Album 01: The Adventure Begins

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Album 01: The Adventure Begins
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Davey's pizza oven goes haywire in #1: “Whit's Flop”
Released
1991 (as The Early Classics), and 2005 (as The Adventure Begins)
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The Adventure Begins is the first mainstream Adventures in Odyssey album. It was previously released as Odyssey USA, Adventures in Odyssey and The Early Classics.

Description[edit]

Meet Whit, Connie and the townspeople of Odyssey through the imaginative writing and heartwarming stories that are the hallmark of Adventures in Odyssey. In this 12-episode collection, you'll relive the very first episode, learn the real story behind Whit's End, and find out why Connie couldn't wait to leave Odyssey the moment she arrived. Be sure your Adventure in Odyssey collection includes this foundational album. The whole family will enjoy these wholesome, values-based stories - anytime, anywhere!
The Adventure begins! Welcome to a small town called Odyssey — where big things happen! These 12 classic shows laid the foundation for the lively characters and heartwarming stories that are the hallmark of Adventures in Odyssey. It’s a great place for new listeners to start, and longtime fans can relive the whimsical history!

The Gold series includes bonus tracks, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes details!

Volume 1 contains the following stories (and themes):

History[edit]

This album has been released under four different titles. The first two were called Odyssey USA and simply Adventures in Odyssey. Both contained the same episodes, including Odyssey USA references and the unedited Officer Harley episodes #3: “Lights Out at Whit's End”, #7: “Promises, Promises”, #9: “Doing Unto Others”, #12: “The Tangled Web”, #13: “Bobby's Valentine”, and #14: “Missed It By That Much”. These albums were pulled after Focus on the Family decided to remove the Officer Harley episodes from availability.

The third release of this album was called The Early Classics and featured edited versions of two of the Officer Harley episodes ("Promises, Promises", and "The Tangled Web") and completely removed four episodes ("Lights Out at Whit's End", "Doing Unto Others", "Bobby's Valentine", and "Missed It by That Much"). This album included three episodes that were remakes of some of the original Officer Harley episodes (#115: “An Act of Mercy”, #116: “Isaac the Benevolent”, and #117: “The Trouble with Girls”) and also included the episode #19: “Recollections” to round out the collection of twelve episodes. All of the old episodes contained new "wraps", which replaced the Odyssey USA references with Adventures in Odyssey.

When it came time to re-release this album for the Gold Audio CD series in 2005, the Officer Harley remakes were deemed out of place since, although the plots were from the beginning of Odyssey, they included episodes which contained newer characters (such as Eugene Meltsner who wouldn't be introduced until Album 03: Heroes). These three episodes were removed from this album and other older and unreleased episodes took their places. Two of the new episodes were #17: “A Member of the Family, Part 1” and #18: “A Member of the Family, Part 2” which had not been rebroadcast since the Odyssey USA days until right before this release. Rather than edit the original Odyssey USA "wraps", a completely new one was recorded, the first new "wrap" for an older episode in many years.

The other new episode added for the Gold Audio re-release to make 12 episodes was #27: “A Change of Hart”.

The result of these various re-releases is that this album is the only one to have featured 19 different episodes since its first release, though only 12 episodes were available at one time.

Bonus Features[edit]

Major Characters[edit]

Character Episode Number
001 002 004 005 006 007 010 012 017 018 019 027
John Whittaker
Tom Riley
Connie Kendall
David Harley

Episodes[edit]

The Adventure Begins[edit]

Episode Original Airdate Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
001: Whit's Flop
November 21, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
80.6%
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Davey Holcomb learns that failure is important when Whit shows him how to turn a failure into a great success.

002: The Life of the Party
November 28, 1987
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
79.7%
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Craig Moorhead's middle school friends like having him around because he makes them laugh. However, when Craig faces a problem that isn't funny at all, and his friends aren't so friendly anymore, he realizes that just having a sense of humor isn't enough to keep his friends.

004: Connie Comes to Town
December 12, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
87.7%
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Whit's End is packed with so many customers that Whit can't handle it by himself. Fortunately, a young girl by the name of Connie Kendall comes to work for him while she tries to earn some money to return home to California.

