The end of the street-cleaners episode. Everybody that has survived, and even the City Council members, hold hands together in still silence and out of a sense of camaraderie. Cecil implies that everybody is exhausted from the ordeal but grateful to be alive.
"Some of us are not here. We leave space for them. Space, that has been emptied by time."
Cecil mentions in particular the reuniting of two Night Vale citizens named Wilson and Amber. Wilson, in the heat of the moment, proposes to Amber, who he'd apparently only met once or twice. Amber declines his marriage proposal, but offers to get dinner with him instead. Wilson agrees and tries to laugh it off, saying it was nothing, and Amber insists she thought nothing of it, but Cecil insists that both of them took it very seriously. It's an incredibly sweet moment. (Perhaps it's a coincidence, but the names Amber and Wilson are more meaningful if you're a fan of House.)
"One Year Later", the anniversary episode. Especially the final scene, where Cecil and Carlos quietly sit together watching the lights in the sky.
"What danger are we in? What mystery needs to be explored?"
"Nothing. ...I just wanted to see you."
After 16 episodes of sounding like something of a Stalker with a Crush about Carlos, Cecil proves that he really is a good guy by quietly accepting that 'sometimes people just don't call, and that's okay' and that he isn't going to pressure Carlos into anything. Of course, it just makes it even more adorable when Carlos does actually call him.
In Episode 27, after over a year of build up, the listeners are almost led to believe that Carlos and Cecil's date is off to an awkward end, until Carlos leans in and kisses him.
Cecil almost drives his car into a cloud of shadow energy on the way home, he's so delighted.
Cecil's closing narration in Episode 12:
Sleep heavily and know that I am here with you now. The past is gone, and cannot harm you anymore. And while the future is fast coming for you, it always flinches first, and settles in as the gentle present. This now, this us, we can cope with that. We can do this together, you and I, drowsily, but comfortably.
The desert seems vast, even endless. And yet, scientists tell us that somewhere, even now, there is snow.
The oddly bittersweet traffic in "The Man in the Tan Jacket":
There is a car. It's not in Night Vale, or even in the desert which cradles our little town. It's out somewhere, beyond that. There are many cars there, but I'm speaking only about one- blue, squarish, with tires and windows and an engine that works most of the time. A woman is driving it, and she is also glancing whenever she can at the child in the passenger seat. He is a child, but he is 15. You understand. She is glancing at him, but she is not saying anything, and he is not saying anything either. She wants to cry or she wants to push him out of the car. Or, she wants to go back in time and insist on using a condom. Only she would never do that. She wouldn't change any of this, really. Not for all the money, piles of money, some of it defunct money from defunct and absent governments. She wouldn't give any of this back. So she drives her car, blue, squarish, with tires and windows and an engine that works most of the time. And she glances at the 15-year old child, and neither of them speaks.
It's very understated, but Cecil calling Carlos "caring and reliable" in Episode 29.
Apparently Cecil and Carlos have reached the point in their relationship where Cecil is noticing Carlos' flaws (but still calls him lovely and refers to him as his Carlos), they're kind of snarky to each other, and text regularly.
Cecil's concern for Dana. He's deeply worried about her and asks Night Vale to pray for her.
Likewise, Cecil's comments about being glad for his little community and all the people who listen to him share news about his neat town, which is a meta "thank you" from the show's producers to the audience.
Carlos spent Episode 31 making Cecil dinner. Was it at his place? Cecil's? Are they sharing a place now? Regardless we have reached domesticity critical mass.
The live show performed during the latter half of 2013. Let's... discuss... this. Let's start here.
Perfection is not real. Perfection is not human. Carlos is not perfect- no, even better- he is imperfect. Everything about him, and us, and all of this is imperfect. And those imperfections in our reality are the seams and cracks into which our outsized love can seep and pool.
And he said to me, “I just thought that maybe it was…it was time for us, maybe, to make a home. Together.” And I said “Yes! Please! That would be, well, that would be neat! But somewhere else, OK? A duplex, an apartment…I don’t think a condo." "No," he said, "Not a condo." And then he said, “'Listen—' Mmmmmmm…… he thinks I shouldn’t tell you everything. That…I should leave a little something there that belongs just to us.”
Carlos' one month anniversary gift to Cecil in Episode 32: a watch that is the only true timepiece in Night Vale. And later in the episode, Cecil telling Old Woman Josie "I have a new boyfriend" in what sounds like a tone of wonder.
In an odd way, the relationship between Megan (a severed yet sentient adult man's hand) and the computer in Episode 34, A Beautiful Dream, even if the computer is a bit of an extremist in accomplishing his goals.
Computer: There will not be war anymore, Megan. There will not be hatred or bigotry. Desert Bluffs will no longer exist. There will be fewer ice cream flavors, but they will be better. The air will be clean. I promise you, Megan, I will make the world just as you saw in your beautiful dream. No more teasing or pain. I will fix everything for you, my only friend.
