The riddle says: “He walks on four legs in the morning. He walks on two legs at midday. And at night, he slithers from dream to dream effortlessly, like the air we breathe. And we love him.” Welcome to Night Vale.
— Cecil

"The Deft Bowman" is the 40th episode of Welcome to Night Vale. It was released on 1 February 2014.

Synopsis Edit

The Telephone Service finally fixes the only telephone booth in town, and a submarine arrives from faraway Nulogorsk. Plus, a new campaign from the Tourism Board, we meet our station's newest program director, and strange texts from a mountaintop, if you can believe that.

Plot Developments Edit

A submarine has arrived from the sister city of Night Vale: Nulogorsk. It's a completely Russian community that they used to write to, but we stopped in 1983 when they suddenly decided to stop changing the date. It is forever 1983 there. The arrival of the submarine is a little unanticipated, seeing as how there is no water in Night Vale, but it arrived, more like appeared out of thin air, in the sand wastes. When they investigated it, the girl that went inside the submarine screamed very very loudly, and when she exited, she was a different person. She is in the hospital in a serious state of ANCIENTNESS. She'll be fine. They investigated further and found a bald-headed man with a tattoo and an arm that ended in a stump at his wrist.

Megan, the detached adult male hand, has found a home with a Russian man that was aboard the submarine from Nulogorsk. There was a note saying that he was a gift from the sister city, and that they may use him as they like, so they surgically attached Megan to the stump where his hand used to be. She can control his whole being now, and will learn how to do...well, everything. It's a happy sight for residents here.

Subplots Edit

Lauren, one of Cecil's new managers, expresses frustration at Carlos's investigation into StrexCorp's trans-dimensional oranges.

Proverb Edit

You can’t get blood from a turnip. Listen, you need some blood? I can totally get you some blood. Set that turnip down and follow me to the blood. There’s a lot of blood.
— Proverb

Notes Edit

  • The voice of Lauren Mallard was Lauren Sharpe.

Trivia Edit

  • The episode title is a reference to the Able Archer incident of 1983, where a NATO simulation of DEFCON 1 was mistaken by the USSR for genuine preparations for a nuclear strike.
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