Playing the Predictable

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#778: “Playing the Predictable”
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1 Samuel 16:7

7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

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Playing the Predictable

“Playing the Predictable” is episode #778 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on October 3, 2015.


Eugene is recruited to investigate disappearing money at the Odyssey Bank and the new head of Vance's gang, Dion, announces his intention to make Buck's life miserable.


Dion Farkus, one of the thugs who beat up Buck Oliver, tells Buck that Vance King is singularly unhappy about Buck's telling the police about Vance's actions and has instructed Dion to make Buck's life miserable while Vince is kept home from school by his angry mother.

Meanwhile, at Whit's End, Officer Landon Davidson requests recently deputized Eugene Meltsner's assistance in a case at the Odyssey Bank. A hacker is stealing small amounts from bank accounts, seemingly at random. Megyn Rankin, head of bank security, believes that they are being hacked from the outside but has no further information. Eugene encourages Ms. Rankin and Officer Davidson to keep this fraud as quiet as possible, since alerting employees could cause the thief to steal a larger amount of money. He and Landon decide to connect an unprotected computer to the bank's system in hopes that the hacker will go after it.

Buck has a run-in with Dion, but, reluctant to beat up Buck without provocation, Dion agrees to visit Whit's End with Buck. While there, he gets in trouble with Whit for threatening another boy and leaves in a huff. Whit expresses his concern regarding Buck's new choice of friends and Buck promises to talk to Dion.

At the bank, while Eugene and Landon are still working, Ms. Rankin rushes in to reveal that $500 has been moved fraudulently from an account and seemingly disappeared. They all agree to shut the system down overnight, ostensibly for maintenance, in hopes of having discovered the perpetrator by the next morning.

Later that day, Eugene and Buck discuss his work on the case (in broad and confidential terms). Buck suggests that the hacker might actually be someone working from the inside pretending that they were an outsider. When Eugene returns to the bank, he discovers that a bank employee has been using an external device on their computer around the same time that money goes missing. The computer turns out to be one shared by various employees that is not allocated to any individual. Ms. Rankin tracks down the logins on that computer and they decide to watch security footage of the times surrounding logins when money went missing.

Buck expresses his concern for Dion and advises him to change his life, insinuating that he has big plans which Dion (and his gang) can figure into. Dion agrees to meet Buck at the bowling alley in two days.

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Vance King Dion Farkus
Mrs. Franklin Dion Farkus
Don Polehaus Landon Davidson
Katrina Meltsner Buck Oliver
Vince King Megyn Rankin


  • The number of the computer used in the thefts is 18675309, a reference to the song "867-5309" by Tommy Tutone.
  • Dion references the Field of Dreams.


Buck Oliver: Play the predictable, but don't forget the dog.