Hard Losses

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#328: “Hard Losses”
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Hard Losses

“Hard Losses” is episode #328 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on August 19, 1995.


A new scandal erupts when Tom Riley is accused of unethical campaign practices.


Bart Rathbone’s misinformation campaign against Tom Riley is getting more intense. Dale Jacobs at the Odyssey Times has just learned that Tom’s campaign was helped financially by the Edgebiter Chemical Company. This makes it look like Tom was backing the very company he was supposed to be against. Bart and Cryin’ Bryan Dern make a big deal out of this, and question Tom’s honesty.

But in a surprising turn of events, former 'bad guy' Richard Maxwell shows up to tell Tom that something big is happening, and Richard wants to find out what it is. Tom has never really forgiven Richard for burning down his barn several years ago though, and refuses Richard’s help and would not listen to him.

Meanwhile, we discover that Jellyfish and Philip Glossman are working together. Jellyfish visits Glossman at his hotel room and tells him about Jack Allen’s resignation from Whit’s End and reports that Jason has taken over the Israelites. Glossman is delighted that their plan is working so nicely - everything is falling apart for the good guys. Jason’s reckless decisions make things work in Glossman’s and the Bones’s favor.

On his way out, Jellyfish bumps into Richard Maxwell in the elevator. They recognize each other from their jail days. Their meeting gives the impression that Jellyfish and Richard were enemies while in prison. It seems that Jellyfish often tried to get Richard into trouble, and that Richard would like nothing better than to put Jellyfish in his place.

That night, Bart frantically wakes Rodney up and tells him they need to hurry with the “recall Tom Riley” petitions because “he’s” coming. It’s time.

The next day, Richard gives Jack a visit at Whit’s house. Richard asks Jack to help persuade Tom to listen. Richard has important information about who is behind the whole mess in Odyssey. Richard believes that the mastermind of all that has been happening is none other than Dr. Regis Blackgaard. But even with Jack on his side, Tom stubbornly refuses to listen to Richard. Tom thinks that Richard is working with Blackgaard again.

Meanwhile, the city council is voting on the issue of Tom’s recall. The vote is close, but the council decides to allow the city to vote. The city will decide whether Tom should be recalled as the mayor of Odyssey. Tom sadly vows to fight to clear his name.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why wouldn’t Tom listen to Richard Maxwell?
  2. Why were Bart and Rodney so afraid of the news that “he is coming”?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Bryan Dern Corey Burton
Dale Jacobs Phil Lollar
Hank Bonsall Corey Burton
Jack Allen Alan Young
Myron Horowitz Jerry Houser
Penny Julie Heron
Philip Glossman Paul McCusker
Richard Maxwell Nathan Carlson
Rodney Rathbone Steve Burns
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston

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Character Mentioned By
Bernard Walton Tom Riley
Frank Ernest Tom Riley
Burt Ferder Tom Riley
Eugene Meltsner Tom Riley
Regis Blackgaard Philip Glossman
Jason Whittaker Jellyfish
John Whittaker Richard Maxwell
Connie Kendall Richard Maxwell


Parents: This series, known as “Darkness Before Dawn,” gets extremely intense in places and is therefore not recommended for younger listeners.



Jellyfish: <with an accent> Room service, Mr. Glossman!
Philip Glossman: Room service? I didn’t order any room serv—
Jellyfish: <laughing> I can’t believe you fell for that. It’s the oldest trick in the book.
Philip Glossman: What are you doing? We can’t be seen together. Do you know how dangerous this is?
Jellyfish: Cool your jets. No one saw me.
Philip Glossman: How can you be sure? You may have been followed.
Jellyfish: In this town? They roll up the sidewalks at dinnertime.

Richard Maxwell: <about Regis Blackgaard> That's why I'm here—to stop him.
Tom Riley: Uh-huh. Don't you mean to help him?
Jack Allen: Tom...!
Richard Maxwell: No, sir. I mean stop him! It's the least I can do.

Bryan Dern: What do you think about all this?
Bart Rathbone: What do I think? What do you think I think?! I think it's terrible, that's what I think! What do I think...

Bart Rathbone: I mean, if this isn't proof positive that Riley shouldn't serve as mayor, then I am a monkey's uncle!
Bryan Dern: Again, well said! Especially the monkey part.

Jellyfish: Hehe. This town is as good as ours!
Philip Glossman: Well, don't get greedy. Remember who we're working for.

Richard Maxwell: I always got blamed for everything bad that happened at Campbell County Detention Center, but the funny thing is, when you left, the bad things stopped.
Jellyfish: Well, uh, it's nice to know you cleaned up your act.

Richard Maxwell: I never forget.

Rodney Rathbone: Pop, what'd you wake me up for? I was just about to get a kiss!

Bart Rathbone: How can you sleep at a time like this?
Rodney Rathbone: You mean, two in the morning? That's when I'm usually asleep!
Bart Rathbone: That is no excuse.

Rodney Rathbone: <in his sleep> How about a little kiss, Ginger...?
Bart Rathbone: Ginger?! Rodney, wake up!