Podventures in Odyssey
By The Podventurers
Podventures in OdysseyMay 29, 2023
A06E13 A Deaf Cabbage (The Treasure of LeMonde)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Treasure of LeMonde,” in which Whit and crew discover a hidden room at Whit's End which hides a larger secret. Also, Robyn has a brush with obsessive greed, nonlinear historical events, getting into the mindset of a French prankster missionary, and the introduction of a new podventure character (?) maybe.
Pardon the bad French.
Listen to the end for a special treat!
A06E12 The World Gets Smaller All the Time (Operation Digout)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Operation Digout,” in which a visit from a mysterious British man prompts Whit to tell Connie a story from his time in the South Pacific during WWII. Could the mysterious visitor possibly be Reginald Duffield? We’ll find out at Trickle Lake. Also, millennial technology talk, relationships that end naturally, and Christians writing non-Christians. We’ve got nothing else to say besides just the same.
A06E11 Cracking Jokes and Dodging Bullets (Rescue from Manatugo Point)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Rescue from Manatugo Point,” in which Whit receives a mysterious letter and reminisces about his experience as a signalman in WWII, when a young Whit embarked on a mission to rescue the coast watcher Lieutenant Reginald Duffield from an island in the South Pacific. Also, Connie’s curiosity, steaming letters open, tea caves, and sad dog movies.
A06E10 A Wild Will for the Wild West (The Ill-Gotten Deed)
AUDIO QUALITY ALERT! Someone (me, Tats) forgot to turn the mixer on when we recorded this one. As a result, the audio isn’t as crisp as usual. Apologies, and audio will be back to normal next time!
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Ill-Gotten Deed,” in which Whit reads a Wild West short story to a kid who is fed up with his little brother’s schemes. It’s a Jacob and Esau parable about the origin of the town of Odyssey itself! It’s a lot of fun and lot of problematic. Let’s get into it! Also, City Boy/Country Boy tropes, voice actors having a ball, and the portrayal of Native Americans in the Wild West setting.
A06E09 A Real Adventure (A Mission for Jimmy)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Mission for Jimmy,” in which Jimmy Barclay experiences a major paradigm shift after discovering the truth behind missionary work through an adventure with Dan Isidro in the jungles of Nicaragua. Also, doing things even when you don’t want to, the messiness of missions history, and dreaming in foreign languages. Can you dream in perfect Spanish if you don’t know how to speak it?
Author’s Note: The book which Emilee references is called Christianity Rediscovered by Vincent Donovan.
A06E08 Context is Everything (But, You Promised)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “But, You Promised,” in which Robyn Jacobs gets herself into a series of messes because of some seemingly innocuous fibs. Mess #1: her bike is stolen. Mess #2: her friends get mad at her. Mess #3: two nice Italian men are arrested and interrogated by the police. We’re gonna be honest, it’s not one of AIO’s finest. Also, high context/low context cultures, vibe check folly, and corporate LIES (not that kind).
A06E07 Six Tales of Woe (That’s Not Fair)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “That’s Not Fair,” in which Connie, Oscar, and Donna each share their own tales of unfairness with Whit. Whit, in his wisdom, has just the sort of scheme to show them what “fairness” truly means. Also, Connie loses her human alarm clock, Oscar becomes big brother, and Donna learns that sometimes, homework assignments are more than just homework assignments.
Editor's Note: This episode was recorded prior to the year-long hiatus.
UPDATE END OF HIATUS!
In November 2021, we decided to go on a nice little winter hiatus. And what a long winter it has been! But at last we emerge out of hibernation, shaking the snow off our backs and the dust off our microphones. Listen in to this update for more details!
UPDATE Hiatus Status
Here's another quick life update from the Podventures Team! Wow, it sure has been awhile, hasn't it? We're here letting you know what some of those life events are which kept us from podcasting for so long. Don't worry, this is still just a hiatus, we don't plan on stopping until we've delivered all that sweet Odyssey recap content. Though we can't provide an exact date on when we'll return just yet, just know that we're taking steps to make recording again a real possibility!
BONUS Adventures in Colorado
Hello, Podventurers! We hope you've been faring well during our absence and wish you all the best. While we're still hard at work on our end setting things in order so we can get back to podcasting, in the meantime, we wanted to share a little treat with you all.
This week, we're bringing you something a little different. Some of you may remember us talking on the podcast about taking a pilgrimage to Whit's End. Well, at the end of last summer, we finally made it over the mountains and into beautiful Colorado! This episode is a collection of audio clips we recorded during our trip, capturing moments of adventure, discovery, and excitement along the way. Also, lots of amateur foley work.
