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"Whoa-ho, Marzipan! You look like a fox's mother!"

Homestar and Strong Bad attempt to ruin Marzipan and The Cheat's date.

Cast (in order of appearance): Marzipan, Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Bubs, Coach Z, Strong Sad (Easter egg)

Places: Marzipan's House, Strong Bad's Basement, Marshmallow's L'est Stand, The Stone Bridge, USS Flirtini, Bubs' Concession Stand, Strong Sad's Room (Easter egg)

Date: April 24, 2007

Running Time: 4:17

Page Title: Meet me on down at the Chez Perez!



{Scene in Marzipan's house, where Marzipan is applying mascara while looking in a hall mirror. She is already wearing lipstick. A drum beat is heard. After a few seconds, Homestar enters from the right and the drum beat fades out.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Whoa-ho, Marzipan! You look like a fox's mother!

MARZIPAN: {Still looking in mirror} Homestar, if you're trying to say I'm a "foxy mama", that's actually more offensive.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Right, right. You know what I mean. The more offensive one. So where are we goin' tonight? {leans over} The Chez Perez? {"Chez" is mispronounced to rhyme with "Perez"}

MARZIPAN: {Still looking at the mirror} Uh, no. I have a hot date with The Cheat, thank you very much. I suspect you'll probably stay home and run in place or something.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well I was planning to—you WHAT?! {Jumps up in the air, eyes bugging out}

{Cut to Strong Bad's basement, where The Cheat is applying a fake mustache with Strong Bad looking on}

STRONG BAD: You WHAT?! {Jumps up in the air, then starts quivering with rage}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: I can't believe this, The Cheat!

{Cut to a close-up of Homestar in Marzipan's house}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I can't believe you're The Cheating on me! {Pull back to include Marzipan, still at the mirror} So what are you saying? That you {looking worried} —gulp— {leans over} "want his bod"?

{Cut back to a close up of Strong Bad in his basement}

STRONG BAD: You can't even call that thing a bod! At best it's a broom or a—

{Cut back to Homestar, looking angry}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: —Trivial Pursuit cheese wedge!

MARZIPAN: {Turning away from the mirror and brandishing mascara brush} Look, Homestar, it's just a date. {jabs the mascara brush towards Homestar twice} This has always been an open relationship.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Whoa-ho-ho-says you. I've turned down more foxes' mothers than I can count just to stay loyal to you!

MARZIPAN: {Dryly} So, four, then?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, that's rich. Ms. Smarty Pants, eh?

{Cut back to Strong Bad's basement}

STRONG BAD: Mr. Smarty Spots, huh? Well—

{Scene starts switching between locations as Strong Bad and Homestar alternate words}


STRONG BAD: —don't—


STRONG BAD: —just—


STRONG BAD: —head— {Strong Bad is now in Marzipan's house}


{Cuts to Strong Bad and Homestar inexplicably together in Marzipan's house, yelling:}


{Both open their eyes}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Looking around} Wait, what?

STRONG BAD: What the crap...?

{Cut back to Strong Bad's basement where Marzipan and The Cheat are standing in front of the couch.}

MARZIPAN: Come on, The Cheat. Let's go.

{The Cheat crooks his arm as if to allow Marzipan to loop her arm through it. Marzipan stands next to him and leans over as if taking his arm in hers, and the two exit together. Music starts playing.}

{Cut to title screen, a pink square on a light blue background. On each note of the melody, the letters "Da" and "ni" appear on the left side of the square, one on top of the other, then a large "Te" appears on the right to form the words "DaTe" and "niTe". The "e" falls against the title frame.}

{Cut back to Marzipan's house, this time to the living room. Homestar and Strong Bad are drinking 'old Ones, Strong Bad sitting on the couch, Homestar lying on the floor with his feet on the couch. Strong Bad is shaking his head.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh. Man. Seriously, Strong Strong, we've gotta do something about this.

STRONG BAD: Ordinarily, I just drown my sorrows in video games, but for this, {Close up of Strong Bad, rubbing his chin} maybe I should drown them in... drowning them! {Smiles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Sitting up} Uh, maybe let's not kill anybody. We should just try and ruin their date.

STRONG BAD: Explain to me how drowning them wouldn't ruin their date.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Mainly, I just want to keep 'em from making out.

STRONG BAD: {Dropping 'old One bottle, starts rubbing his arms} Ewww! The disgust! It won't wash off!

{Scene transitions to Marshmallow's Last Stand, where The Cheat and Marzipan are sitting in a booth, holding menus. Both the menus and a sign near the door read "Marshmallow's L'est Stand". A candle sits in the center of the table.}

THE CHEAT: {Questioning The Cheat noises}

MARZIPAN: Why, yes, The Cheat, I would be very comfortable with you saying something about my figure. Thank you for asking first.

THE CHEAT: {makes a sound reminiscent of a wolf-whistle}

MARZIPAN: {Puts down menu} Ew. Not that comfortable.

{Homestar comes running up in his waiter uniform from Summer Short Shorts. A record scratch sound effect is heard.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ah, good evening, ungodly couple. {The Cheat puts down his menu} My name is Waiter, I will be your Homestar for this evening. Can I start you two off with a glass of "Breaking Up", or perhaps "Never Seeing Each Other Again" with capers?

