Season 3, Ep 68 - 1989: Group Project

Season 3, Ep 68 - 1989: Group Project
Hello from the Magic Tavern episode
Air date November 23, 2020
Episode no. S03E68
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Hosts Arnie, Chunt, Usidore
Guests Julie Andrews
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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"1989: Group Project" is the sixty-eighth episode of season three of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on November 23, 2020.


13-year old Arnie works on a school project with his classmate, Julie. Still trapped in 1989 Ohio, Usidore becomes a chemistry teacher.


In 1989, 13-year-old Arnie goes up to his friend and classmate, Julie Andrews, and asks her if he could record their interaction. Julie says its fine, but already sees he had been recording anyway. When Arnie does his intro, he introduces Julie to the show with Chunt, who is making snide commentary after Arnie asking for Julie’s phone number. However, it is still not a normal human thing to have a talking skunk following a person around, so Arnie plays Chunt off as toy that talks. Despite Arnie sharing some of his weirder interests, Julie doesn’t seem to mind. Chunt then makes it his goal to set the two teens up together.

Meanwhile Usidore the Wizard is known at Arnie’s school as Mr. Usidore, the new chemistry teacher from Akron. While he was “grading papers”, i.e. stealing chemicals from the room to create a portal to go home, he overhears young Arnie starting his show, so he intros "Hello from the Suburban Duplex". He is unsure how people are still hearing the podcast at this point since they're in the past.

Julie answers some of Arnie's interview questions and bonds over toys, weird dreams, and cults. However, midshow, Julie speaks into her own tape recorder and starts he own show, "Cult Watch". The group, still trying to pose as three normal…"things", tell Julie it's okay to have the two shows go on at once, especially that Usidore and Chunt do that to Adult Arnie back on Foon with Gettin' Nuts. Julie asks them if they are in a cult, assuming that what their relationship is. Usidore is in many and Arnie wants to be in Menudo. Julie is in a cult as well, Me-'n-U-Doh?

Chunt, still hoping to create some romance, is trying to push Arnie and Julie together. At this age, however, Arnie was hoping to make more friends. Julie makes it easier by offering sandwiches made by her mom, called "Handies". Arnie compliment her, saying that she smell like sandwiches, which he enjoys. Chunt and Usidore lead them into the chemistry room and want to help them with their group project, which is a diorama of something that they enjoy. Arnie talks about his interest in Ziggy comics and Alf, which he brought his mug from home and Julie brings up The Babysitters' Club and the Renaissance Festival. Usidore gets excited, knowing that their past of a few hundred years ago is like Foon. When Chunt hears this, he begs Arnie to take them to the Renaissance Festival.

Arnie realizes that Devin Lava, their other group project partner, isn't there to help them. So as Arnie leaves, Chunt and Usidore tell Julie the future, adult Arnie. When they hear Arnie's voice from the table, they assume 13-year-old Arnie has come back. But the twist is that it is 44-year-old Arnie talking, being a 22 ounce bitch as the ALF mug. Usidore shoos away Julie to comfront Arnie. His mind was transferred into the mug about 5 minutes before the other two arrived, laying low and waiting for someone to drink out of him. Arnie chastises the two for not being subtle and flaunting their powers. Usidore becomes irate, as he has thought of nothing about returning to his home in another world and not deviating or delaying the evitable in any way. He feels that the Renaissance Festival is the way to go.

When the two teens return, Chunt and Usidore keep adult Arnie, later nicknamed Farnie, a secret. However, Julie has already heard Farnie and his wish to be drunken from, so she gets young Arnie to stuff Handies in the ALF mug. Julie feels that she knows too much until Arnie tells her that she is only scratching the surface. She falls back into her cult interests, revealing she's part of 12 different cults and has a hole that she can pull out items from the future. The two settle on finishing the diorama without Chunt's and Usidore's help when the bell rings and Julie says it's picture day, using the photography company, Olan Mills.

Finally, Usidore accidently drinks out of Farnie.


