|Whit's End is packed with so many customers that Whit can't handle it by himself. Fortunately, a girl by the name of Connie Kendall comes to work for him while she tries to earn some money to return home to California.
Written By: Chandler
"Introducing Coooonnie Kendall!" As it often is in early shows, the introduction is quite long. Chris comes on and talks about the show's content and then the theme is played. Chris comes back on and explains the meaning of the episode again. It seems kind of redundant and it cuts down actual show time.
It is quite funny to hear Chris say, "It's sometimes hard to live in a small town where nothing really exciting ever seems to happen." Fifteen years and five hundred episodes later, it is clearly evident that Odyssey gets way more than its fair share of small-town excitement. There is only one reason why Odyssey was boring then--it was only on its fourth show!
The opening scene with Whit on the phone is well done. Good work by the actors in bringing the confusion to life. The scene is rather long, though. It starts with the phone call, then moves on to Whit discussing the Bible Bowl with Bobby and Amanda, and finally has Connie enter and take the job at Whit's End. A little music in between might have helped.
Two notes about the last part of the scene are worth mentioning. First, Connie's ad was for "The Fashion Center." In an apparent move to preserve continuity, the store is mentioned again about 480 episodes later by Erica Colborn in "Under the Influence I". Second, Whit tells Connie to pick up a uniform. Maybe that explains the green sweater and pants she's always wearing in pictures. :o) Then again, maybe not. Since no uniform is discussed at any later hiring, Whit may have soon dropped the requirement.
In the next scene, Bobby and Connie are going to the store for the uniform. Bobby is awed by the fact that Connie is from Los Angeles, mainly because it contains Hollywood. That gives us the best line of the show. "There's a guy at my school from California. He used to live next door to the guy who cleans Don Johnson's pool!" That's hilarious, but true. It neatly sums up a lot of people's claim to fame.
Since Connie is planning to return to California, Bobby decides that he will accompany her. One disturbing aspect to this show is both Connie and Bobby's flippancy about leaving home. Connie is fifteen--still a minor. Since Connie's parents are divorced, her mother must have custody of her. So is it fine for Connie to just show up at her dad's house? Also, Whit says it's dangerous for Connie to be alone in the big city. That indicates that Connie wasn't necessarily going to be with her dad anyway. Would Whit have allowed her to sneak away? Couldn't she get picked up by the police and sent back to Odyssey? That brings me to Bobby. He's only twelve. I'm sure his parents or legal guardian didn't give him permission to leave; but that doesn't even seem to be an obstacle in his plans for escape. Maybe the issue is not discussed since Connie had no intention to take Bobby along with her. However, it still surprises me that no one apparently noticed Bobby's preparations to leave (unless Whit called Bobby's parents). I do like the fact that Connie is persuaded to stay behind awhile in order to help Bobby learn his lesson. Even though Connie reacts to Christianity, Whit is already influencing her. Thankfully, he's gentle in the way he handles her. And this is the first of several that contain the stepping stones that culminate in "Connie"
This show is nice because it introduces Connie, a major character and Katie Leigh does well in her debut. But the title reveals the whole main storyline and there isn't really that much to the episode besides that.
This episode introduces Connie Kendall to Odyssey.
Whit tells Connie to pick up a uniform but uniforms at Whit's End are ever mentioned again.
Bobby seems to be another early version of Jimmy Barclay, another boy played by David Griffen who developed a crush on Connie.
This episode, to my knowledge, is the first to feature a Bible Bowl. In the early version of the Bible Bowl, teams from Christian schools participated. In later ones, the contestants were individuals.
- Waluigi Freak 99