We hope you enjoy coming along as we explore Colorful Colorado.
We've also shared pictures from our journey through Colorado on our reddit, if you would like to follow along there.
UPDATE Winter Break
Just a quick life update from the Podventures Team! We're going to be taking a brief winter break in light of the Christmas holidays and other various life events going on. This will give us time to rebuild our episode buffer so we can deliver the best quality possible of those sweet, sweet recaps and discussions.
We will make another announcement when we are approaching the end of our hiatus. In the meantime, go back and listen to those episodes you skipped (we know you all went straight to the Blackgaard arc - so would we), find another Odyssey podcast and give them a listen, or just enjoy some classic Odyssey episodes!
See you in the new year, Cat's Paws!
Editor's Note: Emilee took a nap and forgot to schedule this episode, so it's a few hours late.
A06E06 A Tale of Two Altars, Part 2 (Elijah, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Elijah, Part 2,” in which Robyn and Jack continue their separate adventures through 2 Kings, culminating with the most famous scene in the book. But the drama doesn’t end there. Queen Jezebel is still out to get those kids! Will they survive the wrath of the queen? Good thing this is all taking place in the Imagination Station. Also, appropriate biblical censorship and some home-style discussion questions.
A06E05 A Tale of Two Altars, Part 1 (Elijah, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Elijah, Part 1,” in which Robyn and Jack take the brand new two-seater Imagination Station for a spin before it’s ready, with unintended consequences. They’re dropped separately into the middle of 2 Kings, Robyn into the hands of the evil queen Jezebel, and Jack into the company of the prophet himself. Also, hilarious dungeon comedy, increasing ominosity, and an outtake we should have taken out but didn’t.
PIO A06E04 Jack Davis, Private Eye (Heat Wave)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Heat Wave,” in which Jack learns a lesson in not letting his imagination run away with him. When the days are hot and the kids are bored, super sleuth (or average gumshoe) Jack Davis sets his sights on the trail of a mysterious kid with an armload of lumber and a knapsack. Also, internal monologues, bias in artificial intelligence, and universe-breaking meta jokes.
A06E03 Robin Stage Capitalism (Good Business)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Good Business,” in which Robin attempts to make money without having to work for it. To that end, Robin hires Jack and Oscar as lawn mowing employees at her major corporation, Robin’s Rotors. But when her employees go on strike, Robin has to learn a hard lesson about the value of hard work. Also, labor unions, the value of administrative work, the difference between work and toil, and American hustle culture.
Proverbs 14:4 - "Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests."
A06E02 Flavius the Terminator (A Prisoner for Christ)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Prisoner for Christ,” in which Nicholas Adamsworth tries to hide in the Imagination Station to avoid a confrontation with Eugene, one of the least threatening humans to ever exist. Whit offers to let Nicholas test the latest adventure, which turns out to be quite thematic given Nicholas’s current circumstances. Who would’ve guessed the second ever Imagination Station adventure would be about the book of Philemon? Also, Imagination Station description alert, woefully misguided math, and a weird puzzle metaphor.
Fun fact not mentioned in the pod: “Paul, a prisoner for Christ” is how the Apostle Paul kicks off his letter to Philemon. Maybe if we did any research before recording we would have touched on that neat tidbit!
A06E01 Hold Your Opinions Loosely (The Price of Freedom)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Price of Freedom,” in which a new history teacher challenges twelve-year-old Kirk McGinty’s starry-eyed view of the Vietnam War. Thing is, Kirk’s father died in the war. Now Kirk is left to grapple with the conflict’s moral complexity and wonder about his father’s place in it. Yeah. On Odyssey’s silly-to-serious spectrum, it’s about as serious as it gets. Also, playing war, current events, and hard-hitting discussion questions. (Also also, Tats knows the Bill of Rights is another name for the first ten amendments. Don’t @ her.)
CW: Discussion of the Vietnam War and the War in Afghanistan
BONUS Kyds Radio (Off the Rails)
So a fun thing you can do at Whit's End in Colorado Springs is record your own Adventures in Odyssey episode. Today we come to you not as Tatjana and Emilee, but as Jamie and Casey. In this adventure, Jamie and Casey learn the importance of working together as a team. We hope you have as much fun on this adventure as we had recording it!
