The Ties That Bind, Part 4

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Romans 12:2

2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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The Ties That Bind, Part 4

“The Ties That Bind, Part 4” is episode #754 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on September 27, 2014.


Eugene and Katrina deal with the changes that come with a new addition to the house. Whit’s conflict with the “Let’s Get Together Festival” intensifies as his shop is vandalized. Jason helps Connie solve the mystery of the old trunk. And strange goings-on in an area called Hangman’s Hollow draw Jay’s attention.


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Discussion Questions

  1. Why were some kids jealous of Buck? What kinds of homes did they come from?
  2. Who do you think vandalized Whit’s End and why? Why is Whit reluctant to accuse anyone or jump to conclusions?
  3. Jason told Whit that “people are getting militant about their opinions, and they’re more than happy to trounce those who get in their way.” Can you share something you’ve seen like that in the world? What opinions are people getting “militant” about?
  4. Whit said, “I’ve never been afraid to stand up for what I believe.” Have you ever been afraid to stand up? Why?


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Juan Reyes Eugene Meltsner
Connie Kendall Jason Whittaker
June Kendall Jason Whittaker
Jebidiah Skint Katrina Meltsner
Rhonda Adelaide John Whittaker
Silvia Smouse Wally Haggler
Hugo Wells Hadley Bassett


  • Wooton's reference to the "Generic Fan in the Expendable Red Shirt" is a reference to the famously expendable crewmembers on Star Trek who wore red shirts.
  • Wally refers to Jay as Sherlock.


Katrina Meltsner: Did Mr. Skint visit you?
Buck Oliver: I'd rather not talk about him...if you don't mind.

Jay Smouse: How was I to know your junk was organized? I mean, it's junk.

Wally Haggler: I think it's time for you to go home.
Jay Smouse: But what about Hangman's Hollow?
Wally Haggler: Go home!
Jay Smouse: <sputtering> No- really- but I...
Wally Haggler: Seriously, Jay; your mother's calling you for dinner.
Jay Smouse: No, she isn't! <phone rings>
Wally Haggler: You were saying?
Jay Smouse: <gasps> Now that's just creepy...

Wooton Bassett: Thanks for stopping by, generic fan person in the expendable red shirt!

Jason Whittaker: It's an area we used to tell stories about—you know, ghosts and monsters and those kinds of things? I'm sure you and your friends have a place like that.
Jay Smouse: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, but we call it the school lunchroom.

Penny Wise: Maybe we should help [Hadley].
Wooton Bassett: <wearily> Why? It sounds like he's breaking everything just fine on his own.

Jason Whittaker: Dad, I wish you'd told me about your argument with Miss Adelaide.
John Whittaker: Oh, it wasn't an argument.
Jason Whittaker: Yeah, well, it wasn't a hug-fest, either!