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It’s time for the annual “Best Small Town in America” national competition… and Odyssey’s in the running! This special occasion brings together a hometown reunion of long-lost friends, like the Barclay family, Lucy Cunningham-Schultz and Edwin Blackgaard. But who knows how far everyone will go to take the title? Your family won’t want to miss these brand-new stories with plenty of good old-fashioned fun—Odyssey style!
#631: A Capsule Comes To Town
Original Airdate: March 1, 2008
Theme: Learning from the past
Categories: Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Paul McCusker
Director: Paul McCusker
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Johnathon Crowe
Characters: Jack Wilbur Allen, Ronald Edwin Blackgaard, Bryan Dern (Cryn'), Harlow Doyle (Private Eye), Margaret Faye, Phillip Glossman, Connie Kendall, Abraham Lincoln, Ellanor McCalister, Eugene Meltsner, Kenneth Pate, Tom Riley, Walter Shakespeare, Steward Shepherd, Mandy Straussberg, Marvin Washington, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

The residents of Odyssey search for a 100-year-old time capsule. Meanwhile, Connie sets out to answer the question: "Is Odyssey stuck in the past?"

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#632: Suspicious Finds
Original Airdate: March 8, 2008
Scripture Reference: Psalm 14:2-3
Theme: False impressions
Categories: Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writers: Nathan Hoobler, Marshal Younger
Director: Nathan Hoobler
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Christopher Diehl
Characters: Customer (Electric Palace), Dan, Jill, Sammy (Samuel), Will, Ronald Edwin Blackgaard, Perry Browning, Connie Kendall, Eugene Meltsner, Bart Rathbone, Tom Riley, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

An inspector for the "Best Small Town" contest is coming to Odyssey — and Bart, Edwin and Connie each have their own ideas about how to impress him. But have they got the wrong man AND the wrong intentions?

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#633: License to Deprive
Original Airdate: March 15, 2008
Scripture Reference: Phillipians 4:11
Theme: Appreciating what you have
Categories: Washington Family Episodes , Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Marshal Younger
Director: Dave Arnold
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Nathan Jones
Characters: Kelly, Mayor Secretary (Margaret Faye), Jack Wilbur Allen, Abraham Darrow, Margaret Faye, State Senator Hoines, Ed Washington, Elaine Washington, Marvin Washington, Tamika Washington

The Washington family travels back in time — to their own back yard — as they reenact the life of a frontier family in the 1800's.

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#634: Accidental Dilemma (Part 1)
Original Airdate: March 22, 2008
Theme: False impressions
Categories: Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Paul McCusker
Director: Paul McCusker
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: GAP Digital
Characters: Maurice, Romer, Bryan Dern (Cryn'), Tasha Forbes (Agent 2362), Agent Hudelston, Connie Kendall, Carson McKay, Grady McKay, Sherman Wert (The Whisperer), Jason Whittaker (Agent 1131), John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

Government Agent Jason Whittaker's life is in danger when an old enemy tracks him to Odyssey. Grady gets involved simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time!

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#635: Accidental Dilemma (Part 2)
Original Airdate: March 29, 2008
Theme: Family
Categories: Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Paul McCusker
Director: Paul McCusker
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: GAP Digital
Characters: Maurice, Resort Worker, Romer, Tasha Forbes (Agent 2362), Agent Hudelston, Connie Kendall, Carson McKay, Grady McKay, Sherman Wert (The Whisperer), Jason Whittaker (Agent 1131), John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

Grady's dad and Whit join forces in an elaborate plan to foil the escaped criminal who kidnapped Grady and Jason. Can they stop him before he gets his revenge?

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#636: A Class Reenactment
Original Airdate: April 5, 2008
Theme: Doing what's right
Categories: Edwin Blackgaard Episodes , Plays , Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Nathan Hoobler
Director: Nathan Hoobler
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Christopher Diehl
Characters: Duncan Bankrow, Ronald Edwin Blackgaard, Bryan Dern (Cryn'), Trent DeWhite, Connie Kendall, Eugene Meltsner, Walter Shakespeare, Mandy Straussberg, Marvin Washington

Edwin is commissioned to write a play about Odyssey's founding fathers, but his version of the town's early history casts Mandy in a role that infuriates her AND the historical society.

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#637: The Forgotten Deed
Original Airdate: April 12, 2008
Theme: Not compromising beliefs
Categories: Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Paul McCusker
Director: Paul McCusker
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Johnathon Crowe
Characters: Jack Wilbur Allen, Bryan Dern (Cryn'), Margaret Faye, Connie Kendall, Ellanor McCalister, Eugene Meltsner, Gordon Snellings, Bernard Walton, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

Can anyone save Whit's End? Led by Cryin' Bryan Dern, a group of "separation of church and state" advocates threaten to permanently shut down Whit's End when they discover that it sits on government land.

