The Inspiration Station, Part 1
Connie loves spending time in Whit's newest invention, the Inspiration Station. But when a glitch shuts down the machine, her obsession may go too far. Meanwhile, Eugene traces the source of the malfunction to Matthew Parker, who apparently has been “fixing” everyone’s electronics, with disastrous results!
The season opens with Connie experiencing Whit's new invention called "The Inspiration Station". After her first line ("This is great!"), she is greeted by Whit. Connie mentions she met Whit's "friend", presumably Mortimer. She also talks about how her perspective of life has changed as a result of using the device and that she isn't annoyed by things that she used get frustrated with. (This is a possible reference to #7: “Promises, Promises”.)
Then the scene transfers back to Whit's End just as Whit and Eugene meet. All at once the displays and inventions seem to have "gone crazy" and powered down. Whit suggests to Eugene that a computer virus may be the source of their trouble. Eugene says that Matthew Parker was near their equipment.
At the Parker household, Eva Parker finds that Matthew has erased the speed dial numbers on her cell phone, David finds that his GPS no longer works but does say Matthew's name and says they are in a foreign country, and Olivia and Camilla find that Matthew has erased all the shows on the DVR. Matthew is then bombarded with complaints from his family that he's been reprogramming their devices. They eventually come to a realization of sorts, and tell him that he needs to ask permission before making future changes.
Matthew comes to Whit's End and tells Eugene that he ran the hard-drive cleanup program on the laptop connected to the The Imagination Station. Whit explains to him that he shouldn't try tamper with things he doesn't how to use. Eugene comes in and says that all lost files were on a backup in the Computer Room, but it will take him the rest of the day to reinstall them. After Matthew leaves, Eugene is quick to judge him for what he did, but Whit reminds him of how he computerized all of Whit's End in #51: “Connie, Part 1”.
Whit then talks to Connie briefly about how her experience in The Inspiration Station made her feel; she replies with "contented, blissful, peaceful, serene, happy."
Olivia finds Matthew in the park, mad about what happened. She becomes worried and consults Camilla at Whit's End. There, Olivia decides that she would like to change her order and finds it strange that Connie isn't annoyed. Both of these events make her confused.
Whit talks to Connie once again and she says that her experience in The Inspiration Station changed her and made her close to God.
At the Parker home once again, Matthew's parents are worried that he isn't working on any projects and that he hasn't been to Whit's End. Matthew blames these actions and feelings on his experience at Whit's End.
At Whit's End again, Eugene says that he's fixed everything in the shop. Connie is mad that she wasn't informed earlier when The Inspiration Station was fixed. She goes into frenzy before leaving for her Bible study.
The next day at Whit's End, two of Connie's pet peeves drive her crazy. Kids are breaking dishes left and right, and are getting very picky and impatient with their orders. Connie responds by "playing their game" and promptly hurls several glasses into the wall in rapid succession to prove to the kids how angry she is with them. She then asks the kids if they are now ready for her to get those orders for them.
Connie wakes up. She's in bed at home from her Bible study. The last event was only a dream. She decides that she needs help and goes back to Whit's End late at night so she can spend more time in the Inspiration Station.
- What effect does the Inspiration Station have on Connie?
- Matthew wasn’t trying to hurt anyone by retooling their things. Why was his family upset with his actions?
- Have you ever tried to help a friend or family member, only to make things worse?
- What would you do if you were in Matthew’s situation?
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|John Whittaker||Andre Stojka|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Matthew Parker||Zach Callison|
|David Parker||Marc Evan Jackson|
|Eva Parker||Amanda Troop|
|Olivia Parker||Hope Levy|
|Camilla Parker||Sydney Shiotani|
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version of this episode contains additional scenes about what Matthew tampered with. It also includes a ringtone that Matthew set up on Eva's phone. It also includes different music cues and a 5-Word intro instead of Chris's usual intro followed by Whit.
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode includes additional dialogue between Connie and Eugene about her agitation about the Inspiration Station.
- This episode is Andre Stojka's first non-Passages: Darien's Rise episode as the voice of John Avery Whittaker.
- This is the Parker family's first episode.
- This episode picks up right after the conclusion of #642: “The Imagination Station, Revisited, Part 2”.
- This was the first new episode in the 2010 Season, after an almost two year hiatus — the longest in AIO history.
- This episode introduced a new AIO theme song composed by John Campbell. The new theme song was only 30 seconds long in order to accommodate longer scripts, in contrast to the previous theme which was about one minute long. Excluding "Welcome to Whit's End", this was the first episode to feature this updated fifth version of the theme music.
- Whit references #52: “Connie, Part 2” in this episode (Eugene's tinkering at Whit's End, not Connie's salvation).
- Whit remarks in this episode that he never saw anything like the malfunctions that occur throughout Whit's End. Although a similar phenomenon was seen during Level 1 of Applesauce in #73: “A Bite of Applesauce” and #83: “The Battle, Part 1”, Whit was not at the shop during either instance.
- Eva's ringtone after Matthew reprograms it may be the Twilight Zone theme song.
- The first scene of this episode can be heard at this podcast.
- In the 81st Official Podcast a very brief shot of the script for this episode was shown. It can be viewed below.
John Whittaker: You can’t presume to know what you don’t know.
Eugene Meltsner: Tinkering with other people’s equipment is a very dangerous thing to do. If Matthew wants a future in technology, he should learn now...
John Whittaker: Learn what, Eugene? Aren’t you the one that computerized and installed new programs all over the shop, without asking me first?
Eugene Meltsner: Well... yes. I'll get back to work.
John Whittaker: <laughs> Thanks, Eugene.