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Luke 17:5-6

5The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" 6He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.

2 Timothy 2:15
15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Hebrews 10:25
25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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Harlow Doyle, Private Eye

“Harlow Doyle, Private Eye” is episode #196 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on June 27, 1992.


Harlow Doyle, Private Eye, opens an office in Odyssey, and his first big case is to help Jessie find her lost faith.



There is a new private detective in town. His name is Harlow Doyle, and his motto is, “No case too big, too small, or too unusual.” And it’s a good thing. Soon after visiting Whit’s End and meeting Whit, Harlow gets hired by Jessie Morales to find something she’s lost, her faith!

Whit isn’t sure about this, but before he can say anything, Harlow takes off to examine every aspect of Jessie’s life. What he finds is revealing: First of all, Jessie has been spending Sunday afternoons at the local bookstore, browsing through teen magazines, hardly uplifting reading material. Second, the local soccer league has started playing their games on Sunday mornings, causing Jessie to miss church. Third, Jessie’s Bible school teacher, Dale Jacobs, has been giving boring lessons. Finally, Jessie’s parents haven’t been as diligent as they should in making sure she attends church and her Wednesday night evangelism class.

Harlow puts all the facts together and deduces that the culprit responsible for taking Jessie’s faith is...Maybe it’s better not to say. But the lesson that Jessie learns about faith as being a matter of obedience and discipline is one that applies to all of us.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What were some of reasons Jessie stopped attending church and her Bible school class?
  2. Why did Jessie think she had lost her faith?
    • Did Jessie really lose her faith?
      • Explain your answer.
  3. Have you ever felt like Jessie?
    • If so, how can you begin to feel closer to God again?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Dale Jacobs Phil Lollar
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Harlow Doyle Will Ryan
Jessie Morales Erin Morales
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Mr. King Bob Luttrell
Mrs. Morales Sheila Stone
Miss Turner Pamela Hayden

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Character Mentioned By
Tom Riley Eugene Meltsner
Stella Doyle Harlow Doyle
Connie Kendall Jessie Morales


  • The producers wanted to bring back the wackiness of Officer David Harley. Harlow Doyle, PI, was the answer, thanks to the vocal characterization and performance of Will Ryan, who played both Doyle and Harley.
  • This episode is the only episode in which we hear "Miss Turner" that Harlow refers to all the time. Actress Pamela Hayden later voiced Katrina.
  • Harlow Doyle's last name is a reference to Hoyle playing cards.
  • In the episode, Whit seems to have a feeling that he has met Harlow Doyle before. This may have been an attempt to imply that Officer David Harley and Harlow Doyle are either the same person, or just a quick way for the writers to go past the fact that the two characters are very much the same.
  • This is Jessie Morales' last episode, though she is mentioned later in #222: “The Jesus Cloth”.
  • Eugene compares Doyle's look to that of vintage American actor Humphrey Bogart, who was known for portraying tough private detectives in classic films.
  • This episode was used in Radio Scripts, Volume 1.
  • At the end of the conversation between Bart Rathbone and Harlow Doyle at the soccer game, Bart calls a timeout. This is impossible: there are no timeouts in soccer.


Harlow Doyle: Jumpin' whale gills Miss Turner, you better call the police!

Eugene Meltsner: Do you think he's trying a Humphrey Bogart image?
John Whittaker: Not with a coon-skin cap!

Mrs. Morales: She once went to the lost and found to find her innocence. She gets it from her father’s side.

Harlow Doyle: What did she say?
Harlow Doyle: You let her talk to you like that?
Bart Rathbone: Huh?

Harlow Doyle: It'll take a bigger fish than that to get up early enough to catch me!

Harlow Doyle: Can I have another cookie?
Dale Jacobs: No.
Harlow Doyle: Oh.