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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 2

“The Ties That Bind, Part 2” is episode #752 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on September 13, 2014.


Eugene and Katrina wrestle with a decision that will take them into uncharted territory at home. And being the centre of attention at Comic-Connellsville puts Wooton in touch with fans and an art collector who wants all of Wooton's work. Meanwhile, Connie has to deal with a guest of her own while solving the mystery of an old lockers trunk.


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Discussion Questions

1. What do you think attracts people like Olivia to the ideas of tolerance and inclusivity?

2. Where did marriage come from? How did God define it?

3. Whit used the example of a fountain pen to show how something that’s designed for a purpose can be used correctly or misused. How do you think that lines up with God and His design for humanity?

4. Is love the only thing that matters in relationships or marriage? If not, what else matters? How do you define love? Can you love the wrong things or the wrong people?

5. Why is Vance not part of the Whit’s End crowd? Based on what you know of Vance’s attitudes, do you agree or disagree with him?

6. How does Wooton feel about his cousin Hadley? How does Connie feel about her half-sister, Jules? How does Jules feel about her father?

7. How should we treat family members whom we don’t like very much or who make us uneasy?

8. What did Katrina and Eugene decide to do about Buck? Why? What did Eugene mean by “redemption”?


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Jack Allen Jason Whittaker
Joanne Allen Jason Whittaker
June Kendall Connie Kendall
Emily Jones Matthew Parker
Dorothy Jones Matthew Parker
Olivia Parker Matthew Parker
Jacques Henri Penny Wise
Bill Kendall Jules Kendall
Jan Kendall Connie Kendall
Wally Haggler Jason Whittaker
Buck Oliver Eugene Meltsner
Juan Reyes Eugene Meltsner
Jebidiah Skint Eugene Meltsner


  • Harlow requests a thermos with images from The Six Million Dollar Man.
  • Jason offers Harlow a thermos with images from The Rifleman.
  • The Champions of Justice referenced by Mike Carol may be a reference to the Justice League.
  • The references made by Wooton at Comic-Connelsville include multiple references to the TV series Doctor Who. The references include a display for "Doctor Hoover", Dialectical Robots (Daleks in the original show. And they ARE kind of shaped like salt shakers), his time machine shaped like a garden shed (the Doctor's TARDIS is shaped like a police box), "Don't Blink" (a reference to the Doctor Who episode "Blink"), and evil garden gnomes (the equivalent of Weeping Angels, intergalactic beings that look like stone angel statues that only attack you when you aren't looking at them).
  • FaceSpace is a reference to both Facebook and Myspace.


Jason Whittaker: Say, does this town of yours have a name?
Unknown: I guess you could call it... a ghost town.

Hadley Bassett: I'm Milt and Wanda's boy; I think I'm a...second cousin twice removed.
Penny Wise: Removed from what?
Hadley Bassett: Civilization, mostly...

Eugene Meltsner: We would, in essence, be serving as Buck's parents. It's a daunting thought.
John Whittaker: Yeah, but you won't be alone. And don't forget your wealth of experiences.
Eugene Meltsner: Well, I wouldn't dismiss what I've learned working here. Yet, it isn't about what I know; it's about what I don't know that worries me. I mean, the many variables, the—the things I can't anticipate.
John Whittaker: The variables are God's business. You can't always predict them any more than you can predict the future. It's kind of like preparing for a tornado: you know what to do to keep safe, but—but once it's hit, you're always surprised by the intensity and the damage it causes.
Eugene Meltsner: Are you suggesting that parenting is like experiencing a tornado?