Fall 2004 End of Season Awards
The fall season of 2004 represented a "return to normal" for Adventures in Odyssey. After Connie's road trip to Washington, visits with Jimmy Barclay, the Washington family move, and even the discovery of a Lester in the family's basement, this season was a bit more subdued. While featuring many of the main adult characters (Wooton, Tom, Bart, Connie, Jack, Joanne, etc.), the majority of the episodes focused on the kids in Odyssey. It's also the first season in some time that didn't feature a multi-part episode. By and large, fans reacted positively to the "feel" of the season, while also noting some flaws and things they hoped for in future shows.
Best Performance by a Male Actor
With a strong performance in one the most popular episodes of the season, Walker Edmiston pulled a strong win in the best actor category. Though he's been nominated several times before, this is Walker's first win. He remains the longest running actor currently on the show and a fan favorite for his two characters—Tom and Bart.
Jess Harnell's continued strength as Wooton Bassett gained him a solid second place in the awards. This is his fourth second prize. He won first for his performance in "For Trying Out Loud."
Best Performance by a Female Actor
Katie Leigh once again claimed her familiar (and well-earned) title as best actress of the season. However, this was by far her closest win, with only six percentage points separating her from the runner-up. (Katie's previous wins have generally been run-away victories with more than 50% of the vote.) Her excellent acting and emotions continue to be a cornerstone on Odyssey. Next to Walker (who also won this season), she's worked on the show longer than anyone else.
In a close second, J-Karen Thomas gave a stellar and forceful performance as Mrs. Washington. Her role was especially notable because her part was performed "wild." She wasn't in the studio with the other actors, but gave her lines by phone weeks later.
Best Sound Design
Rob Jorgensen just couldn't keep away from Odyssey. He had six straight wins in "Best Sound Design," which means he won the award for every season he produced Odyssey. Missing for four seasons, he came back to produce three shows and, of course, the winning one. This brings his total to seven "gold" awards, certainly a very respectable record. "Sounds Like a Mystery" featured some of the most complex effects of the season, with the sounds themselves "driving" the story.
Also very notable in the category was Nathan Jones's second place with his first episode—"Sunday Morning Scramble." Though the episode featured no "epic" sounds, it featured a number of complex scenes in the Washington home. Bob Luttrell won a very close third for his work on the frenetic "Fairy Tal-e-vision."
The Chicago Job — "A Lamb's Tale" Nick confronts Mike Mulligan about the real reason he gave up the job in Chicago—for Nick.
Bart wreaks mayhem at the Washington house —"Sunday Morning Scramble" Bart Rathbone accidentally puts pepper on the cheesecake. Then he puts his head in the fishbowl and accidentally swallows a fish.
America's Funniest Explosions — "A Lamb's Tale" Rodney tries filming the toy lamb blowing up, then films Grady climbing the tree.
The "Best Scene" races is generally the closest of all the awards. This year, the season finale "A Lamb's Tale" garnered two nominations. However, the heartfelt scene with Nick talking to his uncle Mike won the tally with nearly one third of the vote. This scene featured strong performances from two rarely-seen characters and great dialog from Odyssey's longest running current writer, Marshal Younger.
In the polar opposite of this scene was the close second from the "Fishbowl" scene. Featuring a hilarious mostly ad-lib performance from Walker Edmiston and great sound design from Nathan Jones, this scene is most notable because it was recorded a month after the rest of the show.
Last season broke the "Oscar curse" for the Season Awards. Before this time, episodes airing at the end of the always won the award. "Living in the Gray" was the first episode of the season and won the last round. This time, "Sunday Morning Scramble," a popular show from the middle of the season walked away with the award. The show was notable because it primarily featured the Washington family and only smaller parts for main Odyssey characters Tom and Bart. It was also arguably the most "relatable" show of the season with it's "family racing to church" theme.
In another close second, the heartfelt and touching season closer "A Lamb's Tale" gained a quarter of the votes.