Something Old, Something New, Part 1

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#713: “Something Old, Something New, Part 1”
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1 Corinthians 2:9

9However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--

Jeremiah 29:11
11For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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Something Old, Something New, Part 1

“Something Old, Something New, Part 1” is episode #713 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Kathy Buchanan and Paul McCusker, and originally aired on May 12, 2012.


Penny brainstorms ways to promote Connie's wedding planning business and one of her schemes dramatically backfires. Meanwhile, Matthew and Emily investigate a woman who may be trying to scam Jacques Henri.


At Whit's End, Connie Kendall is talking to Penny Wise about her frustrations with her business, Dreams By Constance. Penny suggests that Connie needs to do more marketing. Emily Jones and Matthew Parker enter Whit's End and tell them that their frustrated about not finding any mysteries. Penny suggests that maybe they need to advertise better too. Eugene Meltsner and John Whittaker (Whit) come down from upstairs and tell the group about a virus that Whit had; it sent an email out to all of his contacts and then deleted his whole address book. Eugene suggests that Connie and Penny scan their computers for viruses, especially Connie since her laptop is ancient. Penny leaves to go to the Art Gallery for work.

At the Art Gallery, Penny is helping Jacques Henri with various tasks. A customer approaches Jacques with various pieces of art rom well known artists. Jacques takes the customer into the back to discuss the paintings. Jacques asks Penny to design something colorful for a brochure for the exhibit. From that task Penny decides that Connie needs brochures with wedding pictures on it.

Emily and Matthew put up a card on the bulletin board at Finneman's Market, and while passing an alley they see a woman taking off a wig. Matthew tells Emily that the woman just came out of the Art Gallery. They watch, and see her stuff the hair piece into her hand bag, and then the mystery woman pulls out her cellphone. Matthew and Emily get closer, find a spot behind a dumpster and eavesdrop on the woman's conversation. They hear the woman say an address, and they decide to investigate it.

At Whit's End, Penny is trying to convince Connie to wear a wedding dress for her business brochure. Connie doesn't agree to it right away but insists on finding a groom for her. They decide Eugene isn't a good choice for various reasons. Then Wooton Bassett walks in, and Penny decides he's a great choice for a Mr. Connie Kendall.

Meanwhile, Emily and Matthew are at the apartment, and find it completely empty. An apartment security guard asks what they are up to, and after briefly covering up their mischief they leave the guard. They see the "mystery woman" with a "cute guy" loading paintings and lots of furniture and carpets. Emily takes some pictures. Matthew thinks a possibility could be that the couple is just moving into a new apartment. Emily on the other hand thinks their up to something.

At Trickle Lake Penny is giving Wooton and Connie posing instructions while she takes dozens of photos. Connie begins listing happy thoughts in order to help her smile. Connie explains to Penny why she had a wedding dress, and Penny compliments her on the dress. Connie and Penny return to Whit's End, and Penny begins putting final touches on the photos. The computer freezes up, blinks different colors and then a message pops up that says "your message has been sent." Connie realizes in a panic that everyone in her address book just got an invitation with Connie and Wooton staring deep into each others eyes. Penny then informs her that her entire address book was deleted. Connie is frustrated that she got the virus, and that she won't be able to inform everyone that she's not engaged to Wooton.

Connie has Eugene look at her computer, and then Whit congratulates her on her engagement. Wooton comes in and Connie tries to apologize. Wooton tells her that this is one of the best things that's ever happened to him. Connie reminds him that their not really getting married, but he says that as long as everyone thinks they are they might as well enjoy it. Whit suggests that they have a party as long as everyone is clear that no one is actually getting married. Eugene comes in with gift for Connie and Wooton that was left on the front step: a toaster.

At Connie and Penny's apartment, Penny is flustered by all the phone calls for Connie. Emily and Matthew arrive at the door to talk to Penny. They show her the picture of the mystery woman. Penny tells them that she looks like the woman that was in the Art Gallery, except the woman that visited the art gallery had blonde hair. They ask Penny why the mystery woman was at the gallery. She explains that the woman was there to sell paintings she found in her attic. Penny listens to a message from Jacques and finds out that he thinks the paintings are the real deal. Emily tells Penny to be careful around the woman because she was so suspicious.

At Whit's End Connie is frustrated by a phone call asking for her business for their wedding, to which she replies that she's using Dreams by Constance. Wooton enters the building saying that the pig roast is off. He can't roast the pig because it's a pet with a name. He donated the pig to a petting zoo and instead picked out a pig shaped cake. Whit comes down and reminds Connie that she has a show to do. Connie races upstairs and forces Wooton to come with her. She plans to use the show to explain what happened with the wedding invitations. Wooton sees that a caller is on the line and answers it. Connie tries to explain that the invitations were sent out accidentally and the caller takes it the wrong way, and hangs up. Wooton sees another caller is on the line, and answers it. The caller congratulates the couple, and Connie tries to explain but then recognizes the caller as Robert Mitchell, her former fiance. Wooton remarks that now he has a rival, and Mitch states that actually he's getting married too.

(Continued in #714: “Something Old, Something New, Part 2”)

Discussion Questions

  1. Penny was willing to help Connie, Emily and Matthew like a true friend. How have friends helped you?


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Character Mentioned By
Simon Jones Emily Jones
June Kendall Connie Kendall
George Barclay Connie Kendall
Mrs. Randolph Wooton Bassett
Mr. Fishbine Wooton Bassett
Wally Haggler Wooton Bassett
David Parker Matthew Parker
Eva Parker Matthew Parker


  • This episode features the first appearance of Mitch since #534: “Something Blue, Part 2”.
  • Finneman's Market appears in this episode.
  • Kathy Buchanan made this statement on Facebook about the purpose of the episode. The seriousness of the statement can be taken with discretion. "Yes, the reason for the show with Mitch and Maureen is that we could close the door completely for Mitch and Connie, because we were still getting letters from hopeful fans. Today Mitch and Maureen live in Madagascar (I'd tell you why, but it's so top secret I don't even know) with little Maggie, Melissa, and Mitch Jr. And their mangy mutt, M&M. Happily ever after...." [1]
  • This episode shares the same name as Down Gilead Lane's season eleven episode eight "Something Old, Something New" which was released on March 21, 2009.
  • The music cue that plays before the scene in which Penny is taking pictures of Wooton and Connie is the first four notes of the Bridal Chorus.


Connie Kendall: Everyone?! Everyone got an invitation to a wedding with a picture of Wooton and I staring deeply into each others eyes?! In wedding clothes?!

Emily Jones: Okay, people don't normally stuff their hair in their handbags.
Matthew Parker: Or crawl next to garbage bins.

Penny Wise: Connie, stop grimacing. Think of happy things.
Connie Kendall: Oh ok. Hot fudge sundaes. Playdough.

Penny Wise: What else?
Connie Kendall: Discount coupons. Magazines.
Penny Wise: Good.
Connie Kendall: Moose.
Wooton Bassett: Hair, chocolate, or Alaskan?
Connie Kendall: Hair.
Wooton Bassett: Oh, we could never be.

Connie Kendall: Everyone's going to think I'm engaged to Wooton!!
Penny Wise: I wonder what kind of gifts you'll get...

Eugene Meltsner: Has anyone seen my-
Penny Wise: Eugene!
Connie Kendall: No! Absolutely not.
Eugene Meltsner: Absolutely not what?
Connie Kendall: She wants you to pose as my groom for a wedding brochure.
Eugene Meltsner: Absolutely not!

Robert Mitchell: I'm getting married, too!
Connie Kendall: What!