Connie starts out by making changes to Whit's End, while Bart removes support beams from the Electric Palace to make it look "rustic." As it progresses, Bart ends up giving the inspector a free cell phone and Edwin gives him a complementary ticket to a Shakespeare play.
As it turns out, the inspector isn’t from Home and Country Magazine, but from the Health and Safety Department of Campbell County. He ends up finding safety hazards with The Harlequin Dinner Theatre and the Electric Palace.
The good news though, Odyssey is chosen as a finalist for the Best Small Town in America Contest.
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|Rusty Gordon (Malone)||Connie Kendall|
|Jack Allen||Connie Kendall|
|Walter Shakespeare||Edwin Blackgaard|
- This episode, like many others in this album, features several allusions to previous episodes in the series:
- The episode title is an allusion to the episode #113: “Suspicious Minds”.
- The entire plot strongly parallels that of #379: “Best Face Forward”, where Connie tries to impress bicycling author Mark Herring.
- Connie's line about the magazine contest being the "opportunity of a lifetime" also mirrors a similar line of hers from #158: “A Day in the Life”, when a movie is being filmed in Odyssey.
- Edwin's line to Bart in this episode about using a hose about back, without putting his mouth on it, was previously said to Lucy Cunningham-Schultz by Henry in #129: “Not One of Us” .
- This is the second episode in which an inspector visits the Harlequin Theatre, the first being #263: “When Bad Isn't So Good”.
- This and #528: “The Taming of the Two” are the only non-Kids' Radio or B-TV episodes to feature Edwin Blackgaard without Walter Shakespeare.
- This episode is featured in a PopUpisode on The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast. (Click here to watch.)
- From the Pop-Upisode on the Official Podcast, we know that Will and Pat were voiced by brother and sister pair Dean and Evelyn, whom Nathan Hoobler knew from church. Also, the crowd of polite children complimenting each other in order to follow Connie’s rules was a group of kids from Nathan's AWANA group.
- The character of Jill was voiced by someone Marshal Younger knew from church, who "was thrilled to be on Odyssey" according to the Pop-Upisode.
- The explosion in the tunnel, referenced by Dan Daventry, occurred in #333: “The Last Resort”.
- This marks the second time Whit's End has been shut down by the government, the first being in #329: “The Return” by Philip Glossman.
- This episode marks a number of "lasts" for Walker Edmiston and his characters:
- The last episode to feature the voice of Walker Edmiston
- The last to feature the character of Tom Riley
- The last to feature an opening introduction by Tom
- The last to feature the character of Bart Rathbone (and the only episode to feature Robert Easton or anyone other than Edmiston in the role of Bart)
- Edwin is performing The Tempest in this episode. He also indicates that he performed As You Like It while Dan was asleep.
- Edwin refers to Dan Daventry as "Danny boy," a reference to the song of the same name
- Dan Daventry tells Edwin that he is a fan of The Three Stooges.
- Alternate Summary
- An inspector for the "Best Small Town" contest is coming to Odyssey - and Bart, Edwin and Connie each have their own ideas about how to impress him. But have they got the wrong man and the wrong intentions?
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Perry Browning: Odyssey could be the best small town in America!
Tom Riley: Howdy! Tom Riley here. We’re just gettin' ready for a time of wonder, adventure, and excitement. Would you like to join us? Than get ready, 'cause you never know what can happen when you have an Adventure in Odyssey! —Walker Edmiston's last episode.
Bart Rathbone: How are yous today?
Dan Daventry: Just fine.
Bart Rathbone: Lot o' weather we been havin' lately.
Dan Daventry: Yeah, I suppose so.
Bart Rathbone: Hey, uh speakin' o' dat, are you the inspector?
Dan Daventry: What?
Bart Rathbone: <to customer> Yeah with the purchase of dat dere stereo, we got a hotline you can call to ask us any questions, any time, I’m always available. <to himself> Ooh, the inspector guy just come in! <walks away>
Electric Palace Customer: Hey where’re you going? I got a question!
Bart Rathbone: Can't help ya!
Bart: Just a token of my depreciation.
Perry Browning: So, what did you think of Odyssey, Jill?
Jill: It meets all our qualifications. Rusty Gordon's book is just tabloid garbage. What he calls a laughable little town is actually a very charming, friendly place with lovely people!
Bart Rathbone: Health?
Edwin Blackgaard: And safety?
Dan Daventry: Inspector, right! I inspect buildings for health and safety! I've been checking all the buildings in Odyssey! And I don't mind saying that you've got a death trap for a store, Mr. Rathbone! Missing support beams, corrosive rust...
Bart Rathbone: Wait just a minute here!
Edwin Blackgaard: Well, inspector or not, there's still no excuse for sleeping through my performance!
Dan Daventry: On a couch placed in a position that clearly impedes easy access to the fire escapes! And I have a few other notes about the condition of the stage—the light rigging, the wiring... shall I go on?
Edwin Blackgaard: Oh... no need. I should have expected this from a fan of the Three Stooges.