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The Power of Ode
A woman afraid of light becomes the center of affection for two friends. A psychic tells her that she is attuned to the force of all living things and she believes him.
Air Dates:
First Run - April 20, 1981
Repeat - July 16, 1981
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4 Responses to Episode 1187

I really enjoyed this episode.It was so pleasant to listen to.

If I'd have written E.G.'s script for intros and outros on this one, I'd have tried to include: "It's said if you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything..." This is sort of a "love quadrangle" with a semi-supernatural twist. An old and somewhat pushy college chum (I didn't get the credits but I believe it was Robert Calaban) calls up his friend and wants to get together right away. The friend's happy but reticent to meet up...he invites the chum to a garden party. Turns out the party's at a mansion of his lady love who inherited it from her deceased parents. When they get there, the college buddy starts to get pie-eyed over his friend's girl, but she's already held by the attention of some old college professor who's telling her about the "powers of ode". Magnetism is an "ode", energy is an "ode", life forces are "odes"...you get my drift. The old fellow (played by a well-accented Norman Rose) is lame and has problems walking somehow. The girl, who lost both her parents, follows his lectures on "odes" (which were the brainstorm of some 18th century German industrialist E.G. tells us about) with rapt attention. And the poor guy who's in love with her finds himself disturbed both by his friend's attention to her and by the way she's spellbound by Rose's character. Interesting element of episode...each of the three acts begins with a narration by a different character...first the guy in love (after he receives the phone call), then the second act starts with the girl, and the third act starts with a narration by the pushy guy.

I liked the episode but I think the end was not developed to its potential. It was too simplistic - the other men should have feigned illness to get the attentions of Lirna and her Od!

From Wikipedia: "The Odic force (also called Od) is the name given to a hypothetical vital energy or life force by Baron Carl von Reichenbach, who coined the name from that of the Norse god Odin in 1845.… It is regarded today as an example of pseudoscience." (Jada Rowland is far more believable as a young woman than Mercedes McCambridge or Agnes Moorehead.)

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