BONUS Album Art Review - Album 5
Welcome to another Album Art Review, in which we talk about the original cover art on the album we just finished. In this review, we actually cover two iterations of the album art - the art from the album that Tatjana owns, and the art from the original album release. You can follow along with photos on our reddit as we discuss classic vs. current Whit design, a suave gambler man, and deep Odyssey album compilation lore. There is a reason for the differences in art between the two album versions.
Also on both Spotify and our reddit, we have a poll! Go check it out and submit your answer to the question, is the weather vane on Tom's barn a crab or a horse?
A05E12 PUSH THE BAD BUTTON, Part 2 (The Battle, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Battle, Part 2,” in which the tension between Dr. Blackgaard and Richard Maxwell finally reaches its breaking point. Will Richard take one of the many opportunities presented to him to confess his crimes before things escalate? Or will he opt for the loudest, showiest climactic comeuppance in Odyssey history? Give the man a silver dollar! Also, consensus bias, dizzy from all these turning tables, villainous breakdowns, and Applesauce OS confirmed! Plus, that Richard/Lucy conversation? We finally get into it.
A05E11 PUSH THE BAD BUTTON, Part 1 (The Battle, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Battle, Part 1,” in which Blackgaard’s Castle is open for business. And what business is that? Why, crime of course! While kids run amok upstairs, the evil doctor and the computer-hacker-conman are downstairs committing cyber crimes against Whit’s End! Our two villains seem to be having a lovely time, until certain buttons are pressed, both metaphorically and literally... Also, playing catch with the idiot ball, failing to invent touch screens, the Milgram Experiment, and gushing about voice acting.
In the podventureverse, Tatjana gets curious and decides to visit the sketchy podcast warehouse, where she encounters yet more characters. It's getting crowded in here!
A05E10 Our Best Staycation Ever (Our Best Vacation Ever)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Our Best Vacation Ever,” in which the Barclay family is disappointed to discover that a summer vacation just isn’t in the budget this year. At the encouragement of Mr. Whitaker, they reconsider their assumptions about what makes a vacation fun and set out to enjoy a wild staycation. Also, the introduction of the WodFamChocSod, a mudslide on Poprock Mountain, Dad hype, and could it be… another new Odyssey villain? Gotta conserve!
A05E09 The Protagonist, Part 2 (The Nemesis, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Nemesis, Part 2,” in which Richard Maxwell finds the line he won’t cross and sees his first glimpse of the kind of man Dr. Regis Blackgaard really is. Meanwhile, Lucy ignores her better judgment about lying, allowing Whit and Connie to finally have a conversation. Also, stories that are narratively flawed in a way that makes your bad guy correct, sticking to your guns, and phishing before phishing.
In the podventureverse, Dr. Impastjana offers Emilee a new job in an eerie warehouse. Who is this mysterious villain?
A05E08 The Protagonist, Part 1 (The Nemesis, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Nemesis, Part 1,” in which Dr. Regis Blackgaard attempts to secure a business license in Odyssey despite failing to pass the vibe check, Richard goes fishing (for information), and Connie tries and fails to reconnect with Whit after learning a lesson at Camp What-a-Nut. Also, villainous euphemisms for doing harm to people, June plays a bout of tennis as the tennis ball, and Richard plays both audience and referee to some very emotionally charged conversations.
Podcaster’s Note: Part two of The Nemesis will be released next week.
A05E07 An Episode Starring a Man Who Plays Pool (Eugene’s Dilemma)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Eugene’s Dilemma,” in which Eugene finds himself in the center of a conundrum at Campbell College involving a child genius, a secure computer room, and the world’s sketchiest student counselor. Our problematic fave is back! Will Eugene handle the situation any better than he did Applesauce? Also, Richard Maxwell’s actual introduction, Dickensian-level villainy, and many sticky ethical problems.
A05E06 Connie Comes to Correspondence, Part 2 (Connie Goes to Camp, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Connie Goes to Camp, Part 2,” in which Connie continues recounting her time as a Camp What-a-Nut counselor in a letter to her mom. The boys vs. girls competition heats up, the clothes vs. television competition escalates, and Lucy learns that rules are not made to be broken, no matter the circumstances. Also, praying for our enemies, good sportsmanship, and a deep dive into neurodivergent representation.
