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July 15, 2020: Paul McCusker tells the story of the lost episode “Pamela Has a Problem”

This month’s Club adventure features the character of Connie’s friend Pamela, last heard in 1990 in “Pamela Has a Problem.” Writer/director Paul McCusker (with the help of a surprise guest) explains why Adventures in Odyssey decided to address the sensitive topic of abortion in that early episode.  (Plus: Hear a preview of “The Rydell Revelations, Part 1.”)

Pamela Has a Problem script
“Pamela Has a Problem” script
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Album 69: Best Kept Secrets – now releasing in the Club!

Album 69: Best Kept Secrets

Long-held secrets are uncovered and major revelations are about to be revealed in Album 69: Best Kept Secrets. Listeners have long wondered whether Morrie Rydell is behind the strange events happening in Odyssey. The truth will be brought to light in these episodes. Elsewhere, Jules’s mother suddenly arrives in to Odyssey to take Jules back to California, maybe for good. What will happen to Jules, her newfound musical career, and her friends back in Odyssey?

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    1. Country girl: hey. remember me? I have been on the blog before and thought I would see how they changed it. how you doing? I have already started school, but it is going great so far. I have to start a book report soon tho so not looking forward to that since I’m not the best at writing.

      Sorry if this is a random comment and you don’t remember me.

  1. Just listened to it! Was really good, too bad it’s only one every Tuesday though, but cliffhangers keep you wanting more. Can’t wait for part 2!

    1. whoops just realized that I hit enter too fast, so I might’ve put a duplicate on my comment. This response from “Lu” is really Livia❤. Sorry for the confusion!

  2. Just listened to it! Was really good, too bad only one comes out every week, cliffhangers just keep me wanting more. Can’t wait for part 2!

    (First by any chance?)

  3. These cliffhangers are very tough haha. I count down the days til the next episode releases. Part 1 is good and all. Don’t get me wrong I loved it but I felt it was a little less odyssey (if u know what I mean) I felt that it didn’t show god as much and I love when it shows god through the episodes. I loved the episode but that’s just my opinion.

    1. Yeah, it did seem a bit weird, but that might be because I think they recorded it off sight. I think.

  4. *Sigh…* I was too late… not first comment… 🙁 Oh, well, there’s always next podcast! 😉

  5. I hope we get to meet Pamela’s child or at least about them in the new episode. It will be cool if it touches on the struggles of teen moms. I can’t wait to find out!

  6. I think Paul McCusker would do a great AIO spin-off for older audience members. Like a teen Odyssey sort of thing with the older characters and dealing with more difficult issues like Pamela Has a Problem did. He’s always been the one to handle more controversial episodes and he does it so well!

    1. Yes! The newer episodes are just too young for me now. I hope that AIO makes some new episodes aimed at older audiences or, like you said, create a whole new show that is geared towards 12-18 instead of 8-12.

  7. Hi guys I don’t know if y’all remember me my name was r2d2 the only name I recognize is Peterf but good to be back

  8. New Green Ember page:
    June 3, 2020: Redefining Bridget with actress Keely Marshall
    I don’t know how to do links so just find the page XD.

  9. This podcast was great and I remember when I as maybe 8 or 9 I had got the lost episodes album for my birthday ( because it said lost episodes and I was thinking yeah other kids have never heard these😂 lol) but I remember hearing Pamela has a problem ( I listened to it by myself) and I already knew about abortion because my Dad went to the March

  10. For life before but I remember running to him with the cd saying this episode talks about abortion!! And he said well let we listen to it but u don’t know if he ever did but I remember after that I threw it away because I guess I thought I would get in trouble because I listened to it but I wish I didn’t😩😂 lol

  11. YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO FLIP WHEN YOU HEAR THE END OF RYDELL REVELATIONS PART 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH WOW ARE YOU GOING TO FLIP!!!!!!
    -CC

  12. Mirada: Hey! If we haven’t met, you can call me Naomi or Na10 (but, then again, you could probably tell that from my screen name lol). Welcome back to the club! So jealous I haven’t heard teh Rydel Revelations yet! lol I know I will flip. DId you like it? Hope everyone has a great day!

  13. Is there anyone else who counts the days before the next podcast and marks it on their calendar? Or am i just a HUGE AiO geek? XD! Also yes, I did slightly change my screen name.

  14. I haven’t done this in forever, but you, Mr. McCusker are a true inspiration to me in my writing. Even though you will never be able to read it, I have written a story and it is dedicated to you because you inspired part of it through your Father Gilbert works. Thank you! God bless!

  15. Random question: So, for those of you who have the club right now, are you still able to listen to the Morie Ridel Revelations? I want to hear and am thinking about getting the club.

