Season 3, Ep 38 - Distant

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Air date April 27, 2020
Episode no. S03E38
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Hosts Arnie, Chunt, Usidore
Guests none
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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"Distant" is the thirty-eighth episode of season three of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on April 27, 2020.


Arnie, Usidore and Chunt try to figure out how to communicate with each other while trapped in different locations.


The podcast opens with the Mysterious Man complaining about Tricia being on Earth and being part of her own Improv troop instead of being in one of the numerous space bunkers. All of a sudden, all the alarms start to go off. He plays a new intro, broken and wonky from the original.

Arnie starts to talk to Chunt through a magical jewel that Usidore called a Rune as they explain their situation. An earthquake, or a eaarthqueak as it is referred to later episodes, shakes up all of Foon, separating all the beings, as far as they know, into pockets areas where they find that they cannot escape. Arnie is at a schoolhouse teaching sheep with bat wings (Beeps or Shats) math, Chunt is at the bottom of a body of water and currently a seahorse, and Usidore is at a hot spring in the Jungle.

The group realize they would have to work remotely using the Runes. To understand their situation more, Usidore goes into the Wizard State, which Arnie and Chunt realized that Usidore can still hear them through this state. They settle on the name "The Shattering" for the event. Even though Usidore doesn't have a solution for their predicament, he encourages Arnie and Chunt that they will get through this.

As the podcast ends, the Mysterious Man plays to infiltrate the improv group to sabotage it and Arnie gets yelled at by one of the parents of the kids.


  • Nicole Rose, a hospital worker from Palm Desert, CA, thanks the crew for the podcast during these "times". Although they don't know what she's talking about, they appreciate her response and encourages personal connections.
  • An email asks how Arnie is paying his phone and internet bills. Arnie realized his not entirely sure, but everything is on Autopay. His phone is also roaming and Chunt tries to shut it off, but accidently buys a movie.

New characters

  • Gramblor, a parent of the sheep-bat and the old man who is trapped with Arnie in the schoolhouse.

Returning characters

Earth References

  • Schoolhouse Rocks
  • "All I Wanna Do" - Sheryl Crow
  • "You Were Meant for Me" - Jewel
  • early adopters
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • virtual teleconferencing backgrounds
  • home schooling
  • In Character Troupes i.e. fish out of water etc.
  • Zoom videotelephony software
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • "Boots and Cats" (beatboxing)
  • Happy Days
  • "i before e…"
  • Mothman
  • US Holidays - Labor Day
  • Animal Crossing - Bunny Day, Aries fragment, in game fishing mechanics
  • DJ Qualls
  • Alfred Pennyworth - Batman
  • It - Pennywise
  • running shit
  • McDonalds - Big Mac
  • "Bad Girls" - Donna Summer
  • "We can. We will. We must!" - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Love Languages
  • Amazon Prime - Fleabag, Bosch, The Boys, The Man in the High Castle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Rick and Morty, Pickle Rick
  • digeridoo
  • "Under the Sea" - The Little Mermaid
  • sketch comedy shows: Human Giant, The State
  • cellular roaming charges
  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
  • TikTok


  • Usidore finally notices the tree growing in his cloak that Aprel Füls slipped in there way back on episode Season 2, Ep 21 — "Gnome"
  • Usidore ranks his friends and constantly edits the list. People on the list include Aprel Fuls, "the boy", Otok Barleyfoot, Can the Wizard, Arnie, and Chunt.
  • Chunt comes up with a portmanteau for the three hosts: "Charnidor"
  • In the next episode, it is revealed that Chunt can no longer shapeshift at will, nor shapeshift during intercourse. His form is dependent on the environment.

Behind the scenes

  • This is the first episode recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic with all three hosts self-isolating and recording from separate locations.
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