The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”

By | November 29, 2021

As we near the end of our review series of Adventures in Odyssey Album 70, “Finding a Way,” the team parks on the last episode and discusses the first installment in the aftermath of the Morrie Rydell Saga.

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off in Review
Honesty is the best policy… or is it? This concept appears to be on the line in the latest episode of the podcast. Hosts Michael LaFaver, Ryan Matlock, and Timmy Baze question the lessons being taught in “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” Is Morrie Rydell’s wrongdoing justifiable? Also up for debate is how well this episode handles the mystery, other characters, consequences, detention scenes, and Emily’s emotions. Find out only here on the ScoopCast!

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Now Available: “A Slippery Slope”

By | November 26, 2021

It’s never been easier to be an Adventures in Odyssey fan. Episodes are always at our fingertips, whether available on CD, digital download, or through the Adventures in Odyssey Club. Album 71, A Slippery Slope, is now available in all three formats.

About A Slippery Slope

“I’m sure you don’t want everyone to know what you’ve really been up to…” Who is blackmailing Cooper Calhoun? Odyssey’s junior detective Emily Jones is forced to work with unlikely teammates Morrie and Suzu Rydell once more. Then, Zoe and Olivia are thrilled when an anonymous donor pays for the class ski trip. But Pastor Wilson wonders if the visit to the mountain might fulfill the mysterious message he received: One of three will fall. And when a young girl faces struggles with her faith and asks big questions, her friends and family try to reconnect and draw her back to God. Journey through some tough problems with the Odyssey crew in Album 71: A Slippery Slope.

Episodes Included:

922: The Team
923: Please Adjust Your Frequency
924: Higher than Our Ways
925: Triple-Decker Sundae
926: Set a Watchman
927: Worth It

In addition to six new episodes, a special behind-the-scenes bonus track is included: “The creation of the story of A Slippery Slope.” Take a brief glimpse into why the writers decided to address the tougher issues of Album 71. Physical CD collectors will also find a special new collectible insert included with the album.

For a limited time in the Adventures in Odyssey Club, members are able to hear the conclusion of the story arc with a special bonus two-part episode, “The Lost One.” This episode will eventually be included with the release of Album 72: The Long Road Home.

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The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “The Protector”

By | November 23, 2021

Moving right along with our review of Adventures in Odyssey Album 70 on The Odyssey ScoopCast! Join us for our latest edition, and if you aren’t subscribed, go ahead and do so!

The Protector in Review
The ScoopCast zooms in to save the day with a review of the next episode in Album 70, “The Protector.” The team debates Wyatt’s tendency to exaggerate, how it’s handled in this story, and how he relates to his family. We also discuss flawed parents, Connie’s acting, and an unexpected (but solvable) mystery.

This edition of the Odyssey ScoopCast is in memory of Will Ryan.

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In Memory of Will Ryan (May 21, 1949—November 19, 2021)

By | November 20, 2021

“Greetings and salutations!” has been heard all over the world by Adventures in Odyssey listeners, the familiar and unique way in which Eugene Meltsner introduces himself throughout the series. For over 33 years, countless people have experienced the many adventures of Eugene Meltsner, his quirky way of communicating that often confuses his audience, and the many laughs and memorable moments.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Will Ryan, voice of Eugene Meltsner. Will was 72 years old. Focus on the Family recently released a statement regarding Will Ryan’s passing, which you can read here.

Will Ryan first appears in the second episode The Life of the Party as Bill Moorhead. He made his official debut as Eugene Meltsner in the episode Connie, in which he begins working at Whit’s End during Connie Kendall’s brief departure to California. Will played Eugene since the introduction of his character and also voiced Harlow Doyle, Officer David Harley, and many others throughout the show’s span. His best known role was that of Eugene Meltsner. Whether Eugene is creating new inventions for Whit’s End, caught up in entertaining disagreements with Connie, driving across the country with Bernard Walton, or working on his relationship with Katrina Shanks (now Meltsner), Eugene is loved by many for his personality, his warm spirit, and his gentle heart. Will’s work for Adventures in Odyssey spans well over 400 episodes.

Will Ryan’s acting isn’t just limited to Adventures in Odyssey. He also voiced Petrie in The Land Before Time, Willie the Giant in Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and even voiced Tigger and Rabbit on the Disney Channel’s Welcome to Pooh Corner series. In addition, Will was also an Emmy award-winning producer, lyricist, and composer. Many fans have copies of two special musical albums Will was involved with for Adventures in Odyssey: Eugene Sings! and Eugene Sings! Christmas (currently out of print).

We will never forget the work of Will Ryan, specifically with Odyssey. We had the privilege of growing with the character of Eugene Meltsner over the course of three decades, laughing with him, crying with him, and—more recently—witnessing Eugene’s marital relationship with Katrina and adventures with Buck Oliver. While the news of Will’s passing is upon us, ongoing discussions by the Odyssey team will take place to determine the future of the character of Eugene Meltsner. The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast will release a tribute to Will Ryan in 2022. Fortunately, some yet-to-be-released episodes featuring more appearances by Will Ryan as Eugene will air in 2022 as well.

Unfortunately, the time has come, but he leaves behind a legacy that will remain for decades to come. Farewell, Mr. Ryan. Thank you for everything you did to make Adventures in Odyssey what it is today.

