Album 72

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I found the title, summary, and release date for Album 72!

The title is
The Long Road Home
Here's the summary (Warning: DO NOT read it if you have not heard Album 71 yet. Seriously, don't read it; you're going to be majorly spoiled).
Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas release the imagination of both young and old as listeners follow a host of characters through adventures in the town of Odyssey. Geared towards kids ages 8 and up, these high-quality audio dramas teach biblical truths and moral foundations for children to make decisions from throughout their lives. They are perfect for car rides and initiating important conversations with kids.

In The Long Road Home, album #72 of the series, important lessons are learned about friendship, family, and judging others.

“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?

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. Elsewhere in Odyssey, Bridgett Perkins learns a good lesson about judging others when she feels that her own life is under the microscope.
It will be released on
March 8, 2022 on CD, and on the Adventures in Odyssey Club beginning in mid-December.
Is it a spoiler to give out the release date? :?
What are everyone's thoughts? Any theories? \:D/
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Thank you so much for unearthing this, Polehaus!
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Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:55 am
“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?
I let my sister read this and I watched her reaction. She initially had little reaction to this chunk of the description because she believed the "friend" referenced in the description was Leonid Sepanov from "Triple-Decker Sundae." My mind immediately went elsewhere when I read it. I feel that it's obvious that the "friend" is Morrie Rydell.

Unfortunately.

While I can see Morrie being a good character to be the one to help lead Olivia further into confusion, I don't want the utter mess of the morality and the Whit writing problems from the Rydell Saga to cross over into this story (which has so far been excellent). I do remember it was mentioned on an Official Podcast that both Phil Lollar and Marshal Younger are writing this storyline. This description definitely oozes the spirit of the Rydell Revelations, if only because of the quote, “Have you ever considered that Mr. John Avery Whittaker has his own agenda?”

I do really hope, whatever happens, it will live up to the same standard as all of the stuff we've gotten so far with Olivia on the last album.

Ahh, discuss!
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Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:55 am
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?
Buck's father? This could be really interesting! I feel the need to relisten to "The Long End" now because while I remember a good amount of it, I'm a bit fuzzy on some of the backstory of his parents.
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Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:55 am
Because he’s beginning to wonder if he really wants to be in a family with Eugene and Katrina.
Wow, that took a TURN. I want to know his thought process here?! There haven't been any recent indicators that I'm aware of that hint he is questioning cutting his familial ties with Eugene and Katrina. There was, of course, "Auto Response" (which was amazing in terms of his characterization) where he wondered if his loved ones would drop him the moment he did anything wrong. I'm excited to see Buck's train of thought. I hope these episodes possibly begin to address the often problematic nature of Buck and Jules's friendship (although I do understand if this very specific multi-parter doesn't address it).
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Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:55 am
Elsewhere in Odyssey, Bridgett Perkins learns a good lesson about judging others when she feels that her own life is under the microscope.
First thing of note, they spelled Bridget's name wrong. Secondly, I feel this isn't written in a way that is intriguing or interesting at all. I'm excited that we're getting another Perkins episode, but this part of the description feels cheap lol.
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Polehaus53 wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:55 am
“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?
I also initially thought that it would be Morrie Rydell. That would be quite interesting if it were because it would connect two sagas. But thinking about it, I wouldn't be surprised if it was Leonid. Curious about the line: 'Olivia's own desire to settle some scores'. Scores against Zoe? Oh, boy.
I am guessing that this is the episode called "The Lost One" and that it will be a two-parter.
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Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:55 am
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.
I'm obsessing over this more than is probably warranted. This sounds super interesting!
I'm not so happy about the Jules part. I wouldn't be surprised if Jules is the one causing him to think he shouldn't be in a family, but it's probably something else. I wonder if they'll discuss the LCTWTO situation and the journal.
I am really hoping that this map thing and Buck's father will tie into GRC/Long End. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but I can't help thinking...will we get an appearance from Felicia Larson? Monty Whittaker? Mr. Skint? Or will it be a treasure-hunt sort of episode?

