Under the Influence, Part 2

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#489: “Under the Influence, Part 2”
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Romans 10:9

9That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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Under the Influence, Part 2

“Under the Influence, Part 2” is episode #489 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by John Fornof, and originally aired on March 30, 2002.


An old friend pits Aubrey Shepard against her parents and their beliefs.


Aubrey's parents aren't sure what to make of her new attitude. Ben is pleased that she's so happy, but Ellen thinks she may be hiding something. She shows Ben a skull earring she found. They confront Aubrey, but she says the earrings are Erica's.

At Todd's party, Aubrey doesn't feel comfortable about the lack of adults and the wild antics. Just then, a policeman comes in the front door! Aubrey and Erica duck through the window.

At Whit's End, Todd drops off Aubrey's purse, raising Connie's suspicions. Connie confronts Aubrey, who lies about where she was. Connie sends Aubrey home to tell her parents and later shows up to tell her that she is fired from Whit's End. Aubrey is devastated, but things only go downhill when she talks to her parents. They know she's skipping classes and getting failing grades. They've already decided to pull her out of public school and cut her off from Erica. Aubrey is pouting in her room when Erica comes to the window. She gives Aubrey a cell phone and convinces her that it's time to run away. Just as Aubrey is about to head out, she notices lights in the chapel. She investigates and finds her dad praying. He says he just wants his daughter back.

Later that night, Aubrey and Erica are riding in Todd's new car when Erica demands Todd to pull over. She tells Aubrey that it's her turn to drive. When Aubrey drives through a red light, a policeman pulls them over. Erica lies to the policeman that Aubrey told them she had a license and wouldn't listen to them when they said to stop. Aubrey feels completely betrayed as she is taken to the police station. Ben and Ellen pick Aubrey up, but Ben says he doesn't want to talk. Aubrey wants to apologize, but doesn't know what to say.

Later that evening, Ben and Ellen are up late thinking when they find Aubrey gone again! Ben sees lights on in the chapel. He finds Aubrey there at the altar. Aubrey says she wants to have a talk with her dad.

Back in the kitchen, Aubrey says that she can now see Erica for what she was. She says she wishes she had a place to talk to God like she talks to her dad in the kitchen. Ben tells her that place is her heart. Aubrey says she'd like to invite Him in. Ben smiles. This is what he's been praying for.

Discussion Questions

  1. Who are your true friends?
    • Why?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Aubrey Shepard Danielle Judovits
Ben Shepard Jerry Houser
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Ellen Shepard Carolyn Hennesy
Erica Colburn Lawren Donahue
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Police Officer Steve Bridges
Police Officer Bob Luttrell
Todd Kris Kachurak

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Character Mentioned By
June Kendall Connie Kendall
Tom Riley Ben Shepard
Mary Hopkins John Whittaker


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version of this episode is about five minutes longer and includes a number of extended scenes, including the Aubrey/Connie "fight" where Aubrey is fired, the scene where Aubrey's parents confront her, the scene where Aubrey finds Ben praying in the chapel, and the scene where Aubrey drives the car without a license.

  • Aubrey's conversion in this episode was one of many that has happened in Adventures in Odyssey over the years. For a complete list of everyone who has been saved on the show, see this List of Conversions.



Erica Colburn: This is your moment, Aubrey. It's time to take control of your life. Are you gonna take it, or not?

Connie Kendall: Aubrey, this is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I want to be your friend. But I can't—I mean I won't keep covering for you. This is for your own good.
Aubrey Shepard: What's for my own good?
Connie Kendall: I talked it over with Whit. We have to think of the kids at Whit's End and the message we're sending them.
Aubrey Shepard: What does that mean?
Connie Kendall: What I'm saying is, I'm gonna have to... fire you.

Todd: Where'd you learn to drive?
Aubrey Shepard: I drove a lawn tractor at the Timothy Center.

Aubrey Shepard: I couldn't sit there very long, so I walked around outside for a little bit. Then I thought, I wish I knew God the way you do. I wish we had a place where I can talk with him just like I can talk with you here in the kitchen.
Ben Shepard: I know a place like that. And you know what? It's not in the chapel, or in the kitchen. It's inside you.
Aubrey Shepard: I don't think it's anywhere near as nice as the kitchen is right now.
Ben Shepard: Well, maybe not now, but it can be. He can make it that way. But he'll only come in if you invite him.
Aubrey Shepard: I'd like that. I wanna invite him in.

Connie Kendall: Here I was, trying to give you a second chance—trying to be a good influence! And you were using me to cover your tracks, just like Erica's been using you! It's as if she's turning you into her little disciple!
Aubrey Shepard: Erica is more of a friend than you'll ever be!
Connie Kendall: Oh, I'm sure she is, if you think friendship is all about using people!