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Earth References

  • Bash Brothers, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire
  • Teddy Ruxpin (1985 toy)
  • Cricket dolls (1986 toy)
  • Snuggle Bear (fabric detergent 1983)
  • Lucky, the Lucky Charms Mascot (1964 cereal)
  • McGruff the Crime Dog (introduced 1980)
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955 film)
  • Rickey Henderson (MLB debut 1979)
  • Bobby Bonilla (MLB debut 1986)
  • Cedar Park (opened 1870)
    • GateKeeper (opened 2013)
    • Gemini (opened 1978)
    • Maverick (opened 2007)
    • Wicked Twister (opened 2002)
  • Kings Island (opened 1972)
  • "Cult of Personality" by Living Color (released 1988)
  • Myers–Briggs Type Indicator
  • Menudo (active 1977-2009)
  • The Mickey Mouse Club (revived 1989)
    • Annette Funicello (1955–1959)
  • My Girl (1991 film)
  • Nickelodeon/Mattel's Gak (1992 toy)
  • Julie Andrews
    • Mary Poppins (1964 film)
    • Victor/Victoria (1982 film)
    • The Sound of Music (1965 film)
  • Saturday Night Live (premiered 1975)
    • Dan Aykroyd (1975–1979)
    • Chevy Chase (1975–1976)
    • Victoria Jackson (1986–1992)
    • Coneheads (SNL skit & 1993 film)
    • Jane Curtin (1975–1980)
  • E! network (1987)
  • Nick @ Nite (premiered 1985)
  • Mega Man (1987 game)
  • Brooke Burke (known more nationally in the 90s)
  • Harry Potter, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Severus Snape (1997)
  • Meijer
  • Subway, "Eat Fresh" (1965)
  • Candy Bars
    • Twizzlers (1929)
    • SweeTarts (1962)
    • Charleston Chew (1925)
    • ZERO bar (1920)
    • Heath bar (1914)
    • Andes Chocolate Mints (1950)
    • Necco Wafers (1847)
    • Chuckles (1921)
    • Snickers (1930)
    • AirHeads (1985)
    • Fruit Gushers (1991)
  • Toy Story (1995)
  • The Baby-Sitters Club (1986-2000 books)
  • Ziggy (1968 comic strip)
  • Bloom County (1980 comic strip)
  • ALF (1986-1990 TV series)
    • Gordon "ALF" Shumway
  • Dennis Eckersley (MLB debut 1975)
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1995 tv show)
  • Squeezit (mid 1980s drink)
  • Ecto Cooler/Hi-C (1984 drink)
  • "Get Busy" by Sean Paul (2003)
  • JK
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986 film)
  • “Tubular” (1980s surfer slang)
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986-1990 tv series)
  • Teddy Grahams (1988 snack)
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (1990 book)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 film), Richard O'Brien
  • Stephen King (active since 1967)
  • Pizza rolls (1951, rebranded Totino's Pizza Rolls 1993)
  • Pizza bagel (1974)
  • DiGiorno's (1991)
  • Tombstone (1993 film)
  • Hairapy (podcast)
  • Try This (podcast)
  • Dad Club (podcast)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997 film)
  • President Ronald Reagan
  • Olan Mills (1932)
  • General Mills (1866)


  • Arnie likes to sleep with brand mascots.
  • When Chunt has a wet dream he "disappears". Nothing more is clarified.
  • No matter what Chunt says, a group of badgers is called a cete. And a group of skunks is called a surfeit.1
  • Usidore replaced the old chemistry teacher at Arnie's School, who was mysteriously taken by a murder of crows and dropped into the river. This fate is shared with Tom, the manager at Meijer.
    • Originally he wanted to be the Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, but the principal gave him "potions".
  • We now know that it was Devin Lava who was Arnie's friend that fucked a couch. This was also alluded to last episode.

Behind the Scenes

  • Arnie makes an off comment about Chunk not trying Snickers, replying "someday". During an episode of Hey Riddle Riddle, Adal Rifai tells his cohosts Erin Keif (Momo) and John Patrick Coan a.k.a. JPC (Hornelius the Fintaur and Louis A. Shark) that during the beginning of Hello from the Magic Tavern, while they have been receiving packages, stated that he (Chunt) enjoys Snickers. Fans sent over many bars for him and he has been enjoying them less, to the point that he couldn't eat them as much anymore.
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