"Velvet darkness. Silken light. The rough burlap of evening. The frayed cotton of daybreak. Welcome to Night Vale."Cecil is accidentally put up for auction, and tries to get to the auction house before someone else buys him. He fails.
Tropes present in The Auction include:
- And I Must Scream: Cecil's description of your consciousness surviving after death.
- Auction of Evil: The Night Vale Sheriff's Secret Police hold an auction of seized goods, including an original X-Men comic, a glowing coin, and one community radio host.
- Wham Line: This episode first presents itself as a breather after the previous one. Then Cecil reads the description of Lot 37.
"Today's proverb: Listen. I’m not a hero. The real heroes are the people that point out to us when protesters have smartphones, thus invalidating all concerns."