The Mortal Coil, Part 2

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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"--

1 Thessalonians 4:13-15
13Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.

14We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

15According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

2 Corinthians 4:18-5:2
18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Chapter 5

1Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,

Revelation 7:17
17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

Revelation 21:4
4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

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The Mortal Coil, Part 2

“The Mortal Coil, Part 2” is episode #212 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on November 28, 1992.


Whit programs the Imagination Station to show what life after death might be like. Against the advice of Tom Riley, he tries the program on himself … with dangerous results.


Whit is not oblivious to what's happening. He's aware of the doctors' attempts to save him. But suddenly, he seems to be transported to a quiet and pleasant place, where he is surprised to meet his wife, Jenny. Meanwhile, the doctors stabilize Whit's condition. Whit's two children, Jana Whittaker-Dowd and Jason Whittaker arrive. Everyone prays for the best, but prepares for the worst.

Back at Whit's End, Tom shows Jason the Imagination Station and realizes that Eugene had left it on and the program was paused. He must have tried it out for himself. No one knows where he is.

We rejoin Whit in his imagination as he basks in his wife's love and is eventually reunited with his dead son, Jerry.

Meanwhile, Connie tracks down Eugene at his dorm room. He is distraught. Yes, he had tried out the life-after-death program, and experienced what Connie concludes was something like hell. Eugene is horrified. Connie talks to him about Christ, describing how we can escape hell because of His death on the cross. She then asks Eugene if it's something he can believe. Eugene isn't sure, but we know that this experience will stay with him for a long, long time.

As far as Whit is concerned, he is in heaven. But Jenny assures him that he is not. He is, in fact, in a coma, merely playing out what he always imagined heaven to be. Jenny tells Whit that it is time for him to go back to living life. The real heaven will be much better than anything he could ever imagine. Whit finally agrees to return.

In the hospital, Whit's family and friends are overjoyed when Whit wakes up. Whit now knows that toying with a life-after-death program was foolish, and that he needs to be on Earth for the time being.

This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »

Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Whit so adamant about retrying the death program?
  2. Why was Tom so insistent that Eugene destroy it?
  3. Why was the program so frightening to Eugene?
  4. What do you think heaven will be like?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Jana Whittaker-Dowd D.J. Harner
Jason Whittaker Thom Pinto
Jenny Whittaker Natalie O'Hare
Jerry Whittaker Leland Bruno
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Doc Morton Diane Michelle
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston
Trauma Nurse Phil Lollar

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Phil Dowd Jana Whittaker-Dowd
Monty Whittaker Jana Whittaker-Dowd


  • PARENTAL WARNING: This episode about life after death may prove to be too intense for listeners under the age of 10.


Connie Kendall: You look terrible.
Tom Riley: Well, thank you. You don't look so bad yourself.

Jana Whittaker-Dowd: You know, I always said those inventions would hurt him one day, I just knew it!
Jason Whittaker: Look, don't get yourself all bent out of shape here; let's just find out a few more of the facts before we pass judgment.
Connie Kendall: Spoken like a true Whittaker.

John Whittaker: Jen... is he here? Can I see him?
Jenny Whittaker: Just turn around, John.
John Whittaker: Oh, Jerry!
Jerry Whittaker: Hi, Dad; how ya doin'?

Tom Riley: Only someone as smart as Eugene would do something so stupid!

Eugene Meltsner: I-It was the most horrifying thing I've ever experienced. I—I've never felt such loneliness or isolation. It was as though I were completely separated from—everyone and everything... completely and thoroughly alone. Not like I was off by myself somewhere, but... but as though I were... nonexistent in a dark void of solitude. I was alone, Connie! Utterly alone in a—in a burning blackness and I've had nothing but nightmares since then!

Connie Kendall: For Whit, death will be a place of wonder, miracles... beauty and reunion—heaven, Eugene. But for you, who's never accepted Christ, death is... well, it'll be a place of isolation and separation. If Whit got a tiny taste of heaven, then... maybe you got a tiny taste of hell. Do you understand? Eugene?
Eugene Meltsner: ...Do you really believe that, Connie?
Connie Kendall: With all my heart.
Eugene Meltsner: Then you'd better explain it all to me... in detail.

Jerry Whittaker: That was a very dangerous thing to do, Dad. Trying to capture life after death in a computer program wasn't a very smart idea.
John Whittaker: I guess it wasn't.

John Whittaker: I should'a listened to you Tom.
Tom Riley: Oh?
John Whittaker: I was tampering with things that aren't any of my business, but I learned from it. Getting lost in someone's imagination, memories, even dreams of the future is a... well, it's a limited experience. There are greater adventures to be found in the real world. Which leaves only one question.
Jason Whittaker: And that is?
John Whittaker: When can I get out of this hospital and get on with them?

Connie Kendall: Well, Eugene? What are you gonna do?
Eugene Meltsner: What indeed, Miss Kendall? What indeed?