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[[Image:Decemberween Short Shorts.JPG|thumb|Short Santa shorts]]
[[Image:Decemberween Short Shorts.JPG|thumb|Short Santa shorts]]
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'''Cast (in order of appearance):''' {{Film|Strong Bad}}, {{film|The Cheat}}, {{film|Homestar Runner}}, {{film|Strong Sad}}, {{film|Bubs}}, {{film|Pom Pom}}, {{film|Coach Z}}, {{film|The King of Town}}, {{film|Strong Mad}}, {{film|The Homestar Runner}}, [[Rumble Red]], {{film|Old-Timey Marzipan}}, one of [[Pom Pom's girls]]
'''Cast (in order of appearance):''' {{Film|Strong Bad}}, {{film|The Cheat}}, {{film|Homestar Runner}}, {{film|Strong Sad}}, {{film|Bubs}}, {{film|Pom Pom}}, {{film|Coach Z}}, {{film|The King of Town}}, {{film|Strong Mad}}, {{film|The Homestar Runner}}, [[Rumble Red]], {{film|Old-Timey Marzipan}}, one of [[Pom Pom's girls]]
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'''Places:''' [[The Brick Wall]], [[The Stick]], [[Strong Bad's Basement]], [[The Office]], [[The Decemberween Tree]], [[The Field#Old-Timey_Appearances|The Old-Timey Field]], [[Coach Z's Locker Room]], [[The Classroom]], [[The Field]], [[Club Technochocolate]] (dance floor)
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'''Places:''' [[The Brick Wall]], [[The Stick]], [[Basement of the Brothers Strong]], [[The Office]], [[The Decemberween Tree]], [[The Field#Old-Timey Appearances|The Old-Timey Field]], [[Coach Z's Locker Room]], [[The Classroom]], [[The Field]], [[Club Technochocolate]] (dance floor)
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'''Date:''' December 18, 2006
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'''Date:''' Monday, December 18, 2006
'''Running Time:''' 6:05
'''Running Time:''' 6:05
'''Page Title:''' The Short Shorts are BACK! And Holiday Scented!
'''Page Title:''' The Short Shorts are BACK! And Holiday Scented!
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{{dvd|Everything Else, Volume 3}}
==Transcript==
==Transcript==
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''{A pair of red shorts with white fur lining and a gold belt buckle appears, on which is superimposed the title: "DECEMBERWEEN Short Shorts". Snowflakes fall and synthesized music plays.}''
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''{A pair of red shorts with white fur lining and a gold belt buckle appears, on which is superimposed the title: "DECEMBERWEEN Short Shorts". Snowflakes fall and synthesized music plays.}''
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''{The scene changes to The Brick Wall, on which Strong Bad is writing on a piece of paper. As he writes, the words appear on a note at the top of the screen.}''
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''{The scene changes to The Brick Wall, on which Strong Bad is writing on a piece of paper. As he writes, the words appear on a note at the top of the screen.}''
'''STRONG BAD:''' Dear Tube Socks, It's me again. I hope you had a good year. Free of athletes' feet and toe jams.
'''STRONG BAD:''' Dear Tube Socks, It's me again. I hope you had a good year. Free of athletes' feet and toe jams.
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''{Zoom in close on Strong Bad}''
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''{Zoom in close on Strong Bad, pan left slowly}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Lemme cut to the chase. On Decemberween morning, when I open you guys up, you're going to hear...things. Hurtful things. Unforgivable things. Things like,
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Lemme cut to the chase. On Decemberween morning, when I open you guys up, you're going to hear...things. Hurtful things. Unforgivable things. Things like,
''{Cut to Strong Bad opening tube socks with The Cheat at a decorated The Stick.}''
''{Cut to Strong Bad opening tube socks with The Cheat at a decorated The Stick.}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Uhhh...
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'''STRONG BAD:''' ''{groans}''
''{A black transition screen with the word "and" appears}''
''{A black transition screen with the word "and" appears}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' and
'''STRONG BAD:''' and
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''{Cut to Strong Bad opening tube socks in his cubicle with Homestar and a Decemberween tree made out of pushpins and a flyer on the wall that reads, "D'screetret Santa Today!"}''
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''{Cut to Strong Bad opening tube socks in his cubicle with Homestar smiling and a Decemberween tree made out of pushpins and a flyer on the wall that reads, "D'screetret Santa Today!"}''
'''STRONG BAD:''' This present of tube socks totally sucks and I hate it!
'''STRONG BAD:''' This present of tube socks totally sucks and I hate it!
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''{Zoom out to a silhouette of the scene}''
''{Zoom out to a silhouette of the scene}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' But a guy's gotta keep up appearances, right? if peoples found out I have a soft spot for tube socks, it'd be all over. ''{a pair of tube socks appears, and the stripes rotate between several colors.}'' it took me years to live down that Martina Navratilova poster,
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'''STRONG BAD:''' But a guy's gotta keep up appearances, right? If peoples found out I have a soft spot for tube socks, it'd be all over. ''{a pair of tube socks appears, and the stripes cycle between several colors.}'' It took me years to live down that Martina...
''{Cut to a poster of Martina Navratilova playing tennis on the wall of The Basement}''
''{Cut to a poster of Martina Navratilova playing tennis on the wall of The Basement}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' ...and I will not go down that road again.
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'''STRONG BAD:''' ...Navratilova poster, and I will not go down that road again.
''{Cut back to Strong Bad writing his note at The Brick Wall.}''
''{Cut back to Strong Bad writing his note at The Brick Wall.}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' We can be secret friends. Like that hunchback kid at school. In closing, please disregard any and all negative comments or negative burning you may hear or experience on Decemberween. Stealthily Yours, Strong Bad.
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'''STRONG BAD:''' We can be secret friends. Like that hunchback kid at school. In closing, please disregard any and all negative comments or negative burning you may hear or experience on Decemberween. Stealthily Yours, Strong Bad.
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''{Strong Bad draws a picture of his head with bat wings, a heart with an apostrophe and the letter "s", and a pair of tube socks.
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''{Strong Bad draws a picture of his head with bat wings, a heart with an apostrophe and the letter "s", and a pair of tube socks.}''
''{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}''
''{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}''
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''{The scene changes to a Decemberween tree with ornaments representing the following characters: Strong Sad, Bubs, Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, Strong Bad, Coach Z, and The King of Town.}''
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''{The scene changes to a Decemberween tree with ornaments representing Strong Sad, Bubs, Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, Strong Bad, Coach Z, and The King of Town.}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT:''' Ooh, man. I feel de-licious!
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT:''' Ooh, man. I feel de-licious!
''{Zoom in on the Homestar Runner ornament, which is an iced gingerbread cookie}''
''{Zoom in on the Homestar Runner ornament, which is an iced gingerbread cookie}''
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'''THE KING OF TOWN ORNAMENT:''' I sure hope not!
'''THE KING OF TOWN ORNAMENT:''' I sure hope not!
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'''STRONG BAD ORNAMENT:''' Eww — shut up, king... or I'll stuff you full of coal!
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'''STRONG BAD ORNAMENT:''' Eww! Shut up, king... or I'll stuff you full of coal!
''{Zoom in on the King of Town ornament.}''
''{Zoom in on the King of Town ornament.}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT:''' Hey, Strong Bad, I really like your rhinestone cowboy costume.
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT:''' Hey, Strong Bad, I really like your rhinestone cowboy costume.
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'''STRONG BAD ORNAMENT:''' Uh, you got the wrong 'ween, Homestar. This is Decemberween. Not the Hallow- one.
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'''STRONG BAD ORNAMENT:''' Uh, you got the wrong 'ween, Homestar. This is Decemberween. Not the Hallow- one.
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT:''' Oh... right, right. Trick-or-treat!
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT:''' Oh... right, right. Trick-or-treat!
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER, COACH Z, AND THE KING OF TOWN ORNAMENTS:''' ''{in amazement}'' Ooh!  
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER, COACH Z, AND THE KING OF TOWN ORNAMENTS:''' ''{in amazement}'' Ooh!  
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''{The Strong Sad ornament shakes, falls, and shatters on the ground. The camera pans down to the base of the tree where his broken remains are next to a Decemberween present with an "M" on the front and a couple of yellow ribbons for eyebrows.}''
