This episode is defined by gathering tension until the inevitable climax. In a way it’s relaxing to listen to because of all the rain sound effects throughout, but at the same time there are lots of exciting bits. Connie and Whit also have a lot of room to interact because there no kids and only a few appearances from other characters. The combination of the rain, thunder and lightning works really well alongside Connie’s growing frustration. You can feel the tension mounting as Connie complains about the weather and the town of Odyssey in general. Part of her wants to get out of Odyssey but she is having trouble articulating why. She blows up at Tom and says she’s tired of being preached at. She’s making another attempt to block the influence of Christianity she’s been exposed to but she’s also confused about what she really wants. This is definitely a story that needed to be told and it was very truthful in how it was told.
Connie is so desperate to leave that all of a sudden she decides to talk a walk into the storm. Her feelings of impatience and stress come across very clearly. And despite her desire to retreat to California, she eventually learns that she and Whit need each other. Whit goes to look for her in the rain when he thinks she’s gotten lost. Then Connie goes to look for Whit. Clearly, both Connie and Whit care for each other. When Whit’s leg is injured by broken glass Connie becomes afraid and cries. She doesn’t know what to do. Whit on the other hand is quoting from the Psalms and is peaceful as he helps to calm Connie down. It’s nice to hear in this episode how they both support each other and how they need each other.
The acting between Katie Leigh and Hal Smith is done very well. When Connie apologizes for panicking Whit says he doesn’t know what he would have done without her. It’s a powerful conversation that deepens their relationship. Whit admits that he was taking Connie for granted and Connie realizes she was doing the same with Whit and the whole town of Odyssey. She promises to take care of the shop until Whit is feeling better, postponing her trip to California yet again. She is resisting Christianity but at the same time she feels comfortable being around Whit and his Christian influence.
The atmosphere in this episode that allows for the action, drama and heartfelt emotions was really well-crafted. The show has elements of superficial excitement but it is also rich with internal struggle. Connie’s development as a character is enjoyable to hear. The audience has gotten to know her through the first few episodes and understand where she’s coming from. There’s a definite contrast between the Connie of Stormy Weather and Connie Comes to Town. In Connie Comes to Town she was looking out for herself but now she knows Whit is looking out for her so she’s begun to look out for others as well. This episode gets 5 out of 5 stars.