Alternative Title: Robyn, Lucy, Donna, Oscar, Jimmy, and Jack and Connie go to camp with Allison and Mrs. Needlebark is also there
A05E05 Connie Comes to Correspondence, Part 1 (Connie Goes to Camp, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Connie Goes to Camp, Part 1,” in which Connie recounts her time as a Camp What-a-Nut counselor and the lessons she learned in a letter to her mom. While at camp, Lucy succumbs to the temptation of secrets, Allison displays a disconcerting obsession with television, the girls face a ludicrous level of gender discrimination, and the boys attempt to learn several camp activities under the bemused tutelage of Coach Fred Zachary. Also, the importance of archery safety, vocal drag, and tips on avoiding cults.
A05E04 Falling Short (A Bite of Applesauce)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Bite of Applesauce,” in which Mr. Whitaker entrusts Eugene with the knowledge of a secret computer room in Whit’s End that houses a mysterious, off-limits program called Applesauce. This becomes the premise for a Biblical Fall allegory starring Eugene as Adam, Connie as Eve, and Whit as God. A cool metaphor in theory. Let’s discuss how it plays out in practice. Also, Whisterious Whisteries™, hot hot takes, and how to tell stories about trust. Sup of the sweet nectar.
A05E03 Don’t Touch the Family Problems (An Encounter with Mrs. Hooper)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “An Encounter with Mrs. Hooper,” in which Donna Barclay has an encounter with an orderly named Richard Maxwell and then befriends an old woman named Mrs. Hooper who is living in a care home. Donna learns the importance of engaging lovingly with people even when they put up walls. Also, Whit’s greenhouse makes an appearance, Baby It’s Cold Outside discourse, and the introduction of our problematic fave, Richard Maxwell.
A05E02 PUSH THE RED BUTTON, Part 2 (The Imagination Station, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Imagination Station, Part 2", in which Digger Digwillow has moved beyond thinking the Bible is boring and is actively trying to stop the crucifixion of Jesus in the first ever Imagination Station adventure. The experience may be simulated, but something real is happening in Digger’s heart. Also, good soundscaping, good storytelling, and how does the Imagination Station work?
A05E01 PUSH THE RED BUTTON, Part 1 (The Imagination Station, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Imagination Station, Part 1," in which Digger Digwillow, a kid who thinks the Bible is boring, gets set straight by Mr. Whittaker’s titular invention! Whit pulls exactly zero punches as he sends Digger off to witness the climax of all history--the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Also, casually inventing ground-breaking technology, imagining the Imagination Station, and dreaming up theme parks. Hold on tight, Catspaws!
BONUS Album Art Review - Album 4
Welcome to another Album Art Review, in which we talk about the original cover art on the album we just finished. You can follow along with photos on our reddit as we compare galoshes to rain boots, discuss jewel heists, and attempt to accurately describe an ottoman.
Galoshes (n.): A tall, waterproof shoe worn over other shoes to keep the foot dry in wet conditions.
If you have any drawings of a baby in a leather jacket, please respond to our album art review reddit post with the pics.
CW: Discussion of bodily harm exacted by trees.
A04E12 Spiritual Anti-Crime (Go Ye Therefore)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Go Ye Therefore,” in which Connie recounts her tales of woe to Whit after failing at many exploits in evangelism. In the end, though, she learns that evangelism isn’t just about giving out tracts and saying the right words, but about witnessing through her life. Also, creative evangelism, soapbox sermons, defining persecution, and the five steps to salvation.
CW: Underage drinking mention
The Five Steps to Salvation:
Step One: Realize you have a problem
Step Two: Find someone who can help you with that problem
Step Three: ???
Step Four: Money
Step Five: Salvation
A04E11 Comparing Apples and Origins (Choices)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Choices,” in which Lucy’s science teacher grants/assigns her the honor of writing an article for a local journal on the topic of evolution. Lucy feels conflicted, as she doesn’t believe in evolution but also doesn’t want to disobey her teacher. In seeking the answer to this moral dilemma, Lucy learns that sometimes what’s right and wrong isn’t so cut and dried. Also, Millennial cringe, college-level academic advice, core character fears, science soapbox sermons, and important reddit polls. Oh, and we lose our minds over a voice actor alert. Don’t worry about it.
A04E10 “Window Shopping” (Bad Company)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Bad Company,” in which Donna learns just how bad her friend Rachel’s company can be and must make a difficult choice about their relationship after Rachel commits a petty crime. Meanwhile, Connie learns that not all Bible studies are created equal and faces her first doubts as a Christian. Also, hermeneutics, heresies, and Macho Headbanger, Private Eye (please send us your fanart).
