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033: The Day Independence Came
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July 02, 1988

Irwin Springer falls when trying to get a book and imagines he was in the American Revolution and witness' the signing of the deceleration of independence.


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Phil Lollar   Male Missing
Phil Lollar   Bob Luttrell
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Written By: Chandler

Since this is probably the first episode I ever heard this show has a soft spot in my heart. It's either that or the second half of "The Case of the Secret Room" as I received both those tapes in kid's meals from Chick-fil-A in 1990. Since I listened to the tape repeatedly, I had this show memorized. However, the Chick-fil-A version of this episode has some lines cut out of it and I didn't get the album containing this tape until several years later. To this day, when I listen to the tape, I recognize the "extra" lines.

This pre-Imagination Station episode has the main character, Irwin, get knocked out to have his adventure. When he "comes to" or so he thinks, Irwin is no longer at Whit's End but on a dirt road. He meets a man who's running from the British and decides to join him. Irwin is puzzled by what's happening, however. Finally, he discovers that he's in now in the year 1776 and the man he's with is Nathan Hale!

Nathan takes Irwin to the army camp and introduces him to George Washington. Every time something excites Irwin he says, "Oh, wow!" So of course when he meets General Washington he says, "Oh, wow! Oh, wow!" I love Washington's puzzled response: "Oh, wow? Is that some sort of Indian greeting?" Irwin gets a chance to pray with the General and reaffirm his Christian beliefs. He's then commissioned to take a message to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

If you listen carefully when Irwin first enters the Pennsylvania State house you can hear Adams and Dickinson arguing. At first they are discussing going into debt, but then you start hearing familiar lines. Those lines are later repeated again after Irwin starts reading General Washington's message. I really enjoy the famous quotes by some of the people that are incorporated into the show. My favorite is the line by life-long Deist, Benjamin Franklin: "And the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth--that God governs in the affairs of men." That is an amazing statement coming from someone who suscribed to the theory that God didn't affect what went on in the earth. The comparison between Whit and Benjamin Franklin is interesting although I'm not sure what the point is.

The dialogue between Adams and Dickinson is good. It shows that independence wasn't just a given--the people had to be convinced of it. Dickinson's attitude reflects the way the thinking of some of the people back then. While a lot of "Founding Fathers" were Christian, some were not.

I absolutely love the scene where the vote is taken for independence from Great Britain. The combination of the vote, the readings from famous documents such as the Declaration of Independence, and the music sends chills up my spine.

Although I would not want to hear the rather unique music on other shows, it's certainly perfect for this episode. The musical instruments fit the time period (the eighteenth century) quite well and the music is upbeat. If you're not careful, however, the music could get stuck in your head for awhile. :o)


Trivia
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If you listen very carefully when Irwin is first talking to Benjamin Franklin, you can hear Adams and Dickinson saying some of the lines that they say later when Irwin is reading the letter.
- Chandler

This is AIO's first historical episode.
- noname

To correct the note above me, it's not really Odyssey's first historical show, but rather the first one that told us an historical story. The first show to look at an event in history was actually #28 The Price of Freedom.
- Jonathan

At the end of the episode Whit uses the same voice that Ben Franklin had. This was probably done as the writers in the early years likened Whit to someone who was a lot like Ben Franklin.
- Jonathan


Goofs
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During this episode, Ben Franklin gives his famous speech that begins: "I have lived, Sir, a long time..." In reality, Franklin would not give this speech for 11 years, at the Constitutional Convention.
- Ben


Allusions
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Several famous historical quotes are inserted into the dialogue, although not necessarily in their original context.

"I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." —Nathan Hale

"We must indeed all hang together or most assuredly we [shall] all hang separately." —Benjamin Franklin

"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?" —Benjamin Franklin

"Before God, I believe the hour has come... live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, (and) Independence forever." —John Adams
- Chandler

"The idle dreams of youth" is a phrase from the Sir Walter Scott novel Waverly.
- Chandler

In this episode, Irwin travels back in time by getting conked on the head - a story device borrowed from Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."
- noname


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