Season 3, Ep 18 – Grounds Keeper

Grounds Keeper
Hello from the Magic Tavern episode
Air date November 17, 2019
Episode no. S03E18
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Hosts Arnie, Chunt, Usidore
Guests Hornelius the Fintaur, Grounds Keeper at Jizzlenob
Producers Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, Adal Rifai
Post-production coordination Garrett Schultz
Earwolf producer Kimmie Lucas
Editor Anna Havermann
Logo Allard Laban
Theme music Andy Poland
Special assistance Ryan DiGiorgi
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"Grounds Keeper" is the eighteenth episode of season three of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on November 17, 2019.


The boys meet up with Can and get a tour from the magical groundskeeper.


Arnie, Chunt, and Usidore have finally arrived at Jizzlenob Preparatory Academy. While Arnie and Chunt are ready to go Back to School, Usidore informs them he an ulterior motive for agreeing to this destination: he has reason to believe a minion of the Dark Lord is here, one who may have with them a page from the Book of Sight.

They are first greeted by Can the Yellow, who welcomes them and agrees to help them in their quest by giving them positions at the school as a cover story. He then departs the campus, believing being absent for much of the year forces the students to fend for themselves.

The trio are then approached by Hornelius the Fintaur who identifies himself as the grounds keeper. There is some confusion as to Hornelius' species, and the beginning of the tour includes many misunderstanding and false starts. Eventually Hornelius shows Arnie, Chunt, and Usidore the lake and the Kandy Kane forest, so named because it is home to the fugitive murderer Andy Kane.

Eventually the tour moves into the castle. Through the power of magic the castle foyer itself includes another set of grounds, including another lake and forest. Hornelius admits the interior is maintained by another staff member, Frank Castle Keeper, who outranks him in both prestige and skill. He later admits he is himself Frank, and has been posing as a keeper of the outdoors, unmaintained grounds so that the trio are set up to be more impressed by the interior grounds. The trio bid him goodbye and enter the castle, where they meet another individual claiming to be Frank Castle Keeper. The "real" Frank suggest Hornelius may be Andy Kane the murder, though that explanation is not necessarily true since they spotted Andy, or someone, snatching children during the tour with Hornelius.

Space bunker

In the bunker, Tricia has arrived and questions Lincoln on the new Earth-bound set up. Lincoln reveals the government began studying the podcast in earnest after the events of the season two finale threatened Earth. They plan now to collect as much data as possible on Foon before attempting to rescue Arnie.

New characters

  • The Baffler, a villain who left riddles around
  • Kandy Kane / Andy Kane
  • Frank Castle Keeper

Additional appearances

Earth references

  • Criss Angel Mindfreak
  • Harry Potter series - Apparition
  • Back to School, The Triple Lindy
  • Fortnite
  • TikTok
  • X-Men movies
  • "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Princess Diana / "Candle in the Wind"
  • snake nut can
  • Candye Kane
  • Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend podcast
  • The Punisher, aka Frank Castle, Marvel's The Punisher on Netflix, Foggy Nelson
  • Drumline, Nick Cannon
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
  • Andy Capp


When Arnie, Chunt, and Usidore enountered Jyn'Leeviyah the Red at the Velsmeeri Army camp, she mentioned that recruitment of Can and Blorth the Brown to their Wizards Guild was still ongoing. Can confirms here it was successful.

Behind the scenes

Grounds Keeper
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Chunt, Hornelius the Fintaur, Arnie, Usidore
  • The scene where Chunt could not identify what creature Hornelius the Fintaur ends up being repeated in a skit on Hey Riddle Riddle #76, as Adal Rifai and John Patrick Coan are 2/3 of the hosts of the show.
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