After the computer is shut down, Cecil implores for it to be turned back on because he didn't want Megan- who had been an outcast all her life due to being a hand- to be so lonely anymore. Also, he calls out the Glow Cloud on not allowing wheelchair ramps, albeit indirectly.
Even better: this is the first time we see Cecil really challenge the status quo. (It's said that our flaws are almost always an overextension of our strengths, and Cecil's civic-mindedness sometimes crosses the line into conformism.) The same man who dismissed the idea of metal detectors in schools because they'd never been there before... now stands up for Megan's right to participate in her community, even if it means that Night Vale will need to adjust. It would be significant enough if Cecil had simply begun to question received wisdom—something he hasn't shown much inclination to do until now—but, best of all, when he starts to look at what he's told and compare it to what's important to him, he begins with kindness and empathy. We've seen him grow as a person before, but this is the first time he seems to be aware of it.
When asked for what she wanted, Megan simply answered "For everything to get better."
Episode 33 gave us a clue as to what Cecil was like when he was 15. The answer is achingly adorable.
At the end of the episode, Cecil gives a message to teenagers:
We all do foolish things when we are teenagers. We all have foolish false events that happen to us, foolish gaps in our memories. Not everything that has happened, has ever really happened. Listeners, especially our younger listeners, consider this:
When we talk about teenagers, we adults often talk with an air of scorn, of expectation for disappointment. And this can make people who are presently teenagers feel very defensive. But what everyone should understand is that none of us are talking to the teenagers that exist now, but talking back to the teenager we ourselves once were – all stupid mistakes and lack of fear, and bodies that hadn’t yet begun to slump into a lasting nothing. Any teenager who exists now is incidental to the potent mix of nostalgia and shame with which we speak to our younger selves. May we all remember what it was like to be so young. May we remember it factually, and not remember anything that is false, or incorrect. May we all be human – beautiful, stupid, temporal, endless. And as the sun sets, I place my hand upon my heart, feel that it is still beating, and remind myself: Past performance is not a predictor of future results. Stay tuned now for whatever happens next in your life. Goodnight, Night Vale. Goodnight.
Episode 35, "Lazy Day", had the whole of Night Vale becoming more and more steeped in malaise, up to the point of gravity having a bit of a break... except Carlos, who took the day to mow the lawn while whistling (the lawn whistled back), sort his closet, and use the floating brought on by the lessened gravity to clean his gutters. By the end of the episode, when everything's back to normal-for-Night-Vale, and everyone's back to being perky, Carlos has, for his part, had a long day, and opts to take a nap. Cecil promptly ends the show to hurry home and join him. "Maybe my lazy day isn't quite done after all..."
Episode 38, "Orange Grove" has Cecil thinking of a goodbye text to Carlos apologizing for him being late for a planned dinner and telling him that he loves him as an impostor John Peters (you know, the farmer?) tries to force-feed Cecil an orange that causes spontaneous non-existence. Overlaps with crowning moment of awesome, as Cecil realizes that the text would be too long, and smashes John Peters (You know, the impostor?) face with it.
Episode 40, "The Deft Bowman" Megan returns and finally gets a body
The entire ending of "Condos," where Cecil rescues Carlos from within the Condo, and realizes that Carlos isn't perfect. In fact, Cecil realizes that imperfection is what makes this world worth living in, giving him the strength to carry Carlos out of the Condo. And to top this all off, Carlos asks Cecil to live with him, and he accepts!
Even earlier in Condos, when Carlos calls Cecil for the first time. Cecil is surprised to hear that Carlos listens to his show, to which Carlos affectionately replies, "Every time you're on!"
"And, Fey... you are so, so beautiful."
Really, all of the encouragement Cecil shows Fey. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
"Vistor" is full of Cecil adorably gushing over animals. Special mention goes to him calling Khoshekh things like his "baby boy".
"Cookies" reveals that Cecil bought Girl Scout cookies from his niece Janice. A lot of them. To the point that there's barely any room in the studio.
Bad news: Khoshek came out of what happened last episode damaged, but not so badly damaged. Good news: part of what was damaged was whatever kept Kohshek suspended in one spot four feet above the ground, so Cecil got to take him home to recover.
An odd extra bit of heartwarming here is that Cecil explains that Carlos is allergic to cats, but just assures listeners that with a bit of medicine Carlos'll be fine. In other words, Cecil is putting Carlos second behind Khoshek, something that perhaps has never been seen before.
Dana meeting her future self and being so proud of herself for growing up to be an amazing, well-respected woman. When she's forced to leave, Dana becomes sad because she thinks she won't be important for many years, but Cecil tells her that she has always been important.