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Welcome Home, Mr. Blackgaard

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#342: “Welcome Home, Mr. Blackgaard”
{{#vardefine:airdatelink|January 20, 1996}}
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26: Back on the Air ↓
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Matthew 6:14-15
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Matthew 18:21-22
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Pokenberry Falls, R.F.D., Part 2
Welcome Home, Mr. Blackgaard
{{#vardefine:characters|08}}“Welcome Home, Mr. Blackgaard” is episode #342 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Phil Lollar, and originally aired {{#var:airdatelink}}.


Edwin Blackgaard returns to Odyssey with his tail between his legs and wants to make up for leaving without notice during his brother's reign over the town.


Things are rough for Edwin Blackgaard. Having recently fled Odyssey, Edwin has spent his time with Walter Shakespeare, doing a two-man Hamlet in Hooterville and Pecanburg, where we catch up with him. After a particularly disastrous performance (in which the town’s livestock actually outnumber the people in the audience), Edwin is visited backstage by Morton Dunkey, attorney at law. Morton informs Edwin that he has been named in his brother Regis’s will!

Edwin has inherited a piece of property in Odyssey, a store called the Electric Palace! At first, Edwin refuses his inheritance, but the stipulations of the will force him to accept. Shakespeare doesn’t understand why Edwin is so hesitant to go back to Odyssey. Edwin explains that the townspeople will probably never forgive him for running away during his brother’s takeover. Now he’ll have to face the music.

They head back to Odyssey. Edwin braces himself for the trouble he is sure he will encounter. But he doesn’t come across any problems. In fact, the people of the town, including Jack Allen and Tom Riley, welcome Edwin back with open arms. Edwin is so grateful, he feels he must do something for everyone. He decides to give away all of the merchandise in the Electric Palace!

After the store is cleaned out, Jack visits Edwin and convinces him that it isn’t the people of Odyssey who need to forgive him, Edwin needs to forgive himself. Edwin realizes Jack is right. That night, Edwin gets proof that the town isn’t holding a grudge against him. Everyone throws him a party and brings back all the merchandise they took from the store. Edwin is again grateful, so much so, he decides to treat everyone to a one-man performance of Hamlet which is almost bad enough to make them take back their merchandise again.

Discussion Questions[edit]

  1. Why was Edwin so certain that the townspeople of Odyssey would hate him?
  2. Why didn’t the townspeople hate him?
  3. Jack told Edwin he needed to forgive himself.
    • What did Jack mean?
    • Have you ever done anything for which you needed to forgive yourself?


Role Voice Actor
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Bart Rathbone]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Bart Rathbone voiced by Walker Edmiston]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Walker Edmiston]]
Doris Rathbone Pamela Hayden[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Doris Rathbone]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Doris Rathbone voiced by Pamela Hayden]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Pamela Hayden]]
Edwin Blackgaard Earl Boen[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Edwin Blackgaard]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Edwin Blackgaard voiced by Earl Boen]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Earl Boen]]
Jack Allen Alan Young[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Jack Allen]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Jack Allen voiced by Alan Young]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Alan Young]]
John Q. Public Corey Burton[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with John Q. Public]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with John Q. Public voiced by Corey Burton]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Corey Burton]]
Morton Dunkey Jerry Dexter[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Morton Dunkey]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Morton Dunkey voiced by Jerry Dexter]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Jerry Dexter]]
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Tom Riley]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Tom Riley voiced by Walker Edmiston]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Walker Edmiston]]
Walter Shakespeare Corey Burton[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Walter Shakespeare]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Walter Shakespeare voiced by Corey Burton]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Corey Burton]]
Passerby One Unknown[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Unknown|Passerby One]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Unknown|Passerby One voiced by Unknown]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Unknown]]
Passerby Two Unknown[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Unknown|Passerby Two]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Unknown|Passerby Two voiced by Unknown]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Unknown]]




Edwin Blackgaard: ...I'd like to thank you for allowing our two man troupe to bring a little Hamlet, to your little--hamlet.

Edwin Blackgaard: Have you forgotten how we left? Under the cover of darkness, cowering with our tails between our legs like stray ducks?
Walter Shakespeare: I think you mean dogs, sir. Cowering out of town like stray dogs?
Edwin Blackgaard: What difference does it make?!?

Walter Shakespeare: Sir? Sir, I really don't think you need to duck behind me anymore. No one seems to be taking notice of us. And those who are-
Passerby One: Good morning!
Passerby Two: Good morning!
Walter Shakespeare: Good morning.
Edwin Blackgaard: Ahh!!!
Walter Shakespeare: Sir, those who are taking notice of us are very cordial.
Edwin Blackgaard: They're setting me up for the kill! Lulling me into a false sense of security! Be prepared to run, Shakespeare, especially if you see tar and feathers!

Morton Dunkey: I'm a partner in the firm Dunkey, Dunkey, Dunkey, Dunkey, and McCormick. Actually, I'm the third Dunkey.
Edwin Blackgaard: Well, congratulations. I'm so happy for you.

Edwin Blackgaard: Well, that's just ducky, Mr. Donkey!
Morton Dunkey: That's Dunkey
Edwin Blackgaard: Whatever.