. Later, Connie finds Whit in his office. He tells her that the Station turned him into one of the worst monsters in history. He thinks the box makes people become evil. He says he's going to start making phone calls, lock up the Imagination Station, and call Agent Bourland. He also says that this is a spiritual battle and they need to treat it that way. Soon after, Whit visits the satellite company. He wants to talk to Veil Industries, but the manager there tells him that the boxes have been recalled. Veil has disappeared.
Back in Alaska, Jason faces similar problems. He can't get through to anyone. Walter points out that at least the boxes are gone. He also tells Jason that he has an intern for him. That evening at dinner, Walter introduces Paula Jarvis; she and Jason hit things off well and Jason says he's looking forward to her time there.
Back in her room that night, "Paula" calls Mr. Charles. Paula is actually Monica Stone! She tells Mr. Charles that she's made contact with Jason and will soon find the package from Eugene. It's only a matter of time.
- Read Ephesians 6:12. How does this verse connect to this episode?
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|Rachel Jefferson||Cal Jordan|
|Nick Mulligan||Cal Jordan|
|Mr. Sneed||Cal Jordan|
|Mike Mulligan||Cal Jordan|
|Eugene Meltsner||Connie Kendall|
|Peter Bourland||John Whittaker|
- PARENTAL WARNING: Due to the intensity of several scenes in this show (mainly because of the scenes where the people using the cable boxes get angry rather intensively), it isn't recommended for younger children. Recommended maturity level: Ages 8 and up.
- Whit mentions the theft of the Imagination Station's plans in this episode. This occurred during the episode #473: “Breaking Point”.
- The satellite company employee's comment in this episode about Whit not having a TV is a reference to a trivia point about Whit established earlier in #116: “Isaac the Benevolent”.
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
John Whittaker: Hi, Jason. Where are you?
Jason Whittaker: I'm in Alaska.
John Whittaker: Oh? What are you doing up there?
Jason Whittaker: Freezing. And helping out with some problems with a church up here, which is why I called.
Cal Jordan: So how is this going to work?
John Whittaker: I'm gonna take my piece out of the Imagination Station and replace it with theirs. And then I'll see what happens.
Connie Kendall: Won't that be dangerous?
John Whittaker: I don't have a choice, Connie. I can't send anyone else in. I have to find out what's going on. Now if you hear anything out of the ordinary, use the emergency shut-off.
Connie Kendall: What happened, Whit?
John Whittaker: Oh, Connie, it was awful—the most horrible thing I've ever experienced! In a matter of seconds, it was as if—as if I became the worst monsters in history!
Connie Kendall: What?
John Whittaker: I was Cain, standing over my dead brother! I was Pharaoh, ordering the murder of innocent babies all over the country... I was Herod and Stalin and—and Hitler! I felt hate... greed... utter contempt for all human life. I became pure evil!
Connie Kendall: So... that's what the black box is doing to people?
John Whittaker: Well, perhaps not in such a concentrated dose, but... yes, I think so.