THE CHEAT: {Angry The Cheat noises, waving a fist}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Why, yes, The Cheat, I would be comfortable with you "cleaning my clock"! Thanks for asking first!

THE CHEAT: {Angrier The Cheat noises, more threatening gestures}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ahhhh! {Takes off in a cloud of dust, after a few seconds, pops down from the top border} Can I settle up with you guys? My shift's over.

THE CHEAT: {more angry The Cheat noises and threatening gestures.}

{Homestar ducks offscreen. Cut to later, close up of Marzipan with a plate with crumbs and a small piece of marshmallow.}

MARZIPAN: Mmmmm, my almond-encrusted Chilean sea marshmallow was just delicious. {Cut out to include The Cheat sitting in front of an empty hot dog wrapper with ketchup and a couple of french fries around it.} How was your hot dog?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{Strong Bad runs up, dressed up as an Italian chef, complete with fake mustache. Italian music plays.}

STRONG BAD: {Fake Italian accent} Oh-a, it's-a me! {Close up} The chef-a! A-which-a one o' you guys ordered the smack-in-the-face-a? {Italian music stops}

MARZIPAN: {Annoyed} I thought this was a French restaurant.

STRONG BAD: {Regular voice} Oh. Ummmmmmmmm, uh... S-snails?

MARZIPAN: Come on, T.C., let's blow this marshmallow stand. {Marzipan and The Cheat get up and walk away offscreen}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, y'know, I--I didn't really research this role.

{As the screen blacks out, Strong Bad's fake mustache falls off}

{Fade in to Marzipan and The Cheat crossing The Stone Bridge in the moonlight}

THE CHEAT: {Excited The Cheat noises, gesturing}

{They stop at the top of the bridge}

MARZIPAN: That's so crazy! I've always wanted to see Ira Glass and Ira Flatow wrestle, too.

{From out of the water comes a periscope, apparently made out of cardboard tubes and duct tape. Cut to the view of Marzipan and The Cheat from the periscope. A repetitive sonar-like "boo" sound is heard in the background}

MARZIPAN: This has been such a great date, The Cheat. I don't know what could possibly ruin it.

{Cut to inside of cardboard submarine. Strong Bad is looking away from the periscope with Homestar standing right behind, wearing a sailor hat and simulating sonar noises. Water is streaming down the walls and dripping from the ceiling.}

STRONG BAD: Verify our range to target! Flood tubes three and four! Hunt for Red October!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aye aye, sir! ...Boo!

{Cut to surface. The "submarine" surfaces. It is a cardboard box with the words "USS FLIRTINI" on the side. Strong Bad and Homestar pop out, revealing fireworks duct-taped to the insides of the box flaps.}


{Homestar and Strong Bad light a match and the BMW Lighter, respectively, and light the fireworks. View changes to include the bridge and its occupants. After a couple seconds, the fireworks simultaneously propel the submarine backwards offscreen and fly forwards.}


{The fireworks execute a loop in the air, and fly past Marzipan and The Cheat, startling them. Cut to a view of the sky where the fireworks go off in a grand display. Marzipan and The Cheat's silhouettes can be seen in the foreground.}

MARZIPAN: Ooooh, it's so romantic...

THE CHEAT: {Sighs}

{Marzipan and The Cheat lean close to each other}

{Cut to view of the surface of a large body of water. Homestar and Strong Bad are leaning out the top of the "submarine" as the fireworks flash, singing the Strong Badia national anthem as it sinks.}

STRONG BAD: {Singing} Come to the place where the tropical breezes blow... {Last word is garbled as he is submerged}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Singing along} Da da da da dada dadada dada daaaaaaah...

{Cut to Marzipan's front hall, later. The sound of the front door opening and closing is heard, followed by Marzipan walking down the hall until she finds Homestar, running in place angrily. Homestar notices her, and stops mid-step.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Sulkingly} Oh, if it isn't Marzipan. {Steps down} Oh, I'm sorry, or was it "The Marzipan", now?

MARZIPAN: Well, you'll be happy to know it didn't work out between us. I found out The Cheat is declawed, and I just don't think I could be with someone that supports that kind of cruelty.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Delighted} And now you've come crawlin' back to the ol' fox's father!

MARZIPAN: No, I just came to change outfits for my next date with Bubs at the all-night waffle place!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: You WHAT?! {Jumps up in the air, eyes bugging out}

{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand. Bubs is straightening a black bow tie, while Coach Z is standing behind him wearing hair curlers and brandishing a rolling pin.}


{Cut to end screen, the pink box on light blue background, with the word "end" in the box. Music plays. After a few seconds, "back" appears at the bottom.}

Easter Eggs

Public RAGE-O
  • At the end, click on the period to hear the public radio station on the booOOMbox in Strong Sad's room:
{Cut to close-up of booOOMbox}
RADIO ANNOUNCER: And join us next Saturday at some civic hall auditorium for "Public Rage-o."
{A flyer for the Public RAGE-O appears}
All your favorite public radio superstars will be in action. Watch as Ira Glass and Ira Flatow duke it out in a no-holds-barred lumberjack match. And special guest Garrison Keillor wrestles his own soothing voice... {cut to Strong Sad looking bewildered} a steel cage.
{The Public Radio Sounds music plays}
STRONG SAD: Oh, geez, I gotta pledge more next year. They're really getting desperate.