005: Gifts for Madge and Guy
December 19, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
89.5%
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Whit tells the people in Whit's End a story about Madge and Guy, who are willing to sacrifice their most treasured possessions for one another.

006: The Day After Christmas
December 26, 1987
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
87.1%
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Annie McNeal goes with Whit to the Foster Creek ghetto. Unfortunately, Annie falls into some danger when a gang starts causing trouble around one of the neighborhoods.

007: Promises, Promises
January 2, 1988
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
91%
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Connie makes a resolution to be more patient no matter what, which turns out to be far more difficult than she imagined.

010: Nothing to Fear
January 23, 1988
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
76.8%
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Shirley Zigler seems to be afraid of everything! But when Shirley's courage is put to the test, she has to put her fears behind her.

012: The Tangled Web
February 6, 1988
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
93.6%
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In a story written by Whit, Connie learns about the consequences of telling little white lies and how they effect those we love.

017: A Member of the Family, Part 1
March 12, 1988
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
78.7%
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Monty Whittaker-Dowd, Whit's grandson, comes to visit for the summer, and learns a few lessons along the way.

018: A Member of the Family, Part 2
March 19, 1988
Steve Harris
Steve Harris
80.8%
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Whit, Jana, and Monty finally resolve their problems.

019: Recollections
March 26, 1988
Phil Lollar
Steve Harris
90.4%
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Tom tells Connie about the history behind Whit's End.

027: A Change of Hart
May 21, 1988
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
84.5%
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Freddie Hart learns that it takes more than different surroundings to make him a different person.

The Early Classics[edit]

Episode Original Airdate Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
001: Whit's Flop
November 21, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
80.6%
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Davey Holcomb learns that failure is important when Whit shows him how to turn a failure into a great success.

005: Gifts for Madge and Guy
December 19, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
89.5%
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Whit tells the people in Whit's End a story about Madge and Guy, who are willing to sacrifice their most treasured possessions for one another.

006: The Day After Christmas
December 26, 1987
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
87.1%
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Annie McNeal goes with Whit to the Foster Creek ghetto. Unfortunately, Annie falls into some danger when a gang starts causing trouble around one of the neighborhoods.

007: Promises, Promises
January 2, 1988
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
91%
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Connie makes a resolution to be more patient no matter what, which turns out to be far more difficult than she imagined.

010: Nothing to Fear
January 23, 1988
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
76.8%
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Shirley Zigler seems to be afraid of everything! But when Shirley's courage is put to the test, she has to put her fears behind her.

012: The Tangled Web
February 6, 1988
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
93.6%
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In a story written by Whit, Connie learns about the consequences of telling little white lies and how they effect those we love.

019: Recollections
March 26, 1988
Phil Lollar
Steve Harris
90.4%
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Tom tells Connie about the history behind Whit's End.

004: Connie Comes to Town
December 12, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
87.7%
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Whit's End is packed with so many customers that Whit can't handle it by himself. Fortunately, a young girl by the name of Connie Kendall comes to work for him while she tries to earn some money to return home to California.

002: The Life of the Party
November 28, 1987
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
79.7%
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Craig Moorhead's middle school friends like having him around because he makes them laugh. However, when Craig faces a problem that isn't funny at all, and his friends aren't so friendly anymore, he realizes that just having a sense of humor isn't enough to keep his friends.

115: An Act of Mercy
June 16, 1990
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
90.3%
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After Tom Riley forgives Rodney Rathbone for breaking a fence and stealing apples, Rodney does not pass on that forgiving spirit.

116: Isaac the Benevolent
June 23, 1990
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
88.7%
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Isaac Morton tries to put the command to 'do unto others' into action - and ends up causing far more harm than good!

117: The Trouble with Girls
June 30, 1990
Paul McCusker
Paul McCusker
88%
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On Valentine's Day, Jimmy Barclay gets a note in his mailbox addressed to him from Jessie Morales. She thinks he is 'the cutest boy in the whole school' ...unfortunately for her, Jimmy wants to get rid of her.

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