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034: Stormy Weather
StarStarStarStar Half
July 09, 1988

Connie doesn't like Odyssey and feels she is being swamped by Christians. So she wants to go back to California. But when Whit gets hurt, she realizes how much he means to her.


Characters
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Character
Actor
App.
# 16
# 1
# 33
# 1
# 14


Production Team
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Paul McCusker   Phil Lollar   Male Missing
Paul McCusker   Phil Lollar   Bob Luttrell
Writer
Director
  Director   Sound Designer


Review
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Written By: Chandler

Connie wants to escape to sunny California. That's what she tells Whit after three straight days of rain--she can't stand the stormy weather or the smallness in Odyssey. Of course, Connie's real reason for departure is to escape the Christian atmosphere that pervades her life. She's being faced with Christianity at every turn. In California, Connie believes she can avoid the question completely.

Connie storms out of Whit's End when Tom Riley asks if she's going to judge the upcoming Bible Bowl. She complains that she wants to hang out with people her own age, not "little kids." She goes over to her "friend" Debbie's house. In a rather awkward conversation, Debbie tells Connie that everyone thought she was getting religious because she was always doing stuff at Whit's End and not hanging out with them. It's interesting to note in "The Tangled Web" that Connie was planning to go to the concert with a "Debbie" but Whit convinced Connie not to go.

Some of these early shows can confuse people with their use of repeat character names. It's strange to hear Debbie refer to a "Donna" since it can't be Donna Barclay. The same goes for the "Jimmy" working at Whit's End in "A Member of the Family". Two other examples would be the "Eugene" in "V.B.S. Blues" and the "Rodney" in "Thank you, God". Back to the current episode, Whit uses "Dale Johnson's" shed for cover when he goes out looking for Connie. That name is very similar to Dale Jacobs. Such similarity repetition in names confuses those who aren't too familiar with the show.

Katie Leigh (Connie) and Hal Smith (Whit) bring much to this show. They sound so realistic--especially in the later scenes when Whit is hurt. Much of the show's lesson would have been lost had they just mechanically spit out their lines. I like the fact Whit quote the Psalms while he's in pain--it's a great example for us to follow. The last scene between Connie and Whit is very tenderly acted out. You can just see the love of God working through Whit in his dealings with Connie and little by little she's starting to respond.

The storm noises were lacking in quality during this show. At some points, they sound electronic to me (yes, there was lightening but that's not what I mean :o) ). At other times, the noises sound as though a truck is idling outside. On the brighter side, the music for this show was well done. It adds just the right amount of suspense and intensity to this very dramatic show.


Trivia
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The Debbie that Connie visits is probably the same one that she was planning to go to the concert with in "The Tangled Web."
- Chandler

This is the first episode in which June Kendall (Connie's mom) appears, but her name is not mentioned.
- noname

The original title of this episode was "A Stormy Afternoon."
- noname

ACTUALLY, this is NOT the first episode with Connie's mom. She was briefly heard in "The Tangled Web", 22 episodes before this one. However, that short appearance is often forgotten because June only gets one line.

Shadowpaw's Note: In reviewing your entry I double checked it for accuracy and came across an interesting discovery. In the original OUSA version of the show, June does not say "hello" when answering the phone. The "hello" most have been added when the show had pieces re-recorded with Officer Harley removed.
- Waluigi Freak 99


Goofs
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When June Kendall enters Whit's End near the end of the show, the doorbell isn't heard.
- noname

However, it's possible that the bell fell down or broke during the storm.
- Eugene


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