The Case of the Secret Room, Part 2

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Matthew 6:24

24"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

1 Timothy 6:10
10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

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The Case of the Secret Room, Part 2

“The Case of the Secret Room, Part 2” is episode #40 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on August 20, 1988.


A secret room is discovered in Whit's End that holds the skeleton of an old janitor from The Fillmore Recreation Center. Whit and Jami Martin attempt to discover some answers.



Whit ends up all right but is still at odds with Inspector Ralph Howards about investigating the case. Howards insists that Whit drop it. Whit suspects that Howards might be hiding something - and continues his quest to solve the mystery. The plot is further complicated when Whit learns that Howards was involved in a car chase that led to the death of a man named Alfred Myers. In the man's car, the police found a .38 caliber pistol (the same caliber as the bullet found in the skeleton).

Just then, the mysterious lady arrives and introduces herself as Spencer Barfield's sister. She's determined to clear her brother's name and help Whit in any way she can. She claims that Alfred Myers was in cahoots with Percival Fenwick, the bank manager! Fenwick later denies the claim. He says he had hired Myers as a private investigator to keep an eye on Howards, who Fenwick thinks was in on the bank robbery, too. Whit, Connie, and Jami Martin can't figure out who to believe. Then Tom comes up with an idea of his own: What if the money is buried in the basement of Whit's End?

That night, Whit goes down to dig for the buried box and is surprised to find that it's there! That's only the first surprise, as he is suddenly interrupted by someone. Who? It would be unfair to solve the mystery for you. But you can be sure that justice is served - and everyone involved learns an important lesson about greed and how it can lead even the best people into trouble.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Whit so intent on following this case?
  2. Whit said that he was exercising his rights as a citizen by pursuing the case. What did he mean?
  3. Whit lamented that this whole incident was caused by greed. When have you felt greedy?
    • What’s the best way to keep your greed under control?


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Alfred Meyers Jami Martin
Spencer Barfield John Whittaker
June Kendall Connie Kendall


  • VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of the program has a longer introduction with Chris explaining what happened last time.
  • PARENTS: This is a mystery about a 40-year-old murder. It contains subject matter that may be too intense for younger children.
  • The blow dart at the end of this episode was originally a gun, but it was changed to dispel potential audience fears about violence.



John Whittaker: Then you leave me no choice but to exercise my right as a citizen and pursue this case until justice is done!

Ralph Howards: I told you yesterday, it's a closed case.
John Whittaker: But it can't be a closed case as long as there are unanswered questions.

John Whittaker: Tom, you're beginning to sound like a parrot. If you think you know where the money is hidden, why don't you say so?

John Whittaker: Poor Spencer. You know, somehow it's just not fair to lose a life over something so worthless as money.
Tom Riley: I guess that's why the Bible says money is the root of all evil.