Chains, Part 2
Continued from part 1...
Later at his home, Whit gives Tony a new guitar to try to replace the one he lost. Tony tries to remember a few of his songs.
Whit decides he needs to reach the people of Oswald Heights personally. He goes to a neighborhood meeting and stands up to make a proposition-he will bus the people of the Heights back to his shop in Odyssey for free so they can see what it's like and see that he's not in it for money.
Back at Whit's End, the staff prepares for the inundation. The day arrives and buses pull up in front of Whit's End filled with people. Kids pour into Whit's End and at first, it seems like a madhouse. Whit sees Brianna and Tony, but they don't talk to him. Things calm down as the throng leaves but only then, Whit finds out that all is not well-someone broke into his office. Strangely, the only thing missing is an electronic pocket organizer. Soon after the police call Whit to the station; they've found his organizer - in the hands of Tony. Whit feels betrayed, but Tony tells him that he thinks Whit deserved it for destroying his songs. Mary Hopkins and Whit pull up to the construction site the next day to find a surprise - the building is still standing! The builder says that people from the Heights have even been watching them build! Whit later tracks down Tony and Brianna under the same bridge. They've run away from their foster home. Whit says that he has a friend who wants to take them in - the Mulligan family. Brianna is ecstatic, but Tony is uncertain. Whit says that the choice is up to him and Tony finally agrees to take a look. The three of them head to the Mulligans and all looks well. Just as Whit is leaving, Tony stops him. He says that he was paid by a bald guy with sunglasses to break into Whit's office and put a "dictionary" on Whit's bookshelf. Whit thanks Tony and hurries back to Whit's End. In his office, just as Tony describes, he finds a dictionary on the bookshelf. But this is no ordinary dictionary...it has a camera inside. Connie is distressed...why would anyone want to spy on Whit's End? Whit isn't sure, but he says they have to find out who it is...and what they want.
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- Whit had a hard time getting people in Connellsville to trust him. What did he finally do that worked to gain their trust?
- Why does trust take such a long time to earn?
- When Tony broke into Whit's office, he said he thought Whit deserved it and that it would be a "good lesson" for him. Was Tony right to say this?
- Why or why not?
Heard in episode
- Kyle Ellison, who voices the "guard" for The Brothers in this episode, also played Sam Johnson from 1991-1996. This is in keeping with the choice to cast previous child regulars as Connellsville gang members in episodes such as #455: “Best Laid Plans”, which featured former child regulars Fabio Stephens (who recurs his role as Tony here), Gabriel Encarnacion (who reprises his role of Steve here - see note below) and Chad Reisser.
- Although his character isn't named in this episode, the young man who is chastised for smoking at Whit's End is most likely Steve from #455: “Best Laid Plans”, given that the actor is Gabriel Encarnacion and the character is from Oswald Heights.
- Rather than bring their actors in for just two lines, Traci Mulligan and Mike Mulligans' lines in this show were extracted from #382: “Viva La Difference”.
- Tom's comment in this episode about being ready for the customers at Whit's End with his apron ready harkens back to his similar comment in #4: “Connie Comes to Town” about needing an apron should he continue to help out at the shop. It is also one of the very few times that the aprons are mentioned at all—the three others being Connie Comes to Town, #281: “...But Not Forgotten”, #488: “Under the Influence, Part 1” and #586: “A Cheater Cheated”.
- The secret recipe for Whit's Raspberry Ripple ice cream flavor, mentioned in the final scene of this episode, was originally introduced in #348: “With a Little Help from My Friends”.
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
John Whittaker: Mary, how would you like to attend a neighborhood meeting in Oswald Heights?
Mary Hopkins: Not a chance. Is that what you're doing?
John Whittaker: Yep.
Mary Hopkins: I hope you get out alive.
Mary Hopkins: You don't understand. I'm from South Dakota. We didn't have crime when I was growing up. Everyone was polite and kind and knives were used to cut pork chops.
John Whittaker: I trusted you.
Tony: That was your first mistake. Maybe this can be a lesson for you.
John Whittaker: What's the lesson? That I'm not supposed to trust anyone?
John Whittaker: That's a bad way to live your life. I'd rather believe in people.
Tony: It's not that easy.
John Whittaker: Well I want to look for the correct definition of a- of a word.
Connie Kendall: Oh yeah sure. What word?
John Whittaker: Just, uh, any word.
Connie Kendall: What?
John Whittaker: Ope! There it is. Unbelievable.
Connie Kendall: That's the word?
Connie Kendall: Why would someone put a camera in your office?
John Whittaker: I don't know. But someone's awfully desperate to find out what we're doing over here.
Connie Kendall: But we're not doing anything. We're handing out ice cream. Do you think it's a spy from Dairy Dream or something?
John Whittaker: Oh, my guess is that we've got worse problems than someone stealing our recipe for raspberry ripple. No the person who would go to such lengths to spy on us won't stop just because I pulled their dictionary off the shelf. They'll try again. We have to find out who they are, and what they want.