Prisoners of Fear, Part 2
The plot thickens as Eugene and Katrina find themselves caught in the struggle between two African tribes. But everything takes a sudden turn when Eugene discovers more about a connection to his own past.
Eugene Meltsner finds out that his father had worked at the Ashanti village. He knew that his father was lost on an archaeological expedition when he was seven. Aman tells him that his parents had been in the village, but they left 21 years and six months ago. She tells him that the curse started when the village made Morati go. She explains that an American from the U.S. came and inspired greed within the village. The American started the Wolof tribe. Aman explains that it was when the Ashantis traded the Meltsners to the Wolof tribe to save themselves from warfare, that the curse appeared. They threw their leader, Yosef, into the river for trading innocent lives instead of fighting for their village. Eugene decides that his parents could still be alive.
Eugene tells his wife, Katrina and Eugene is determined to search for his parents. They get Aman's help with supplies, but she is convinced that their lives will end at the river.
As they try to cross the river on the rope bridge, the river swells and Eugene is nearly carried away. Taking a leap of faith, Eugene and Katrina hike upriver and discover a dam, a strangely modern piece of architecture for such a remote village. After crossing the river over the dam, Yosef appears!
He forces Eugene and Katrina to the Wolof camp, intending to exchange Eugene for Leonard Meltsner. The Wolof camp is empty, but Katrina finds Thelma Meltsner’s grave. Eugene gathers the strength to press on and find his father anyway. A Wolof man appears as Yosef shows Eugene the archaeological dig in which Leonard worked. The Wolof man puts the Meltsners and Yosef into a holding cell until the tribe returns. The Wolof man explains that Leonard Meltsner died three months earlier in a cave-in. Eugene is devastated.
(Continued in #576: “Prisoners of Fear, Part 3”)
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Heard in episode
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Katrina Meltsner||Audrey Wasilewski|
|Yosef||Mark Anthony Williams|
Mentioned in episode
|Leonard Meltsner||Eugene Meltsner|
|Armitage Shanks||Katrina Meltsner|
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
- Katrina references the events of #322: “The Turning Point” during the trek through the jungle.
- The Wolof are an actual ethnic group in West Africa.
- Yosef tells Eugene that the Wolofs have abandoned their camp only if the gold deposits ran out, but Eugene later proposes that exact theory as though it had never been mentioned.
Eugene Meltsner: I've gotta tell Katrina! If I dare say the words, my parents may still be alive!
Aman: I will give you supplies.
Eugene Meltsner: Good.
Aman: But you won't need them. You're journey will end at the river. And so will your lives.
Katrina Meltsner: You don't believe in hunches Eugene! If it's not provable by hard numbers you're not persuaded.
Eugene Meltsner: True. But if I've learned anything between the realm of science and belief. It's that sometimes you must walk by faith and not by sight. Something deep inside me tells me we should go upstream.
Katrina Meltsner: I'm right behind you.
Katrina Meltsner: I'm fine. Although I must admit, I would ask for a break if I wasn't worried about snakes attacking me.
Eugene Meltsner: Well if you see anything threatening, remember Aman gave me a knife.
Katrina Meltsner: I'm sorry for this. But I'm really having a difficult time imagining you using that knife on anything that wasn't served on a plate in a climate controlled restaurant.
Hazeez: Come. You'll be my prisoners, and the leaders of my tribe will deal with you as they please.