For Better or For Worse, Part 2

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Proverbs 16:9

9In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

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For Better or For Worse, Part 2

“For Better or For Worse, Part 2” is episode #571 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Kathy Buchanan, and originally aired on May 21, 2005.


Eugene and Katrina finally plan to have a proper wedding. But the two wedding coordinators (Connie and Millie Shanks) engage in an epic battle of decision making.


Connie's getting desperate about this wedding. The bride and groom are still missing. The swan is eating the cake; the reception hall smells of smoke from an accidental fire, and Agnes Riley (Tom's wife) is suddenly missing! What could go wrong next?! Agnes is finally found wearing the wedding dress that Millie wanted Katrina to wear. When Millie finds her, Agnes is having a mental lapse and mistakes Millie for her own mother. Through their conversation, Millie is able to see the fault in her persistence to be in control. She goes to Connie with an idea on changing the wedding one last time...

Meanwhile, Eugene is attempting to construct his own car jack, scale trees, and climb mountains in order to "rescue" Katrina. He finally realizes they are at the bottom of Forest Mountain. All he has to do is go to the transmitter station on the top to find the Kids' Radio tower! He can send a Morse code through his cell phone in order to get help! Whit gets the signal and picks up the couple.

However, when they finally arrive back at the church, they find another couple in their place! It is none other than Tom and Agnes... Agnes needed a wedding day to remember.

Soon thereafter, Eugene and Katrina get ready and are able to take their turn. Eugene reads heartfelt wedding vows, Wooton plays the organ, and Tom and Bernard hire a marching band for the reception. All in all, everyone agrees it couldn't have been any more...perfect!

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Role Voice Actor
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Katrina Meltsner Audrey Wasilewski
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston
Agnes Riley Susan Silo
Millie Shanks Julia Kazarian
Delivery Man Unknown
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Harlow Doyle Will Ryan

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Wooton Bassett Millie Shanks


  • Agnes, operating in a state of confusion and believing that she is in the past and that the impending wedding is hers and Tom's, has repeated conversations with Millie (whom she is mistaking for her mother) about the wedding, including one in which she says "you only get one wedding day". However, Agnes's marriage to Tom was her second marriage; her first husband passed away. This could be explained if she meant one wedding per husband, however it is unlikely.



Bernard Walton: It's just a small fire! Nice to roast marshmallows by, really...

Tom Riley: The flowers? Why, you could stock a dozen greenhouses with that many flowers!
Bernard Walton: And a few cemeteries!

Katrina Meltsner: Eugene, that next branch doesn't look very strong.
Eugene Meltsner: I could never break this branch. You heard what the doctor said about my weight; I practically disappear when I turn sideways!
Katrina Meltsner: Yes, but be careful!

Bernard Walton: Whose idea was it to do a soundcheck in the middle of an electrical storm, anyway?
Bart Rathbone: Does it really matter who came up with the idea? Just to know that he's gonna be okay is enough for me!

Connie Kendall: Whose crazy idea was it to have a wedding for them anyway?! They're already married, for crying out loud!
Bernard Walton: I won't say, but her name starts with a C and sounds a little like Klonnie.

Katrina Meltsner: He's lost, I just know it! Like the time in Zimbabwe... and the time in Madagascar... and the time in Portugal. Oh, Eugene, where are you?

Katrina Meltsner: There's another bride and groom!
Eugene Meltsner: Do you think they had stand-ins for us? Your mother and Miss Kendall think of everything, you know.
Katrina Meltsner: She's wearing my mother's dress—the one she wanted me to wear! Eugene... we missed our own wedding!