The Black Veil, Part 1

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Galatians 6:9

9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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The Black Veil, Part 1

“The Black Veil, Part 1” is episode #490 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on April 6, 2002.


Jason Whittaker's stop in Alaska reveals strange problems affecting the members of the church. Meanwhile in Odyssey, Whit notices a strange surge of anger and violence.


What in the world is going on? First Alex Jefferson has a fit at Whit's End when Nick puts nuts on his sundae. His mom thinks it due to watching movies late at a friend's house in Odenton, but Alex says he's having weird dreams where he's a monster.

Meanwhile in Alaska, Jason Whittaker stops in to find that a church there is having violent problems. His friend Walter tells him that half the church is acting angry and hurtful. Jason can't understand what's going on, but suggests they start praying immediately. Soon after, Sam Hitchcock arrives to install a satellite system in the home where Jason is staying.

Back in Odyssey, Nick Mulligan takes out his rage on the dishwasher. Whit is mystified. He goes to the Mulligans and gets an apology from Nick. Mike Mulligan thinks that the "Odenten bug" is causing all the violence. Just as they're talking, Mr. Sneed, the Mulligan's neighbor, drives his truck through their barn. When a police officer shows up to question Mr. Sneed, they find his house practically destroyed. Sneed tells them he destroyed the house because he couldn't help it.

In Alaska, Jason has problems of his own. A husband and wife say they are splitting up. When Jason and Walter go to visit, Mickie gets angry and starts tearing up his house. Jason tackles him and takes him to the hospital. Once there, however, a police officer tells him that Sam Hitchcock threw a TV out his window and is asking for Jason. When they show up at the house, Sam is huddled in a closet. Sam says he infected the entire city with the boxes. Jason tells him to come to the doctors. Ominously, Sam cries, "You're treating the symptoms. The disease will destroy us all!" The story continues in part II...

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Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Alex Jefferson Travis Tedford
April Melissa Disney
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Jason Whittaker Townsend Coleman
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Mickie Jess Harnell
Mike Mulligan Bill Myers
Nick Mulligan Chris Castile
Rachel Jefferson Jennifer Naimo
Sam Hitchcock Jeff Doucette
Mr. Sneed Pete Reneday
Officer Stern Jess Harnell
Officer Trudeau Dennis Baxter
Walter Madison Jack Blessing

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Sarah Prachett Connie Kendall
Eugene Meltsner Connie Kendall
Lisa Mulligan Mike Mulligan
Janelle Mulligan Mike Mulligan
Jessica Mulligan Mike Mulligan
Hector Mulligan Mike Mulligan
Bridget Becker Walter Madison
Mr. Jefferson John Whittaker


  • VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode included a "Fun Fact" about the many voices of Chad Reisser.
  • PARENTAL WARNING: Due to the intensity of several scenes in this show (mainly because of the scenes where the people using the cable boxes get angry rather intensively), it isn't recommended for younger children. Recommended maturity level: Ages 8 and up.


Whit: Hey, hey, what's going on here?
Connie Kendall: You're making the dishes rattle!
Nick Mulligan: Alex is having a nervous breakdown!
Alex Jefferson: He put nuts on my sundae!
Whit: ...What?

Jason Whittaker: Walter, what's going on here?
Walter Madison: All I can conclude is that we are in the middle of a spiritual battle.
Jason Whittaker: Spiritual battle, alright. Seems to be a lot of that going around lately. I was in the middle of one in South America recently and believe me, I have learned my lesson. I know exactly what to do.
Walter Madison: What's that?
Jason Whittaker: Drop to our knees right now and pray.
Walter Madison: I agree.

Jason Whittaker: Okay, Sam—calm down. I'll tell you what. I'll get rid of the TV if you come with me to the doctor.
Sam Hitchcock: No, no. You're treating the symptoms. The disease will destroy us all!