A04E09 Luv is a Verb (The Greatest of These)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Greatest of These,” in which Robyn Jacobs is paired with her struggling classmate Oscar Peterson for the science fair, much to Robyn’s dismay. Whit suspects there may be a good reason why Oscar has a hard time in school. But should that matter when it comes to the way Robyn treats Oscar? That’s the real question, folks. Also, spelling sports, unconditional love, and homework evidence.
A04E08 Microaggression Microtransactions (A Good and Faithful Servant)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Good and Faithful Servant,” in which the Barclays go on a family budget and Whit has a scheme to end Connie and Eugene’s constant bickering. Also, we are all stewards of God, money is a great motivator (and a universal reward), and bowling is more than a one-dollar injury. This whole episode just puts one in a millennial mood.
A04E07 Breathe That Sweater Air (Let This Mind Be In You)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Let This Mind be in You,” in which Whit leaves Connie and Eugene alone for a weekend with the instruction to run the shop as he would. Both employees take this to heart in their own ways. Naturally, everything goes smoothly without any bickering or mishaps! Haha, couldn’t say that with a straight face! Also, friendship origins, burning down Whit’s End, the trick to understanding Eugene (Emilee finally figured it out), and an egregious alternate episode title.
A04E06 Hands and LaFeet (The Boy Who Didn’t Go To Church)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Boy Who Didn’t Go To Church,” in which Jack fills in as the lead during the Little Theatre’s dress rehearsal. The play tells the story of B.O.D.Y., an organization full of body-themed characters dedicated to helping people. However, LaFeet is tired of doing the same job for the B.O.D.Y. every day and decides to strike out on his own. We learn just what happens to the B.O.D.Y. when it's missing its feet. Also, imperfect metaphors, the nuances of gifting, and discussion question interrogations.
A04E05 God Is Not a Vending Machine (And When You Pray)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “And When You Pray,” in which Donna Barclay tries to understand prayer after her brother Jimmy gets the bike he prayed for. She experiments by making a prayer request of her own. If prayer really works, surely God will make it rain on gym class, right? Also, God’s Corner™, mustard jar faith, biblical deep cuts, and the 8th deadly sin.
A04E04 Salvation Bucks (A Worker Approved)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Worker Approved,” in which Robyn Jacobs learns how to explain God. Whit and Connie teach Robyn the value of scripture reading, scripture-based evangelism, and studying scripture in community. Also, Chris lore, driver’s tests, spiritual rhythms, and the cost of spiritual freedom.
Have you learned the one way that you interact with scripture? Good. Now that is the only way you can study the Bible in perpetuity. Good luck!
A04E03 Log Man (A Matter of Obedience)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Matter of Obedience,” in which Tom Riley subs in as a Sunday school teacher and regales the class with a tale from his youth to illustrate the importance of obedience. Once upon a time, young Tom and his sister Becky were given very specific instructions by their father about delivering medicine to a woman on the other side of the Gloomy Woods. But did they listen? Also, Chekhov’s pocket knife, screaming squirrels, basement stories, and... a new catchphrase?
A04E02 Opportunistic Arcade Sharks (The Prodigal Jimmy)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Prodigal Jimmy,” in which Jimmy learns a hard lesson about obedience after falling in with a bad crowd at the arcade and getting conned out of all his savings. Thankfully, Jimmy has a good father whose love for his son is unconditional. Also, becoming Scrooge, modeling healthy Christian family life, and the importance of unstructured time (never not relevant).
A04E01 A Family of Radishes (By Faith, Noah)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “By Faith, Noah,” in which Jack and Lucy come to Mr. Whitaker with some questions about faith. This leads naturally to the Bible Room where we are in for a classic story told with a modern twist. Also, exhaustion-fueled giggles, unintentional social commentary, and sharing your faith with your community.
CW: A brief discussion of disregard for human life in ancient Roman culture.
BONUS Album Art Review - Album 3
It's that time again, folks! Today's podventure is an Album Art Review, in which we oh-so elegantly bridge the gap between albums by discussing original cover art. Follow along with photos on our reddit as we discuss title differences, blond Eugene, and tree branches that look like hair.
Do you like consuming visual media in an audio format? Let us know your thoughts! We'll be back next week with the first episode of album four, "By Faith, Noah."
A03E12 Chill, Whit (Peace on Earth)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Peace on Earth,” in which the titular blessing seems absent as Whit and the gang struggle through a chaotic Christmas Eve at the shop. While obligations and errands pile up like snow drifts, Tom encourages Whit to slow down and appreciate the actual snow drifts. Later, an unpleasant surprise on Christmas morning helps the Barclay family recenter their holiday celebration on what matters most. Also, codifying character relationships, and a weird tangent about the Enlightenment, Fundamentalism, and pagan holiday origins. Happy Birthday, Jesus!