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''{The Strong Sad ornament shakes, screams, falls, and shatters on the ground. The camera pans down to the base of the tree where his broken remains are next to a Decemberween present with an "M" on the front and a couple of yellow ribbons for eyebrows.}''
'''STRONG MAD PRESENT:''' HAPPY DECEMBERWEEN!
'''STRONG MAD PRESENT:''' HAPPY DECEMBERWEEN!
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''{The scene changes to The Homestar Runner in the snow-covered Old-Timey Field, wearing a winter cap and holding a dead rat in front of a decorated pile of other dead rats. Music plays in the background.}''
''{The scene changes to The Homestar Runner in the snow-covered Old-Timey Field, wearing a winter cap and holding a dead rat in front of a decorated pile of other dead rats. Music plays in the background.}''
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'''THE HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' This here's gonna be the biggest Decemberween rat pile in town.
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'''THE HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' This here's gonna be the biggest Decemberween rat pile in town. ''{throws dead rat onto the pile}''
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'''RUMBLE RED:''' Eh, rumble ''{superimposed several times upon itself as he appears}''
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'''RUMBLE RED:''' Eh, rumble. ''{superimposed several times upon itself as he appears}''
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'''THE HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{scowls at Rumble Red}'' Aw, phooey. And after that, pooey. Not you again.
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'''THE HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{scowls at Rumble Red}'' Aw, phooey! And after that, pooey! Not you again!
'''RUMBLE RED:''' Earthling, explain to me this pile of rotten rodentia...rumble.
'''RUMBLE RED:''' Earthling, explain to me this pile of rotten rodentia...rumble.
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''{Zoom in on Rumble Red}''
''{Zoom in on Rumble Red}''
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'''RUMBLE RED:''' We don't have any Decemberweens on ''my'' planeeeeet, trumble.
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'''RUMBLE RED:''' We don't have any Decemberweens on ''my'' planeeeeet, rumble.
''{Zoom in on The Homestar Runner}''
''{Zoom in on The Homestar Runner}''
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'''THE HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{angrily}'' Well, whaddaya know? ''{Zoom out}'' What ''do'' they have on your planet?
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'''THE HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{angrily}'' Well, whaddaya know? ''{Zoom out; The Homestar Runner has one leg sticking up in the air}'' What ''do'' they have on your planet?
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'''RUMBLE RED:''' Oh, not much. Long lines. Expensive bread. Rumble-doo.
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'''RUMBLE RED:''' Oh, not much. ''{The Homestar Runner puts his leg back down}'' Long lines. Expensive bread. Rumble-doo.
''{Old-Timey Marzipan walks in with a bundle of dynamite with a ticking timer.}''
''{Old-Timey Marzipan walks in with a bundle of dynamite with a ticking timer.}''
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'''RUMBLE RED:''' Cosmic joy! ''{Zoom in}'' I think this buffalo has showed me the true meaning of December-rumble-ween!
'''RUMBLE RED:''' Cosmic joy! ''{Zoom in}'' I think this buffalo has showed me the true meaning of December-rumble-ween!
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''{The ticking grows quicker, the top of the dynamite pops open, revealing a large pistol, out of which a cement mixer emerges and drops a bear trap around Rumble Red. The bear trap closes and decapitates him. Music plays and his body dances.}''
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''{Camera zooms out. The ticking grows quicker, the top of the dynamite pops open, with [[Old-Timey Marzipan's Contraption]] revealing a large pistol, out of which a cement mixer emerges and drops a bear trap around Rumble Red. The bear trap closes and decapitates him. Music plays and his body dances.}''
'''THE HOMESTAR RUNNER''': Haw, Haw, Haw.<br />
'''THE HOMESTAR RUNNER''': Haw, Haw, Haw.<br />
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''{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}''
''{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}''
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''{The scene changes to The Brick Wall, on which Strong Sad is writing on a piece of paper. As he writes, the words appear on a note at the top of the screen.}''
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''{The scene changes to The Brick Wall, on which Strong Sad is writing on a piece of paper. As he writes, the words appear on a note at the top of the screen.}''
'''STRONG SAD''': Dear Argyle Socks,<br />
'''STRONG SAD''': Dear Argyle Socks,<br />
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''{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}''
''{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}''
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''{Homestar Runner is in the locker room wearing a cricket helmet. He puts the helmet in an open locker and then puts a rolled up towel around his neck}''
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''{Homestar Runner is wearing a cricket helmet in the locker room with Coach Z, who has a clipboard. He puts the helmet in an open locker and then puts a rolled up towel around his neck and closes the locker.}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' Wow, ''{locker slams shut}'' what a great season, Coach Z.
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' Wow, what a great season, Coach Z.
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'''COACH Z:''' You said it, crumb bum. We was undeforted!
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'''COACH Z:''' You said it, crumb bum. We was undeforted!
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' Maybe ''you'' were. Well, have a good holiday. You doing anything special?
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{annoyed}'' Maybe ''you'' were. ''{Zoom in on Homestar}'' Well, have a good holiday. You doing anything special?
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'''COACH Z:''' Aww, totally. I'm havin' all kinds of real people over to my house for a coupla real people parties. Don't you worry about me. I am nat a loser.
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''{Zoom in on Coach Z}''
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'''COACH Z:''' Aww, totally. I'm havin' all kinds of real people over to my house for a coupla real people parties. Don't you worry about me. I am nat a loser.
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''{Zoom in on Homestar}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' That's great, Coach Z! Well I... ''{Camera zooms out. Coach Z is no longer in sight.}'' Coach Z? Coach Z?
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' That's great, Coach Z! Well I... ''{Coach Z is no longer in sight}'' Coach Z? Coach Z?  Ohh, Coach Zeeee.
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''{A locker opens up. Inside, Coach Z stands upside-down and has stubble on his face. Empty bottles of [[Listerine]] are also seen.}''
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''{Coach Z is laying upside down in an open locker with empty Listerine bottles and stubble on his face}''  
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' Ohh, ''Coach Zeeee!''
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'''COACH Z:''' I've hit rack battom.
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'''COACH Z:''' I've hit rack battom!
''{Zoom out to Homestar Runner, as music begins to play.}''
''{Zoom out to Homestar Runner, as music begins to play.}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing and dancing}'' A-listen to me now. Cheer up, Coach Z. It doesn't have to be creepy and depressing all the time.
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing and dancing}'' A-listen to me now. Cheer up, Coach Z. It doesn't ''{Coach Z starts to chop his arm to the song}'' have to be creepy and depressing all the time.
''{Zoom in on Coach Z}''
''{Zoom in on Coach Z}''
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'''COACH Z:''' Oh, that'd be nice!
'''COACH Z:''' Oh, that'd be nice!
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''{Homestar Runner appears against a yellow background of Coach Z's logo, wiggling horizontally.}''
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''{Homestar Runner appears against a yellow background of Coach Z's logo, wiggling horizontally across the screen.}''
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing}'' Now listen to me. It's almost Decemberween,
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing}'' Now listen to me. It's almost Decemberween,
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing}'' When someone asks you, "What's up?"
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing}'' When someone asks you, "What's up?"
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''{A word balloon with a picture of Coach Z's butt comes from Coach Z's head}''
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''{A word balloon with a picture of Coach Z's butt comes from Coach Z's head. Bubs covers his forehead with his arm.}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing}'' ...don't tell him about your butt, ''{a "no" symbol appears on top of Coach Z's word balloon}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing}'' ...don't tell them about your butt, ''{a "no" symbol appears on top of Coach Z's word balloon}''
