It's a live edition of B-TV! This episode concerns God's Calling in your life.
Connie is confused by Bernard Walton's announcement, and wonders how we can discover what our calling is, and how to find it. Harlow Doyle assures her that he can find 'anything -- especially things that are found. Once he leaves, (promising to send a bill) Connie introduces a skit about Moses in the desert. Moses is uncertain about his calling, feeling inadequate for the job of leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. Connie says that it's one thing for God to speak from a burning bush, but it's more difficult to understand His calling in the lives of most people.
The audience is told how God often calls us according to our abilities -- for example, Wooton Bassett uses his skill as a writer and artist to draw PowerBoy, which teaches important lessons. Wooton reminds Connie that he was attempting to keep that a secret. Connie assures him that nothing will change now that people know he draws the comic, especially since only a few people know.
In Exaggerated Imaginings from Wooton, several special guests (Lucy Cunningham-Schultz-Davis, Jack Davis, Jimmy Barclay, and Robyn Jacobs) stop by and reluctantly admit that they let the secret slip out and now the whole world knows. At this juncture, Mandy Straussberg reveals that there is a throng of people outside waiting for Wooton.
Then Eugene decides that the program will not be complete without the person who has changed so many lives through his calling -- Mr. Whittaker. Unfortunately, he is absent, speaking at a conference on God's calling. The characters imagine what Whit's End would be like run by Eugene, Bernard, and Wooton.
Wooton's Exaggerated Imaginings resumes with the throng begging for autographs and following him wherever he goes. Bernard tells Wooton that he can use this opportunity to teach people. Wooton decides that this can become his ministry!
Then comes another break, in which Eugene tries to be Mr. Whittaker, unsuccessfully, and we learn that we must be who God wants us to be.
We then hear The Grumpy Show, which has on the Best Complainers in History. After a Bible verse, Eugene plays Have You Ever Been to Odyssey? on his ukulele.
Then comes the end of Wooton's Exaggerated Imaginings. He dejectedly informs us that his ministry isn't working out like he had hoped. When he is told he should just use his talents and follow his calling, he writes a quick Powerboy story, in which PowerBoy is a hero.
The episode wraps up with Mr. Whittaker calling in from the conference.
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- This is the last episode feature newly-recorded lines from both Paul Herlinger and Dave Madden.
- This is the most recent episode to feature Jimmy Barclay, Lucy Cunningham-Schultz, Jack Davis, George Barclay, Robyn Jacobs and Mandy Straussberg.
- A scene from this episode is available in the 50th official podcast.
- This episode was recorded in front of a live audience as part of the 20 year anniversary birthday bash. For a complete list of live shows and for more information on how they are recorded, click here.
- A collection of fan photos is available on Facebook.
- This episode has not been released in a normal Adventures in Odyssey Audio Series album. It was available exclusively in Adventures in Odyssey: Live!, released in Spring 2009. Selling of the album has since been discontinued.
- The stage manager for the live recording was Nathan Hoobler. He was also the stage manager for #502: “Live at the 25!”
- The show coordinator was Carol Rusk.
- At 44:48 this is the second-longest episodes ever made. In fact, it is too long to play on the radio and as a result will remain un-aired.
- Rashonmyfeet mentions Gilligan's Island.
- This episode allows for Jess Harnell to do several of his best impressions. Bill Podnick sounds a lot like Bill Cosby (complete with Jell-O references and a parody of The Cosby Show) and Rashonmyfeet resembles the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield!
- Will Ryan's version of Moses in this episode sounds quite a bit like actor/director Woody Allen. His mention of Charlton Heston is a reference to Heston's role as Moses in the classic 1956 film The Ten Commandments.
- The theme music for Exaggerated Imaginings from Wooton is the circus music originally heard in #604: “Like Father, Like Wooton”, and the dramatic opening and closing music from the Powerboy fantasy sequence is taken from #400: “The Spy Who Bugged Me”.
- Click here to read an article written by someone who was at live presentation of this show.
Julius Schnitzelbonker: I'm a poet and I finally know it. Good, huh?
Harlow Doyle: That's my specialty: finding things... that are not missing.
Wooton Bassett: And Texas is a huge country!
Connie Kendall: Responding to God's calling means being who he wants us to be and where he wants us to be.
Bill Podnick: <voice of Bill Cosby> This is the perfect show for you; plus they offered me a lifetime supply of jello pudding so creamy and delicious, BaHaHa!!
Bernard Walton: Well, dare me to discipline and name me Dr. Dobson.
John Whittaker: Thank God for all of you, who've been such a great part of my family for such a long time.
Connie Kendall: Thank God for you, Whit. And thanks for calling in.
John Whittaker: My pleasure, Connie! I hope you all have a really good time. Bye everybody!!! --Paul Herlinger's last episode
Julius Schnitzelbonker: No matter what I do, I cannot write haiku. Boo-hoo.