Alright, here we go. The title, episode titles, summaries, CD release date, and cover art for Album 72: The Long Road Home have all been revealed. Also, album 72 now has been added to the Official Site, www.adventuresinodyssey.com, under the “albums” section. On its page, a few details about it have been revealed: the themes and scriptures for all the episodes in Album 72!

The first episode, “The Lost One, Part 1”, released in the Adventures in Odyssey Club on December 16, 2021. Although I’m not sure why they don’t just release “Judge Me Tender” instead of re-releasing both parts of “The Lost One”, since they’ve already been on the Club in October.

Anyway, in this post, I’ll be going through the things I hope will happen in this album and my predictions for each episode. I have written a few things in various places on the Soda Shop Message Boards, so I thought I would bring them all to one place and add on to them.

Spoiler warning! Do not read this post if you do not want to know the summaries for the episodes in this album! You have been warned.

Episode Breakdown
I’m now going to go through what we know about each episode and discuss what I think will be happen in each one. Since “The Lost One, Parts 1-2” has been released already, I will be leaving it out.

Judge Me Tender

After realizing that her younger brother knows more people than she does, Bridget Perkins tries to form an unlikely friendship with Jules Kendall.

AIOWiki

According to AIOWiki, the characters who will appear in this episode are Connie Kendall, Jules Kendall, Bridget Perkins, and Wyatt Perkins. We also have a page of the script. According to the Official Site, themes for this episode are emotions and judging. “Judge Me Tender” will be released in the Adventures in Odyssey Club on December 30, 2021.

Page from the Script

My Thoughts:
I am most excited for this episode. It’s the one I’m most looking forward to, because it features Jules and Bridget meeting for the first time. This is something which I have thought about before, so I’m glad that there’s an episode about it. I’m very interested in seeing how Jules and Bridget will interact. I wonder if Buck Oliver will also appear with them. A meetup of the three teenagers in Odyssey sounds interesting (and disastrous). Maybe Bridget, wanting to know more people, will ask Jules to introduce her to people in Odyssey. I’m going to call it now: Jules and Bridget will do something naughty and get in trouble with Connie at the end. Let’s see if I’m right.

As Buck Would Have It, Part 1

Buck Oliver receives an anonymous message that leads him back to his hometown of Harlanville – and the forgotten story of his father’s death.

AIOWiki

According to AIOWiki, the characters who will appear in this episode are Eugene and Katrina Meltsner, Jules Kendall, and Buck Oliver. According to the Official Site, the themes for this episode are Family Togetherness and Relationships. “As Buck Would Have It, Part 1” will be released in the Adventures in Odyssey Club on January 6, 2022.

My Thoughts:
I am very interested in this episode. Even after the large info dump in “The Long End”, we’re learning even more about Buck’s family. I’m going to guess that in this episode Buck will receive a letter from someone which will either contain a large amount of information about his father or will instruct him to go to Harlanville where he’ll meet with some person who’ll tell Buck the story of his father. Probably the latter. I think that it there will be a flashback with Buck’s father, Novus Ordo “Cash” Oliver. It’ll probably show some of the things he did, and how he died in the car accident. I bet that throughout this episode, Buck will struggle with the fact that his parents were con artists. Since it’s a three-part episode, I assume it’ll end on a cliffhanger. Maybe the person telling the story will turn out to be a relative of Buck, or something.

As Buck Would Have It, Part 2

Buck and Jules learn more of Buck’s family history from a long-lost relative while Eugene and Katrina consider Buck’s future in their family.

AIOWiki

According to AIOWiki, the characters who will appear in this episode are Eugene and Katrina Meltsner, Jules Kendall, and Buck Oliver. According to the Official Site, the themes for this episode are Family Togetherness and Relationships. The scripture for this episode is Micah 6:8:

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

“As Buck Would Have It, Part 2” will be released in the Adventures in Odyssey Club on January 13, 2022.

