INTERLUDE - 1989: Julie's Cult Watch
1989: Julie's Cult Watch
Hello from the Magic Tavern episode
Air date July 5, 2021
Episode no. S02E96a
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Hosts Arnie, Chunt, Usidore
Guests Julie Andrews, Mysterious Man
Producers Arnie Niekamp, Evan Jacover, Ryan DiGiorgi
Editor Chris Rathjen
Logo Allard Laban
Theme music Andy Poland
Special assistance Ryan DiGiorgi
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"INTERLUDE - 1989: Julie's Cult Watch" is an Interlude episode in season three of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on July 5, 2021.


Another cassette tape from 1989 Ohio, this time hosted by Julie, 13-year old Arnie's friend, who has a mysterious Future Hole in her backyard.


The Mysterious Man is still trapped in Eataly and was too distracted at the Make-Your-Own-Biscotti stand to pull up the next transmission. Luckily, he finds another Cassette from 1989, but it is from Julie’s Cult Watch. Either way, he plays it on a makeshift player made from a panini press.

In 1989, Julie Andrews starts episode 29 of Cult Watch with her own intro. As a fellow talk show host, a young 13 year old Arnie Niekamp (Schmarnie) compares notes sharing his show methods and theme song. Usidore and Chunt (Mr. Usidore and Chunk) also give their two cents and intro songs as they have been doing podcasts for a while. The group also go over their week: Schmarnie expresses his concern for Julie after hearing from the teachers how worried that someone might actually take Julie, as she always wanted. Usidore spent part of his week at the stables and Chunt spent part of his week watching tv, as per usual during this time period. Julie tells the group that her mom is part of a Tupperware club, which is like a cult, but the idea of containers that save meals for later mystifies Usidore and Chunt.

Julie is ready to show them the future hole. Schmarnie is a little scared, but he is reassured that it’s just a hole that looks like any other hole. When they arrive, Jules tells them that she covered it under a tarp to protect it from others and the elements.They then take turns taking objects out of the hole; first Julie, then Usidore, then Schmarnie, then finally Chunt. Although the items seem inconsequential, it does lead to Usidore revealing some information about the future. Some of the items include:

  • a Tamogachi
  • a 7-Eleven Attack of the Clones promo Cup
  • A Magazine with Jean Smart on the cover
  • A winning scratch off ticket redeemable in 2022
  • a pack of Limited edition Caramel Apple Oreos signed by Michelle Obama
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • a 2012 Dodge Durango
  • a Brochure for Ohio University Athens
  • a DVD copy of Legally Blonde 2
  • a DZD copy of Illegally Blonde 2032
  • Star Wars Episode 12: Kylo Ren is Back and He Has His Shirt Off Again

Eventually Chunt spits in the hole and gets spit back from the hole. Because he spat in the hole in the past, it creates new questions for the group. They discovered that there is a past next to the future hole, something Julie has never encountered before. To test the hole, Chunt takes a snake and puts both ends in each hole, only for the snake to be ripped apart.

Schmarnie notices that Julie seems the most adult out of many of his classmates and does not seem as fazed by the chaos of her discoveries. However, she feels comforted by the objects that she pulls out of the future hole. Meanwhile, Chunt invites them into the car that he pulled out and shapeshifts into a taller skunk to drive, revealing that Chunt and Usidore are Shapeshifter and wizard respectively. Chunt tries to drive, but does not know how to work it properly. Julie tries to explain that the keys go into the ignition, but Chunt throws the keys into the future hole and then goes after it. Another man comes out before our Chunt returns.

As the day goes by, Schmarnie tells Julie that it is getting late and needs to head home and maybe build up the courage to confront his neighbor. He also tells her that he’ll leave a sign for her to let her know that he is okay. To prevent any conflict within the timeline, the group put all the items into the car and Usidore magically puts it into a volcano. As they leave, Julie closes out the episode.

Some time later, on episode 42 of Cult Watch, Julie is alone and cannot pull out anything else from the hole. She has not heard from Schmarnie or the others either. The Mysterious Man then appears and asks for consent to approach her. He explains the hole and what has happened: all the stuff in the hole belongs to him and she has been pulling everything in arms reach. Also the deeper you go, the further into the future you pull the object from. Although the Mysterious Man is pissed about losing his stuff, he finds it admirable that Julie was so persistent. However, with the hole so unstable, he needs to shut down the hole, a job meant for two people. The Mysterious Man invites Julie, which she admits she was going to sneak in with him anyway. She gives a shallow goodbye to her mother and the two jump in, backwards, with closed eyes and singing “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.

In the Post Credit scene, Chunt plays some of his other ideas for theme songs using free use music.


There are no new emails this week.

New characters

  • Mrs. Andrews, Julie’s mom

Earth References

  • Inspired by a True Story vs. Based on a True Story
  • Liam Neeson, Taken
  • Rob Roy
  • “Walking Slowly Past Closed Doors” (?)
  • A Hunting We Will Go
  • Discord
  • Ad Sales
  • Colt 45
  • Bill D. Williams
  • Tupperware
  • Rally’s
  • Kool cigarettes
  • 4th of July/Independence Day
  • Claire’s
  • Spencer’s Gifts
  • Sound of Music
    • Goodbye Song
    • “My Favorite Things”
  • “Purple Rain” by Prince
  • Tamagotchi
  • Apple Inc.
  • 7-Eleven
  • Star Wars franchise
    • Attack of the Clones
    • Episode 7-9
    • Kylo Ren
  • Party Snakes (gag gift)
  • Toy Story, “There’s a Snake in my Boot”
  • Designing Women, Jean Smart
  • Frasier
    • season 7 box set
    • theme song "Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs"
    • Eddie the dog ("Death and The Dog", season 4 episode 12)
  • Oreos, Limited edition Oreos
  • Michelle Obama and her book, Becoming
  • 2012 Dodge Durango
  • Ohio University Athens
  • DVDs
  • Legally Blonde 2
  • Ouroboros
  • Truckfest
  • Columbus Civic Center
  • Taco Bell
  • Skinny Jeans
  • Take a penny, leave a penny
  • The ‘Burbs
  • 1-800-JUNK
  • Junk in the Trunk
  • "Here I Go Again On My Own" by Whitesnake
  • Jane Fonda
  • Ed Harris
  • Christopher Dazzles
  • Coming Around the Mountain
  • Amazing Grace


  • Usidore plays his theme song from Greg Miller and Spantz from season 1
  • Julie distributes her episodes of Cult Watch by leaving the cassettes in a pile at the library for people to pick up and listen to. She also records her episodes like a “last seen” journal.
  • Chunt brings back the concept of “Tomorrow Salad”
  • Arnie has both of his ears pierced.
  • Schmarnie takes out a magazine from the future with Jean Smart on the Cover. The Mysterious Man says that it’s “Women of Designing Women Weekly”. However, no recent (within the last 5 years) magazine had Jean Smart on the cover.
  • The route of the past hole did not have to be ventured as Chunt also spit in the future hole after being spat upon.
  • When “Chunt” comes back from the future hole” Usidore mentions that it could be the same Chunt, just altered by the experience of jumping into the future hole. This ends up happening to Julie in the next episode.

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