A Bite of Applesauce

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#73: “A Bite of Applesauce”
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Genesis 3:1-21

1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

2The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" 4"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" 10He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." 11And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" 12The man said, "The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." 13Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." 14So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." 16To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." 17To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." 20Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

21The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

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A Bite of Applesauce

“A Bite of Applesauce” is episode #73 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on May 20, 1989.


Against Whit's express orders, Eugene and Connie tamper with a top secret computer room--and the mysterious program Applesauce is unleashed.


Whit has been busy working on a new project at Whit's End, and his secretive attitude is nearly driving Connie crazy - especially when Whit lets Eugene in on the secret. Whit shows Eugene a special computer room behind the bookshelf in his office. The room contains a huge computer named Mabel and an unusual program called "Applesauce." Whit shows Eugene how to use Mabel but gives him strict instructions: (1) to keep the room a secret and (2) absolutely, positively, under no conditions is he or anyone else allowed to even look at "Applesauce." Eugene promises.

Later that week, Whit is at a city council meeting when the electric train set starts acting funny. Eugene goes to take care of the problem. He starts off toward the office, telling Connie to wait where she is. But her curiosity and frustration at being left out get the best of her. She follows Eugene into the office...and the computer room. Eugene immediately orders her out, but Connie stubbornly refuses to go until Eugene shows her how Mabel works. So Eugene shows her, swearing Connie to secrecy. Unfortunately, she sees the "Applesauce" program on the main menu and wonders what it does. Eugene adamantly refuses to look at "Applesauce" and insists that they both leave. Connie agrees, and finally they go.

But the next morning when Connie is running the shop all alone, the train set acts funny again. Connie tries to get Mabel to fix it, but she "accidentally" loads "Applesauce." The program causes Whit's End to go crazy! Eugene arrives and tries to stop the computer, with limited success. Finally, Mabel uses "Applesauce" to shut down the shop completely, causing the place to become as quiet as a tomb. Connie and Eugene are mortified.

When they finally face Whit, he is anguished that his two most trusted employees - and his friends - would disregard his wishes and instructions. Eugene and Connie apologize profusely, and Whit forgives them, but the damage is done. They must face the consequences. Effective immediately, Connie and Eugene can no longer work at Whit's End. They're fired.

Discussion Questions

  1. When Connie first entered the computer room, what should Eugene have done?
  2. Describe a time when you realized the benefits of having rules.
    • What would have happened if (or when) you broke these rules?
  3. Why has God sent rules for us?
    • Why does he command obedience to them?


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Tom Riley Eugene Meltsner
Jenny Whittaker Eugene Meltsner


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode features a paranoid Julius Schnitzelbonker talking to Chris about an experiment.

  • Parts of this episode are very similar to the very first story about disobedience, the one about Adam and Eve. God sets up a garden and says that Adam and Eve are allowed to eat from any tree but one. Whit sets up a computer room and says that Eugene may use any program but one. Connie, like Eve, was curious about the program and eventually was tempted into using it. She then got Eugene involved and at first they tried to hide what they did from Whit. In the end, they were sent away from the place they had sinned at. Also interesting is the name of the program: "Applesauce" (the fruit Adam and Eve ate is often depicted as an apple).
  • This episode introduced Whit's association with intelligence agencies and secret computer programs, revealing yet another side of his character.
  • The key for the secret computer room in Whit's bookshelf is hidden in C.S. Lewis's "The Last Battle," the last book in The Chronicles of Narnia. "The Last Battle" is an apocalyptic story about the end of the world, but in a Christian context, so for the key to be hidden there hints ominously about the power of the Applesauce program - that it may have something to do with the end of the world. While looking for the key, Connie mentions "Dawn Treader" and "Magician's Nephew," other books in the series.
  • Whit and Eugene discuss Eugene's previous work to automatize Whit's End during #52: “Connie, Part 2”, with Whit citing it as part of his inspiration behind the Computer Room.
  • Whit's wiring of all the inventions into Mabel was previously mentioned in #62: “Let This Mind Be in You”, when Connie said she couldn't turn off the Bible Verse Mirror because Whit had wired it into the wall.
  • Eugene repeatedly calls Connie by her first name. However, for many years after he would insist on calling everyone by his or her last name.



Eugene Meltsner: Mabel, please load program—Connie, what are you doing in here?
Mabel: Please repeat command. I do not have a program called "Connie, what are you doing in here?”

Connie Kendall: You know, train? Wooo-woo?

Connie Kendall: Oh, Eugene, what have we done?
Eugene Meltsner: I think we've killed Whit's End!

John Whittaker: I'm sorry. This grieves me. But Eugene, Connie, because of what you've done today, you're fired—effective immediately. You are no longer employees of Whit's End.

Eugene Meltsner: Child.
Connie Kendall: Sticks and stones.