A03E11 Mutually Assured Disdain (The Sacred Trust)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Sacred Trust,” in which Lucy plans to enter a pact of unconditional mutual secrecy with another eleven-year-old. Whit, like the rest of us, has questions and concerns. Meanwhile, Connie and Eugene’s relationship is quickly establishing itself on the firm foundations of competition and mutual disdain. This is the Adventures in Odyssey we know and love. Also, the worst Chris Corner theme song to date, frictionless vacuums, and gender-based consequences. Have you ever committed a crime? We promise not to tell.
A03E10 Connie Comes to Conversion, Part 2 (Connie, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Connie, Part 2,” in which many Christians in Connie’s life play spiritual tag in pursuit of saving Connie’s eternal soul. Meanwhile, our resident mad scientist Eugene has made some changes around Whit’s End, most of them not for the better. Also, foghorn bells, copious flashbacks, foreshadowing, and the importance of church history.
A03E09 Connie Comes to Conversion, Part 1 (Connie, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Connie, Part 1,” in which Connie finally gets to visit California, but she is no longer the same person who bought the bus ticket almost a year ago. Will Connie discover the truth behind her restless spirit? Will Whit find peace? Will anyone ever understand what Eugene is saying?
Oh yeah. Also, Eugene is here.
A03E08 A Walk Down Memento Mori Lane (Karen)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Karen,” in which Donna Barclay’s best friend Karen is diagnosed with a serious illness. Through it all, Karen overflows with the kind of joy that can only come from knowing and trusting Jesus. Fair warning: this episode is SAD. But like Karen, we find humor in the midst of difficult circumstances. Also, Manila cake, faith during tragedy, and using stories to make sense of death. Go get your parents.
A03E07 Ceremonial Corn (Thank You, God)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Thank You, God,” in which Whit recounts a tale from his childhood involving his stepmother, Fiona Donneral, to demonstrate how we can be thankful to God in all circumstances. Also, thanksgiving traditions, community responsibility, and having an eternal perspective.
CW: Some brief discussion of body horror
BONUS I Slap Floor
In this podventure outtake, Emilee loses her dang mind (outros are difficult, okay). Also, the dot com heresy.
Recorded during the episode "Three Single Votes." This is how the sausage gets made, people.
Happy I Slap Floor day.
A03E06 Don't Idolize, Humanize (Heroes)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Heroes,” in which Bimmy Jarkley’s basketball hero, Lightning Livingston, retires to Odyssey and starts a sports camp. Is Lightning “the greatest,” as Jimmy believes? Or is he a flawed human being like the rest of us? Also, sports names, parasocial relationships, the people’s right to know, and accountability in community.
A03E05 Three Single Votes (A Single Vote)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Single Vote,” in which Whit’s End hosts a night of campaign speeches by kids running for class president. Connie doesn’t buy into the whole thing, but Whit’s got a story from US history that illustrates the importance of participating in the democratic process. Also, talking statues, civic-mindedness, argument metaphors, ranked choice voting, and the triumphant return of Chris Corner™.
A03E04 Chill Eugene (The Shepherd and the Giant)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Shepherd and the Giant,” in which Connie reluctantly agrees to be Whit’s guinea pig for his new Bible room invention. No, it isn’t the Imagination Station. Also, aphantasia (the inability to visualize mental images), Bartok from Anastasia, and the importance of good Christian art.
A03E03 Best Friendzoned (Back to School)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Back to School,” in which serial exaggerator Leslie tells Mr. Whitaker about her awful first week of school. Whit wonders whether something else is really bothering Leslie, like maybe the fact that she’s lost touch with her best friend? Also, irrelevant hyperbolic shenanigans, cackling school staff, and feelings vs facts.
A03E02 Don’t Be a Hero, Jack (Rumor Has It)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Rumor Has It,” in which the Kirban family is subjected to a series of small town rumors, and Jack and Lucy learn the importance of the words we choose to listen to, act on, and share about other people. Also, American ideologies, police procedural dramas, and how to change someone’s mind.