  16. OM!!!! THE RYDELL REVELATIONS ARE SOOOO GOOD!!!!! No spoilers, but the end of part 2 is AMAZING!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!

  17. i have no idea that you cant post on the new podcast.
    so annoying.
    guys, if reading this, join the club NOW.
    can everyone please pray for my family?
    we r moving to korea at the end of the month, so please pray that we will be able to srve the Lord during this crazy time

    1. The Green Ember is a fantastic book series by S D Smith. There’s a whole bunch of us on here that love it, so we’re chatting about it on one of the other podcasts.😄

  18. country girl do you remember me? i used to be ‘korean’ on the old page
    moriah, i love ur name btw

    1. Thank you!
      I will pray for you and your family!
      The Green Ember is part of a series by S.D Smith. The Green Ember page is just a place where the fans get together to talk about the books.
      God bless you!! ☺

    1. Mermaid12, yes I remember you! I haven’t posted frequently bc I have had a very crazy summer! I will try to be on here more. How are you?

      1. Great! I’m enjoying my last week of vacay.😄How’s your week been?
        Are you excited for school? I am 😛 We start Monday tho my fav subjects don’t start till later.

        1. We started school two weeks ago, and I really like it! My fav subject is math. I am home -schooled, by the way. What are your fav subjects?

        2. Awesome! I’m homeschooled too actually. Have you always been homeschooled? I have.
          Wow, that’s great! Math is one of least fav subjects. It’d be great if I liked it more!
          My fav subjects are literature and writing! I do two AWESOME courses, and I can’t wait for them to start!😆

          1. Yeah, I have, too! My least fav subject would have to be grammer. It’s really confusing to me. I like math now, but I probably will change my mind when it gets harder.

  19. Mermaid12!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY! How are you? Do you remember me? I was apart of your girl’s small group. I was suppose to post a Bible study for you when I lost my membership. If you don’t remember me, I understand. I know there were a lot of girls on the club 🙂 Well, hope you have a great day and, I’ll see you around. God bless!

  20. korearules27: Hello! I don’t think we have met. You can call me Naomi or, Na10 (But, you could probably tell from my screen name 🙂 ). Who is your favorite adventures in Odyssey character?

  21. Mermaid12: OH MY!!!!! Do you remember me from the club? I was apart of your Bible study for girls. I did a study for you once and, I was suppose to do one but, I lost my membership. How have you been?

    1. NaomiorNa10: Ofc I remember you!! And I think you posted on the club, but I’m seeing this comment now! I have been great. Started school and all.

    1. Yes, I am! I posted you a reply to your last comment, in case you haven’t seen it yet!! How are you doing with school?

      1. Yup, I saw and responded!😄
        School is going great! I haven’t started up fully yet, and as my family has a new baby, we prob won’t get super serious for another week or two. Hbu?

    1. I love to write (but you already knew that lol), sew, crochet, hang out with friends and family, and (occasionally/when I have a book/when I make the time to) read. What do you like to crochet?

      1. You crochet?! All right!! 😉
        I don’t have a particular favorite, I’m kind of just trying different things out to FIND something I like, but right now I am making an ornament for each member of our family, which is fun and easy. What about you? How long have you been crocheting?

      2. Oh that’s cool! I’m not a very experienced crocheter; my mom taught me the chain stitch and I taught myself the slip stitch. Until a week or two ago, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a double/single/triple/etc stitch, but I’ve been crocheting for several years. Right now I’m working on a slip stitch blanket😄

        1. Sounds cool! I’m not very experienced either. I learned from a handicrafts video we have at home, and it only teaches the chain stitch, single crochet, could crochet, and a few beginner projects. Let me know how the blanket turns out! ☺

        2. That’s cool! I learned from a book someone gave me: it has a bunch of projects in it. I’ll prob do one or two, but mostly just do my own thing😜 And will do!
          Do you like to read?

          1. I do! I just finished a series by two Christian authors about the end times. It was really good! Do you like to read? Do you have anything in particular you want to crochet once you finish your blanket?
            How hard is sewing?

          2. Yes, I do enjoy a good story! Tho now I tend to spend my time trying to write one rather than reading one lol😜 I have a large to-read list tho; I’d better get cracking if I want to finish them all anytime soon!
            After I finish this blanket, I think I’ll try mittens! I have instructions for them, so I figure I’ll give them a try! Hbu?

          3. I think sewing is SUPER easy! Like it’s my opinion anyone who wants to could learn. (I’m very crafty, so that does play a factor in my opinions) So long as you have a working sewing machine (that doesn’t eat the fabric), decent fabric (cotton is easiest to work with), and a beginners pattern, you’ll do great! Are you going to give sewing a whirl?

