Search:                   


After the success of the first 13 episodes of "Family Portraits", Focus on the Family continued producing the drama and renamed it "Odyssey USA". In these first few episodes we find out a little more about Whit's End and meet some of the regular kids around Odyssey. Perhaps the most memorable moment in 1987 is the introduction of Connie Kendall and her employment at Whit's End. We start to see her friendship with Whit develop as he witnesses to her.
#1: Whit's Flop
Original Airdate: November 21, 1987
Scripture Reference: Romans 8:28
Theme: Importance of failure
Writer: Phil Lollar
Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Producer: Bob Luttrell
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell
Music By: John Campbell
Characters: Amanda, Ralph, Davey Holcomb, Tom Riley, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

A young boy with a reputation for making mistakes learns that there's a POSITIVE side to failure.

Included in Collections: #1: The Early Classics, The Adventure Begins: The Early Classics (Gold Audio #1), Odyssey USA, Adventures in Odyssey, Amazing Stories Series #4: Self-Esteem

#2: The Life of the Party
Original Airdate: November 28, 1987
Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 20
Theme: Friendship
Writer: Paul McCusker
Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Producer: Bob Luttrell
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell
Music By: John Campbell
Characters: Amanda, Freddy, Nicky, Bill Moorhead, Craig Moorhead, Joan Moorhead, Tom Riley, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

Craig Moorhead's friends like having him around because he makes them laugh. But when Craig faces a problem that isn't funny at all, he discovers his friends like his JOKES, not him.

Included in Collections: #1: The Early Classics, The Adventure Begins: The Early Classics (Gold Audio #1), Odyssey USA, Adventures in Odyssey

#3: Lights Out at Whit's End
Original Airdate: December 5, 1987
Scripture Reference: 1 John 1:7
Theme: Communication / Fellowship
Categories: Officer David Harley Episodes
Writers: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Producer: Bob Luttrell
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell
Characters: Amanda, Johannes Gutenberg, Officer David Harley, Marianne Josephs, Bobby Novak, Tom Riley, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

The kids at Whit's End come up with activities to do when the electricity goes out. Come listen to the Odyssey rap…

Included in Collections: Odyssey USA, Adventures in Odyssey

#4: Connie Comes to Town
Original Airdate: December 12, 1987
Scripture Reference: Philippians 4:11-12
Theme: Contentment
Writers: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Producer: Bob Luttrell
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell
Music By: John Campbell
Characters: Amanda, Freddy, Marla, Connie Kendall, Bobby Novak, Tom Riley, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

Even though Connie Kendall has just moved into Odyssey, she can hardly wait to run away ... and one of the kids at Whit's End has secretly made up his mind that he's going with her.

Included in Collections: #1: The Early Classics, The Adventure Begins: The Early Classics (Gold Audio #1), Welcome to Odyssey (Classics #1), Odyssey USA, Adventures in Odyssey 10CD Set, Adventures in Odyssey, Discovering Odyssey

#5: Gifts for Madge and Guy
Original Airdate: December 19, 1987
Scripture Reference: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20
Theme: Giving
Categories: Officer David Harley Episodes , Christmas Episodes
Writers: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Producer: Bob Luttrell
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell
Music By: John Campbell
Characters: Ethel (Madge's Neighboor), Guy, Lisa, Madge (And Guy), Phil, Morty Fishbine, Mr. Fishbine, Officer David Harley, Connie Kendall, Tom Riley, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

With Christmas just around the corner, Whit shares an important lesson about giving! It’s a “fractured” version of a classic Christmas tale, in which a couple learns the special joy of sacrificing something precious for someone MORE precious.

Included in Collections: #1: The Early Classics, The Adventure Begins: The Early Classics (Gold Audio #1), Odyssey USA, Adventures in Odyssey, Christmas Classics, Encore Collection, A Christmas Sampler

#6: The Day After Christmas
Original Airdate: December 26, 1987
Scripture Reference: Matthew 25:31-46
Theme: Caring for the poor
Categories: Christmas Episodes
Writer: Paul McCusker
Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Producer: Bob Luttrell
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell
Characters: Tommy (Annie's Friend), Annie McNeal, Pastor Clarence Pike, Theresa Rossini, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

Annie can think of nothing but what she didn't get for Christmas. That is, until Whit takes her to visit a group of people who have very little.

Included in Collections: #1: The Early Classics, The Adventure Begins: The Early Classics (Gold Audio #1), Odyssey USA, Adventures in Odyssey, A Christmas Odyssey