Grand Opening, Part 2
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Whit's End Connellsville opens amid much fanfare. But celebration is cut short when more sinister happenings begin to unfold.
Continued from Part 1...
Connie is in Mitch's car, blindfolded. Mitch takes her blindfold off and Connie sees they're at a beautiful view high above Trickle Lake. Mitch has prepared a special picnic for Connie. Unfortunately, the picnic is cut short by rain.
Connie comes back into Whit's End and heads up to Whit's office, where Whit and Tom are discussing all that's happening. What does the camera in Whit's office have to do with the cameras in Connellsville? Or the camera that Jared's dad had? Or the cameras Novacom bought? And how will this affect Connie's relationship with Mitch? Connie is nearly floating above the floor as she dreamily recounts her picnic.
Mitch stops by Arthur Dent's office at Novacom and is surprised to find a stranger (who says his name is Mr. Charles) there. Mr. Charles tells Mitch he has a bright future with the company and that he's done an excellent job keeping track of Mr. Whittaker. He also tells him that Mr. Dent has been "relocated" because he wasn't a team player. Mr. Charles comments about Mitch's relationship with Connie and Mitch tells him that's none of his business.
At the school Cal and Sarah are looking for AREM. They only have a few minutes before the computers shut down when AREM suddenly pops up. He refuses to say who he is, but shows them into the Andromeda Radio Waves study. (It looks familiar, almost like the Campbell College website from "Red Herring.") They race to print out the report before the computers shut down, but they only get one page...and it's all gobbledygook. They take the page back to Wonderworld. Alex takes a look and notices that there might be code embedded in the scrambled characters. They take time decoding it and the message is: "A Report on the Conversion of Brain Waves to Radio Waves by Eugene Meltsner." The kids wonder how it all connects and decide to take everything they've learned to Mr. Whittaker.
Meanwhile, at Mitch's apartment, Connie is waiting for Mitch to find his shoes so they can go bowling. She notices a misspelling on Mitch's screen saver and tries to fix it. When she tries to fix it though, the name AREM suddenly pops up on the computer. Connie is not sure if it is a message or not, but is nervous. She calls Whit from the bathroom at the bowling alley. She tells him about the computer, but Whit tries to calm her. From then on, she acts very suspicious and Mitch wonders what's going on. She won't tell him, only that she can't trust him.
Back in Whit's office, the kids tell Whit everything. Whit thanks them for the help, but asks them not to tell anyone else but their parents about what they found. He sends the kids downstairs for some free ice cream. Whit, alone in the office, sighs heavily. He ponders, "Eugene, what have you gotten yourself into?"
 Discussion Questions
- Why is Connie having trouble trusting Mitch?
- In tough situations, it's important to rely on God and seek His will. What are some ways that you can think of to seek God's will?
- In this episode, Mitch doesn't seem to know anything about Mr. Charles, but in #495: “The Unraveling”, Justine Baker says (in the phone message) that she talked to Mr. Charles, implying that Mitch knew who Mr. Charles was.
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
 QuotesConnie Kendall: You know I wasn't sure about this bowling thing, but I'm kind of getting excited about it. Last time I went I got a 24! I wonder if I can beat it?
Connie Kendall: I feel like I should be waving a stick at a piñata.
Sarah Prachett: Come on printer, I could go faster with a stone tablet and a chisel.
Alex Jefferson: Andromeda, spy cameras, a hidden modem, Eugene's project on brain waves and radio waves, AREM, Jared. but how does it all connect?
Sarah Prachett: I don't know about you guys, but I think it's time we take this to someone who can tell us what's going on.
Alex, Sarah and Cal: Mr. Whittaker!
Robert Mitchell: It's still your turn.
Connie Kendall: Still?
Robert Mitchell: And it will remain your turn until you bowl into our lane.
Bowler in Lane next to Connie: Hey lady don't leave! This is the best I've ever bowled!
John Whittaker: Oh Eugene! What have you gotten yourself into?
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