The Case of the Secret Room, Part 2
Whit ends up all right but is still at odds with Inspector Ralph Howards about investigating the case. Howards insists that Whit drop it. Whit suspects that Howards might be hiding something - and continues his quest to solve the mystery. The plot is further complicated when Whit learns that Howards was involved in a car chase that led to the death of a man named Alfred Myers. In the man's car, the police found a .38 caliber pistol (the same caliber as the bullet found in the skeleton).
Just then, the mysterious lady arrives and introduces herself as Spencer Barfield's sister. She's determined to clear her brother's name and help Whit in any way she can. She claims that Alfred Myers was in cahoots with Percival Fenwick, the bank manager! Fenwick later denies the claim. He says he had hired Myers as a private investigator to keep an eye on Howards, who Fenwick thinks was in on the bank robbery, too. Whit, Connie, and Jami Martin can't figure out who to believe. Then Tom comes up with an idea of his own: What if the money is buried in the basement of Whit's End?
That night, Whit goes down to dig for the buried box and is surprised to find that it's there! That's only the first surprise, as he is suddenly interrupted by someone. Who? It would be unfair to solve the mystery for you. But you can be sure that justice is served - and everyone involved learns an important lesson about greed and how it can lead even the best people into trouble.
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- Why was Whit so intent on following this case?
- Whit said that he was exercising his rights as a citizen by pursuing the case. What did he mean?
- Whit lamented that this whole incident was caused by greed. When have you felt greedy?
- What’s the best way to keep your greed under control?
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Jami Martin||Jennifer Minnery|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Percival Fenwick||Walker Edmiston|
|Ralph Howards||Earl Boen|
|Tom Riley||Walker Edmiston|
|Miss Barfield||Joan Gerber|
- PARENTS: This is a mystery about a 40-year-old murder. It contains subject matter that may be too intense for younger children.
- VERSION DIFFERENCE: The broadcast version of the program has a longer introduction with Chris explaining what happened last time.
- The blow dart at the end of this episode was originally a gun, but it was changed to dispel potential audience fears about violence.
- In this episode, Whit says "I haven't done this much digging since I was in the army." However, as made clear in #93: “Rescue from Manatugo Point” and #94: “Operation Digout”, Whit was in the navy.
- In most cases, the statute of limitations would actually prevent Percival Fenwick from being prosecuted for the robbery at the Odyssey Bank.
QuotesJohn Whittaker: Then you leave me no choice but to exercise my right as a citizen and pursue this case until justice is done!
Ralph Howards: I told you yesterday, it's a closed case.
John Whittaker: But it can't be a closed case as long as there are unanswered questions.
John Whittaker: Tom, you're beginning to sound like a parrot. If you think you know where the money is hidden, why don't you say so?
John Whittaker: Poor Spencer. You know, somehow it's just not fair to lose a life over something so worthless as money.
Tom Riley: I guess that's why the Bible says money is the root of all evil.