While Eugene and Whit are taking a train ride back to Odyssey from Chicago, Eugene meets an old enemy named Lawrence Chalmers. For several years, Lawrence has been Eugene's nightmare. Lawrence stole a term paper from Eugene at their previous college. This caused Eugene to get a lower grade and kept him from attending the university of his choice. Not only that, but Lawrence also stole Eugene's former girlfriend, Margaret Hoffmeyer, and ended up marrying her! Seeing Lawrence again makes Eugene so upset, he can't eat that night and retires to his room to sleep.
Meanwhile, as the train rounds a corner, Whit looks at the rear baggage cars and witnesses a struggle between two figures, one of whom falls off the train! Whit rushes back to the baggage car and finds Margaret unconscious. She awakens in near hysteria, crying that her husband, Lawrence, was pushed out of the train. And she claims that Eugene did it! Did Eugene actually murder Lawrence? If he didn't, who did? Is Lawrence Chalmers really dead? It gets intense when a girl called "the porter" reveals herself as Margaret! She says that she pushed Lawrence out, but confusion arises when a "British detective" reveals himself as Lawrence! What is going on? It was all a prank by Eugene and some of his acting friends from collage! Jeffery Chism as Lawrence Chalmers and Inspector McGravy! And Jennifer Marley as Margret Hoffmeyer and the porter! They pushed a mannequin off the train! It was all peaches and cream when a police officer comes in and states that they found a body on the train track! They are brought to the police station for questioning. That was a prank by Whit and the officer!
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- How did Whit figure out what really happened on the train?
- Do you think God likes jokes? Why or why not?
- What kinds of things do you do to break up your daily routine?
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Jeffery Chism||Phil Lollar|
|Jennifer Marley||Katie Leigh|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Officer Jim||Bob Luttrell|
|P.A. announcer||Bob Luttrell|
|Train conductor||Bob Hoose|
|Train conductor||Bob Luttrell|
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] Various lines in this episode (such as the porter saying, “Oh, one more!”) were cut in the broadcast version.
- PARENTAL WARNING: This is a mystery in which Whit solves a murder on a train. Although told tongue-in-cheek, it may be too intense for younger listeners under 10 years old.
- This episode was first released in the album "A Maze of Mysteries".
- In this episode, it is mentioned that Odyssey is located between the cities of Chicago, Illinois and Cincinnati, Ohio, a tip of the hat to the mention that Odyssey is in Ohio is #FP01: “Whit's Visitor”.
- This episode reuses music from #39: “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 1” and #40: “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 2”.
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
- Toward the end of this episode, Whit tells Inspector McGreavy, "You showed me your manuscript about the History of Reading Gaol..." This references a line earlier in the episode in which the Inspector says, "What say...you look over the roughs of my book." However, before the two of them could look at the book manuscripts, they saw the "murder" on the back of the train. Whit never looked at the manuscript, and it's highly unlikely he would stop investigating a murder to read a book. This could be explained by assuming Whit saw a glance of the title in passing.
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