We don’t explicitly mention anything that wasn’t also explicitly mentioned in the episode. With that said--
CW: Reference to violent groups and illicit substances
A03E01 Oh How the Mikey Have Fallen (Mike Makes Right)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Mike Makes Right,” in which Mike Caldwell becomes a hero among his peers after taking on the school bully. What will this sudden rise to power do to his young, impressionable psyche? And what lesson will he do everything in his power not to learn before it’s too late? Also, the school bully trope, school discipline, and the importance of fostering humility. We know, it’s a milkshake, not a sundae. Please don’t call us.
BONUS Album Art Review - Albums 1, 2, and Collections
We're doing something a little different this week, something perfectly suited to the audio medium: Album Art Review!
Follow along with photos of the albums on our reddit as we discuss Whit's End architecture, schadenfreude, and floating eyebrows.
Do you love consuming visual media in an audio format? Let us know your thoughts! We'll be back next week with the first episode of album three, "Mike Makes Right."
A02E12 Catch Ya Later, Catspaws (The Last Great Adventure of the Summer)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Last Great Adventure of the Summer,” in which Terry discovers that there’s a lot about his dad he doesn’t know. Also, waiting in the trash, stock spy dialogue, and hiding your grief. What’s your animal-based spy name? We don’t use real names in the podcasting business.
A02E11 Whalemates (Return to the Bible Room)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Return to the Bible Room,” in which Jack and Lucy shirk their church clean-up day duties to explore the Bible Room at Whit’s End. Mr. Whitaker takes the opportunity to tell them the story of Jonah. Also, Bible Alexa, imaginary characters gaining sentience, and why we run from God. Hey everyone, remember Jimma and Donny? How about Lack and Jucy?
CW: Mention of Assyrian torture and Cannanite human sacrifice
A02E10 Spooky, Scary Skeleton, Part 2 (The Case of the Secret Room, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 2,” in which Whit and a small child crack the case and solve the crime! Also, the importance of evidence, commodified cultural memorabilia, dramatic scene introductions, and Whit’s utter lack of danger sense.
You know, it’s hard to imagine all of this happening in Odyssey.
CW: spooky, scary skeletons, discussion of death, discussion of police
A02E09 Spooky, Scary Skeleton (The Case of the Secret Room, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 1,” in which Whit and a small child are on the case! Also, Whit is pro-library, anti-TV.
CW: spooky, scary skeletons, discussion of death and body decomposition, scary music stings
A02E08 The Floor is Lava (Camp What-A-Nut, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Camp What-A-Nut, Part 2,” in which each camp narrative finds its resolution, some more satisfying than others. Spoilers: everyone lives! Also, animal facts, camp crushes, and hard-hitting discussion questions. *Apologies for minor audio skipping-recording bug*
A02E07 The Floor is Lava (Camp What-A-Nut, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Camp What-A-Nut, Part 1,” in which Donnie McCoy documents a week full of classic summer camp antics: crushes, pranks, wildlife encounters, and more. Also, translation irritations, sharing feelings, playacting mortal peril, and a new podcast tradition is born. Guess what: we figured out what State Odyssey is in. Wake up sheeple!
A02E06 By Adults, For Adults (Kid’s Radio)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Kid’s Radio”, in which Brad Dillard learns that it takes a huge commitment to turn his dream of running a radio station “by kids, for kids” into a reality, but not everyone is willing to put in the work. Also, Whit doing his good Mr. Whittaker-ing, pulled strings in Washington, and Whit’s excellent pitch for a radio show. Throw the switch, Sherman!
A02E05 Pool Rack, Tool Shed, and a Billy Goat (V.B.S. Blues)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “V.B.S. Blues” in which Whit hears the laments of Ned Lewis, a discouraged youth leader who spent the last week of V.B.S. wrangling a trio of troublemakers bent on ruining his play about the fiery furnace. Whit, of course, has another perspective on the situation. Also, Proto-Eugene, V.A.A., biblical literacy, fiery furnaces, and OT faves.
A02E04 I Need You to be Calm (Stormy Weather)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Stormy Weather”, in which Connie experiences some of the rougher weather Odyssey has to offer and finds out how her beloved boss handles himself in a crisis. Stormy weather, And I just can’t get my poor self together, Oh, I'm weary all of the time.
A02E03 OH WOW OH WOW (The Day Independence Came)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Day Independence Came,” in which Irwin Springer, our resident Revolutionary War enthusiast, experiences the founding of America firsthand! Well, firsthand-ish. Also, not-so confusing phrases, America through America’s eyes, crossfit/horsefit, vehicular bingo, and Deism.
