Season 3, Ep 66 - 1989

Season 3, Ep 66 - 1989
Hello from the Magic Tavern episode
Air date November 9, 2020
Episode no. S03E66
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Hosts Arnie, Chunt, Usidore
Guests none this week
Producers Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, Adal Rifai
Post-production coordination Garrett Schultz
Earwolf producer Kimmie Lucas
Editor Tim Joyce
Logo Allard Laban
Theme music Andy Poland
Special assistance Ryan DiGiorgi
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"1989" is the sixty-sixth episode of season three of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on November 9, 2020.


Cassette tapes were found of a 13 year old Arnie Niekamp pretending to host a talk show in his bedroom. Some claim these include evidence of paranormal activity.


Given the previous episode's events, the Mysterious Man can't seem to connect to Foon. Luckily, he still has the tape labeled "The Arnie Niekamp Show" that, for some reason, the government facility kept in storage.

In 1989 events, a young Arnie Niekamp is recording a late night show in his bedroom on his tape recorder. His "guests" include imaginary celebrities he reads on the TV guide. During one of his intros, a mysterious sound comes from the side of his bedroom revealing two beings, Usidore and Chunt. Usidore freeze the young Arnie, later nicknamed Schmarnie, to strategies how to meet up with the elder Arnie. They recap what they know; Arnie was transported back to 1989 while looking at the painting, and while his mind was supposed to transport back to learn when the painting was created, Schmarnie doesn't seem to retain that knowledge. There's also the small bit about Arnie being Can the Wizard.

When Usidore unfreezes Schmarnie, Schmarnie takes the two new beings existence quite well. Yet Usidore felt it necessary to take a form that might be more comforting to him, Willy Tanner, the father in Alf. Schmarnie also sees Chunt as a "cool skunk", giving him the nickname "Chunk". The wizard and Chunk try to learn from Schmarnie. He is a pretty innocent 13 year old who is interested movies and books, and not alcohol, cigarettes, or swearing. They try to tell him about his future and try to lead them to Arnie, but the fact that they are technically from the future, but part of a medieval fantasy world doesn't translate well. It does not help that he is also 13 and doesn't have means of travel like cars or horses.

Instead, Schmarnie asks to interview them. In his imaginary show, Schmarnie struggles to ask good interview questions. Usidore suggests that to ask questions geared towards the guest, like sex questions. Schmarnie starts to get hormonal and hides his erection behind a book. Chunt finds more of Schmarnie's books and toys. While Usidore looks in the the TV guide for answers on where Arnie could be, Chunt continues to try to tell Schmarnie about his future, to no avail. Eventually, Schmarnie leads them to the kitchen for mayonnaise sandwiches when Usidore shows off his awesome powers as a wizard. Schmarnie refuses to stab Usidore in the eye when he says he can heal, so Chunt does it instead, with blood splattering everywhere. As Schmarnie panics about the state of his house and his parents pulling up in the driveway, Chunt suggest, since he is a badger, to roll around in the blood, pretend to be dead, and Schmarnie pretend to kill the rabid animal, which works and should've traumatized him.

The group returns to do more interviews, but as much as Schmarnie admires his own creativity by "imagining Chunt and Usidore and their complicated backstory", his ideas are mostly mundane. Chunt tries to give Schmarnie and exercise in creative writing, which Chunt and Usidore surmises is what leads Arnie to pursue a Masters in Creative Writing. Yet, it may be the path to lead Arnie to them in the future. Usidore reminds Schmarnie that his powers are limitless on Earth, that he could do whatever he wants. To demonstrate, the three fly in the night sky and change the neighborhood into candy and back again. As they slowly open up the possibilities for him, Schmarnie is still reluctant to go out of his comfort zone. Chunt turns into a bear to ease him and tell him a story, but the story turns smutty really fast, forcing Schmarnie to let go out of his embarrassment. They catch him and Usidore and Chunt reassures him that they are just excited to get to know him and be with him, proclaiming "Earth Night" as they get yelled at by the neighbor.


There are no new emails this week.

New characters


  • Arnie's Dad
  • Arnie's Mom

Returning characters


Earth References1

  • Ally McBeal
  • Earwolf
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • TV Guide
  • Booker (1989-1990 tv series), Richard Grieco
  • Anything but Love (1989-1992 tv series), Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Billy Joel
  • Who's the Boss? (1984-1998 tv series), Judith Light
  • 227 (1985-1990 tv series), Jackée Harry
  • Back to the Future (1985 film), Back to the Future Part II (1989 film), Back to the Future Part III (1990 film), Jigawatt
  • Joe Camel
  • ALF (1986-1990 TV series)
  • The Fly II (1989 film)
  • The 'Burbs (1989 film), Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman
  • birbs
  • Cocoon: The Return (1988 film), Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Brian Dennehy
  • F/X (1986 film)
  • Three Men and a Baby (1987 film)
  • Jackbox Games
  • 12 CDs for 1¢ music club offers
  • slap bracelets (late 1980s)
  • The Far Side (1979-1995 comics)
  • Garfield (1979- )
  • Garfield Without Garfield
  • Calvin and Hobbes (1985-1995 comics)
  • Hobbs and Shaw
  • Boys' Life (1911)
  • Highlights Magazine (1946- )
  • Boy Scouts, Webelos
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1984 franchise)
  • Transformers (1984 franchise)
  • Falcon Crest (1981-1990 tv series)
  • Empty Nest (1988-1995 tv series), Richard Mulligan
  • Wings (1990-1997 tv series), Crystal Bernard
  • Out of This World (1987-1991)
  • A Different World (1987-1993 tv series)
  • Sears Catalog
  • Teddy Ruxpin (1985 toy)
  • Video Outpost
  • Book Nook
  • Garbage Pail Kids (1985 toy)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids (1978 toy)
  • Mead Composition Book
  • Squarespace
  • Late Night with David Letterman (1982-1993 talk show)
  • Kathy Ireland
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Necessary Roughness (1991 film)
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Lunchables (1989 nationally)
  • Fruitopia (1994)
  • Basic AF
  • Smash Mouth
  • Mannequin (1987 film)
  • Today's Special (1981-1987 children's tv series)
  • Hot to Trot (1988 Film), Bobcat Goldthwait


  • Both Arnie's parents were presumed at the school for the beginning of the episode, coinciding with Arnie's dad being a basketball coach and Arnie's Mom being a Math teacher.
  • The ongoing joke is that Schmarnie looks old for his age, as he is constantly being confused to be an adult.
  • Unlike his adult counterpart, Schmarnie has no trouble explaining Earth Stuff.
  • This is Chunt's first time on Earth as Usidore was trapped on Earth for a week during Season 2, Episode 87.
  • Chunt tells Schmarnie to invest in Smash Mouth, which is Sarah's favorite band.
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