Malachi's Message, Part 2

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Malachi's Message, Part 2

“Malachi's Message, Part 2” is episode #407 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on September 19, 1998.


A stranger comes to Odyssey and claims to be an angel with special messages for the folks at Whit's End. After following the man's instructions, Tom finds a necklace from his son who passed away.


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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Discussion Questions

  • 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?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Jack Allen Alan Young
Jason Whittaker Townsend Coleman
Joanne Allen Janet Waldo
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Katrina Shanks Pamela Hayden
Malachi Philip Glassborow
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
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 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.



Eugene Meltsner: He eats people and their multi-million dollar contracts for lunch, and then uses someone like me as a tooth pick!
Katrina Shanks: Huh?
Eugene Meltsner: I am not your father!

Jason Whittaker: I could say I'm a kumquat, but that doesn't make me one.
Jack Allen: But it's obvious you're not a kumquat.

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.

Jack Allen: Well, it's the oddest thing.
Joanne Allen: What is?
Jack Allen: I think I've seen him before.
Joanne Allen: You have? Where?
Jack Allen: In my dreams.
Connie Kendall: Whoa!