The Right Choice, Part 2

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#363: “The Right Choice, Part 2”
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Psalm 27:1-14

11 Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?

2When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. 4One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. 5For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. 6Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. 7Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. 8My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek. 9Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. 10Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. 11Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. 13I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

14Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

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The Right Choice, Part 2

“The Right Choice, Part 2” is episode #363 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on October 26, 1996.


Stopping in Chicago on the way home from the Middle East, Eugene learns that Katrina Shanks may be marrying someone else!


Eugene races back to Chicago to find Katrina. He asks Armitage, Katrina's father, for permission to marry his daughter. Armitage says yes, but he has also given Brandon Teller permission. Eugene races to Katrina's college. There, she explains that she hasn't said yes to Brandon's proposal. She needs time to think about it, because she's in love with Eugene. Hearing this finally brings Eugene to his senses. He realizes he has been totally self-absorbed, not thinking about what's best for Katrina. He asks her to marry him.

Katrina ends up saying no. But everything is okay. Her and Eugene's hopes for a future relationship are in God's hands.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was it important for Brandon and Eugene to get Mr. Shanks's permission to ask Katrina to marry them?
  2. Katrina said "No" to Eugene's proposal and yet he was still at peace.
    • Why did he say that he was?
  3. Getting married is one of the most important decisions of our lives. What are some important things to think about before you get married?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Armitage Shanks Bernard Erhard
Brandon Teller Thom Babbes
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Jason Whittaker Townsend Coleman
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Katrina Shanks Pamela Hayden
Michael Barnes Townsend Coleman
Rodlyn Heather Segard

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Character Mentioned By
Millie Shanks Eugene Meltsner


  • Katrina instructs the Christian Fellowship group that the next Bible study will meet at Taft Hall. Taft Hall is a building on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Eugene's remark to Jason in the closing scene of this episode about Jason knowing all about two people loving each other but not being right for each other is a reference to Jason's relationship with Tasha Forbes — an arc that ended a mere two episodes beforehand.
  • Whit's line at the close of this episode about things getting "stirred up" in Odyssey serves to foreshadow the events of the next few episodes as he returns home.
  • This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey


Eugene Meltsner: Are you saying I'm paranoid, Mr. Whittaker? I suppose you've talked to other people about this?

Katrina Shanks: Even though you're obviously jealous...
Eugene Meltsner: I am not jealous!
Katrina Shanks: And in denial...
Eugene Meltsner: I am not in denial!

Eugene Meltsner: I'd rather not take up any more of your valuable time, sir.
Armitage Shanks: This is my daughter's life you're affecting; we have all the time I want. Come on.
Eugene Meltsner: Yes, sir.

Jason Whittaker: This'll make a good homecoming to Odyssey, just when I thought things were going to settle down for a while.
John Whittaker: Settle down? I have a feeling things are just getting stirred up.