Fun Facts


  • "L'est" is a contraction of the French word for "the" and the French word for "is" or "east". "Chez" (which Homestar mispronounces) means "At the home of" and is often used in names of fancy French restaurants.
  • Marzipan's statement "let's blow this marshmallow stand" is a reference to the idiom "blow this popsicle stand".
  • The phrase "in the Squared Circle" (from the Easter egg) comes from the old tradition of fights being held inside of a crowd of onlookers who would form a circle around the combatants. When the official square shaped fighting area was introduced, this nickname developed.
  • A lumberjack match is a match in professional wrestling in which other athletes, usually jobbers, stand around the outside of the ring in order to prevent a ring-out.
  • No-Holds-Barred is a profesional wrestling term for no disqualifications or count outs.
  • Strong Bad's mention of "snails" refers to the French dish escargot.
  • A flirtini is a cocktail made of champagne, vodka, and pineapple juice.
  • Strong Bad sinking with the USS Flirtini is a reference to the captain sinking with the ship, a noble move that a captain does whilst the ship is sinking.
  • Public radio stations are often supported by pledge drives, in which regular broadcasting is interrupted by announcers requesting financial contributions from listeners.
  • Marzipan's "Chilean sea marshmallow" is a play on the fish Chilean sea bass.
  • Declawing is a controversial surgery occasionally done on cats in which the first segment on each digit of a paw is removed to prevent scratching.
  • Homestar manually makes the sound "ping" while in the "USS Flirtini" to substitute for the supersonic sound made by a Driver and cast out by the Projector of a real submarine.


  • Marzipan's mascara tube reads "Hot Vegan".
  • Strong Bad and Homestar are drinking 'old ones.
  • The bubbling sound heard when the USS Flirtini sinks is the same sound effect used when Pom Pom speaks.
  • The tape in the booOOMbox in the Easter egg reads "normal bias" and appeared previously in geddup noise.
  • This is another instance of Strong Bad smiling.


  • The synopsis asks if Homestar and Marzipan are finally going on a date, but they went out in the email date, and also in the email senior prom.
  • In the mascara's reflection in the mirror, the words appear forwards, not reversed like they would be in a real mirror.
  • When Marzipan talks to Homestar after her date, you can see that the shading on the right of her dress is missing in her closeup. However, when the screen zooms out to show Homestar and Marzipan, the shading on her dress is back to normal.
  • Coach Z wears curlers in this cartoon, suggesting he does have hair. Though he appears bald when he loses his hat in caffeine, he has been shown having a mustache and afro when he was younger.
  • Although Marzipan suggests that Homestar Runner can only count up to three, he counts to five in PAY PLUS!.

Fixed Goofs

Come to the place where fireworks reappear...(Goof Fixed)
  • When first released the fireworks were still visibly attached to the USS Flirtini as it sank after they had been launched.

Inside References

  • In long pants, Marzipan says that everybody claims her figure looks like a broom.
  • The Cheat is again compared to cheese (in this case, a Trivial Pursuit cheese wedge), as was the case in huttah!.
  • Instead of actually gulping, Homestar merely says his gulp, which is what Fightgar did when Gunhaver ordered him to do some "undercover work" in Shopping for Danger.
  • "Seriously, Strong Strong" is a nod to Homestar's classic line, "Seriously, Pom Pom."
  • Homestar's disagreement with Strong Bad to kill Marzipan and The Cheat is a reference to death.
  • The candle and romantic music are from do over.
  • Homestar's "L'egg" hat and waiter outfit are similar to the outfit he wore in Summer Short Shorts, where the hat simply read "Egg".
  • The stone bridge where Marzipan and The Cheat go at night is from personal favorites.
  • The rockets are Fthoom-Bang brand bottle rockets duct-taped together just like in Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon, in which Strong Bad refers to them as "Explosives". Both misuses instantly result in failure for his objective.
  • Strong Bad's fake mustache bears a striking resemblance to the one on his Old-Timey counterpart.
  • While the USS Flirtini is sinking, the song that Strong Bad sings and Homestar hums is the Strong Badia National Anthem.
  • Coach Z being portrayed as a mother appeared in garage sale.
  • This toon contains another instance of mustaches.
  • "The Marzipan" is a nod to the integral article in The Cheat's name.
  • During the Easter egg, the Public Radio Sound music from radio is heard.
  • Homestar (who was speaking for Cardboard Marzipan at the time) asked The Cheat if he wanted to go on a "secret hot date" with her in Happy Fireworks!.
    • An Easter Egg from do over showed Marzipan with The Cheat disguised as Homestar and covered in lipstick kisses.
  • Strong Bad uses the BMW Lighter to light the fireworks aboard the USS Flirtini.

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