''{Cut back to the locker room scene}''
''{Cut back to the locker room scene}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing}'' And when you're talking to a pretty girl...
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing}'' And when you're talking to a pretty girl...
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''{"FIGURE 1-B" appears, Coach Z standing on a dance floor. One of Pom Pom's girls descends from the top of the screen in front of Coach Z.}''
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''{"FIGURE 1-B" appears, Coach Z standing on a dance floor. One of Pom Pom's girls descends from the top of the screen in front of Coach Z.}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing offscreen}'' On second thought, don't talk to any pretty girls.
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{spoken offscreen}'' On second thought, don't talk to any pretty girls.
''{The girl is yanked offscreen by a cane and Coach Z hangs his head.}''
''{The girl is yanked offscreen by a cane and Coach Z hangs his head.}''
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''{Cut to a wanted poster of Coach Z on a brick wall which reads, "FOR CREEPY STYLES AND CREEPIER HABITS"}''
''{Cut to a wanted poster of Coach Z on a brick wall which reads, "FOR CREEPY STYLES AND CREEPIER HABITS"}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing offscreen}'' and probably way less indicted. ''{the poster is torn down the middle}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{singing offscreen}'' and probably way less indicted, ''{the poster is torn down the middle}''
''{Return to the locker room scene, in which Homestar is now standing with the cricket helmet on his head.}''
''{Return to the locker room scene, in which Homestar is now standing with the cricket helmet on his head.}''
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'''COACH Z:''' Hey, thanks for the advice, Homestar! I'd love to come to your house for Decemberween!
'''COACH Z:''' Hey, thanks for the advice, Homestar! I'd love to come to your house for Decemberween!
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''{Zoom in on Homestar}''
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' What? No, no-ho-ho! No, no, no. No, Coach Z, no. No. ''{glaring}'' No, you can't.
'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' What? No, no-ho-ho! No, no, no. No, Coach Z, no. No. ''{glaring}'' No, you can't.
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==Fun Facts==
==Fun Facts==
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===Explanations===
===Explanations===
*[[Wikipedia:Argyle (pattern)|Argyle]] is a pattern containing diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement.
*[[Wikipedia:Argyle (pattern)|Argyle]] is a pattern containing diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement.
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*On [[Wikipedia:Speculation|Spec]] refers to doing work without the assurance of income.
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*"On [[Wikipedia:Speculation|Spec]]" refers to doing work without the assurance of income.
*"D'screetret Santa" is a play on the Christmas gift-exchange practice of "[[Wikipedia:Secret Santa|Secret Santa]]".
*"D'screetret Santa" is a play on the Christmas gift-exchange practice of "[[Wikipedia:Secret Santa|Secret Santa]]".
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*The "und" from Coach Z's list is the [[Wikipedia: German|German]] word for "and".
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*The "und" from Coach Z's list is the [[German]] word for "and".
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*What Rumble Red does have on his planet (long lines, expensive bread) is a reference to the state of affairs in the Soviet Union prior to its collapse, when the Soviets had to stand in extremely long lines to receive their rations, and when staple foods like bread were scarce, and therefore expensive to procure. This relates to The Homestar Runner calling Rumble Red a "Communist fool" in [[4 branches]].
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*What Rumble Red does have on his planet (long lines, expensive bread) is a reference to the state of affairs in the Soviet Union prior to its collapse, when citizens of the then-Soviet countries had to stand in extremely long lines to receive their rations and when staple foods like bread were scarce, and therefore expensive to procure. This relates to The Homestar Runner calling Rumble Red a "Communist fool" in [[4 branches]]. Also, "red" is a common nickname for a communist, based on the Soviet Union's stereotyped use of the color, most obviously in its flag.
*In general, a [[Wikipedia:Rhinestone Cowboy|rhinestone cowboy]] is any man who wears the elaborate, stylized western wear made by rodeo tailors, especially as contrasted to a working cowboy or ranch hand.
*In general, a [[Wikipedia:Rhinestone Cowboy|rhinestone cowboy]] is any man who wears the elaborate, stylized western wear made by rodeo tailors, especially as contrasted to a working cowboy or ranch hand.
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===Trivia===
===Trivia===
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[[Image:Last3itemsinpantry.PNG|thumb|A meal fit for a King of Town.]]
*"The King of Town's Last Three Items in the Pantry Special!" reads:
*"The King of Town's Last Three Items in the Pantry Special!" reads:
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The King of Town's Last Three Items in the Pantry Special!<br>
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The King of Town's<br>
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onion salt-hot sauce-lumps of coal<br>
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Last Three Items in the Pantry Special!<br>
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onion salt<br>
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hot sauce<br>
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lumps of coal<br>
$f.ood<br>
$f.ood<br>
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===Remarks===
===Remarks===
[[Image:XweenHandwriting.png|thumb|Handwriting comparison]]
[[Image:XweenHandwriting.png|thumb|Handwriting comparison]]
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*The Ahnberg Hand [[Fonts|font]] that Strong Bad uses for writing his letter has a modified uppercase "I". The uppercase I in this font normally has a dot on it and is often mistaken for a [[Lowercase i's|lowercase i]]. However, Strong Bad does not use the capital I consistently; he still uses lowercase i's at the beginning of two sentences.
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*The AhnbergHand [[font]] that Strong Bad uses for writing his letter has a modified uppercase "I". The uppercase I in this font normally has a dot on it and is often mistaken for a [[Lowercase i's|lowercase i]]. However, Strong Bad does not use the capital I consistently; he still uses lowercase i's at the beginning of two sentences.
*In Strong Bad's letter, he remarks about how much he secretly likes tube socks, yet the picture he draws at the bottom shows socks that have a distinct heel.
*In Strong Bad's letter, he remarks about how much he secretly likes tube socks, yet the picture he draws at the bottom shows socks that have a distinct heel.
*When Strong Bad writes his letter, the words on the paper he's writing on are illegible. When Strong Sad writes his letter, it is legible. <!--This is the paper they're writing on, not the paper at the top of the screen where the words appear by magic-->
*When Strong Bad writes his letter, the words on the paper he's writing on are illegible. When Strong Sad writes his letter, it is legible. <!--This is the paper they're writing on, not the paper at the top of the screen where the words appear by magic-->
*The way Homestar has a towel around his neck gives the impression that he has [[Lack of Visible Arms|shoulders]].
*The way Homestar has a towel around his neck gives the impression that he has [[Lack of Visible Arms|shoulders]].
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*Ironically, Strong Bad makes an appearance as what he considers to be "an anti gift": a homemade ornament (as seen in [[what I want]]).
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*Ironically, Strong Bad makes an appearance as what he considers to be "an anti-gift": a homemade ornament (as seen in [[what I want]]).
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*Considering Strong Sad does not seem to have normal [[Soolnds|feet]], it is odd that he would want a pair of Argyle socks for [[Decemberween]].
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*When the Strong Sad ornament falls off the tree, he breaks as soon as he leaves the frame. Given that the bottom of the frame is well above the ground, he is smashed before he actually hits it.
===Goofs===
===Goofs===
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*In the song Homestar sings to Coach Z, the word "say" on the chalkboard moves when the word "wouds" comes up.
*In the song Homestar sings to Coach Z, the word "say" on the chalkboard moves when the word "wouds" comes up.
*When Homestar tells Coach Z "No!" (that he can't come to his house) half of Homestar's towel is broken in half behind his head.
*When Homestar tells Coach Z "No!" (that he can't come to his house) half of Homestar's towel is broken in half behind his head.
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*When the close-up on the Homestar cookie is shown, the ribbon holding him to the branch isn't completely there.
===Inside References===
===Inside References===
*This collection of Decemberween shorts is the second collection of short shorts (the first being [[Summer Short Shorts]]).
