Season 2, Ep 97 – Chunt's Mom
Chunt's Mom
Hello from the Magic Tavern episode
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Air date February 24, 2019
Episode no. S02E97
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Cast
Hosts Arnie, Chunt, Usidore
Guests Eleanor the Manticore
Production
Producers Arnie Niekamp, Evan Jacover, Ryan DiGiorgi
Editor Garrett Schultz
Logo Allard Laban
Theme music Andy Poland
Audio assistance Jason Knox
Production assistance Garrett Schultz
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"Chunt's Mom" is the ninety-seventh episode of season two of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on February 24, 2019.

Description

Chunt’s mother, Eleanor, a monster with a lion’s mane, bat wings and a scorpion tail, stops by to chat with her son’s friends.

Summary

Space bunker intro

The Mysterious Man and Tricia reanimate Craig in a non-emperor role. Craig dimly remembers…something?

The podcast

Per listener Troy’s spreadsheet, it’s been three and 60/61 years since Arnie fell through the portal. How? Math makes it possible.

Chunt sets up a surprise reveal of this week’s guest, which startles Arnie somewhat. Usidore knocks him out with a sleep spell. With great moisture, he wakes Arnie to meet Chunt’s mom Eleanor.

Eleanor is a manticore. She has a human face on a lion’s head, and a scorpion body with bat wings on her butt. But to Chunt, she’s just Mommy. And she’s so happy about her baby’s upcoming nuptials. She’s also more than okay with its inherent polyamory.

Eleanor herself lives on the other side of the mountain in a pride/commune practicing free love and lunar crystal charging. After being widowed on her wedding day, she decided to broaden her horizons. She ate, preyed, and loved. Like, a lot.

Usidore has an acquaintance on the same commune. Dumple has the head and body of a bat intersected with the body of a rat. Chunt describes more of the creatures he’s encountered on his infrequent visits to Mom. They still send him Chris Must cards.

Eleanor adorably isn’t sure what a podcast is, but she can read palms with her scorpion tail. She reads Arnie and sees a long life punctuated by darkness. She reads Usidore’s palm and sees a great battle before him, but she is unable to determine the victor.

Usi asks her to join his quest. She readily accepts, as long as there will be music. Except she’s not too jazzed about killing for non-sustenance reasons.

They discuss using time travel to vanquish evil ‘ere it sprouts. It really never works out. But Usi CAN send Chunt back in time to vanquish l’esprit de l’escalier. He sends Arnie back to earlier that day so he can choose another shirt. Arnie comes back in the same shirt.

Space bunker outro

Craig accesses an old memory file and discovers the Void has consumed most of Quadrant 14. The Mysterious Man doesn’t want to get involved. Crafting Thursday is sacred.

New characters

Members of Eleanor's commune which include:

  • Dumple the bat rat (head and body of a bat, but in between is a rat)
  • Someone with the body of a spider and the head of a wolf
  • Patrick (body of a frog and the head of a horse, which he kind of drags around)
  • Someone with a frog face and horse body

Notes

  • Usidore sent Chunt back in time to add wordplay to all the previous podcast episodes.
  • Chunt says he didn't know you could contract "you all" to "y'all," yet during the season one episode "Tom the Spy" he told Arnie that TTYL stood for "talk, talk, y'all listen."

Earth references

  • The Eagles - Take It to the Limit
  • Shaft
  • Sudoku
  • University of Phoenix
  • paper cut
  • "You're gonna make it after all" - The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • "No pain no gain"
  • main squeeze
  • Portland, Maine
  • Chicago’s Mainstage Theater
  • Exile on Main St - The Rolling Stones
  • Matt Fraction
  • ambergris
  • "taken with a grain of salt"
  • Lou Reed
  • The Velvet Underground
  • The Main Event
  • Cain and Abel
  • Pensieve (Harry Potter)
  • killing Hitler as a baby
  • rain or shine
  • key parties
  • "Life is like a box of chocolates…" - Forrest Gump
  • Arnie Niekamp Presents … Mystery Cove (podcast)
  • Snapple
  • pain in the ass
  • Marvel No-Prize
  • Twin Peaks
  • Slate, Gabfest
  • indigo Girls
  • ball and chain
  • lower back pain
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • "November Rain" - Guns N' Roses

Behind the scenes

Chunt's Mom
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Arnie, Usidore, Eleanor, Chunt
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