The Triangle, Part 1
On a rainy spring day in Odyssey, Whit and Connie stop by the J & J Antique Gallery to pick up some paintings for The Treasure Room. In the process, Jack gives Whit a first edition of The Allegory of Love by C. S. Lewis. Whit is speechless. Connie urges Jack and Whit to tell her what this is all about. Whit and Jack tell her the whole story of how Whit met his wife Jenny at the Pasadena Library while they were in college. Whit and Jenny got off on the wrong foot. Whit had gone to see her lecture about C. S. Lewis just to see how bad it would be. (He didn't know it was Jenny) Afterward when the two of them went for coffee, Jenny revealed she was dating someone else. Jack invited Whit to a basketball game that evening and Whit found that the person Jenny was dating was Jack! At the game, Whit and Jenny talked while Jack struggled to get in a word. The two of them met for weeks afterward, Whit helping Jenny with her writing and Jenny helping Whit with his public speaking. After one of Whit's speeches, Jenny tells Whit about a problem. She loves Jack as a friend, but no more. Whit advises her to be kind. Jack and Jenny go out to dinner that evening and Jack reads her a portion of a letter telling her how much he loves her. Jenny feels overwhelmed and doesn't say anything more to Jack. The story continues in part II...
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- Do you have any objects that have special meaning to you?
- What are they?
- Do you think it was wrong for Whit and his friends to make fun of Guinevere's work?
- Why or why not?
Heard in episode
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Jack Allen (young)||Marshal Younger|
|Jack Allen||Alan Young|
|Jenny Whittaker||Rebecca Meyers|
|John Whittaker (young)||Jim Custer|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
Mentioned in episode
|Joanne Woodston-Allen||Connie Kendall|
|Emily Allen||Jack Allen|
- This episode likely was inspired by two previous episodes. The first was #211: “The Mortal Coil, Part 1”, where we hear a quick line where Whit and Jenny are introduced to each other by an unknown character; that line is used in context in this episode and revealed to be spoken by Jack Allen. The second episode that likely provided inspiration was #372: “For Whom The Wedding Bells Toll, Part 1”, where Jack says that his friends stole his girlfriends away, and that that's how Whit met Jenny. In this, episode Jenny and Jack date before Whit enters the picture.
- Young Jack Allen (normally voiced by Alan Young) is played in this episode by AIO writer Marshal Younger; this has led to the clever observation that "he sounds just like Alan, only Younger."
- Whit and Connie are picking up paintings for the Treasure Room at the beginning of this episode; this room was first mentioned in #433a: “The Treasure Room”.
- In this episode Jenny and Whit discuss an article he wrote for the student magazine entitled "Of Men and of Angels." This article was mentioned earlier in #406: “Malachi's Message”.
- Jack's working at an auction house in Pasadena was previously mentioned in #373: “For Whom The Wedding Bells Toll, Part 2”.
- This episode was re-aired on September 3, 2016, as a commemoration of Alan Young (Jack Allen). That version included an introduction by Dave Arnold.
- The titles of the episodes in Album 50: The Best Small Town were all parodies of early AIO episodes; these episode's titles, as well as the title of #12: “The Tangled Web”, were parodied by #638: “The Triangled Web, Part 1” and #639: “The Triangled Web, Part 2”.
- Jenny gives talks on C. S. Lewis books and mentions The Allegory of Love and Beyond Personality. (Jenny also goes looking for The Allegory of Love at Jack's auction house and Jack gives the book to Whit years later.) Jenny and Whit talk about a book by G. K. Chesterton and mention that Lewis talked about the book as well.
- In the closing wrap of the CD version of this episode (the original release, at least), Chris invites the listener to "turn the tape over" to hear the conclusion.
Young John Whittaker: I think we've gotten off on the wrong foot, apart from the one in my mouth. Maybe we should start over. I’m John Avery Whittaker, but my friends call me Whit.
Young Jenny Morrow: I’m Guinevere Morrow. My friends call me Jenny. You can call me Guinevere.
Young John Whittaker: Oh, uh... oh. Guinevere.
Young John Whittaker: I love books, but I can't imagine being a teacher. I don't think I'd have the patience.