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For other uses, see Whit's End (disambiguation).

Whit's End is a Victorian house and ice cream parlor at the centerpiece of the radio series Adventures in Odyssey, founded, owned, and operated by John Whittaker. Its name is a pun reflecting Whittaker's nickname. Whit's End has faced competition from rival businesses Dairy Dream, Blackgaard's Castle, and the Novacom Kids Center.

Paul McCusker noted on the official podcast in 2009 that

Back in the beginning, the idea of Whit's End was that it was like Snoopy's doghouse: you almost never really knew what was in there and how far it went. And we actually want to maintain that there are any number of rooms, and contraptions, and inventions, and secret passages that show up as we have need.

History

The history of the building Whit's End now occupies has been explored in numerous AIO episodes, and plays a significant role in several episodes, as well:

  • Originally, Odyssey's church stood where Whit's End now lies. There was the main church building with a tower, the rectory, and a tunnel going from the basement of the rectory out into the woods.
  • Henri LeMonde was a wealthy missionary and eccentric treasure hider, who hid a secret room containing clues to his last great treasure in the attic of the church tower around the turn of the 19th Century. The room would only open when the notes A-D-E-A-F-C-A-B-B-A-G-E were played in the centre of the middle keyboard of the pipe organ in the attic.
  • Rufus Cowley was a treasure hunter who was arrested in the tower, years later, looking for the treasure of LeMonde. He wrote a clue as to how to open the secret room, and hid it in the Middle C pipe of the organ. The clue remained undiscovered until it was found by Robyn Jacobs in #102: “The Treasure of LeMonde!”
  • The building was part of the Underground Railroad, helped by Reverend Andrew Jamison. He lived in the rectory, beside the church. He built a second tunnel from the rectory to the church. He knew about the mineral (later used in TA-418), which he learned about from the natives, who called it "The Silent One".
  • In 1850, Higgam McAlister owned the property the church stood on, and had Odyssey's first telegraph line installed there. On the day it was to become operational, Higgam's body was found at the bottom of a cliff on Forest Mountain.
  • The rectory and most of the church burned later in 1850, at the hands of Nathan, a slave owner trying to smoke out his slave. Only the church tower remained, and the tunnels underneath. Both tunnels now lead to the woods, as the church was now gone. The tunnel to the church was covered with dirt until it was finally found and unearthed by Jack Allen and Carl Ross years later. This tunnel was collapsed soon after by Blackgaard in #334: “The Final Conflict”. The other tunnel supposedly collapsed after Jason Whittaker detonated several explosives in it faking his own death in 635: Accidental Dilemma, Part 2. However, in Home Again, Part 1 at least one of the tunnels has been dug up or repaired as Jason is able to walk through it and bypass the security door.
  • The land was given by the McAlister family over to the city, to create McAlister Park, on the condition that the land would always be used to glorify God, and that it could never be sold. If these conditions were broken, the land ownership would revert back to the McAlister family. In the episode 637: The Forgotten Deed the city almost violated said agreement and because of the Separation of Church and State debate going on at the time the city decided to cession McAlister Park back to the McAlister family who subsequently sold the property to the Universal Press Foundation.
  • The building which is now Whit's End was designed by Lyle Architects, and commissioned by the mayor sometime between the fire and 1910. It was modelled after the Tate House (the house of Thaddeus Tate, a wealthy railroad developer on the edge of town), because the building was on the edge of McAlister Park, and a house would look better than an institutional building in such a setting. It was the Fillmore Recreation Center for years, until the mayor lived in the building for 4 years sometime closely after 1946. After this, it was continuously the Fillmore up until it became Whit's End.
  • In 1910, Alman McAlister installed Odyssey's first telephone switchboard in the Fillmore Center. He died that day from falling off the top of a flagpole.
  • Some extra construction/renovation was done to the building during the Great Depression, and Tom Riley Sr. was one of the workers.
  • From the 1930's to the 50's, the Fillmore ran Odyssey's only radio station out of one of the upstairs rooms.
  • In 1946, Spencer Barfield worked at the Fillmore. He was murdered in the basement by Alfred Myers on June 2nd, 1946, or shorty afterwards, when he saw Myers hiding a stolen $25,000 in the basement. Myers hid the body as well as the money in a back room, then covered the door with a cabinet. The room, the body, and the money were all undiscovered until #39: “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 1”.
  • After the Fillmore closed down, city councilman Philip Glossman tried to sell the property, with the highest bid resting at $3 million, to the Webster Development Firm. It was later revealed that this was Dr. Regis Blackgaard, who was likely being assisted by Glossman in trying to attain the mineral under the building.
  • Mr. Whittaker bought Whit's End on behalf of the Universal Press Foundation for 3.5 million dollars.
  • A bomb was set off in the basement by Blackgaard, causing minimal long-term damage.
  • In the episode #77: “The Nemesis, Part 1”, Whit read the goals his late wife Jenny established for Whit's End (as originally revealed in #19: “Recollections”):
Whit's End is designed to be a place of discovery and adventure, filled with books and activities, arts and crafts, and uplifting conversation. But most of all, it is a place where kids of all ages can just be kids.

