The Forgotten Deed
The plan to bury the new time capsule in the basement of Whit's End causes a 'separation of church and state' conflict that jeopardizes the future of the shop.
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When the decision to bury the new time capsule at Whit's End reaches Bryan Dern he decides to talk to Mayor Margaret Faye about the issue. It is realized that the religious Whit's End is on public property and thus can no longer be religious. However, the previously lost deed is discovered and shows that McAlister Park is meant to be used for religious purposes and that not doing so would result in the land reverting back to the McAlister family. When this is realized, the Odyssey city council relinquishes the cities claim on the land and allow it to return to the McAlister family. Eleanor McAlister then sells McAlister park to John Whittaker who put's it into a trust fund with the Universal Press Foundation.
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- This episode finally clears up the Land around Whit's End controversy.
- This episode is a parody title of #92: “The Ill-Gotten Deed”.
- This is Bryan Dern's last episode to date.
- It's possible that the events in this episode may have led to the end of Margaret Faye's tenure as mayor.
- In this episode, Whit says that "while Whit's End may not appeal to people who like to believe in a variety of truths, it remains dedicated to a single truth -- the truth of God." This references The Truth Chronicles, which was being produced at the same time.
- The scene in Whit's End before the city council meeting in which Whit, Connie, Eugene, Bernard, and Jack all show up with varying reasons for being at the shop is reminiscent of a scene in #330: “The Time Has Come” in which first Jack, then Connie, Bernard, and Tom all find their way to the Bible Room for Eugene's conversion prayer.
QuotesBryan Dern: Okay so, now I'm bored. Bored, bored, BORED! There's nothing to talk about! The most excitement around here is a little press conference with the mayor. According to the two people who actually attended, they've decided to bury the new time capsule back in the basement at Whit's End. Well, whoopedy, doopedy, doo!!
Bernard Walton: This is insane! They can't close down Whit's End after all these years!
John Whittaker: It looks like they can, Bernard.
Bryan Dern: Really? Are you suggesting a conspiracy by members of our government to suppress the truth from the common man?
Eugene Meltsner: No.
Bryan Dern: Well, I am! That's a lot more interesting than what you just said isn't it?
Bryan Dern: Hey, Bernard!
Bernard Walton: How would you like a squeegee shoved up your nose?
John Whittaker: The two of you should take a look at this.
Jack Allen: What is it?
John Whittaker: Our miracle!
John Whittaker: <to Eugene> Thank you for that very helpful and touching statement on behalf of Whit's End.
Margaret Faye: Did he say anything?
John Whittaker: He did. As only Eugene can say it.
Jack Allen: I thought I heard a sandwich calling my name.
Margaret Faye: What deed, Whit?
Eugene Meltsner: What deed indeed?
Connie Kendall: Quiet, Eugene!
Connie Kendall: Oh! I just can't stand to listen anymore.
Eugene Meltsner: Frankly I don't understand why you turned it on in the first place. One doesn't look to Cryin Brian Dern as a reliable source for news and information.
Bernard Walton: Yeah, in fact I don't consider him to be a reliable source for anything. Except stress headaches.