*This collection of Decemberween shorts is the second collection of short shorts (the first being [[Summer Short Shorts]]).
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*The 1974 Coach Z ornament was first used in [[what I want]].
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*One of the shorts features the characters as [[ornaments]].
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*The Blue Star [[Ointment and Old Person Rub|Ointment]] at the top of Coach Z's tree was first seen in [[Halloween Fairstival]].
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*The Coach Z ornament is from [[1974]].
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*Strong Bad was seen modeling for tube socks in the email [[modeling]].
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**This ornament was first seen in [[what I want]].
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*Old-Timey Homestar's hat is based on the one modern-day Homestar wears in the wintertime.
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*Strong Sad's broken ornament is a reference to [[Death#Strong Sad|his imagined death]].
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*This is another instance of [[Strong Bad and Strong Sad's Relationship#Strong Bad Hurting Strong Sad|Strong Bad hurting Strong Sad]].
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*The Blue Star [[Ointment and Old Person Rub|Ointment]] at the top of Coach Z's "tree" was first seen in [[Halloween Fairstival]]. The rest of the tree appears to be made of [[towels]] and [[underwear]].
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*Strong Bad was seen modeling for [[tube socks]] in the email [[modeling]].
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*The Homestar Runner's hat is based on the one modern-day Homestar wears in the wintertime.
*The scene with Coach Z and Homestar feature many references:
*The scene with Coach Z and Homestar feature many references:
**Coach Z was also seen with [[Listerine]] in [[The Best Decemberween Ever]] and [[senior prom]].
**Coach Z was also seen with [[Listerine]] in [[The Best Decemberween Ever]] and [[senior prom]].
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**Coach Z getting drunk from Listerine is another reference to [[Alcohol|alcohol]].
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**Coach Z getting drunk from Listerine is another reference to [[alcohol]].
**Coach Z sits on the [[Soapbox]].
**Coach Z sits on the [[Soapbox]].
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**Coach Z's clipboard mentions [[Pie|pie]].
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**Coach Z's clipboard mentions [[pie]] and [[cake]].
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**The [[Puke Pail]] next to Coach Z is the same one as in [[Sick Day]], but now says 'PUKE PAIL FOR WHOEV!' instead of 'PUKE PAIL FOR HIM!'.      
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**The [[Puke Pail]] next to Coach Z is the same one as in [[Sick Day]], but now says 'PUKE PAIL FOR WHOEV!' instead of 'PUKE PAIL FOR HIM!'.
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*This is another appearance of "[[What are you supposed to be?]]".
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***The term "WHOEV" is a [[Words with Omitted Syllables|word with an omitted syllable]].
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*Homestar says that he [[I really like your costume|really likes Strong Bad's "costume"]].
*Rumble Red was first seen in [[4 branches]].
*Rumble Red was first seen in [[4 branches]].
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*"D'screetret" is a [[Portmanteaus|portmanteau]] of "discreet" and "secret".
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*"D'screetret" is a [[portmanteau]] of "discreet" and "secret".
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*Strong Sad's broken ornament is a reference to [[Death#Strong Sad's Imagined Death|his imagined death]].
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*The King of Town's Last Three Items in the Pantry Special is an example of a [[concoction]].
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*The King of Town's Last Three Items in the Pantry Special is an example of a [[Concoctions|concoction]].
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*The bat-winged Strong Bad head in Strong Bad's signature was last seen in [[interview]].
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*The "bat-winged Strong Bad head" in Strong Bad's signature was last seen in [[interview]].
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*When Strong Bad and Strong Sad write about socks, the writing at the top is a similar to a scene from [[Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon]], in which Strong Sad writes Strong Bad a letter.
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*This is another instance of [[Strong Bad Hurting Strong Sad]].
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*Coach Z saying that the '74s were the prime of his dating "year" is an example of [[Singular Instead of Plural]].
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*When Strong Bad and Strong Sad write about socks, the writing at the top is a similar to a scene from [[Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon]], where Strong Sad writes Strong Bad a letter.
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*The King of Town's "Last Three Items in the Pantry Special" is technically a [[Real-Live Foods|live-action food]].
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*Homestar and The King of Town imply that they want to [[Characters Being Eaten|eat themselves]].
===Real-World References===
===Real-World References===
*[[Wikipedia:Martina Navratilova|Martina Navratilova]] is a former World No. 1 woman tennis player.
*[[Wikipedia:Martina Navratilova|Martina Navratilova]] is a former World No. 1 woman tennis player.
*The [[Wikipedia:Predator (alien)|Predator]] is a fictional alien hunter from the movie series of the same name. He could turn invisible by using light refraction.
*The [[Wikipedia:Predator (alien)|Predator]] is a fictional alien hunter from the movie series of the same name. He could turn invisible by using light refraction.
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*Strong Bad and Strong Sad writing letters on a wall is a reference to the [[Peanuts]] Christmas Specials, where the characters write letters to Santa in the same position, as well as the words being "thought" above their heads.
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*Strong Bad and Strong Sad writing letters on a wall is a reference to the [[Peanuts]] Christmas Specials, where the characters write letters to Santa in the same position.
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*The "Picket Fence" is a basketball play from the film ''[[Wikipedia: Hoosiers|Hoosiers]]'', specifically the one used by tiny Hickory High School to win the Indiana state title.
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*The Strong Bad ornament "bedazzling" the Strong Sad ornament off the tree may be a reference to the [[Wikipedia:Bedazzler|Bedazzler]], which uses cheap, shiny plastic beads much like the Strong Bad ornament.
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*The "Picket Fence" is a basketball play from the film ''[[Wikipedia: Hoosiers|Hoosiers]]'', specifically the one used by tiny Hickory High School to win the [[Indiana]] state title.
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*Another one of Coach Z's plays is called "the local gentry". ''[[Wikipedia: Gentry|Gentry]]'' are higher class members of society, such as rich people or those of good breeding.  The term "the local gentry" was used in the song [[Wikipedia: Love and Marriage|"Love and Marriage"]], made famous by [[Wikipedia: Frank Sinatra|Frank Sinatra]] and later used as the theme song of the TV show ''[[Wikipedia: Married with Children|Married with Children]]''.
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*The format of this toon could be a reference to shows such as ''[[Wikipedia:Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales|Charlie Brown]]'' and ''[[Wikipedia:Simpsons Christmas Stories|The Simpsons]],'' both of which recently have had Christmas specials composed of shorts.
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*The format may also be a reference to the shorts that are used in [[Wikipedia:The Red Green Show|The Red Green Show]].
 +
*Homestar thinking Strong Bad is a "Rhinestone Cowboy" is a reference to the [[Wikipedia:Rhinestone Cowboy|song of the same name]] by [[Wikipedia:Glen Campbell|Glen Campbell]].
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 +
===Fast Forward===
 +
*The song "Cheer up Coach Z" appears again in [[Hooked on Decemberween]].
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==DVD Version==
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*The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.
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=== Commentary Transcript ===
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('''Commentary by:''' [[Mike Chapman]], [[Matt Chapman]], [[Ryan Sterritt]])
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 +
'''MIKE:''' Look it's&mdash;
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 +
'''MATT:''' ''{overlapping Mike}'' All right, we're gonna start by pumping our fists in the air and going "woo, woo, woo" guys.
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'''MIKE:''' Okay, one, two, three...
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 +
''{Mike, Matt and Ryan are heard going, "Whoo, whoo, whoo!" in unison}''
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'''MATT:''' All right.
 +
 
