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#269: “Fences”
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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

9Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:

10If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

12Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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“Fences” is episode #269 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on May 21, 1994.


Upset that her father has canceled his visit to Odyssey, Connie unleashes her anger on men in general.


Connie is ecstatic, her dad is coming for a visit! She’s so happy, she even compliments Eugene on his shirt. But when she gets home that afternoon, her father calls, delivering bad news. He won’t be able to make it. Connie is bitterly disappointed, so much so, she delivers a blistering talk about the evils of men to the girls at her Tuesday night Bible study. Her talk is so scathing that the girls nearly attack Eugene the next day, and they actually hang Charles Thompson up in a tree by his belt loop.

Whit wants to know what in the world is wrong with her. But Connie refuses to tell him. She says she can work out her problem by herself. She is still stewing at home that evening when a delivery person comes to the door. The delivery person is wondering if Connie or her mother will sign for a package their elderly next-door neighbor, Mr. Mitchell, has been sent. Apparently he’s not there.

Connie thinks that’s strange since Mr. Mitchell rarely goes anywhere. Connie goes to look over the new fence Mr. Mitchell has had built around his backyard. She discovers that Mr. Mitchell is lying unconscious on his back porch! Connie rushes to him, and her mother, June, calls for an ambulance.

The next day, Connie tells Whit that Mr. Mitchell had tripped and hit his head. He knocked himself out. Unfortunately, the fence around his property prevented anyone from seeing him. Whit points out that Mr. Mitchell isn’t the only one who has put up a fence. Connie has built a wall of resentment against her dad that is keeping everyone away from her as well. Connie sees the point and apologizes. And just in time, too. The girls in her Tuesday night Bible study are now threatening to lock all men into closets! No one knows where Eugene is at the end, and he is found in a locked closet complaining.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What was wrong with what happened at Connie’s Bible study?
  2. Why was it bad for Connie to not talk about what was bothering her?
  3. Are you keeping anything pent up that you need to talk about with someone?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Charles Thompson Mark Shillinger
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
John Whittaker Hal Smith
June Kendall Maggie Malooly
Mr. Mitchell Jimmy Weldon
Randall the Mailman Phil Lollar
Talk Show Host Bob Smithouser

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Bill Kendall John Whittaker
April Kendall June Kendall
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz June Kendall


  • Writer Marshal Younger has stated that he dislikes this episode because looking back, he feels that it goes against Connie's personality. In the Official Guide, actress Katie Leigh said of this episode "when you mess with Connie, you mess with me."
  • The opening line spoken by the talk show host heard on the TV in this episode can be heard saying: "On today’s show, we have women who wish their husbands would watch more sports on TV. First off we have Jeremy McDavid. All he does is all day is laundry, vacuuming, cooking and [unintelligible]. His wife hates it!"
  • Although none of Connie's Bible Study students are heard or named in this episode (other than Lucy, who did not attend the class here), it can be assumed that they include previous attendees such as Courtney Vincent and Giselle, and possibly Jenny Roberts who attends the study in later episodes.
  • To fill time at the end of this episode, a featurette was included that featured Chris and Harlow interviewing fans.


John Whittaker: I’ve met pit bulldogs with better attitudes!

Charles Thompson: If you need me, I’ll be weeping in the corner booth.

Charles Thompson: If you need me, I’ll be shaking nervously in the corner booth.

Eugene Meltsner: You mean, you're saying you just, uh... complimented me?
Connie Kendall: Well... your shirt, yeah!
Eugene Meltsner: Excuse me, Mr. Whittaker, but I... I think I feel faint!

Connie Kendall: I just wanna be left alone, okay? I have a headache.
Eugene Meltsner: <under his breath> Self-inflicted wound, I believe.