Very excited for this album! :D
"Next up, Mark Morgan's message to all math maniacs in the middle school is meaningful if you mingle by the mezzanine for a momentous mix of methodological mayhem and a menagerie of multiplicative inversions. Ha ha ha! I bet I could say this backwards. Inversions multiplicative of menagerie a and mayhem methodological..."
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The cover art for Album 72 has been revealed on Amazon!
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For some reason, the spoiler shrinks images you put into it. Open it in a new tab and it should be clearer.

Here are my thoughts:

I must say, I really like this cover art! Jules, Buck, and Eugene running away from a fire? The area they're in looks kind of abandoned. There's trash and weeds around the outside of the gas station. Looks interesting. I'm really looking forward to this album! \:D/
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Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:25 pm
I feel that it's obvious that the "friend" is Morrie Rydell.

Unfortunately.

While I can see Morrie being a good character to be the one to help lead Olivia further into confusion, I don't want the utter mess of the morality and the Whit writing problems from the Rydell Saga to cross over into this story (which has so far been excellent). I do remember it was mentioned on an Official Podcast that both Phil Lollar and Marshal Younger are writing this storyline. This description definitely oozes the spirit of the Rydell Revelations, if only because of the quote, “Have you ever considered that Mr. John Avery Whittaker has his own agenda?”

I do really hope, whatever happens, it will live up to the same standard as all of the stuff we've gotten so far with Olivia on the last album.
I agree. I as well am thinking that the friend is Morrie Rydell. "Have you ever considered that Mr. John Avery Whittaker has his own agenda?” seems like the kind of thing Morrie would say. If I remember correctly, he did say something similar to Whit in Album 69: Best Kept Secrets in part 2 of "The Rydell Revelations". I'm not sure if I want the whole Rydell Saga stuff to come into this.

The other option for the new friend, as you said, is Leonid Sebanov from "Triple-Decker Sundae". Olivia's Imaginary Friend was definitely an interesting character in that episode, appearing in Olivia's head and getting her to think about hard questions (all while eating her food. :lol:). Although in that episode, Leonid mainly made Olivia question things about God. While the part in the summary that says, "Will his devious comments convince Olivia to abandon her faith?", seems to fit his description, I'm not sure if he would go as far to make her ruin friendships. But then again, you never know.

Another option could be that this "new friend" is an entirely new character.There have been quite a few new characters introduced in recent episodes. I'm not sure if I'd want that, though. I think using Morrie Rydell would work fine with making Olivia question everything.
More thoughts to come. \:D/
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Meanwhile, Buck and Jules discover that Buck’s father left behind a lot more than could ever have been suspected.
Ok, This LITERALLY describes the fanfic I've been working on. is it worth me even finishing it now?
Buck finds a map and goes with Jules to trickle lake to find it. meanwhile Skint has slipped custody and is on their tail.
From what I can see of the cover art, I'd say that's possibly where the map leads, and Eugene found them around the time the fire started. theory: the Gas station could be the one from 'Here today, gone tomorrow?'(probably not though) and whatever the 'treasure' is, will possibly be destroyed in the fire. I don't think Buck starting the next chapter of his life without E/K is such a bad thing, just as long as it's not illegal, (and he finishes school!).
theory: what if Buck's father hid the 'treasure' just before he was killed in the police chase, which is said to have started ...at a gas station![/spoiler}
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djchatswithu wrote:
Sun Oct 03, 2021 3:49 am
Ok, This LITERALLY describes the fanfic I've been working on. is it worth me even finishing it now?
Maybe you'll end up predicting what will happen!
The cover art is pretty cool.
We don't have many images of Jules or Buck and I think they both look good in the art. (Buck is wearing a different shirt for once :P) Though it may or may not be concerning that Buck and Jules are holding hands. He's probably pulling her out of the burning gas station.
As for the cover in general, I do wish it were zoomed in a bit more. But overall, I think it's pretty cool. :clap:
"Next up, Mark Morgan's message to all math maniacs in the middle school is meaningful if you mingle by the mezzanine for a momentous mix of methodological mayhem and a menagerie of multiplicative inversions. Ha ha ha! I bet I could say this backwards. Inversions multiplicative of menagerie a and mayhem methodological..."
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ASmouseInTheHouse wrote:
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:46 pm
djchatswithu wrote:
Sun Oct 03, 2021 3:49 am
Ok, This LITERALLY describes the fanfic I've been working on. is it worth me even finishing it now?
Maybe you'll end up predicting what will happen!
The cover art is pretty cool.
We don't have many images of Jules or Buck and I think they both look good in the art. (Buck is wearing a different shirt for once :P) Though it may or may not be concerning that Buck and Jules are holding hands. He's probably pulling her out of the burning gas station.
As for the cover in general, I do wish it were zoomed in a bit more. But overall, I think it's pretty cool. :clap:
well I'll leave this bit, probably the closest to what will happen in the episode
E: Okay, but don’t forget, we're leaving in approximately ten minutes
B: Okay, I’m just taking the trash out.
As he opened the door, buck noticed something stuck in the bottom flap of the box, it was an envelope with his name on it. He pulled it out and threw the box in the bin, before going inside and opening the envelope.
E: "oh what have you got there"
B: I dunno, It was in the box of stuff. I think it's some kind of map.
E: "Hm, How intriguing, could I.."
Buck "Sure"
E: "Well it's certainly a map of some kind,"
B: "What, like a treasure map?"
E: "given the events with your mother's painting she left you, I'd guess that's a high possibility, though I can't be sure of the map's location"