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The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “Unrelatable”

By | November 14, 2021

It’s an episode full of personalities, predicaments, and problems. Join us for the next episode review of Adventures in Odyssey Album 70 on The Odyssey ScoopCast!

Unrelatable in Review
The podcast trio moves right along with their review of “Unrelatable” from Album 70: “Finding a Way.” The team dissects Connie’s actions in the episode and compares them to her early days as a Christian in Odyssey. Do her actions align with her character? Wooton is also under the microscope, too. How does he hold up alongside other characters? Relate (or don’t) to our views in the latest episode review.

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The journey continues in Album 72: “The Long Road Home”

By | November 11, 2021

Wondering what will happen to Olivia in her journey of faith? The wait may be over sooner than you expect! The beginning of Album 72: The Long Road Home is airing early on the radio later this month!

The episode list has been partially released:

  • #928: “The Lost One, Part 1”
  • #929: “The Lost One, Part 2”
  • #930: “Judge Me Tender”
  • #931: TBA, Part 1
  • #932: TBA, Part 2
  • #933: TBA, Part 3


Here is the summary for “The Lost One,” the finale of Olivia’s crisis of faith:

“Have you ever considered that Mr. John Avery Whittaker has his own agenda?” Olivia has a new friend in her life. He’s smart, interesting, and just so talkative. Will his influence, and Olivia’s own desire to settle some scores, ruin her friendships with Zoe and the gang at Whit’s End? Will his devious comments convince Olivia to abandon her faith?

“The Lost One” is already available in the Adventures in Odyssey Club, and it will be airing on the radio on November 27 and December 4.

The summary for the rest of the album has also been released:

Elsewhere in Odyssey, Bridget Perkins learns a good lesson about judging others when she feels that her own life is under the microscope.

Meanwhile, Buck and Jules discover that Buck’s father left behind a lot more than could ever have been suspected. Could the map help him determine what is next for his life? Because he’s beginning to wonder if he really wants to be in a family with Eugene and Katrina.

These episodes will be available in the Adventures in Odyssey Club this January and will air in the spring. The Long Road Home will be released on CD on March 8, and is currently available for pre-order on ChristianBook.com.

The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “Auto Response”

By | November 7, 2021

Leaves are falling, cooler air is settling in, but The Odyssey ScoopCast is getting heated up! Join us for the next episode review of Adventures in Odyssey Album 70 on The Odyssey ScoopCast!

Auto Response In in Review
The ScoopCast’s review series of Album 70, “Finding a Way” continues full speed ahead with “Auto Response.” As Michael, Ryan, and Timmy break down all the character moments in this packed episode, we explore the changes in Buck Oliver, Jules’s merits (or lack thereof) as a character, and how the ending’s twist changes everything about how we view Detective Polehaus. And somehow Connie is sedated, Eugene is Shakespeare, and Jillian is sane? Get all our opinions right here.

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The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “Jumping Off, Jumping In”

By | July 5, 2021

Beat the summer heat with a brand-new review series of Adventures in Odyssey Album 70 on The Odyssey ScoopCast!

Jumping Off, Jumping In in Review
Jump into our review series of Adventures in Odyssey Album 70: “Finding a Way.” Michael, Ryan, and Timmy splash into the episode “Jumping Off, Jumping In” and discuss the unfolding adventure. The team explores the character development of Wyatt Perkins as well as the use of exposition throughout the episode. And is Whit true to character, and why is Bridget in danger?

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Now Airing in the AIO Club: “Voice of Freedom, Part 1”

By | July 5, 2021

Get ready for the next exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club episode for July! Listen to the latest adventure for a special lesson in faith and persecution.

Voice of Freedom, Part 1
A young soldier’s loyalties are tested when his government – and his father – hunt down and arrest Christians.

  • You can learn more about this month’s adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).

About the Adventures in Odyssey Club:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club (AIOC) is a members-only club which gives families access to the entire collection of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, exclusive episodes, web quests, devotionals, and more. You can visit AIOC directly, or visit our AIOC site feature which details what each member gets with their subscription—a great resource for those who may be sitting on the fence about becoming a member! At just $9.99/month (or lower pricing for longer commitment levels), every Odyssey fan should be a part of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. You can get started with a 14-day free trial. And by being a club member, you are helping to support Adventures in Odyssey and keep the show running with more great content—and who doesn’t like that idea?

Now Airing in the AIO Club: “Hurricane Perkins”

By | May 1, 2021

The May exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club episode is here, and a new adventures is in store for the Perkins family!

Hurricane Perkins
The Perkins clan upsets another military family by sharing too much about life’s challenges … and rat milk.

  • You can learn more about this month’s adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).

About the Adventures in Odyssey Club:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club (AIOC) is a members-only club which gives families access to the entire collection of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, exclusive episodes, web quests, devotionals, and more. You can visit AIOC directly, or visit our AIOC site feature which details what each member gets with their subscription—a great resource for those who may be sitting on the fence about becoming a member! At just $9.99/month (or lower pricing for longer commitment levels), every Odyssey fan should be a part of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. You can get started with a 14-day free trial. And by being a club member, you are helping to support Adventures in Odyssey and keep the show running with more great content—and who doesn’t like that idea?



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