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012: The Tangled Web
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February 06, 1988

In a story written by Whit, Connie learns about the consequences of telling little white lies and how they effect those we love.


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# 12
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Production Team
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Phil Lollar   Male Missing
Phil Lollar   Bob Luttrell
Writer
Director
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Review
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Written By: Chandler

Connie is making arrangements with her friend to go to a concert of which her mom wouldn't approve. Connie asks Whit for time off that afternoon but is unwilling to tell him why when he inquires. Whit guesses the reason and suggests that Connie read his story, "The Tangled Web."

The story begins with Jeremy Foresight trying to leave his house without eating breakfast. The reason appears to be his dislike of oatmeal. The best line of the show comes when Jeremy questions his dad about why he never eats oatmeal. "That's because we're parents", Roger replies, "We've already eaten our life's allotment of oatmeal." Jeremy isn't delighted to hear that--he wishes he could control his own life. Jeremy's mom, Jane, then tells him that he needs to pick up flour from the store. Jeremy balks--it's his day to go to Whit's End. But in the end, Jeremy still has to do it.

After school Jeremy began walking to... where? As Connie read: "But all the feelings he had during the day were nothing compared to the one he had when he was walking home. There he was heading toward Gentry's Market while everyone else was off to Whit's End." How was Jeremy walking home if he was going to Gentry's Market? It is interesting to note that the grocery store was called Gentry's Market. There is a business called Gentry's Printers first heard in "The Return". Maybe Mr. Gentry switched professions in between those shows.

No matter where Jeremy was originally headed, he disobeys his mom and goes to Whit's End. When he loses the money his mother gave him to buy flour, Jeremy lies to avoid getting into trouble. That starts a chain reaction and soon the whole town hears that a teenage thug robbed Jeremy. Though why did Roger call Jeremy's teacher when he heard his son was "robbed"? What could the teacher do for him?

In a hilarious scene, the Foresight's next door neighbor, an aspiring policeman, comes over to grill Jeremy and his family about what happened. Harlow Doyle could have said the lines he says just as easily. Especially the part about the spelling of the name and ending the interrogation without asking any real questions about what occurred. Of course, those lines were originally written for Officer Harley: Harlow's predecessor.

Everyone considers Jeremy a hero and he is presented a citation from the mayor. Connie expects Jeremy to break down and confess... but he doesn't! This ending surprises Connie who thinks Jeremy got away with his lie. Whit explains that Jeremy didn't get away with the lie inwardly. He then applies the story to Connie. Feeling convicted, Connie chooses to skip the concert and call her mom instead. Considering the fact that early shows usually cut time short, I enjoy hearing the time spent to build up to Connie's phone call. She doesn't just rush over to the phone; she walks slowly. She doesn't dial at lightning speed; each button is deliberately pushed. The slowness makes it sound more realistic.

Good story about Jeremy in this episode but the whole idea of Connie sneaking to a concert seems strange. Once again, we see that Whit is influencing Connie for good even though she isn't a Christian.


Trivia
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The original script for this episode contained the predictable ending, where Jeremy would get up on the stage and confess.
- noname

The bumbling policeman in this episode was originally Officer Harley and was later replaced by a neighbor, Harry Snoopnagle, in the remake.
- noname

While this is a minor point, the original Odyssey USA airing does not feature June Kendall saying "Hello" when Connie calls her at the end. This was added into a later version (presumably when scenes had been re-recorded to remove Officer Harley).
- Shadowpaw

You could say that June Kendell is in this episode...but Is was not in the In the original OUSA(Odyssey Usa)version of the show
- Jared DeWhite


Goofs
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Connie says, "...when he was walking home. There he was heading toward Gentry's Market..."
- Chandler

The story says that if Jeremy were to tell his mom the truth, he'd "be restricted again". However, nothing in the episode prior to this has Jeremy being restricted.

This is just a theory: Perhaps the original story had Jeremy being grounded, and he lied to his mother about what took him so long to get home. Then, the writers decided to change the lie and added in lines. This would explain this goof, as well as the "walking home" one.
- Waluigi Freak 99


Allusions
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The title is taken from the couplet by Sir Walter Scott: "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."
- Chandler


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