Caleb Rentpayer

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"I sure did."

Caleb Rentpayer is a TV show of which Strong Bad is a fan. It was first overheard in the Strong Bad Email secret recipes, as it was being watched by The King of Town, but had a more prominent role in Bug In Mouth Disease. Even more information was revealed in the toon's audio commentary.

The show features the trials and tribulations of Caleb, a renegade who somehow acquires a lot of money, and his butler, Tuxworth. Caleb is normally very disrespectful of Tuxworth, while Tuxworth is often skeptical of Caleb's schemes.

In a whodunit cliffhanger for which Strong Bad duct taped his head to the TV, it was revealed that Homestar Runner had shot Caleb, a parody of the famous Dallas episode "Who Shot J.R.?". It is uncertain whether Caleb survived, although Tuxworth made a later appearance in winter pool. In the DVD commentary, it is confirmed by Strong Bad that Caleb did appear in that episode, but it is unknown when this episode debuted.

The show is likely a parody of soap operas, which often have befuddled dialogues and dramatic musical scores to go along with them.



Clips of the show can often be heard whenever a character watches it.

Transcript Source
TUXWORTH: You can't marry your guitar, Caleb!
CALEB: I can try!
secret recipes
TUXWORTH: Caleb, that hamburger was mine!
CALEB: It's mine now!
TUXWORTH: Caleb, were you making a little tent out of my jacket?
CALEB: I am now!
Bug In Mouth Disease
CALEB: You throw like a girl, Tuxworth.
TUXWORTH: Caleb, that suitcase was heavy!
TUXWORTH: Why aren't you breathing, Caleb?
ANNOUNCER: And coming up next on Caleb Rentpayer, find out who shot Caleb.
TUXWORTH: Homestar Runner... did you shoot Caleb?
HOMESTAR RUNNER: {wearing his sunglasses from the bet} I sure did.
TUXWORTH: You can't grow a ZZ Top beard! winter pool


Sheet music for the love theme
Sheet music for the funeral dirge

Caleb Rentpayer Love Theme

The love theme was featured several times, debuting in secret recipes. It acts as the overall theme. Its sheet music appeared on day 4 of the Decemberweenvent Calendar.

Caleb Rentpayer Funeral Dirge

The funeral dirge is a minor key version of the love theme. Its sheet music appeared on day 4 of the Decemberweenvent Calendar after a page flip, following Strong Sad's complaint about a lack of music in a minor key. He appreciates the song for its doom and gloom.


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