Odyssey Sings!

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Hebrews 13:5

5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

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Odyssey Sings!

“Odyssey Sings!” is episode #572 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by John Fornof and Marshal Younger, and originally aired on July 9, 2005.


When America Sings! comes to Odyssey, many hopeful singers line up to audition.



The popular TV show “America Sings!” is coming to Odyssey, and the town is abuzz! This could be everyone's chance to be famous and get on television. All they have to do is sing a song.

Disappointment hits, however, when they find Cryin’ Bryan Dern, along with Walter Shakespeare, is going to be a judge! Despite Whit's discomfort with the situation (knowing that judges can frequently be mean to contestants), Connie, Tamika, and Wooton decide to audition anyway. Connie encourages Eugene to try out with one of his original songs, but Eugene decides that the show is not the venue in which he wants to share his talent.

Bart Rathbone auditions (accompanied by Wooton) with a song that is really an ad for the Electric Palace and is told he was neither good enough nor bad enough to be included in the broadcast version of the show. Connie only manages to sing two words of her song before Bryan Dern "quacks" her, ending her audition.

Meanwhile, Wooton is excitedly sharing song ideas with Tamika. He is pumped to be part of such an exciting experience, but Tamika is only worried about receiving approbation from the judges and becoming famous. Tamika shares with Wooton her belief that approval from the judges is more important than approval from her friends and family, but before Wooton can explain differently, it's his turn to sing.

When it's finally Tamika's turn to audition, Dern "quacks" her partway through her song. He says that, though she has some talent, she simply doesn't have star quality. As Walter Shakespeare tries to offer platitudes to comfort her, she is ushered out and "Joe Smith" (Bart in costume) is allowed in for one final audition. He sings the same song as Bart and is immediately recognized.

The gang meets back at Whit's End to discuss their auditions. Whit suggests that they all go into the Little Theater and have their own talent show. It ends with Eugene singing "Red River Valley". He is overheard by Mr. Tuttle, who begs Eugene to sign a recording contract. He and Eugene have a meeting to discuss the idea, but Eugene turns him down. At Whit's suggestion however, he agrees to record an album of his songs for his friends.

Discussion Questions

  1. Should Tamika have thought that the compliments from Whit, Connie, and Wooton were less meaningful than Bryan Dern's compliment?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Mr. Dee Jess Harnell
Murray Bob Hoose
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Wooton Bassett Jess Harnell
Tamika Washington Courtney Brown
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Bryan Dern Corey Burton
Walter Shakespeare Corey Burton
Grandma Dern Unknown
Mr. Tuttle Jess Harnell
Bart Rathbone Walker Edmiston
Officer Stew Burke Marshal Younger
Harlow Doyle Will Ryan

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Marvin Washington Tamika Washington
Nick Mulligan John Whittaker
Bernard Walton Eugene Meltsner
Tom Riley Eugene Meltsner
Jack Allen Eugene Meltsner
Joanne Allen Eugene Meltsner
Stella Doyle Harlow Doyle


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] Early versions of this episode featured, in the wraps, Chris telling listeners about Eugene Sings!, and more singing from Eugene.





Wooton Bassett: February is my seventh favorite month!

Bryan Dern: Were you singing, or were you trying to hail a cab in rhinoceros language?!

Bryan Dern: Iiiiincredible! My ears haven't hurt this bad since I got my head stuck in the elevator door!

Connie Kendall: Why did you have to pick a judge who was so quick to quack?
Bryan Dern: I admit, I'm a quick quacker.

Bryan Dern: Can we move on now? I have a root canal I'd like to get to.

Bart Rathbone: <singing> Electric Palace doo-dah song a-doo-dah...

Murray: And the name of our next town is...<throws dart>
Mr. Dee: Ow!

Mr. Tuttle: Our next contestant is Harlow Doyle.
Harlow Doyle: My card, my card, here's a twenty, heh, heh ran out of cards.

Cryin' Bryan Dern: Rathbone! What are you doing?!
Bart Rathbone: <in Joe Smith voice> How did you know it was me? <normal voice> Ahem, ahah, AHEM, AHAH! How did you know it was me?
Cryin' Bryan Dern: Your fake goatee fell off!
Bart Rathbone: Ohhhh.

Bart Rathbone: What about you? Did you like it?
Shakespeare: Your intonation was really nice. Perhaps, though the song could have featured more references to love or longing or something that's not a household appliance.
Bart Rathbone: So was I bad enough to get on the T'n'V?
Brian Dern: If it was up to me, I'd put you on twice!