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#638: The Triangled Web (Part 1)
Original Airdate: April 19, 2008
Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 20:41
Theme: Friendship / Commitment
Categories: Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Marshal Younger
Director: Marshal Younger
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Johnathon Crowe
Characters: Jimmy Barclay, Lucy Cunningham-Shultz-Davis, Jack Davis, Jared DeWhite, Lawrence Hodges, Connie Kendall, Curt Stevens, Bernard Walton, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

Things get complicated when childhood friends Jimmy, Lucy, Curt and Jack return to Odyssey for a visit.

Included in Collections: #50: The Best Small Town, Encore Collection

#639: The Triangled Web (Part 2)
Original Airdate: April 26, 2008
Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 20:41
Theme: Friendship / Commitment
Categories: Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Marshal Younger
Director: Marshal Younger
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Johnathon Crowe
Characters: Jimmy Barclay, Lucy Cunningham-Shultz-Davis, Jack Davis, Connie Kendall, Meriwether Lewis, Curt Stevens, Bernard Walton, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

Could things get any MORE complicated? In part two of "The Triangled Web," childhood friends Jimmy, Curt and Jack each decide to pursue Lucy. Does anyone win her affections? And how does this affect their friendships?

Included in Collections: #50: The Best Small Town, Encore Collection

#640: Rights, Wrongs, and Winners
Original Airdate: May 3, 2008
Scripture Reference: Galatians 6
Theme: Doing the right thing
Categories: Harlow Doyle, Private Eye Episodes , Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Nathan Hoobler
Director: Marshal Younger
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Christopher Diehl
Characters: Ed (Mailman), Wooton Z. Basset, Perry Browning, Harlow Doyle (Private Eye), Stella Doyle, Margaret Faye, Connie Kendall, Eugene Meltsner, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

It's a race to the finish in the "Best Small Town" competition and the people of Odyssey have to choose between winning the contest and losing something important.

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#641: The Imagination Station, Revisited (Part 1)
Original Airdate: May 10, 2008
Scripture Reference: John 3:16
Theme: Salvation
Categories: Biblical Episodes , Imagination Station Episodes , Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Paul McCusker
Director: Paul McCusker
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Nathan Jones
Characters: Anas, Caiaphas, Esras, Jesus (Yeshua), John Mark, Josiah, Kelly, Peter (Simon), Rabbi, Xerial, Judas Iscariat (Yahuda)

Kelly sneaks into the Imagination Station where she lands in Jerusalem. There she's befriended by a blind boy who is searching for Jesus. Will he be able to find this miracle worker?

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#642: The Imagination Station, Revisited (Part 2)
Original Airdate: May 17, 2008
Scripture Reference: John 3:16
Theme: Salvation
Categories: Biblical Episodes , Imagination Station Episodes , Best Small Town Contest Episodes
Writer: Paul McCusker
Director: Paul McCusker
Producers: Bob Hoose, Marshal Younger
Sound Designer: Nathan Jones
Characters: Barrabus, Caiaphas, Casias, Criminal #1, Criminal #2, Esras, Jeaba, Jesus (Yeshua), Josiah, Kelly, Locus, Peter (Simon), Pontius Pilate, Soldier, Xerial, Judas Iscariat (Yahuda), Connie Kendall, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

After sneaking into the Imagination Station and landing in Jerusalem, Kelly witnesses the events of Passover week, including the crucifixion. In the end she meets the resurrected Jesus!

Included in Collection: #50: The Best Small Town

#643: Kidsboro (Part 1)
Original Airdate: May 24, 2008
Theme: Responsible Self-Government
Categories: The Truth Chronicles , Kidsboro Episodes
Writer: Marshal Younger
Director: Marshal Younger
Producer: GAP Digital
Sound Designer: GAP Digital
Characters: Chuck, Pete, Town Secretary (Kidsboro), Ryan Cummings, Alice Funderburk, Fred Holstein, Captain Richard Quinn (Chief), Jill Segler, Nelson Swanson, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

After a disastrous career day, some kids in Odyssey set out to create their own town.

Included in Collections: The Truth Chronicles, Kidsboro

#644: Kidsboro (Part 2)
Original Airdate: May 31, 2008
Theme: Responsible Self-Government
Categories: The Truth Chronicles , Kidsboro Episodes
Writer: Marshal Younger
Director: Marshal Younger
Producer: GAP Digital
Sound Designer: GAP Digital
Characters: Pete, Ryan Cummings, Alice Funderburk, Jill Segler, Nelson Swanson, Valerie Swanson

Ryan and Alice continue to investigate the case of the serial smeller.

Included in Collections: The Truth Chronicles, Kidsboro

#645: Kidsboro (Part 3)
Original Airdate: June 7, 2008
Theme: Responsible Self-Government
Categories: The Truth Chronicles , Kidsboro Episodes
Writer: Marshal Younger
Director: Marshal Younger
Producer: GAP Digital
Sound Designer: GAP Digital
Characters: Pete, Ryan Cummings, Alice Funderburk, Jill Segler, Nelson Swanson, Valerie Swanson, John Avery Whittaker (Whit)

The truth about the serial smeller is revealed, Ryan gets kicked out of office, and the Kidsboro constitution is finished.

Included in Collections: The Truth Chronicles, Kidsboro