Malachi's Message, Part 2
The episode continues back at Whit’s End, where Jason is talking with Connie about how restless he’s been feeling and Connie updating Jason on the happenings of the morning. Eugene meets with Katrina, who urges him to be more aggressive in his job interview at the college. Troubled by this, Eugene stops to talk to Jack and Joanne, who are dealing with problems of their own. The missions board wants Joanne to travel more, but Jack wants her to stay home. Just then Malachi shows up and tells Joanne that her services are no longer needed on the missions board.
Everyone gathers at Whit’s End to try to figure out if Malachi is an angel - some want to believe, others want a rational explanation. Jason is convinced that Malachi is some kind of spy. Tom comes into Whit’s End, saying that Timmy’s diary has inspired him to create the "Timothy Center" - a retreat center for kids. However, he has to meet with Margaret Faye to get approval for the center.
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- Whit said that what's happening in Odyssey was "the kind of thing that happened any time an angel showed up in the Bible." What are some instances in the Bible where angels showed up? What things happened to the people they talked to?
- Joanne made a decision not to continue with the Missions Board work, even though she didn't know who would take her place. Can you think of any situations where people have had to have faith that God knew best?
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|Dr. Cole||Jason Whittaker|
|Timothy Riley||Tom Riley|
|Tom Riley Sr.||Tom Riley|
|Dean Douglas Rogers||Eugene Meltsner|
|Armitage Shanks||Katrina Shanks|
|Margaret Faye||Tom Riley|
|Fred Holstein||Katrina Shanks|
- This episode would be Katrina's last appearance before the start of the Novacom saga and the last episode to feature new dialogue recorded for the character by Pamela Hayden.
- When Malachi shows up at J and J Antiques in this episode, Eugene says to act natural and starts singing Annum Novum Faustem Felicem from #387: “New Year's Eve Live!”.
- Jason mentions in this episode the Imagination Station program "Hide and Seek" from the appropriately titled episode #404: “Hide and Seek”, though he mentions a scene that was not shown in the episode (that of Gabriel's conversation with Mary).
- This episode marks the second time that Whit and Tom dig under a floor—the first being #40: “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 2”.
- The premarital counseling that Jack and Joanne mention Eugene and Katrina attending this in this episode was initiated in #374: “For Whom The Wedding Bells Toll, Part 3”.
- This is the second episode in which Joanne struggles with a call by her missions board, the first being her debut episode: #367: “The Decision”.
- This three-part episode topped Alex Jefferson's (of Just Another AIO Blog) list of the Top 100 AIO Episodes Of All Time.
- Malachi's Message is almost universally praised among fans for its spiritual subject matter that borders on supernatural, deviating from the AIO norm.
Connie Kendall: What do you think they're up to?
Eugene Meltsner: Ah, establishing a plausible and rational explanation to this mystery. I hope.
Jack Allen: If they can.
Connie Kendall: Jack, you're beginning to sound like you believe he's really an angel.