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007: Promises, Promises
StarStarStar
January 02, 1988

Connie is writing to her best friend Marcy about the various people and places of her new home: Odyssey.


Characters
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Character
Actor
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# 3
# 3
# 7
# 2
# 2
# 6


Production Team
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Phil Lollar   Steve Harris   Male Missing
Phil Lollar   Steve Harris   Bob Luttrell
Writer
Director
  Director   Sound Designer


Review
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Written By: Chandler

Several flashbacks are featured in this episode. However, the "flashbacks" are original scenes recorded for this show and not from past episodes (in contrast to "Connie"). This show is a first because it is told from Connie's perspective as she writes a letter to her friend Marcy.

Connie describes Odyssey and its people. When describing Tom Riley, she relays a humorous scene between Whit and Tom. She then writes, "Whit has been friends with Tom for a long time, which explains why he's such a patient man." The writers definitely had a different image of Tom Riley when they started the show. Tom was originally supposed to be a little bumbling--I love that exchange about Robert Louis Stevenson--but Tom must have been a rather difficult case if that's how Whit learned his patience. That is enough to try anyone's patience. Today, Tom no longer fits into that role.

Connie continues to talk about Whit, listing his many occupations and saying used to own an encyclopedia company (other shows say that Whit still owns the company). She tells how much the kids like being around Whit and how she even feels comfortable talking to him. Then Connie remembers to tell her friend that Whit is "religious." She hastens to add that Whit doesn't hang around airports or shave his head. Whit shave his head!? That should make for a great show in the future. Well, maybe not. :o)

To demonstrate how Whit usually turns to spiritual matters in conversation, Connie explains an experience she recently had. She and Whit were listening to a news report. The radio announcer, done by Chris, tells of a hostage crisis. Connie insists that because people all have a basic goodness they can coexist peacefully if they just get together and talk about their differences. It's kind of a parallel to "Hold Up!" in which Eugene espouses the same "goodness of man" theory. To prove her point, Connie insists on making a promise to be patient with everyone for four weeks. The next scene reveals the outcome.

Kids used to receive a much better education! Without a calculator, the kids quickly multiplied and added the numbers that Whit gave them in his riddle. Not only that, but when Whit told them their answer was wrong, they responded that they had done their math correctly. Nowadays, a kid has to be a genius just to do the math in his head. Even then, he probably would think he just miscalculated the answer. A more plausible explanation for the quick math, of course, is that there simply wasn't more time available for the episode.

Whit asks Connie to read the next riddle; but when the kids fail to figure it out, Connie blows up. To her horror, she realizes that she has broken her promise. When Whit comes to talk to her, Connie says she needs to finish scraping the egg off her face. When I first heard this episode as a small child, I thought Connie literally had egg on her face.

Connie must be a fast writer if she can write at the speed she is narrating which may explain the rather rapid pencil scratching noises heard in the background. Short hand isn't an option because Connie ends the letter by saying that she's running out of room on the paper. Right before the ending, Connie notes that she may stick around awhile (and we still haven't managed to get rid of her fifteen years later :o) ).

An important note about this episode is the removal of Officer Harley. Connie originally described him along with Tom and Whit. Two scenes containing Harley were cut (our loss). Because those scenes were cut, the length of the show is rather short. But I still enjoy hearing this episode for Connie's viewpoint on Odyssey.


Trivia
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Whit contradicts Connie's ideas about the goodness of man. Later, Connie does the same thing to Eugene in "Hold-Up!"
- Chandler

The Phil that Chris talks to in the wraparound skit for this episode is most likely Phil Lollar.
- noname

Officer David Harley was originally in this episode, but he was edited out.
- noname

The conversation between Whit and Tom in this episode was originally used in the Family Portraits episode "Whit's Visitor".
- Waluigi Freak 99


Goofs
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Connie says that Whit used to own an encyclopedia company, even though he still owns it to this day.
- Waluigi Freak 99


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