  22. Bethel:
    Sorry this reply is super late. Life has been kinda crazy lately. I might try sewing, we have a sewing machine actually three, two from my grandma and one is my moms) and lots of fabric. What would you say is the easiest thing to sew?
    Next week I will be on vacation, so I won’t be able to reply, but I will try to as soon as I get back!☺

    1. Oh that’s awesome! Maybe try a drawstring bag to start with, then a skirt with an elastic waist. Skirts like that are really easy beginner projects😄
      Okay! Hope you have lots of fun!

  23. I don’t know what I like embroidering best, it’s been a long time since I have, but my aunt is a weaver (of hangings) and we did a hanging together but I had to put in some little things that we couldn’t do with her yarn and needle, so I got to embroider it.

    1. Oh cool! I did a sampler type embroidery project one time, but besides a few other tiny things, I haven’t done much embroidery😁

    1. Yes, sorry! Last week was stressful, because my younger brother, older sister and I led worship at our church this past Sunday. How are you doing?

    2. No problem! I’m doing well! Keeping busy with school and I got to see friends for a bit today, so that was nice. Hbu?
      Oh that’s super cool! Did you play an instrument? I play the electric piano for my church (usually on either an organ combo setting or a strings/bass mix)

  24. My sister plays the piano, my brother drums, and I sing. We are filling in for our usual worship leaders, who are on vacation.

        1. Oh yuck… yeah, I did NOT like grammar. Thankfully I’m done with it now!😅
          But… alg and harder latin and science sometimes makes me want to throw my books out of the window… lol

  25. When we had to do virtual meetings, me and my younger sister sang with our dad. And once when I was younger I sang with my dad. Everyone in our family except the two youngest boys play instruments.

    1. Oh awesome! Is your dad a pastor or worship leader then? Mine is a pastor😄 Which instrument do you play?
      How’s school going?

      1. To answer my own question I just looked posts from another podcast and realized you are HorseLuver. On the club I’m Chickadeegirl. Nice to meet you off the club.😁

    1. Jess! I’m so glad your here! Yes I’m Chickadeegirl. I’ve been looking for you. I don’t care what you call me. We’ve missed you on the club. I keep thinking where is Jess? Sorry about my random comments the moderation system is slower here than on the club. I’m running out of typing space. So chat later. 😁 Its good to chat again.

  26. Hi
    do you want me to call you butterfly12 now
    or chickadee girl???😂😂😂😂😂
    it just be weird knowing you for a whille by one name
    then keep getting to know you by a different name!!!

  27. HORSELUVER!!!
    its great to hear from you!!!
    ive missed everyone on the club😢😢😢
    do you think you could you say hi to some of my freinds on the club for me?🌸🌺🌸
    how are you doing?

  28. CaptainJess:
    Yes, I’d totally do that for you! Who and which page?
    I’m doing great! Insanely busy with school and bday prep (I’m writing something for my one sister and the deadline is swiftly approaching…😬), but good. How are you?

  29. Horseluver and chickadee girl:
    How are you both doing?
    I’ve missed you guys on the club
    It’s such a blessing to be on here now! And I hope I’ll be able to get to know you both better!
    I’m going to church in about an hour
    It’s ☔️stormy here in Australia
    We set up our Christmas tree yesterday when do you both do yours? Running out of space
    Bye

  30. We do our Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving. Me and my sister decorate the tree so we can put on any ornament. Including the ones of my mom as a kid. I love those ornaments! My mom doesn’t though.

  31. Does anyone like pirates of the Caribbean?
    If so which is your favorite?
    I like curse of the black pearl
    My username either stands for…
    Captian jack sparrow
    Or…
    Captian Jessica my last name starts with S
    So it’s my initials and jack sparrow at the same time!!!😂🤣😂
    I’m pretty potc (pirates of the Caribbean) crazy 😜

  32. Captain Jess:
    I’m doing great! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday; great food, fun games, and a bunch of amazing people!
    That’s so cool you live in Australia! I’m in the US.😁
    My family doesn’t do a Christmas tree, but we set up our Nativities a week or two ago. We put up lights outside, but have to get some new ones for inside.
    Out of space

  33. Hey, Bethel!
    sorry that I left you hanging here for so long!
    Happy thanksgiving! We set up our tree yesterday, and deep cleaned the house Friday.
    My mom is having another baby, and I hope to crochet it a blanket once we find out whether it’s a boy or a girl. f
    How are you?
    Are you excited for Christmas?