An extended version of the speech was revealed in episode #637: “The Forgotten Deed”:

Whit’s End will be an ice cream shop and discovery emporium. It will have a soda fountain, a museum, a well-stocked library, a theater. It will be a place of faith imagination, adventure, and discovery, where the joy of learning will be found in everything we do. It will be a place where the Bible will come alive for all who enter. It will be a place where kids will learn respect for one another, and for their parents, and for all in authority over them; a place where kids will engage in uplifting and wholesome conversation; a place with character building activities; a place filled with constructive fun, games, arts, and crafts. But most of all it will be a place where kids of all ages can just be kids.

Workers

Connie Kendall. Soda jerk and radio host.

Eugene Meltsner. Computer programming engineer.

Nick Mulligan. Soda jerk.

Jimmy. Custodian and soda jerk.

Ernie Myers. Handyman, soda jerk, custodian.

Aubrey Shepard. Soda jerk.

Emma Douglas.

Ed Washington. Manager Whit's End Connellsville

Julie Myers Soda Jerk

Whit's End Connellsville

Main article: Whit's End (Connellsville)

At the present, there are two Whit's Ends; one is in Odyssey, the other in Connellsville.

The W. E.

The W.E.is not a separate place apart from Whit's End at all. It is Whit's End, but was temporarily revamped with new ideas. Whit eventually undid the W.E. and restored the original Whit's End because he felt the W.E. was more about gadgets than what it should be about - people.

Ideas

  • Climbing Wall (Nick Mulligan)
  • Skateboarding park (Nick)
  • Virtual Shopping (Liz Horton)
  • Sped Up Imagination Station (Nathaniel Graham)
  • Astronomically Correct Planetarium (Eugene)
  • Ice Cream flavors that appeal to a bigger demographic (eg. Coffee cones for adults; cotton candy for kids; and carrot cones for vegetarians)
  • The woods behind W.E. to become a candy cane forest (Bethany Shepard)
  • "In the booths are computers."Type in your order and whoever is on duty in the back will see your order. And they'll have it out to ya' in a flash" (Nick speaking to Nathaniel)

Rooms

A floor plan released in The Complete Guide.

Although this floor-plan appeared in The Complete Guide, it is made clear in the guide and from the producers on various occasions that this is only one interpretation of the building, it is not necessarily canonical or complete. This is especially a valid point when considering the description of Whit's End given in #244: “The Mysterious Stranger, Part 1” multi-part episode, where a servant staircase near the kitchen is mentioned several times as a key plot element. There is also an extensive basement which includes a secret room (#39: “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 1”), tunnel to the woods in McAlister Park, a workshop, scary pipe noises (#10: “Nothing to Fear”), and a buried time capsule.

List of Inventions

Main article: List of Inventions

Known Menu Items

  • Cheese Burger
  • Chocolate Turnover
  • Apple Turnover
  • Carmel Apple
  • Lemonade
  • Milk
  • Banana Split
  • Banana Fruit Split
  • Root beer floats
  • Fizz's
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Pizza
  • Kiddie Orange
  • Hot Chocolate

Sundae Flavors

Soda Flavors

Malt Flavors

Milkshake Flavors

  • Double Raspberry Delight Shake (mentioned in “Three O'Clock Call”)
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Strawberry
  • Jellybean Fruit Shake (noted in the second official guide)

Ice-Cream Flavors

  • Raspberry Ripple
  • Chocolate Ripple
  • Vanilla Fudge Ripple
  • Peanut Butter
  • Lime Sorbet
  • Orange Sorbet
  • Rocky Road
  • Chocolate
  • Strawberry
  • Butterscotch
  • Vanilla
  • Pistachio
  • Strawberry Mocha Cream
  • Pistachio Mocha Crunch
  • Cappuccino Mocha Jamocha
  • Peanut-Butter & Banana
  • Green Bean & Radish
  • Fudge Marble
  • Peppermint
  • Twist
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Butter Pecan
  • Black Cherry
  • Banana Pudding
  • White Chocolate Chip
  • Raspberry
  • Choca Mocha Chocolate Chunk

There are 28 in all (1 unknown) all available in the ice cream skyscraper.

Gallery

In real life

There is a real life restaurant in Colorado Springs based on the fictional location.

Notes

In Family Portraits, Whit's End is a bookstore/coffee shop/conversation house, instead of an ice cream shop/library/discovery emporium/conversation house.

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