Accidental Dilemma, Part 2
Carson, Whit, and Tasha Forbes discover that the Whisperer did not fly away with Jason in the helicopter, but is still up in the mountains by Trickle Lake. Tasha and her agents storm the Whisperer’s hideout but the Whisperer has already left. He took Jason and Grady to Whit's End to try and get Jason to give him the computer program called Applesauce that Whit created, and that the Whisperer will use to rule the world.
Whit and Carson, who were at Trickle Lake, leave for Whit’s End to try and catch up with the Whisperer. Connie, who was monitoring Whit’s End for Whit, is kidnapped by Agent Huddleston, who double crossed Tasha and is working for the Whisperer.
The Whisperer and Jason get into the basement of Whit’s End where the Whisperer demands that Jason give him the computer program. Whit comes in and tells Jason not to give it to him, citing that he and Jason outnumber the Whisperer. Agent Huddleston steps in and evens things out, using Connie as a hostage to persuade Jason to give them the program. Jason reveals that the program that they think is Applesauce is actually a bomb that Jason can and will use if the Whisperer and Huddleston do not do as Jason says.
When they decide to cooperate, Jason and Whit find out that neither one of them know how to disarm the bomb. Jason takes off with the laptop through the tunnel to the park. Whit and the others run the other direction and get out of Whit’s End just before the explosion. Jason dies in the explosion. The Whisperer tries to get away, but is stopped by Carson who sabotaged his get away van, and Tasha who has just arrived with the rest of the police force.
Whit makes a trip away from Odyssey to grieve the death of his son. Or so it appears; until Whit meets up with him at a place called the Riviera. The two of them go over the recent events of the past few days: the Whisperer believes that Jason is dead. Tasha believes that as well, though she is suspicious that Jason is still alive. Jason knows that if Tasha finds him, he’ll have to live in a safe house since people know that he knows government secrets. So Jason decides that he will live in freedom under an alias name (Jason Israel). Though, the sad fact is, he can never come home to live permanently once again in Odyssey.
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- In "Accidental Dilemma", Jason is struggling to remember the secret code to disarm the computer. The Whisperer says, "I always use my birthday." Actor Chris Edgerly ad-libbed this line. And it is writer Paul McCusker’s favorite ad-lib of Album 50: The Best Small Town.
- Officer Burke's lines in this show consist of: "Get your hands up!"
- This episode's name is an allusion to the name of the episode #8: “Dental Dilemma”.
- The geography of Odyssey: The mountains and landmarks around Odyssey have been inspired by a number of places around the United States. In "Accidental Dilemma", Tasha Forbes mentions Gold Camp Road that leads into the mountains from Odyssey but has been closed for years. The real Gold Camp Road is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gold Camp Road is also mentioned in #683: “The Green Ring Conspiracy, Part 5”.
- The name of the radio announcer, Chet Huntley, is also the name of the late former NBC anchor best known for co-anchoring The Huntley Brinkley Report (forerunner to today's NBC Nightly News) alongside David Brinkley. Additionally, the real Huntley's name (along with Brinkley) also inspired the name of the Brink Chetley character in the O.T. Action News segments.
- The radio announcer's speech at the end of the episode is very reminiscent of the television announcement at the end of #333: “The Last Resort”.
- Additionally, a presumed death in a tunnel explosion at Whit's End is a plotline previously used in #333: “The Last Resort”.
- Carson McKay is able to stop The Whisperer's car's engine from running by putting a potato in the exhaust pipe. Unfortunately, this is an urban legend that has been disproven repeatedly.
Grady McKay: So, when are you going to do it?
Jason Whittaker: Do what?
Grady McKay: Do that thing you do to escape! You know, pull a bazooka out of your wristwatch, or click your heels together and eject us through the roof!
Jason Whittaker: Sorry, I’m a gadget free agent.
The Whisperer: Whereas I am a gadget filled villain!
The Whisperer: You have an awful lot of explosives around a kids' shop, Whittaker. Remind me not to send my nephews here.
The Whisperer: <talking about bomb code> You know, I always use my birthday.
Jason Whittaker: Who'd have thought that killing me would be the best way to keep me safe?