Recap / Welcome to Night Vale - Ep 14 - The Man in the Tan Jacket

"Look to the obelisk. We don't know where it came from, but it's attracting a lot of cats. Welcome to Night Vale."

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Traffic: A woman is in a blue car with tires and windows and an engine that works most of the time. This car is not in Night Vale, nor in the desert surrounding it. She stares at a 15-year-old child in the passenger seat. Neither of them speak. She wants to cry, or throw him out of the car, or prevent him from ever being born, but decides she wouldn't give him up for all the money in the world.

Also, a Man in a Tan Jacket with a deerskin suitcase full of flies has been spotted around town, and we are given updates about the underground city in the bowling alley.

Tropes present in The Man In The Tan Jacket include:

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite his nonchalant attitude to most of the strange things that happen constantly in Night Vale, Cecil is somewhat skeptical when someone calls him claiming to be an angel.
  • Big Brother Is Watching You: In Night Vale, saying "Hey, police!" out loud is considered just as good as calling 911, since the police are monitoring everyone almost 24/7 anyway.
  • Continuity Nod: City Council's ban on writing utensils is mentioned again.
  • Forgettable Character: Anyone who interacts with The Man in the Tan Jacket will quickly forget what he looks like, and in some cases forget they ever even met him.

"Today's proverb: Biologically speaking, we are all people made up of smaller people."