The Right Choice, Part 1
Whit and Eugene are finally coming home from the Middle East. Jason meets them in Chicago. Whit has to make a presentation on his time spent in Israel to the board of directors at Universal Press, and Jason is a member of that board. The board also has an offer for Whit, to go on a worldwide missions tour!
The layover in Chicago gives Eugene the opportunity to spend some time with Katrina. But when he tries calling her, no one answers the phone at her dorm room. Eugene thinks that's weird, so he tries her roommate's workplace, the University Bookstore. Katrina's roommate, Janice Mitchell, tells Eugene that Katrina has gone on a trip to the Lake Shore Lodge. She went with Brandon, whom Katrina admitted to be dating when she was last with Eugene (Love Is in the Air, Part 1 & Love Is in the Air, Part 2). Eugene actually drops the phone and nearly faints when he hears Janice's next revelation: Katrina and Brandon went to the Lake Shore Lodge to get engaged!
No one can believe that Katrina would take such a big step without telling Eugene. Whit suggests that Eugene call up the lodge to see if Katrina is there. Eugene does and is hit with another bombshell: Not only is Katrina there, she is part of the Shanks wedding party! Katrina is getting married to Brandon! Eugene doesn't know what to do. Jason tells Eugene to rent a car, drive up to Lake Shore Lodge, and fight for her, show her that he's not willing to let her go so easily! Eugene rushes off to follow Jason's advice.
At the Lake Shore Lodge, Eugene quickly deduces where the Shanks wedding party is and bursts in on them, just in time to hear the happy couple say "I do." But Eugene has burst in on Mr. and Mrs. Shanks renewing their vows. Eugene humiliates himself and ends up apologizing to Katrina. Eugene wants to talk with Katrina about their relationship, but Katrina wants to wait until they are both more rational. She turns and leaves.
Eugene becomes even more irrational. He acts crazy, logging into the Lodge's computer, and almost gets arrested. Katrina is so upset by this, she asks Brandon to take her home to Chicago. On the way home, Brandon and Katrina talk, and their affection grows. Brandon screws up his courage, and asks Katrina to marry him.
- Should Katrina have been angry with Eugene?
- Do you think Katrina overreacted?
- Why or why not?
- What would you have done if you were in Eugene's situation?
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The ‘Lounge Lizard’ scene (the singer ad-libbing to Eugene and Katrina’s conversation) had to be cut from the broadcast version of this episode. It was altered to avoid copyrighted material and then included in the album version.
- Brandon Teller makes his debut in this episode after being mentioned earlier in #335 – #336: “Love Is in the Air”.
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
- This episode, according to the length of Eugene's departure given by Katrina, takes place two weeks after #355: “The Search for Whit, Part 1”.
- Both of the rooms Eugene passes on his way to the Wellington Courtyard are references to the Battle of Trafalgar; the first being the Trafalgar Room and the second the Nelson Room after Admiral Lord Nelson. The Wellington Courtyard itself is probably a reference to British military leader and statesman Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.
QuotesJason Whittaker: Eugene went two weeks without actual verbal contact with Katrina? He must have broke out in hives.
John Whittaker: Well, he had a rash or two, but I blame that on his camel-riding.
Jason Whittaker: Did he mean to travel in his bath robe?
John Whittaker: That’s a caftan he bought from one of the street merchants before we left.
Jason Whittaker: Ah, he went native, huh?
John Whittaker: You know Eugene.
Eugene Meltsner: What am I gonna do?! It's unbelievable! She's not only engaged, she's getting married! Oh, why did I ever go to Israel! What am I gonna do?!
Jason Whittaker: What do you mean, what are you gonna do?
Eugene Meltsner: I believe my question was precise as it could be under the circumstances!
Jason Whittaker: Look, she's not married yet, is she?
Eugene Meltsner: No!
Jason Whittaker: Then it's not too late for you to rent a car, drive up to Lake Shore Lodge, and bring her back to her senses! ...Providing you love her enough to do it.
Eugene Meltsner: Of course I love her!
Jason Whittaker: Then fight for her!
John Whittaker: Do you think that was wise, Jason?
Jason Whittaker: What do you mean?
John Whittaker: Basically, you just sent Eugene on a mission to storm someone else's wedding. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.
Jason Whittaker: Yeah, you could be right. I just wish I could be there to see it.
Eugene Meltsner: <on the phone> No, Mr. Whittaker, I jest not. I rushed in and shouted that it would be a big mistake for Mrs. Shanks to marry Mr. Shanks! Who's that laughing in the background? —Well, tell Jason I don't share his sense of humor. Big help he turned out to be.
Eugene Meltsner: My senses have gone beyond the capacity to function. I can feel my pores fibrillating even as we speak!
Eugene Meltsner: You're making a terrible mistake, Mr. Shanks! You can't let this marriage happen!
Armitage Shanks: I can't? You disapprove of me marrying my wife?
Eugene Meltsner: ...Why are you wearing a wedding dress for Katrina's wedding, Mrs. Shanks?
Eugene Meltsner: I'm truly sorry, Katrina. I couldn't be more humiliated than if someone had painted my face blue and asked me to appear before a congressional subcommittee.
Singer: Yeah, and they could have you playin' in a dump like thi—hey, just kidding, folks. Who loves ya, huh?