Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?, Part 1

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Proverbs 3:5-6

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Jeremiah 29:11
11For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?, Part 1

“Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?, Part 1” is episode #523 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Kathy Buchanan, and originally aired on June 28, 2003.


Mitch has to make a decision about the FBI, but his investigating skills are challenged in a case involving Whit and an old nemesis.


Whit and Connie are at Whit’s End when Officer Stew Burke enters and tells Whit that he has to go to the station for questioning. He’s been accused of a hit and run. Whit had supposedly bought a 98' Tercel, hit a person, and drove off. Whit explains that he was in Chicago when the accident happened. Whit's identity has been stolen!

While the police are working on the case, Whit, Connie, and Mitch decide to investigate some on their own. They go to the car dealer to try and find out who it was that pretended to be Whit. They don’t find out much, but are able to see a blurry copy of the man’s driver’s license picture. There’s not much else they can do unless Whit’s credit card bills shows they’ve bought more than just a car.

In the meantime, Mitch is deciding whether or not he will take the job with the FBI. Connie is concerned and a little discouraged about the situation. She and Mitch have both prayed about it, but she isn’t feeling that God’s giving them answers. Mitch even starts looking for signs whether or not he should go join, signs in his Bible devotions, sermons, even a breakfast place which initials are FBI (Franks Breakfast Inn)! Joanne tells Connie that God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we want him to, but that he is still guiding our steps.

Whit receives a bill for a television that he never bought. Mitch notices it was purchased over the Internet and Agent Bourland gives him permission to start working on the case. Every computer has an IP address that identifies the person and the computer. Mitch thinks that the hacker may have left their IP address behind on Whit’s computer. After processing the information, it shows that the hacker is Mitch himself! The person who did it must know both Mitch and Whit, and they plan to find out who it is. What they don’t know is that Mr. Charles, the man that Mitch and Whit put in jail, is coming back to get revenge.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What crime was Whit accused of?
  2. What is Mitch’s dilemma?
  3. Connie is trusting that God will reveal the answers to Mitch and herself about him joining the FBI. When have you had to trust God in your life?


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Role Voice Actor
Bennett Charles Jess Harnell
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Honest Erwin Bob Hoose
Joanne Allen Janet Waldo
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Kid at Whit's End Unknown
Robert Mitchell Steve Burns
Rudy Sutton Greg Berg
Officer Stew Burke Marshal Younger

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Eugene Meltsner Connie Kendall
Nick Mulligan Connie Kendall
Peter Bourland Robert Mitchell
Jack Allen Joanne Allen


  • This episode was planned as a two-part episode and remained that way until the Saturday before recording, when it was re-written into a three-parter. Since only one day was booked for recording and it takes a full day to record two episodes, the Odyssey team had to scramble to find a creative way to get all three parts recorded. The solution was to record the episode in two different studios at the same time. Some scenes were recorded in a smaller studio, directed by Paul McCusker, while most of the scenes (including all of the larger ones) were recorded in the main studio with Marshal Younger.

VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode included a featurette with writer Kathy Buchanan discussing the development of Mitch and Connie's relationship, and about Steve Burns's stepping into the role of Mitch.




Connie Kendall: You know what? We should probably go over our questioning tactics. Do you want to be good cop, or bad cop?
Robert Mitchell: Neither.
Connie Kendall: Well, what should I be?
Robert Mitchell: How about silent cop?

Honest Erwin: Remember, come for a car, leave with a friend!!

Robert Mitchell: "Frank's Breakfast Inn." Oh boy. Do you know what that could mean?
Connie Kendall: That they serve waffles?
Robert Mitchell: The initials "FBI," do you think that's a sign?

Connie Kendall: Look, we had to go down hill to get to it, which means joining the FBI would probably take you on a downhill path.

Connie Kendall: Ok, but FBI also stands for "Forever Bad Idea".

Connie Kendall: What's wrong? Do you know who the anti-Whit is?
Robert Mitchell: Well, according to this, it's me!

Rudy Sutton: Why are ya lookin' at me like that? Y-you're not messin' with me, are ya? I mean, there is money at the end of this whole thing, right, Charles?
Bennett Charles: Mr. Sutton, there is much more than money at the end of "this whole thing." As fate would have it, there is also the sweet taste of revenge.