For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll, Part 3

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#374: “For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll, Part 3”
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Ephesians 5:17

17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

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For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll, Part 3

“For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll, Part 3” is episode #374 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on September 20, 1997.


Someone is getting married in Odyssey … but who? Is it John Whittaker and Margaret Faye, Eugene Meltsner and Katrina Shanks, or Jack Allen and Joanne Woodston?



George Barclay arrives for a pastors' conference and to conduct the mysterious wedding and listens in while Connie Kendall continues to explain recent romantic entanglements to Jason. Unsure whether he should accept Katrina Shanks's marriage proposal, Eugene sets out to conduct a scientific survey, hoping to get data to help him decide whether to marry or not. Bernard Walton stops the survey, urging Eugene to seek counsel instead. He and Katrina meet with George Barclay for engagement counseling and argue. George suggests they decide whether or not they want to commit themselves to one another for life and suggests a period of betrothal to prepare for marriage. Eugene then asks Katrina to marry him and she accepts.

Whit and Margaret Faye meet to discuss her marriage proposal, and he not only declines, but also declines to manage her mayoral campaign because he disagrees with her political philosophy. Margaret, unused to being rejected, is very angry. Jack Allen and Joanne Woodston announce their engagement to the gang at Whit's End. Jack makes an offer on an antique store, which is owned by Margaret, but because she has been rejected by Whit, Margaret refuses to sell to him. When Whit discovers that Margaret has turned down Jack's offer, he appeals to her to do the right thing and not take out her anger at him on Jack. She realizes she is wrong and agrees to let Jack buy the antique store. The wedding day arrives at last and Jason and Connie tearfully witness the marriage of Jack and Joanne.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why didn't Whit marry Margaret Faye?
  2. What did Katrina think was wrong about Eugene's method of determining his answer to her marriage proposal?
  3. Jack and Joanne were two strong Christians who loved each other very much before they got married. Why was that so important?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
George Barclay Chuck Bolte
Jack Allen Alan Young
Jason Whittaker Townsend Coleman
Joanne Allen Janet Waldo
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Katrina Shanks Pamela Hayden
Margaret Faye Alexandra Kenworthy
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston
Thaddeus Gumley Kenneth Mars

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Jenny Whittaker John Whittaker
Maude Walton Eugene Meltsner


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version added a number of conversations and scenes to this show. In the album version:

  • There is an extended scene between Whit and Tom in the stable where Whit discusses Margaret.
  • The scene where Eugene asks Connie and Whit if he should marry Katrina is extended.
  • The scene where Bernard talks to Eugene about his survey.
  • A scene shows Jack and Joanne meeting with Thaddeus Gumley.
  • There are more lines in the scene where Whit turns Margaret's wedding proposal down.
  • More lines during the counseling session with Mr. Barclay and the scene where Whit and Margaret discuss the Antique Shop.
  • Chris's closing comments are also longer.
  • George's comment in this episode about Eugene and Katrina having the "worse verbal crossfire he's ever heard in his life" is odd considering the frequent arguments between his children Jimmy and Donna over the years.
  • We find out in this episode that Jack's full name is Jack Wilbur Allen and Joanne's full name is Joanne Judith Woodston. This is an allusion to the actors' other famous roles: Alan Young as Wilbur on "Mr. Ed" and Janet Waldo as Judy on "The Jetsons."
  • Although most likely coincidental, Whit's line in this episode about being a "stranger in a completely strange land" would later resurface in the title of the episode #478: “Strange Boy in a Strange Land”. The expression is almost certainly an allusion to the science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land, which itself is an allusion to Exodus 2:22



Eugene Meltsner: There's no problem in particular, Mr. Whittaker—except I no longer have the confidence to know how to proceed. Is this the right thing for us to do? Would I make a good husband? Is there someone out there who may be better for either of us?
Connie Kendall: Well, knowing you both, I'd say the answer is no. <muttering> Unless we're surprised by visitors from another planet.

Bernard Walton: Eugene, you are unbelievable.
Eugene Meltsner: Ah, I believe I am entirely based within the realm of plausibility.
Bernard Walton: But no one does a survey to decide who they're going to marry!

Katrina Shanks: I asked you to marry me, and you responded by conducting a survey? Why didn't you bring in a census bureau?
Eugene Meltsner: It's an off year for them in this district!

Jason Whittaker: Connie, your logic is... your... own.
Connie Kendall: Thank you.