No Friend Like an Old Friend
“No Friend Like an Old Friend” is episode #808 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, was originally released in the Adventures in Odyssey Club on December 13, 2016, and originally aired on April 8, 2017.
Connie is getting Jules's luggage and talks to Whit about Jules then gets on the bus. She then sits down next to Wilson Knox who then tells Connie he is the new pastor of Odyssey Community Church. Connie says that sometimes she wants to throttle Jules. Wilson says that Connie is like the Older Brother in the tale of the prodigal son. He says everyone is sometimes like the Older Brother. He then tells the story of his older brother moment during middle school.
Wilson, Ave, and Al are in Principal Farley's office about the science club. Wilson says that Ave and Al are leaving him out of their experiments. Ave and Al explain that they tried to at first but he wouldn't take part in them because they weren't approved by the school. Principal Farley then makes a rule: All experiments must be approved by the school. Wilson says that they should enter an experiment in the Young Scientist Competition and donate the money to the school. Ave doesn't want to donate the money to the school, so the principal makes a compromise that they will split the money evenly between them and the school. In the lab, Wilson says that the experiment that he wants to do is already approved by the school and it is a model volcano. Ave says no, but Al convinces him to say “fine.”
A few days later, Wilson notices that Ave and Al are going to their tree house. Wilson hears them saying that they will enter a different experiment. Wilson tells on Ave and they go to the principal's office. Just as the principal is going to expel Ave, Al bursts in and says that the reason Ave was doing it was to help Al's mom because she needs a surgery for a problem with her feet that makes her unable to stand after a few hours. If Ave won the competition he would have given Al the money to help his mom. The principal decides not to expel Ave and decides to enter both Ave's experiment and Wilson's experiment. Wilson then gets mad and says that they get away with everything.
Wilson then states that it took him a while to realize that being right isn't the same as being loving. The train then pulls up to Odyssey and meets Whit and we find out that Ave is Whit and Al is Jack! Connie then says, "Welcome to Odyssey, Pastor Knox."
Heard in episode
- The timeline for Whit's luminol experiment makes sense since Av, Al and Wilson Knox's would've all grown up during the late 1920's and 1930's and that was when luminol research was being conducted.
- It's not stated but it's insinuated that Whit, through the Universal Press Foundation, was the "wealthy benefactor" that allowed Pastor Knox to become a traveling missionary.
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