...But Not Forgotten
Connie arrives at Whit’s End, late, as usual. She finds Eugene almost having a nervous breakdown. He has been working all alone, and the kids practically mobbed him. Connie calms him down, then Tom enters. They discuss the situation. They realize that none of them have the time to always be there like Whit was.
They start to clean up and discover Jack Allen! He’s been sitting there all afternoon, waiting for a sundae he ordered several hours earlier. Jack listens to their complaints about running Whit’s End, then he leaves.
A few days later, Jack and Tom talk. Tom asks Jack if he would mind running Whit’s End for the afternoon until Connie arrives. Jack gladly agrees. Tom curiously asks Jack why he accepted this time, but didn’t do so when he previously had the chance. Jack says it is because no one asked him previously.
Everything runs smoothly until Connie arrives. She sees Jack behind the counter, wearing Whit’s apron and immediately concludes that Jack is trying to take Whit’s place. This suspicion is confirmed for her later that week. Tom, who is running the place until Jason Whittaker arrives, appoints Jack to manage Whit’s End. Connie goes ballistic! She is sure Jack is pulling some kind of scam. She loudly proclaims this as she rushes out in tears.
Jack follows to talk to her. Then Scrubb runs up, upset about his loose tooth. Jack consoles Scrub. Jack says that change can be painful, but it is also sometimes God’s way to prepare us for something better. Connie understands the lesson was meant for her as well. She and Jack develop a new friendship under one condition, that Jack doesn’t wear Whit’s apron anymore. Jack agrees.
- At first, Jack didn’t offer to help around Whit’s End because he wasn’t asked. Why do you suppose he wanted to be asked?
- Why was Connie so suspicious of Jack?
- Jack told Scrub and Connie that sometimes change is “God’s way of preparing us for something better.” What did he mean by that? Do you agree with him?
Heard in episode
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Harlow Doyle||Will Ryan|
|Jack Allen||Alan Young|
|Scrubb Moseley||Landon Arnold|
|Tom Riley||Walker Edmiston|
Mentioned in episode
|John Whittaker||Tom Riley|
|Jason Whittaker||Tom Riley|
|Mrs. Moseley||Scrubb Moseley|
|Emily Allen||Jack Allen|
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version adds more to the scene between Jack and Tom at the ice cream counter. In the broadcast version, Jack says, "Who do you think taught Whit?" and then Tom says, "Say Jack..." and asks him if he could work at Whit's End for a while. In the album version, after the line "Who do you think taught Whit?", Jack actually makes a cone with a curlicue and then shows Tom how to make one. Tom says "Course now some kid's gonna come along and eat it." "Sometimes life is tough," says Jack. It's a scene which really adds to Jack's character. The major problem in the broadcast version is that it is very obvious material has been cut out here. Tom's voice changes rapidly since he moved around in the cut scene. It was probably the best that Dave Arnold could do, however, without re-recording the voices.
- Thanks to an inspired bit of writing and continuity in the later seasons, Jack's anecdote in this episode of how hard it was when Whit left him years ago would end up being a reference to their argument and parting in Nebraska right after Jenny died, as told in #365: “Clara”.
- Connie's comment in this episode about her tendency to take out her emotions on the wrong people is most likely a reference to her experience in #269: “Fences”.
Scrubb Moseley: My tooth's coming out! My tooth's coming out!
Scrubb Moseley: But if he doesn't come back, who will be Mr. Whittaker?
Connie Kendall: What do you mean?
Scrubb Moseley: If Mr. Whittaker doesn't come back, who will take his place?
Connie Kendall: No one will take his place. Whit will always be Whit. He's just in a different place. That's all.
Harlow Doyle: Leapin' lolla-pollooza! A mass break in! This is even bigger than Whit's disappearance. It's time to investigate!
Harlow Doyle: If anybody knows about strange, it's me!
Harlow Doyle: This could be the biggest thing since individually wrapped cheese slices! What am I standing here for? Harlow Doyle, pah-rivate eye is on the job!