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'''RYAN:''' ''{overlapping Matt}'' Start us off.
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'''MIKE:''' Nice shorts, Matt!
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 +
'''MATT:''' Hey, those are&mdash; that's not my gross legs!  ''{Mike and Ryan laugh}''  I don't know ''whose'' gross legs...
 +
 
 +
'''MIKE:''' Our aunt Carol gives us tube socks usually; it's a great, uh, Christmas present.
 +
 
 +
'''MATT:''' Yeah.
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 +
'''RYAN:''' Do you still have those shorts?
 +
 
 +
'''MATT:''' Yeah.
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 +
'''MIKE:''' Yeah. They were boxers, right?
 +
 
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'''MATT:''' ''{overlapping Mike}'' Yeah, they're still around here somewhere. Aren't they Photoshopped, too? Didn't you Photoshop that picture, because they didn't&mdash; they weren't quite short enough? ''{Mike laughs}'' And so we&mdash; I had to fold 'em over...
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'''MIKE:''' Oh, that's right.
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'''MATT:''' ...uh, to make them a little creepier.  And then, uh, you Photoshopped the waistband, I think.  ''{pause}''  It's funny, 'cause th&mdash; there was a period where Aunt Carol gave us the tube socks and it was lame, 'cause you were, like, in, you know, it was, like, in&mdash;
 +
 
 +
'''MIKE:''' Seventh or eighth grade and you wanted a Nintendo game.
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 +
'''MATT:''' Right.  Or you just didn't want&mdash; you didn't wear tube socks with stripes on 'em.  Then it was, like, you got into, like, ninth grade and you listened to the Chili Peppers and you&mdash; and it was ''weird''...
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 +
'''MIKE:''' You needed it&mdash;
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'''MATT:''' ...and so you pull your socks ''way'' up to your knees.
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'''MIKE:''' W&mdash;
 +
 
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'''MATT:''' And, uh...
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'''MIKE:''' The Chili Peppers did ''different'' things with tube socks...
 +
 
 +
''{Matt laughs}''
 +
 
 +
'''MIKE:''' ...than pull them up to their knees.
 +
 
 +
'''MATT:''' Uh... but so, they&mdash; her&mdash; her gift kind of went in and out of&mdash; of being cool.
 +
 
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'''MIKE:''' Yeah.  I hate 'em now, actually.
 +
 
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'''MATT:''' No, no!
 +
 
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'''MIKE:''' I'm sure when I'm 36 I'll like 'em again.  But as a 34-year-old, they're lame.
 +
 
 +
''{pause}''
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 +
'''MATT:''' That's, uh... you did a good job on the&mdash; that looks like gingerbread, Mike.  That's&mdash; I wanna eat&mdash; I wanna eat that.  But it looks like one of those gingerbread ornaments that's, like, dried and gross.
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 +
'''MIKE:''' Yeah, that's&mdash; that's from, like, the&mdash; the late '70s.
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'''MATT:''' ''{overlapping Mike}''  So, actually I don't&mdash; I don't wanna eat it.
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'''MIKE:''' Our grandma had this, uh, gingerbread house that was sooo old... and terrible, but you still wanted to eat it!
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 +
'''MATT:''' Yeah.  I mean, it was&mdash; it was amazing.  There was nothing resembling, like, edible candy left on it.  There were maybe a few gumdrops that had just, like, melted and were glazed over, but... I'd still pick at it, for sure.  ''{Matt and Ryan laugh}''
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''{pause}''
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'''MATT:''' ''{as the Strong Bad ornament talks about which 'ween it is}'' Somebody made that, right?  Didn't we&mdash; Did we put that fanstuff up?
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'''MIKE:''' I think it was a really bad picture.
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'''MATT:''' Oh, is that what it was?  It was, like, a cell phone picture?
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'''MIKE:''' Yeah.
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'''MATT:''' It was out of focus?  But the&mdash;
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'''RYAN:''' Go ahead and send it in, then.
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'''MATT:''' Yeah.
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''{Mike Ryan laugh}''
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''{pause}''
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'''MIKE:''' Look how proud Strong Sad is of&mdash;
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'''MATT:''' He's a Swarovski, maybe.
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'''MIKE:''' What's that?
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'''MATT:''' Don't they make fine crystal some&mdash; someplace.  We got a Swarovski ornament for our&mdash; our&mdash; a wedding present, I remember.
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''{pause}''
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'''MATT:''' ''{doing Strong Sad's voice, just after the Strong Sad ornament falls off the tree}''  Oh!
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''{pause, Mike and Matt laugh as the Strong Mad present does his line}''
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'''MATT:''' Strong Mad can't be contained in the confines of a... ornament.
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'''MIKE:''' Yeah.
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''{brief pause as the Old-Timey scene begins}''
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'''RYAN:''' Old-Timey.
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'''MATT:''' It's been a long time s&mdash; This is the last Old-Timey thing we've done, aside from&mdash; aside from Rumble Red, uh, cameos, right?
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'''MIKE:''' Yeah.  This was&mdash; Most of the Rumble Red was before this, right?
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'''MATT:''' Well, just one.  It w&mdash;
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'''MIKE:''' Oh, okay.
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'''MATT:''' It was really just the... polymascotfoamalate&mdash;
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'''MIKE:''' Right.
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'''MATT:''' &mdash;was where he came from, and then this... This is the first mention of his name, too, right?  I mean&mdash;
 +
 
