The Cross of Cortes, Part 2

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Deuteronomy 6:13-15

13Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.

14Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;

15for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.

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The Cross of Cortes, Part 2

“The Cross of Cortes, Part 2” is episode #172 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on November 16, 1991.


Eugene, Whit, and Dan Isidro look for the mysterious 'Cross of Cortes'.


Fortunately, with the help of his trusty pocket cassette-recorder, Eugene is victorious over the bull. When Whit and Eugene return to decipher the mysterious map, they learn that a key symbol on the map is missing. They decide they may be able to figure out what it was. They go to an old temple and, with the help of a sundial and a flashlight, they figure it out. But they’re just about to go to the Cross of Cortes when friends suddenly turn into enemies and take the map! Whit, Eugene, and Dan Isidro are undaunted (since they cleverly had their own copy of the map). The chase is on to see who’ll get to the Cross of Cortes first. Our story is resolved in a dark cave where our characters meet. In the cave, we discover their true reasons for wanting the Cross of Cortes. We won’t give away all the surprises, but you can be sure that an important lesson about the dangerous allure of power (even when people have the best of intentions) is clearly learned.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did everyone want the Cross of Cortes?
  2. Do things like crosses really have supernatural power?
    • Explain.
  3. Why is the cross so important to Christians?
  4. Why was everyone so greedy?



  • These two episodes were tied for 8th place in an audience poll where listeners named their favorite episodes.
  • Much of the story elements of this episode are derived from the "Indiana Jones" movies, in particular the search for the Holy Grail in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". Similar plot elements include a search for a religious relic, a villain who is also after the same relic, and a woman who finds herself involved in the situation, etc. A very specific parallel plot elements occurs near the end, when the sought-after relic ends up balanced on the ledge of deep pit, and the main characters have to decide whether to risk retrieving it.
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  • Mendosa's terms of endearment for Eugene in this episode include "mi corazón" and "mi dulce," which translate to "my heart" and "my sweet," respectively.
  • Listen carefully: the trumpet music in the bullfighting arena heard early in this episode is the same music heard announcing the character of Nebuchadnezzar during the play in #35: “VBS Blues”.
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John Whittaker: Dan, it's only a cross. It can't save anybody.

Maria Mendosa: And now, mi corazón, you will give them both to me.
Eugene Meltsner: Maria, th-that's a gun!