does Whit own the land around Whit's End in "Recollections," but only
owns the building in later episodes? -Submitted by Grace, Goggles,
Let's clear up this madness
once and for all. It seems like there's a big continuity issue surrounding
Whit's End and the property around it. Years ago, Focus on the Family
published the first
Complete Guide to
Adventures in Odyssey. Pages 189-190 give a brief account of a few of
the bloopers on Adventures in Odyssey. Among them is the
inconsistency surrounding Whit's End. Let's take a look at the words of the
original Complete Guide, for those of you who never got to experience the
excitement of that release!
Tom tells Connie how Whit burst into a city council meeting and saved
the building that eventually became Whit's End by buying it -- "and its
adjoining land" -- for 3.5 million dollars. But in "Moving Targets,"
Phillip Glossman tells Connie and Jason that "the land Whit's End sits
on is owned by the city. The building belongs to you, that's all.
"Of course, it could be
argued that Glossman was lying, and that in the eight years between the
two incidents, Connie and Tom just forgot. But the truth is... we
Oops! is right. But is
it really an Oops! moment now? The AIO team decided to make their
wrong right with the release of
The Forgotten Deed. In
this episode, Whit and the gang are worried that Whit's End will never be
able to open again based on Christian principles. Here we find that Mr.
Whittaker purchased Whit's End and thought he was obtaining the land as
well. Unfortunately, he wasn't and believed he owned it for years. Our first
clue that Whit knows about the city's ownership of the land is stated in
Fortunately, the property around Whit's End is discovered to be on a
conditional loan to the city of Odyssey. In other words, the city owned the
land just as long as it met one big requirement: to glorify God. If the city
went back on the terms of the loan, then the property would revert back to
the ownership of the McAllister family. Whit's End glorified God all those
years by providence. Now that it faced a crisis in
The Forgotten Deed,
Whit had to locate the original deed to the land and make sure the city knew
what it said. Ultimately, Whit is given the opportunity to officially
purchase the land from the McAllister family once and for all. Whit's End
and McAllister Park are no longer an issue.
Now if that's not enough to
confuse you about real estate, I don't know what is! Let's just be glad that
Whit finally owns Whit's End and the adjoining land.