 +
'''MIKE:''' Yeah, I think so.
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'''MATT:''' &mdash;this is when they officially call him Rumble Red.
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''{pause}''
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 +
'''MATT:''' Uh, so, Mike and I have wa&mdash; There were these, umm, awesome industrial shorts &mdash; cartoons &mdash; from back in, what, the '50s, maybe?
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'''MIKE:''' '50s, yeah.
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'''MATT:''' '40s and '50s.  That were, uh... always, like, an alien from another planet coming to Earth and learning about industry...
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'''MIKE:''' Or learning about car production, or oil.  Yeah.
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'''MATT:''' ''{overlapping Mike}'' Or learning about... competition, or gasoline.  Yeah.
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 +
'''MATT:''' And they always were, like, "But on Mars, we don't do it like that!"  ''{Mike laughs}''  "Well, that's why you're stupid, Mr. Martian!"  And then he'd go back at the end and show them all.
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 +
''{pause}''
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 +
'''MATT:''' That's&mdash; They killed him.  They just decapitated him.
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 +
''{brief pause while The Homestar Runner says, "A Decemberween tradition!"}''
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 +
'''MATT:''' Murdering aliens!  That's ''great'', Old-Timey Homestar!
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''{Mike and Matt chuckle as Strong Sad writes "Dear Argyle Socks,"}''
 +
 
 +
'''MATT:''' And we're out!
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 +
'''MIKE:''' ''{laughs}''  Umm... is there any more?
 +
 
 +
'''MATT:''' I like these short shorts.  What's our next&mdash;
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 +
'''MIKE:''' Oh, we've got&mdash;
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 +
'''MATT:''' &mdash;short short gonna be, Mike?
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 +
'''MIKE:''' Uhh... let's see.  How 'bout "Ryan's Birthday Short Shorts"?
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 +
'''MATT:''' ''{laughing}'' But we're a little late.
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 +
'''MIKE:''' ''{overlapping Matt}'' When's your birthday?  July?
 +
 
 +
'''RYAN:''' Yeah.
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 +
'''MIKE:''' Well...
 +
 
 +
'''RYAN:''' Maybe next year.
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 +
'''MIKE:''' ''{laughing}'' Maybe next year.
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'''MATT:''' This, umm... This was gonna be a full cartoon, right?  For, like, several years we had written&mdash; started to kind of write this full Decemberween cartoon about Coach Z being really depressing, and Homestar trying to make him not feel depressing.
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 +
'''MIKE:''' When was it&mdash; Was it... Decemberween the year before when Coach Z's talking on the... disconnected phone to his parents?
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'''RYAN:''' Oh, yeah.
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 +
'''MATT:''' Yeah, it was a couple years before.  Yeah.
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 +
'''MIKE:''' But it was Decemberween that he was doing that?  Eating by himself?
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 +
'''MATT:''' Yeah.  Yeah.  ''{laughing}''  It really brings out the worst in Coach Z.  Decemberween.
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 +
''{Mike laughs}''
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''{pause}''
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 +
'''MATT:''' Sounds like ''Homestar'' needs to learn to say wouds wide.
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''{pause until Homestar begins floating across the screen, wiggling}''
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 +
'''MATT:''' ''{laughing}'' What are y&mdash; What are you doing, Homestar?
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 +
''{Mike laughs}''
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 +
'''MATT:''' Wiggle, waggle.
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 +
'''MIKE:''' All right.  Ryan?  Your turn.
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 +
'''RYAN:''' Hey, guys.
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 +
'''MATT:''' See&mdash; I had originally made, uh, the cheeks of that giant Coach Z butt, like, pulsating.
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 +
''{Ryan laughs}''
 +
 
 +
'''MIKE:''' Ewwww...
 +
 
 +
'''MATT:''' It was a little&mdash; It was a little too creepy.
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 +
'''MIKE:''' The censors!
 +
 
 +
'''MATT:''' Yeah.  It was, uh... It reminded me of some Ren & Stimpy thing.  It seems like Stimpy's butt cheeks would always get really shiny and start, like, making the balloon noises, like...
 +
 
 +
'''MIKE:''' Yeah, I think&mdash; In "Happy Happy Joy Joy", I think he does some butt dancing.
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 +
''{pause}''
 +
 
 +
'''MATT:''' I like Homestar's construction hat/football helmet.
 +
 
 +
'''RYAN:''' ''{overlapping Matt}'' Yeah.
 +
 
 +
'''MIKE:''' ''{also overlapping Matt}'' Football helmet.
 +
 
 +
'''MATT:''' There should be a real football&mdash; Some team, should just be the... The Construction Workers.
 +
 
 +
'''MIKE:''' The Steelers.
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 +
'''MATT:''' Yeah, there you go.  The Steelworkers.
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===Fun Facts===
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*The "Chili Peppers" is a reference to [[Wikipedia:Red Hot Chili Peppers|Red Hot Chili Peppers]], an American alternative rock band.  During the early part of their career, they were known for performing wearing nothing but a strategically placed tube sock.[http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12063028]
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*Decemberween Short Shorts was indeed the last true toon to truly feature anything related to the Old-Timey universe until an Easter egg in [[pet show]], featuring [[Old-Timey Strong Bad]] and [[The Sneak]].
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*Polymascotfoamalate was first referenced and featured in [[4 branches]], where Rumble Red first appeared.
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*The Rumble Red cameo was on the Kozmik Bowling scorecard Easter egg in [[mini-golf]].
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*[[Wikipedia:Swarovski|Swarovski]] is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut lead crystal glass products produced by companies owned by Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, near [[Wikipedia:Zürich|Zürich]], [[Wikipedia:Switzerland|Switzerland]].
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*Coach Z had previously spoken on a [[disconnected phone]] to his parents in [[Homestar Presents: Presents]].
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*[[Wikipedia:Ren & Stimpy|Ren & Stimpy]] was a television show on [[Nickelodeon]] about a chihuahua named Ren Höek (AKA Ren) and a manx cat named Stimpson J. Cat (AKA Stimpy).
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*There is in fact a real football team named after steel: namely, the [[Wikipedia:Pittsburgh Steelers|Pittsburgh Steelers]].
==External Links==
==External Links==
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*[[HR:dweenshorts.swf|view the Flash file for "Decemberween Short Shorts"]]
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*[[Videlectrix:xmas08/CheerUpCoachZ.zip|download the ZIP file for "Cheer Up, Coach Z"]]
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*[[Forum:10428|forum thread re: Decemberween Short Shorts]]
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*[[HR:songs/CheerUpCoachZ.mp3|download the MP3 file for "Cheer Up, Coach Z"]]
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Current revision as of 21:36, 31 December 2019

Toon Category: Holiday Toon
watch Let us give TANKS! Jibblies 2
Short Santa shorts

Homestar and pals star in another series of short shorts, this time holiday-related.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Homestar Runner, Strong Sad, Bubs, Pom Pom, Coach Z, The King of Town, Strong Mad, The Homestar Runner, Rumble Red, Old-Timey Marzipan, one of Pom Pom's girls

Places: The Brick Wall, The Stick, Basement of the Brothers Strong, The Office, The Decemberween Tree, The Old-Timey Field, Coach Z's Locker Room, The Classroom, The Field, Club Technochocolate (dance floor)

Date: Monday, December 18, 2006

Running Time: 6:05

Page Title: The Short Shorts are BACK! And Holiday Scented!