I noticed in the cover art that Eugene seems to have known about the danger while Buck seems to be emotionally catching up with the events of the episode. Jules seems to be a mix of concern/empathy for Buck as well as fear of what they're running from. also, shouldn't Buck/Jules be slightly shorter than Eugene? they just look slightly out of scale to me.
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also, shouldn't Buck/Jules be slightly shorter than Eugene? they just look slightly out of scale to me.
I agree. I wouldn't be surprised if Buck was about the same height as Eugene, but I would think that Jules would be shorter than both of them.
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Yeah I think there's something a little off, but I can't put my finger on it. It might be the dimensions of the characters or something. The way Buck and Jules look next to each other looks strange for some reason.
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I don't know about Buck, but Eugene tends to look pretty small, and girls have often reached their full height when they're Jules' age (or younger). From album artwork (like album 34), Connie looks to be about Eugene's height. Since Jules is her half-sister, it makes sense that she could also be in that range, and Album 62's cover seems to suggest Jules is at least Connie's size. Buck being no taller is more of a surprise, but if he's about 16+, he might still grow out some.

Now, AIOWiki claims in the trivia section that Eugene is 6'2, and he describes himself as 'tall'; if this is true, this would mean that either the album art isn't well-synced with the episode information, or that Connie and Jules are both unusually tall, or both*. The average American woman is 5'4, and my experience is that a young woman looks pretty tall if she's close to my height (5'7), so Connie would be practically a giantess.

*: Connie's wiki article says she's 5'9, which is both considerably above average, and yet shorter than the art seems to suggest.
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Bob wrote:
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I don't know about Buck, but Eugene tends to look pretty small, and girls have often reached their full height when they're Jules' age (or younger). From album artwork (like album 34), Connie looks to be about Eugene's height. Since Jules is her half-sister, it makes sense that she could also be in that range, and Album 62's cover seems to suggest Jules is at least Connie's size. Buck being no taller is more of a surprise, but if he's about 16+, he might still grow out some.

Now, AIOWiki claims in the trivia section that Eugene is 6'2, and he describes himself as 'tall'; if this is true, this would mean that either the album art isn't well-synced with the episode information, or that Connie and Jules are both unusually tall, or both*. The average American woman is 5'4, and my experience is that a young woman looks pretty tall if she's close to my height (5'7), so Connie would be practically a giantess.

*: Connie's wiki article says she's 5'9, which is both considerably above average, and yet shorter than the art seems to suggest.
Taking another look, I think it's Eugene that's too short, especially compared to the doorway (unless the door is at least 7-8 feet high, a 6'2 person should fit through 'snugly'), and although they're running, his legs do look slightly longer than buck and Jules, who seem to be the same height. I know sounds picky, but it does look kinda off. on a side note, in best intentions, both Tom and Eugene mention that Tom is bigger, but the wiki claims Tom was 5'11, unless they were referring to muscle rather than height, which I could believe.
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