Plan B, Part 1: Missing in Action
Whit hangs up the phone just as Connie comes into Whit’s End. He still can’t get in touch with Eugene and he’s headed over to the college to find him. Connie is avoiding Mitch and decides to go with Whit. The two arrive at Eugene’s apartment and find it ransacked. Nothing seems to be missing except Eugene’s hard drive and his vests and luggage. They head to his college office.
There an assistant tells them that Eugene got an urgent call from Katrina about a week ago and left to go to Chicago Memorial Hospital. Dr. Douglas Rogers, the Dean of Computer Science asks Whit to speak to him in private. Connie calls Jack and Joanne (who are in Chicago) and asks them to go to the Shanks house. She also tries calling Janice Mitchell (who tells her that Katrina’s father Armitage Shanks had a stroke and brain tumor). Janice suggests that Connie call Brandon Teller, a close friend of the family. Connie tries, but when she gets through Brandon’s wife tells her that Brandon conducted the “funeral and the wedding.” Connie goes berserk.
The dean, meanwhile, tells Whit that he thinks Eugene stole the research and he has the videotape to prove it. Whit has a hard time believing it, but the tape doesn’t lie.
Connie and Whit exchange what they’ve learned and call Jack and Joanne. The two of them are just arriving at the Shanks’ and head to the house. Brandon answers the door there and invites them in. He tells them that Armitage died suddenly and that Eugene and Katrina decided to get married at his bedside. Brandon officiated the ceremony and everything went well until he pronounced them man and wife. Armitage said to Eugene, “I’m sorry...I’m sorry I got you the job at the college.” Jack and Joanne wonder what that meant, but Brandon has no idea.
Back in Odyssey, Whit and Connie get an urgent e-mail from Eugene. He tells Whit that he is safe, but that nothing is as it seems. He ends the e-mail with “Beware Andromeda.” Connie and Whit ponder this and Whit decides to have another talk with the dean.
Meanwhile in Chicago, Millie Shanks comes in to the room and tells Jack and Joanne that Eugene and Katrina aren’t safe. “It’s time I told someone the truth,” she says.
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- The broadcast version of this episode included a "Fun Fact" about a scene in the background of a scene in #269: “Fences”.
- It also included a parental warning by Paul McCusker.
- This episode features the long-awaited wedding of Eugene Meltsner and Katrina Shanks and the (not long-awaited) death of Armitage Shanks. Many characters and story lines from “Malachi's Message” and #362 – #363: “The Right Choice” were also revisited, including the sudden grant to the college for Eugene's research and Malachi's comment about it "getting worse before it gets better."
- At the end of her phone call with Janice Mitchell in this episode, Connie exclaims, "a funeral and a wedding?!!" Connie previously told the story of Boaz and Ruth to Courtney Vincent, Jenny Roberts and her Sunday School class in the two-part episode entitled #360 – #361: “Three Funerals and a Wedding”.
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
- Starting with this show and continuing through the Novacom finale, John Campbell took a more "rock" oriented approach to the music for the story arc. The music was heavy on electric guitars, drums, and various electronic sound effects.
- Brandon tells Jack in this episode that Armitage was cremated the same day as his death at the Chicago Memorial Hospital. However, Illinois state law requires a 24-hour waiting period between death and cremation. The Shanks family would not have been permitted to cremate Armitage until at least the following day. One possible explanation is that Brandon held the ceremony for Armitage the day he died but Armitage's actual cremation did not occur that day.