My Thoughts:
I wonder who this “long-lost relative” is? A cousin or uncle, perhaps? I am also wondering why the summary says specifically that “Buck and Jules” learn more of Buck’s family history. Is Eugene not with them? I’m going to predict now that Buck and Jules ran away to Harlanville together to investigate without Connie or Eugene’s permission. I bet Buck is hesitant to go, but Jules convinces him to do it. Sounds like just the kind of thing they would do, considering all the trouble Jules causes with Buck. Or maybe that’s a little far-fetched. But then again, if Jules can convince Buck to break into the principal’s office in “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”, it wouldn’t be a stretch for her to tell him to run away. I’m not sure. I guess the only thing to do is wait until it’s released, and then we’ll see if I’m right.

As Buck Would Have It, Part 3

Buck’s place in Odyssey and with the Meltsners is put to the test through unlikely friends and foes.

AIOWiki

According to AIOWiki, the characters who will appear in this episode are Eugene and Katrina Meltsner, Jules Kendall, and Buck Oliver. According to the Official Site, the themes for this episode are Family Togetherness, Relationships. The scripture for this episode is 1 Peter 1:4:

to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

“As Buck Would Have It, Part 3” will be released in the Adventures in Odyssey Club on January 20, 2022.

My Thoughts:
I find it interesting in the last two summaries for “As Buck Would Have It”, the topic of Buck’s place in Odyssey and the Meltsner family is mentioned. Could it be that Buck will be adopted by Eugene and Katrina at the end of Album 72? That’s what I’m thinking. In the December 15, 2020 episode of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, it was mentioned that there is an episode in the works that will answer the question of whether or not the Meltsners will adopt Buck. I’m thinking that this three-part episode is the one that the Odyssey Team was referring to that will answer this question. Also, who are these “unlikely friends and foes” that the summary mentions? Do Buck and Jules and Eugene meet a bunch of people in Harlanville and some of them turn out to be evil and others turn out to be good?
Also, seeing the cover art for this album, we do know that there will be a scene where they run out of a burning gas station. I’m wondering if Buck and Jules accidentally started the fire or found it like that (probably the former, because I doubt that they would go inside if it was like that when they got there). It would be interesting to hear them accidentally start a fire. Also, I’m wondering about the Scripture for this episode, and how it mentions the inheritance kept in Heaven. Does this episode have to do with Buck’s inheritance, like “The Long End” did? Or something to do with money. Only 32 days until this episode releases, so we’ll soon find out.

I am very excited for Album 72: The Long Road Home. It looks interesting. But I already am starting to have problems with it. For one, it looks as though we’ll only be hearing two storylines in this album: The One of Three Arc (“The Lost One” episodes), and Buck and Jules stuff (“As Buck Would Have It”). This was a problem that I had with Album 69: Best Kept Secrets. Album 69 had only two storylines: The Rydell Saga and three Buck and Jules episodes. There were way too many multi-part episodes in that album, and it looks as though Album 72 is going to have that exact same format. Two of the episodes are the One of Three Arc, and three of them are going to be Buck and Jules episodes (I’m assuming Buck will appear in “Judge Me Tender”. I may be incorrect, but since it will feature Jules, I’m grouping it into the Buck and Jules category). I’m not a fan of only two storylines being used in the albums. I’ve said it before that I believe that the AIO Team needs to balance out which storylines and characters they use in these tiny albums. Album 68: Out of the Blue is an example of an album I thought had a good balance with multiple storylines: Perkins family episodes, a Rydell episode, a Bassett family episode, Calhoun family episodes, and a day-in-life episode about Ted Humphries. This is one album that I thought had good balance of multiple characters and storylines and not limiting the listeners to only two storylines. Unfortunately, we won’t be having that in Album 72.

Although I’m not extremely happy about the storyline distributions of this album, I will not let that cloud my judgements on the episodes themselves. I am still very interested in “Judge Me Tender” and “As Buck Would Have It”. I’m hoping that these episodes will be good and look forward to them.

Whew, that was a lot of thoughts. Congratulations and my heartfelt appreciation if you actually read through it all. What do you think about my thoughts? Any predictions or hopes for the upcoming album 72? Please leave a comment, we’d love to read your thoughts!

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