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 Post Post subject: 001: "Whit's Flop"
Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:36 pm 
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Okay I talked it over with "The Man" (or now know as Santapaw a.k.a Shadowpaw) and he had been thinking about doing this but i volunteered to. But we are going to start at the beginning and do reviews for all the episodes for beginners and new members to provide a easy way to find out about certin episodes. So lets start with "Whit's Flop"!


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Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:35 pm 
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It's a rather sudden start to Odyssey


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Posted: Sun May 06, 2007 8:34 pm 
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I think it's interesting that "Whit's Flop," while giving some information about what the series is about and some details about the main characters, isn't really an episode that seems to set the stage.

Of course, some details were revealed in the Family Portraits series that was broadcast before Adventures in Odyssey began.

Since there's no category for Family Portraits episodes, which preceeded Odyssey USA/Adventures In Odyssey, here's something on the "Whit's Visitor" episode (the actual first) that I posted elsewhere:

It's the first episode of the Family Portrait Series that started it all, set in Odyssey, Ohio.

I'm glad the introduction by Dr. Dobson was included on the CD. It was so interesting to hear the program being promoted as a 13-week series. Here we are 20 years later and it's still running. Awesome.

The "Whit's Visitor" episode isn't up to the standard of those to come, but the simiplicity is nice. Besides the historic significance, it's an important episode in that much is learned about the character of Whit (and Whit's character!).

Also, the introduction of Tom Riley...

My favorite part of the episode is the first sound you hear -- the opening of the door and tinkling of the bell at Whit's end. Some things never change. Thankfully.


Note: The historic show can be found on Volume 9 "Just In Time" of the relatively new Gold Series.


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Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:31 am 
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"Whit's Flop" was a great first episode. The main character Mr. John Avery Whitaker, and his best friend in Odyssey Tom Riley, are introduced. We learn about Whit and the way he teaches people lessons. It's a shame we don't hear much more from Davey and Amanda. One thing is not clear: how long did this happen after he opened the place?

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 Post Post subject: Re: 001: "Whit's Flop"
Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:38 pm 
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I heard this episode last night and was struck at how similar this very first episode sounds compared to a slice-of-life episode released today. I really did enjoy Chris before and after the episode, something I wish was a little more prevalent now...

Davey as a (originally) one episode character intrigued me because of how dynamic he was. He goes from someone who is depressed because of his failures, becomes enthralled in the new invention for a time, coming back down to earth from his "mountaintop" after his assumed failure, and finally jubilant at his unintended success.

It's hard to imagine that 25 years of an excellent radio drama came after this. This episode set a precedent for many future slice-of-life episodes because it was so independent. I didn't have to hear a previous episode to completely understand this one, and that's a trend that I think the writers of the show continued.

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