|The Curse||Hold Up!||A Test for Robyn|
Connie and Eugene are closing up the shop one evening when they begin talking about the nature of man. Connie takes the Christian perspective that man is basically evil. Eugene takes the New Age theory that man is basically good.
A stranger sitting in the corner booth overhears their conversation and agrees with Eugene, that mankind is basically good, it’ simply man’s circumstances that cause him to do evil. The stranger, Hank Murray, uses himself as an example. He has no money and no job. He is basically a good person, but the only way he can pay for his banana split and make a little cash on the side is by holding up Whit’s End! He does this, pulling out a gun to make his point!
Eugene manages to set off the silent alarm, dispatching the police. The police don’t want to have any unnecessary shooting, though, so they wait for Whit to arrive to see if he can show them a different way into the building. Whit, who has been delivering a lecture at Campbell County Community College, knows of a tunnel leading into Whit’s End from the forest. Not only that, but he has a plan that will use the displays and attractions inside Whit’s End to scare Hank Murray into surrendering. Through this, Whit proves that the emporium is really what you make of it. If you make it something good, it will be good. But if you make it something scary...
 Discussion Questions
- Why did Whit and Connie think that humans are basically evil?
- Why did Eugene and Professor Ronan believe that people are basically good?
- What do you think?
- Why was Hank Murray so frightened by the displays in the Bible Room?
- Did Connie and Eugene do the right thing when Hank Murray held them up?
- What would you have done?
- PARENTAL WARNING: This episode is about a holdup at Whit's End. Though it is comical and no one gets hurt, several gunshots are fired during the end of the program, which may be too intense for younger listeners. Recommended maturity level: 9 and up.
- Hank Murray asks Connie about "an autographed picture of Andy Griffith." Connie says that Whit is "a big fan." This refers to Hal Smith's role as Otis Campbell on "The Andy Griffith Show."
- Officer Dan Kern identifies himself over the radio as "1 Adam 3", a reference to the 70's cop show, Adam 12.
- Hank Murray says he wanted a nice simple job, but he got Burns and Allen and the fun factory, a reference to the George Burns and Gracy Allen Show.
- This episode introduced the Underground Railroad tunnel.
- Connie complains that no one told her about the safe in Whit's office. However, in a previous episode, #113: “Suspicious Minds”, Whit told her that he was going to put money "in the safe".
 QuotesHank Murray: I'm gonna hide behind the counter with Brain Boy here.
Eugene Meltsner: That's me.
Hank Murray: Boy, you two were made for each other!
Eugene Meltsner: We're just friends, actually.
Connie Kendall: Barely.
Hank Murray: I thought we'd all hold hands and sing. What do you think? I'm gonna tie you up!
Hank Murray: You two yak more than a couple of ba-, uh, yakking things!
Eugene Meltsner: Congratulations for doing something intelligent. It's not often you're complimented for that.
Eugene Meltsner: It's over here behind this picture.
Connie Kendall: I knew there was something about that picture!
Eugene Meltsner: Because it is a painting of a safe?
Connie Kendall: Well, yeah...
Hank Murray: What happened to the lights? You on some kind of timer or somethin?
Connie Kendall: Maybe Whit forgot to pay his electric bill.
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