Season 3, Ep 67 - 1989: Walking Around Meijer (w/ Paul Brittain)

Season 3, Ep 67 - 1989: Walking Around Meijer (w/ Paul Brittain)
Hello from the Magic Tavern episode
Air date November 16, 2020
Episode no. S03E67
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Hosts Arnie, Chunt, Usidore
Guests Lance Jacobs
Producers Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, Adal Rifai
Post-production coordination Garrett Schultz
Earwolf producer Kimmie Lucas
Editor Garrett Schultz
Logo Allard Laban
Theme music Andy Poland
Special assistance Ryan DiGiorgi
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"1989: Walking Around Meijer" is the sixty-seventh episode of season three of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on November 16, 2020.


Usidore and Chunt are still stuck in 1989 Ohio with a 13-year old Arnie. They participate in the local tradition of walking around a Meijer Superstore and meet a teenager working there until his band takes off.


In 1989, Chunk, i.e. Chunt, the talking skunk that likes to take a smooth drag, and Usidore the Wizard explore the Meijer store in Lima, Ohio with a young Arnie NieKamp as Arnie does a remote edition of "The Arnie Niekamp Show" with his new co-hosts. Despite being on Earth, for a week, the two Foonians are still acclimating to their new surrounding. Over the past week, they have watched several VHSs, mostly sequels, and have become steady friends. However, walking around as an old man, a 13 year old with a tape recorder that somehow simultaneously look like a 31 year old and a tween, and a skunk, does cause some wearying looks from onlooking shoppers.

The trio catches the eye of Lance, an acting assistance manager at Meijer. He checks up on them, making sure that they're not causing any trouble or a spy from a competitive store. Arnie sees this as an opportunity to practice his interviewing skills, so he asks Lance if they could interview him. However, Lance is still working. He invites them to follow him to the back of the store so he can talk during his break. As they approach the back of the store, Usidore exposes some of his magic while summoning a book for Arnie to cover himself while going through the lingerie section. Lance sees this and inquires about it. Both Usidore and Chunt admits that they are from another world with magical powers unseen by humans on Earth. To prove it, Usidore changes the the words on Lance's shirt and made a new types of pretzels and panties. Chunt transforms into the mascot for Dunkaroos and a Doberman named Keith.

The gang gets to know a little more about Lance, too. He is in a a band called Satan's Nutsack, a doom metal band. Arnie suggest to Usidore that they could use his magic to make not only fulfill Arnie's creative endeavors, but also make Lance's life better. What Lance really needs is more notoriety, the ability to get more gigs and better equipment to be a better drummer. Yet many of Usidore magical attempts either threatened the life of Lance's competition or alter Lance's physical form. Usidore also made Phil Collins exist in this timeline and plants the idea of Hulapalooza into the minds of influential musicians. Somehow, Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction mentally replied to Usidore, but would want to change the name1.

During his break, Lance tells the gang that he and his Satan's Nutsack bandmates are making a concept album. The idea is they are all sperm inside Satan trying to escape. However, they struggle with the ending. Speaking of sperm, Arnie asks questions about Satan's puberty, if "wet dreams" are normal, and if sperm could rip out of a nutsack. Lance gets inspired by this idea and wants to use it for the closing song. However, nothing is perfect with the band scene. He struggles to get his ideas across and contribute, especially over the frontman, Jake Lava.

No matter what magical attempts they do for Lance, none of it seems to make him happy, albeit none of them directly involved him be a better drummer or getting his band name out there. Arnie admits that he's a terrible interviewer, but the rest of them encourage him to continue, saying that it all takes practice. To pay back Lance for all his help in the show and advice, Arnie gives Lance his $7 and they run away before they could correct their magical mischief.


There are no new emails this week.

New characters

  • Tom, the Meijer store Manager
  • Jake Lava, Lead singer of Satan's Nutsack
  • Devin Lava, Jake's little brother and a school mate of Arnie

Earth References

  • Sex and the City
  • Washington Post
  • Nixon Administration
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Meyer Worker
  • "O - H" "I - O!"
  • Caddyshack II (1988 film)
  • Poltergeist III (1988 film)
  • Iron Eagle II (1988 film)
  • Phantasm II (1988 film)
  • Scratch-offs
  • The Last Unicorn (1982 film)
  • Ice Cream Man (1995 film), Clint Howard2
  • Wizards (1977 film)
  • L.A. Law (1986 - 1994 TV series)
  • Big (1998 film)
  • Big Business (1988 film), Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin
  • The Tonight Show [with Johnny Carson] (1962–1992 show)
  • Late Night with David Letterman (1982-1993 show)
  • Later [with Bob Costas] (1988-2001 show)
  • Donahue (1970-1996 show)
  • Misfits (active 1977–1983, 1995–present)
  • Jem and the Holograms (1985 to 1988 tv series)
  • Costco (opened 1983)
  • spoon bending
  • Dunkaroos (1990)
  • Remote Control (1987-1990 game show), Ken Ober, Colin Quinn, Kari Wuhrer
  • Keith Olbermann, ESPN's SportsCenter host (1992-1997)
  • Tipper Gore, co-founder of Parents Music Resource Center (1985)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (1974 franchise)
  • Ouija (circa 1890)
  • Kurt Russell, Big Trouble in Little China (1986 film)
  • David Leisure, Empty Nest (1988-1995 tv series)
  • Woodstock '89 (said as Woodstock '98, August 1989)
  • Chicago Cubs winning the World Series (2016)
  • Back to the Future Part II (1988)
  • AMC Theatres (founded 1920s)
  • Lollapalooza (Founded 1991)
  • Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel
  • Heather Locklear
  • Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat, "Opposites Attract" (1989)
  • Grease 2 (1982 film), Adrian Zmed, "Reproduction"
  • Joe Piscopo
  • Don Henley
  • "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins (January 1981)
  • "The Wall" studio album Pink Floyd (November 1979)
  • Greatest Hits (Glen Campbell album, 2009) (songs popularized 1970s)
  • "Chocolate and Cheese" studio album by Ween (1994)
  • The Church Lady (SNL, Dana Carvey)
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Gwar (active since 1984)
  • Irreconcilable Differences (1984 film), Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct (1992 film)
  • Dennis Miller, SNL Weekend Update (1985-1991)
  • Shaquille O'Neal, LSU (1989-1992)
  • Mr. Big (active since 1988)
  • Lou Ferrigno
  • Lance Armstrong, Live Strong
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Bill Bixby
  • Fiorentino's or Fortinos or Fornos3
  • Travis Barker
  • Dave Grohl
  • Wizards! Pinball
  • "Blame It on the Rain" by Milli Vanilli (1989)
  • "Excuse me, how do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice, practice, practice."


  • Since last episode, Chunt develops a smoking habit.
  • Despite being in a non-magical world, they were able to summon a ghost that still follows them.
  • Given that Back to the Future Part II will come out a week after this episode, the dates correspond with the air date, but in a different year (Usidore and Chunt are recording with Arnie on November 16th, 1989)
  • While on Earth, Chunt and Usidore is staying at Arnie's house on the couch. His parents trust them enough for them to hang out in town until 7.
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