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#483: “Secrets”
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Galatians 1:10

10Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

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“Secrets” is episode #483 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Kathy Buchanan, and originally aired on January 19, 2002.


Connie's relationship with Robert Mitchell is tested when she discovers the picture of another girl in his briefcase.


Nick Mulligan may be a lot of things, but he's not a great adviser for someone having relationship trouble...especially Connie. Connie is so uncertain about Mitch that Nick decides to give her some advice. Connie rebuffs Nick when Mitch enters and says that they need to talk. The two discuss their relationship. Connie isn't sure about it; she says she feels like she's dating the Pentagon with all the secrets. Mitch says to trust him and that everything will be answered in time. Mitch heads out, but forgets his briefcase. In the rush to try to get it to him, Connie and Nick drop his briefcase and a photo slips out. It's a photo of some girl...with a postmark from Chicago. Connie thinks she looks familiar, but Nick thinks the girl must be a former girlfriend. Connie decides that she's not losing Mitch to someone else. Nick suggests she try to figure out the hand in the lower part of the picture, but she has no luck despite going glove shopping. Nick then suggests that she subtly ask him about former girlfriends.

When Connie follows Nick's advice, Mitch says there was one girl back in Boston: Justine Baker. Connie figures that Justine must be the one in the picture. Mitch describes Justine's sweetness, her red hair, and her tennis skills...which gives Connie an idea. The next day Connie comes into Whit's End with a new hair color. Nick laughs it off and Whit wonders about the change. Later Connie tries playing tennis with Mitch, but nearly breaks his nose in the process. Back at Mitch's apartment, Connie finally admits to Mitch that she was doing all this because she wanted to be like Justine. Mitch says that's silly and that Connie should just be herself.

Then Mitch shows Connie a picture of Justine. Connie is shocked: it's not the same person that she saw in Mitch's briefcase. At Whit's End, Connie ponders it. Who could that picture be? She knows that she recognized her. Then it hits her! It's... it's... the red-haired woman who put the hidden modem in Whit's office! She anxiously tells Whit. That afternoon it's time for another "Candid Conversations with Connie." This time, the guest is Mitch. Mitch notices that Connie is being very stiff in her questions, and then she interrogates him about secrets and trust. Before he realizes it, Mitch bursts out saying, "I think I'm falling in love with you, Connie!" Connie cuts to a commercial.

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think that it is wise to keep secrets?
  2. What do you think about Nick's advice?
  3. Do you think that Connie should have tried to be like Justine? Or should she just have been herself?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Nick Mulligan Chris Castile
Robert Mitchell Steve Burns

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Character Mentioned By
Bernard Walton Nick Mulligan
Monica Stone Connie Kendall
Justine Baker Robert Mitchell


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode contained a "Fun Fact" about the many voices of Corey Burton.

  • This script originally contained a separate plot about a show premiering on Novacom called "Survival." This part of the show was taken out and saved for a future show.
  • Connie and Nick find a script for Casey's Shadow in Mitch's briefcase in this episode. Casey's Shadow was a 1973 movie. One of the cast members was Steve Burns, who plays Mitch.
  • Nick refers to Connie as Ronald McDonald in this episode due to her new hair color.


Connie Kendall: Hey, Nick.
Nick Mulligan: Hey, uh, Bernard just called. He said he had an unfortunate accident with a staple gun and wouldn't be able to be on your show this week.

Nick Mulligan: Women! Can't live with 'em, can't get my laundry done without 'em!

Nick Mulligan: Hi, can I help you?
Connie Kendall: Nick, it's me!
Nick Mulligan: Connie? But your- What happened to your hair?
Connie Kendall: I'm experimenting with some different colors.
Nick Mulligan: I don't think purple is the one you're looking for.
Connie Kendall: For your information, it's not purple. It's raspberry chestnut.
John Whittaker: Well... it certainly catches one's attention.
Connie Kendall: Thank you! See, Nick?

Connie Kendall: This'll have to do.
Robert Mitchell: Connie, that's a frozen pizza.
Connie Kendall: Oh, stop complaining and hold it against your nose.

Connie Kendall: Why? Give me one good reason of why I should trust you?
Robert Mitchell: Because I think I'm falling in love with you Connie!
Connie Kendall: (beat) Oh! Well! It looks like we're out of time for today! For Candid Conversations with Connie, I'm Connie Kendall! Goodbye!

Connie Kendall: Who wouldn't want to date Mitch?
Nick Mulligan: Well I wouldn't wanna—
Connie Kendall: What girl wouldn't wanna date Mitch?

Connie Kendall: If you were me, and I was you, and heard me what you yourself said about her, you'd wonder, too — and so do I!