  34. butterfly: mum and dad are discussing me joining the club tonight
    😬😬😬
    also potc is a great series of movies
    they can get a little violent somtimes but its realy realy funny
    especialy jack sparrow

  35. butterfly: there is only a slim chance but…
    they still havnt talked about it so i have no clue 😢

    1. Yay for slim chances (the’re better than nothing). I hope hope hope hope you can get the club!

  36. Moriah:
    It’s fine! I understand; life gets crazy😉
    Oh fun! We just finished decluttering as well!
    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW SIBLING!!!!!!😆 I’m so happy for you all!
    I’m good! Juggling a bunch of projects, but good! How are you?
    Yes, I am excited! I LOVE Christmas. Hbu?

    1. I love Christmas time, too!
      All of the lights and the beauty of the season make me feel warm and happy inside, if you know what I mean!!☺
      I just finished making a crochet matching hat and scarf.
      How is your slip stitch blanket going?

    2. That’s exactly how I feel!
      Wow, that’s awesome! What color?
      I actually haven’t worked on it in a while. My life has become a whirlwind of activity what with holiday/bday prep and jobs, but I hope to get back to it eventually. It’s still quite small… Maybe I’ll be able to finish it before I turn 18! 😂

      1. The colors are a mix of pink, grey, and a creamy white.
        Yeah,I understand–life can get pretty crazy at times!
        Our youth group just went caroling tonight. It was a lot of fun!
        Can you believe Christmas is in a few days?!

      2. Oh how cute!
        Agreed!😉
        How fun!!!
        I know! Christmas really came quickly!!! And now I can’t believe it’s over… and that it’s nearly *gasp* 2021😱 How were the holidays for you?
        Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I saw your comment, but didn’t/wasn’t able to respond.

  37. I’m good! It’s rainy but kinda warm (58 degrees Fahrenheit) for December where I live… I was hoping for a good, thick snow.😕😉

  38. Hey butterfly
    Unfortunately they haven’t …
    Yet
    But I keep asking
    We have been sooooooooo busy lately
    But as soon as they make their desicion you will be the first to know!!!

  39. SNOW IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨🌨

  40. We got about 1/2 inch at most on Christmas. We called it a white Christmas because that’s the most we’ve ever gotten on Christmas. At least in a long time.

  41. I’m thinking about changing my username to either Cardinal or Labrador or Psalms 9:1 or I can keep it the same. What do you guys think?

  42. Sorry I disappeared. I’m still here! Oh and JS is back on the club! At least she was… I haven’t seen her lately☹️

    1. Thanks. Psalm 9:1 is my favorite Bible verse. I memorized it when I was like 3.

  43. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while guys
    I wanted to pay attention to the club for a little bit but I’ll post on this page!!!!

  44. “It’s a good morning! Wake up to a brand new day. This morning stepping up stepping on my way.”

    Anyone here into Mandisa?

    1. I’ve only heard one of her songs. Did she sing on the Chosen’s Christmas special?? I’m into Shane&Shane, Phil Wickham, and Sight and Sound Theatre soundtracks. Do you listen to any of those?

      1. I think she did. I’ve heard of Phil Wickham but I prefer artists like Britt Nicole, Dan Bremnes, and Hollyn. I also love Toby mac’s music.

      1. eh, not much either
        we got a dog!
        my bird died.
        and im starting a baking business
        and im doing a 1 hr science class this morning
        and i had an awesome idea on an airplane wing design so i cant concentrate on my schoolwork😂😂😂

        but other than that nothing, nothing at all😂

  45. guys im going to change my username to……
    🛡️RangerStrider🛡️

  46. The ranger is more ment to be from the book series rangers apprentice (which i recommend btw)
    And the strider is…..LOTR

    I❤❤❤LOTR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. okay guys please don’t tell anyone on the club yet cause it might not happen but
    My friend has the club and she may make me an account on her subscription!!!!!
    I’m not 100 percent sure but its likely!!!!
    Don’t tell anyone on the club I want to surprise them!!!!

  48. Psalm 9:1
    thanks!!!
    im zooming her tonight and ill re-ask
    if i join the club im only going to be allowed to comment on 1 page 🙁
    (whichever i choose)
    but if i join ill use the username RangerStrider 🙂

      1. well she still hasnt done it yet
        and im only allowed 1 cause i feel like im on the computor wayyyyyyy too much!
        so i decided to choose just 1 page i realy like and just do that!

  49. Please pray for Australia!!!
    look up flooding new south wales on the internet its really bad
    Lots of people have lost there homes
    And the suberb I live in is running low on food and stuff cause the bridge is flooded and we can’t get across
    Me and my family are fine but others are suffering
    Thanks for praying!!!
    -Jessi

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