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 3

Contents

[edit] Transcript

{A pair of red shorts with white fur lining and a gold belt buckle appears, on which is superimposed the title: "DECEMBERWEEN Short Shorts". Snowflakes fall and synthesized music plays.}

{The scene changes to The Brick Wall, on which Strong Bad is writing on a piece of paper. As he writes, the words appear on a note at the top of the screen.}

STRONG BAD: Dear Tube Socks, It's me again. I hope you had a good year. Free of athletes' feet and toe jams.

{Zoom in close on Strong Bad, pan left slowly}

STRONG BAD: Lemme cut to the chase. On Decemberween morning, when I open you guys up, you're going to hear...things. Hurtful things. Unforgivable things. Things like,

{Cut to Strong Bad opening tube socks with The Cheat at a decorated The Stick.}

STRONG BAD: {groans}

{A black transition screen with the word "and" appears}

STRONG BAD: and

{Cut to Strong Bad opening tube socks on The Couch}

STRONG BAD: Oh, man!

{The black transition screen with the word "and" reappears}

STRONG BAD: and

{Cut to Strong Bad opening tube socks in his cubicle with Homestar smiling and a Decemberween tree made out of pushpins and a flyer on the wall that reads, "D'screetret Santa Today!"}

STRONG BAD: This present of tube socks totally sucks and I hate it!

{Cut back to Strong Bad writing his note at The Brick Wall}

STRONG BAD: Don't you believe a word of it, Tube Socks. I love you guys. I don't know what I'd do without my yearly pair.

{Zoom out to a silhouette of the scene}

STRONG BAD: But a guy's gotta keep up appearances, right? If peoples found out I have a soft spot for tube socks, it'd be all over. {a pair of tube socks appears, and the stripes cycle between several colors.} It took me years to live down that Martina...

{Cut to a poster of Martina Navratilova playing tennis on the wall of The Basement}

STRONG BAD: ...Navratilova poster, and I will not go down that road again.

{Cut back to Strong Bad writing his note at The Brick Wall.}

STRONG BAD: We can be secret friends. Like that hunchback kid at school. In closing, please disregard any and all negative comments or negative burning you may hear or experience on Decemberween. Stealthily Yours, Strong Bad.

{Strong Bad draws a picture of his head with bat wings, a heart with an apostrophe and the letter "s", and a pair of tube socks.}

{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}

{The scene changes to a Decemberween tree with ornaments representing Strong Sad, Bubs, Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, Strong Bad, Coach Z, and The King of Town.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT: Ooh, man. I feel de-licious!

{Zoom in on the Homestar Runner ornament, which is an iced gingerbread cookie}

HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT: Does anybody here know if it is either illegal or unethical to wanna eat yourself?

{Zoom back out}

THE KING OF TOWN ORNAMENT: I sure hope not!

STRONG BAD ORNAMENT: Eww! Shut up, king... or I'll stuff you full of coal!

{Zoom in on the King of Town ornament.}

THE KING OF TOWN ORNAMENT: That wouldn't be so bad! A little onion salt,

{A picture of "The King of Town's Last Three Items in the Pantry Special!" descends}

THE KING OF TOWN ORNAMENT: ...some hot sauce... wouldn't be the first time!

{Zoom back out to the rest of the ornaments.}

BUBS ORNAMENT: Hey, Coach Z! Don'tcha think it's about time you updated that photograph?

{Zoom in on the Coach Z ornament.}

COACH Z ORNAMENT: Heck no! The '74s was the prime of my dating year! In those days, ladies would go out with anything that had a mustache.

{Zoom back out to the rest of the ornaments.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT: Hey, Strong Bad, I really like your rhinestone cowboy costume.

STRONG BAD ORNAMENT: Uh, you got the wrong 'ween, Homestar. This is Decemberween. Not the Hallow- one.

HOMESTAR RUNNER ORNAMENT: Oh... right, right. Trick-or-treat!

{Zoom in on the Strong Bad ornament.}

STRONG BAD ORNAMENT: Does anybody know where Strong Sad is?

{Pan to the Strong Sad ornament, which is made of clear glass and therefore transparent.}

STRONG SAD ORNAMENT: Uh, hello. I'm right here!

{Zoom back out to the rest of the ornaments.}

STRONG BAD ORNAMENT: Whoa, I can hardly see you! You're like the Predator up there.

{Zoom in on the Strong Sad ornament.}

STRONG SAD ORNAMENT: No, I'm like the most expensive ornament on this tree by about forty-five dollars!

{Zoom back out to the rest of the ornaments.}

STRONG BAD ORNAMENT: Oh yeah? Well my four-point-five cents of plastic sequins and styrofoam are about to bedazzle you right offa this tree! {sparkles and shines while warbling}

HOMESTAR RUNNER, COACH Z, AND THE KING OF TOWN ORNAMENTS: {in amazement} Ooh!

{The Strong Sad ornament shakes, screams, falls, and shatters on the ground. The camera pans down to the base of the tree where his broken remains are next to a Decemberween present with an "M" on the front and a couple of yellow ribbons for eyebrows.}

STRONG MAD PRESENT: HAPPY DECEMBERWEEN!

{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}

{The scene changes to The Homestar Runner in the snow-covered Old-Timey Field, wearing a winter cap and holding a dead rat in front of a decorated pile of other dead rats. Music plays in the background.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: This here's gonna be the biggest Decemberween rat pile in town. {throws dead rat onto the pile}

RUMBLE RED: Eh, rumble. {superimposed several times upon itself as he appears}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {scowls at Rumble Red} Aw, phooey! And after that, pooey! Not you again!

RUMBLE RED: Earthling, explain to me this pile of rotten rodentia...rumble.

{Zoom in on The Homestar Runner}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: It's Decemberween, Rumble Red. {holds up a dead rat} The most sanitary time of year. {Zoom out} When everyone piles up all the dead rats they've a-cooma-lated throughout the year.

{Zoom in on Rumble Red}

RUMBLE RED: We don't have any Decemberweens on my planeeeeet, rumble.

{Zoom in on The Homestar Runner}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {angrily} Well, whaddaya know? {Zoom out; The Homestar Runner has one leg sticking up in the air} What do they have on your planet?

RUMBLE RED: Oh, not much. {The Homestar Runner puts his leg back down} Long lines. Expensive bread. Rumble-doo.

{Old-Timey Marzipan walks in with a bundle of dynamite with a ticking timer.}

OLD-TIMEY MARZIPAN: Happy Decemberween, Rumble Red. {hands him the dynamite}

RUMBLE RED: Cosmic joy! {Zoom in} I think this buffalo has showed me the true meaning of December-rumble-ween!

{Camera zooms out. The ticking grows quicker, the top of the dynamite pops open, with Old-Timey Marzipan's Contraption revealing a large pistol, out of which a cement mixer emerges and drops a bear trap around Rumble Red. The bear trap closes and decapitates him. Music plays and his body dances.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Haw, Haw, Haw.
OLD-TIMEY MARZIPAN: {simultaneously} Hee, Hee, Hee.

