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- "I’m proud to be the first Scout troop to achieve this rank. I’m also terrified to be the first Scout troop to achieve this rank. The two emotions are mixing inside my body and it’s confusing. It’s confusing."
Earl and Cecil graduated from Night Vale High School in the same year, though neither can remember what year that was.
Earl claimed he was nineteen years old for a long time, until suddenly, he was a middle-aged adult with a job and family, and no memory how he got to that point.
Harlan was one of the leaders of the Night Vale Boy Scouts until the events of Eternal Scouts. He is one of the victims of the mute children, who drag him away among dozens of others.
Somehow, he survived the mute children, and as of Capital Campaign, he is the sous chef at Tourniquet.
He will sometimes appear on Night Vale Community Radio in the recurring segment "Cooking Stuff with Earl Harlan," where he will share recipes with Cecil and the listeners.
Harlan was somber and self aware of his feelings, and conflicted between his terror and pride at the upcoming Eternal Scout ceremonies.
He has also struggled with becoming an adult and having a family, mostly due to the fact that he was literally nineteen years old for a long time and from there, suddenly became a middle-aged man.
- Earl Harlan was Cecil Palmer's childhood best friend. They were in the scouts together and Earl taught Cecil a way to hook his phone up to the radio station while earning their 'Subversive Radio Show Host' badges. When Earl is taken by the scout children, Cecil says that he thinks often about the last moments he spent with him and the things that were said.
- In the episode "Homecoming" in a segment in which he came as a guest to the show, Earl presses Cecil for information when Cecil brings up a memory of their graduation party together. Earl somberly tells Cecil he thinks they "have something".