Where Is Thy Sting?
Connie's grandmother has died, and everyone at Whit's End is sympathetic, even Eugene. Connie and her mother are trying to make arrangements for the funeral at Wexford Funeral Home. They are also waiting for Connie’s dad to arrive. When they pick him up at the airport, he is agitated, surly, and depressed, and he goes downhill from there.
First, Bill bristles when Connie suggests that instead of having a morose funeral service, they celebrate her grandmother’s life on earth and her new life in heaven. Bill retorts that they’re not going to turn his mother’s funeral into some sort of party. He storms out of the room. Later, he and June get into an argument about the service, and Bill storms out again. He’s so upset that, at the viewing that night, he shows up drunk. June and Connie try to find out why Bill’s behaving so badly, but he won’t tell them.
The service is the next day, and it is beautiful. Jack Allen and George Barclay read from the Scripture and Grandma’s pastor from her home church in New York gives a wonderful eulogy. After the service, Bill, June, and Connie are left alone to say good-bye to Grandma. Bill finally explains his bad behavior: His marriage to April is finished. His life is a mess. He breaks down in tears and leaves, completely without hope.
But for June, it’s a different story. She realizes that she’s been living on the coattails of Connie’s faith, June needs to have a faith of her own. She knows the time is right, so she asks Connie to introduce her properly to Jesus. Connie is only too happy to oblige.
- This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »
- Why was Bill Kendall so upset about his mother’s death?
- Why was Connie so peaceful about it?
- Have you ever had anyone close to you die?
- How did you feel about it?
- How did you react?
- Why did you react in the way you did?
Heard in episode
|Bill Kendall||Alan Bergmann|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|George Barclay||Chuck Bolte|
|Jack Allen||Alan Young|
|June Kendall||Maggie Malooly|
|Reverend Thomas Rowe||Charles Howerton|
|Mr. Wexford||Erv Immerman|
Mentioned in episode
|Mildred Kendall||Eugene Meltsner|
|Bernard Walton||Jack Allen|
|Tom Riley||Jack Allen|
|Jason Whittaker||Jack Allen|
|Helen Kendall||Mr. Wexford|
|April Kendall||Bill Kendall|
- June Kendall's conversion in this episode was one of many that has happened in Adventures in Odyssey over the years. For a complete list of everyone who has been saved on the show, see this List of Conversions.
- Eugene mentions in this episode that he and Bill Kendall have met; this presumably happened during Bill's visit to town in #195: “Father's Day”, though no scene of them interacting was ever heard.
- The music cues during Mildred's funeral include the tune to "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" — the tune on her music box.
- This is Paul McCusker's 100th episode directing.
Eugene Meltsner: Few things are more certain to make people search for meaning in their lives than when face-to-face with the meaning of death.