A02E02 The Jimmy Diaries (Family Vacation, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Family Vacation, Part 2,” in which Jimmy concludes his narrative about the Barclay family misadventure in the town of Hopwood and Donna learns a lesson about boredom. Also, dark o’clock in the morning, living the Bible with farm animals, and healthy communities. Do you have a fun family time childhood memory?
A02E01 The Jimmy Diaries (Family Vacation, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Family Vacation, Part 1,” in which Jimmy recounts the Barclay family’s great summer vacation. Also, classic comedy dads, non-diagetic Reveley, and boys vs. girls. If there’s one thing we learned this episode, it’s that children bickering is all of us.
A01E12 The Clothes Do Not Make the Dog (A Change of Hart)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Change of Hart,” in which Freddie Hart has to decide between the quirky things he loves and the acceptance of his peers. But the ultimate question is, whose approval should he really be seeking? Also, science by ear, nerd things, and boys learning masculinity.
A01E11 The Benefits of Unstructured Time (Recollections)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Recollections,” in which Connie learns from Tom about Whit’s wife Jenny and how Whit’s End came to be. (I’m not crying, you’re crying.) Also, villain-of-the-week Philip Glossman and the importance of cultural context. Next episode is the last one of this album. Get hyped!
A01E10 Blindspot, Part 2 (A Member of the Family, Part 2)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Member of the Family, Part 2,” in which the Whitaker family drama continues, now pivoting from Whit’s grandson Monty to Whit’s daughter Jana. Also, conflict patterns, corporal punishment, and parent/child friendship. We wish we could say it’s all lighter than it sounds.
A01E09 Blindspot, Part 1 (A Member of the Family, Part 1)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “A Member of the Family, Part 1,” in which Whit’s entitled grandson Monty visits Odyssey and gets a serious attitude check. Also, brownie tactics, watching other people’s kids, and moral universalism. Where is Jennifer? And more importantly, WHO IS JIMMY?
A01E08 A Cute Little Story (The Tangled Web)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Tangled Web”, in which Connie learns from Jeremy how a lie can haunt you for the rest of your life. Also, 50 short stories, oatmeal quotas, comedic interludes, and buying your mom some flowers. This one’s for all you non-relisteners.
A01E07 Rats Are Better Than Mice (Nothing to Fear)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Nothing to Fear,” in which little Shirley Zigler learns how to cope with her myriad fears in the midst of a prank gone wrong. Also, note taking, rodent ranking, night vacuuming, and panic attacks. Have we got a pod for you!
A01E06 Sin Nature, Sin Nature (Promises, Promises)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Promises, Promises,” in which Connie bites off more than she can chew and learns about the meaning of sin nature. Also, tiny mathletes, postmodernist nihilism, and Chris, bowling.
A01E05 The Skippable One (The Day After Christmas)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Day After Christmas,” in which Whit takes Annie McNeal on an eye-opening trip to the other side of the tracks. Also, racism in America, cat-like trust, and the inherent Christianity of owning up to the past.
A01E04 Nice Delivery (Gifts for Madge and Guy)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Gifts for Madge & Guy,” in which Whit relates a classic Christmas tale, with a Golden Era radio-style twist. Also, good voice acting, 80s gender humor, and a touching little melody.
A01E03 Connie Comes to Critical Analysis (Connie Comes to Town)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Connie Comes to Town,” in which Whit hires a new employee who has no interest in Odyssey or Jesus… yet. Also, biblical mountains, narrative messiness, and emotional labor.
A01E02 A Cone of Many Colors (The Life of the Party)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “The Life of the Party,” in which Craig Moorhead learns that jokes alone do not lasting friendships make. Also, fruit puns, parental problems, and an 80s skateboarding montage of angst.
A01E01 The Podventure Begins (Whit’s Flop)
In this podventure, we discuss the episode “Whit’s Flop,” in which klutzy Davey Holcomb learns to overcome his fear of failure by following Whit’s example. Also, plumbing mishaps, incongruous character moments, and lessons in persistence.
A00E00 Oh Hi There! (Intros and Hellos)
In this podventure, we introduce ourselves and the purpose of the show. Also, our histories with the show, miscellaneous Odyssey praise, and meta discussions about podcasting.
Author's Note: At time of recording, no other podcasts were doing our concept, which was part of the impetus for beginning this podcast. At time of publication, however, the lovely show Return to Odyssey had been available for awhile. They are also going through Odyssey episode-by-episode from the very beginning. So if you like our podcast, go check them out! And if you found us after listening to them, welcome!