{A black screen saying THE END covers everything except for a circle around The Homestar Runner's face}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: A Decemberween tradition! {the circle closes to black}

{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}

{The scene changes to The Brick Wall, on which Strong Sad is writing on a piece of paper. As he writes, the words appear on a note at the top of the screen.}

STRONG SAD: Dear Argyle Socks,

{Cut to the title screen shot of the Decemberween shorts and accompanying music.}

{Homestar Runner is wearing a cricket helmet in the locker room with Coach Z, who has a clipboard. He puts the helmet in an open locker and then puts a rolled up towel around his neck and closes the locker.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Wow, what a great season, Coach Z.

COACH Z: You said it, crumb bum. We was undeforted!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {annoyed} Maybe you were. {Zoom in on Homestar} Well, have a good holiday. You doing anything special?

{Zoom in on Coach Z}

COACH Z: Aww, totally. I'm havin' all kinds of real people over to my house for a coupla real people parties. Don't you worry about me. I am nat a loser.

{Zoom in on Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: That's great, Coach Z! Well I... {Camera zooms out. Coach Z is no longer in sight.} Coach Z? Coach Z?

{A locker opens up. Inside, Coach Z stands upside-down and has stubble on his face. Empty bottles of Listerine are also seen.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ohh, Coach Zeeee!

COACH Z: I've hit rack battom!

{Zoom out to Homestar Runner, as music begins to play.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing and dancing} A-listen to me now. Cheer up, Coach Z. It doesn't {Coach Z starts to chop his arm to the song} have to be creepy and depressing all the time.

{Zoom in on Coach Z}

COACH Z: For real?

{Homestar appears in The Classroom in front of a blackboard with the words "NOTE TO SELF:" written on it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} If you learn to say words right,

{The words "SAY WOUDS WIDE!" are written on the blackboard as Homestar says "say words right".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} You'll find out people might

{Coach Z appears in the snowy Field sitting on a soapbox with a puke pail and a sign that reads, "CHAT WITH ME ON SPEC!"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing offscreen} ...not throw up so much when they talk to you!

COACH Z: Oh, that'd be nice!

{Homestar Runner appears against a yellow background of Coach Z's logo, wiggling horizontally across the screen.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} Now listen to me. It's almost Decemberween,

{Homestar Runner returns to the locker scene, hanging from the top of the screen}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing offscreen} ...and there's not a single present beneath your tree.

{Pan to a pile of green towels decorated with an ornament, Blue Star ointment, underwear, and a sign reading: "THIS SPACE FOR RENT (ON SPEC!)"}

{Homestar Runner appears in front of "FIGURE 1-A", a diagram of Coach Z and Bubs, with a question mark in a word balloon coming from the latter's head.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} When someone asks you, "What's up?"

{A word balloon with a picture of Coach Z's butt comes from Coach Z's head. Bubs covers his forehead with his arm.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} ...don't tell them about your butt, {a "no" symbol appears on top of Coach Z's word balloon}

{Cut back to the locker room scene}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} or any embarrassing physical problems you might have.

COACH Z: I collect those!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} And when you're talking to a pretty girl...

{"FIGURE 1-B" appears, Coach Z standing on a dance floor. One of Pom Pom's girls descends from the top of the screen in front of Coach Z.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {spoken offscreen} On second thought, don't talk to any pretty girls.

{The girl is yanked offscreen by a cane and Coach Z hangs his head.}

{The scene returns to Homestar in front of the Coach Z background, this time wiggling vertically.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} and you'll find yourself invited,

{Cut to a wanted poster of Coach Z on a brick wall which reads, "FOR CREEPY STYLES AND CREEPIER HABITS"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing offscreen} and probably way less indicted, {the poster is torn down the middle}

{Return to the locker room scene, in which Homestar is now standing with the cricket helmet on his head.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} And you won't have to spend Decemberween alone! {Homestar takes off his helmet and shakes it on the last word.}

{Coach Z climbs out of the locker as the Listerine bottles fall to the ground.}

COACH Z: Hey, thanks for the advice, Homestar! I'd love to come to your house for Decemberween!

{Zoom in on Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: What? No, no-ho-ho! No, no, no. No, Coach Z, no. No. {glaring} No, you can't.

{The scene ends and a modified title screen appears, with the Decemberween shorts, falling snowflakes, music, and the word "End."}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • Argyle is a pattern containing diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement.
  • "On Spec" refers to doing work without the assurance of income.
  • "D'screetret Santa" is a play on the Christmas gift-exchange practice of "Secret Santa".
  • The "und" from Coach Z's list is the German word for "and".
  • What Rumble Red does have on his planet (long lines, expensive bread) is a reference to the state of affairs in the Soviet Union prior to its collapse, when citizens of the then-Soviet countries had to stand in extremely long lines to receive their rations and when staple foods like bread were scarce, and therefore expensive to procure. This relates to The Homestar Runner calling Rumble Red a "Communist fool" in 4 branches. Also, "red" is a common nickname for a communist, based on the Soviet Union's stereotyped use of the color, most obviously in its flag.
  • In general, a rhinestone cowboy is any man who wears the elaborate, stylized western wear made by rodeo tailors, especially as contrasted to a working cowboy or ranch hand.

[edit] Trivia

A meal fit for a King of Town.
  • "The King of Town's Last Three Items in the Pantry Special!" reads:
The King of Town's
Last Three Items in the Pantry Special!
onion salt
hot sauce
lumps of coal
$f.ood
  • Coach Z's clipboard reads:
plays:
-the runaround
-the picket fence
-the stanislaw
-the local gentry
-cake und pie
-eyeball eyeball

[edit] Remarks

Handwriting comparison
  • The AhnbergHand font that Strong Bad uses for writing his letter has a modified uppercase "I". The uppercase I in this font normally has a dot on it and is often mistaken for a lowercase i. However, Strong Bad does not use the capital I consistently; he still uses lowercase i's at the beginning of two sentences.
  • In Strong Bad's letter, he remarks about how much he secretly likes tube socks, yet the picture he draws at the bottom shows socks that have a distinct heel.
  • When Strong Bad writes his letter, the words on the paper he's writing on are illegible. When Strong Sad writes his letter, it is legible.
  • The way Homestar has a towel around his neck gives the impression that he has shoulders.
  • Ironically, Strong Bad makes an appearance as what he considers to be "an anti-gift": a homemade ornament (as seen in what I want).
  • Considering Strong Sad does not seem to have normal feet, it is odd that he would want a pair of Argyle socks for Decemberween.
  • When the Strong Sad ornament falls off the tree, he breaks as soon as he leaves the frame. Given that the bottom of the frame is well above the ground, he is smashed before he actually hits it.

[edit] Goofs

  • In the locker room short, the ends of Homestar Runner's towel are rolled in contradictory directions.
  • In the song Homestar sings to Coach Z, the word "say" on the chalkboard moves when the word "wouds" comes up.
  • When Homestar tells Coach Z "No!" (that he can't come to his house) half of Homestar's towel is broken in half behind his head.
  • When the close-up on the Homestar cookie is shown, the ribbon holding him to the branch isn't completely there.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • Martina Navratilova is a former World No. 1 woman tennis player.
  • The Predator is a fictional alien hunter from the movie series of the same name. He could turn invisible by using light refraction.
  • Strong Bad and Strong Sad writing letters on a wall is a reference to the Peanuts Christmas Specials, where the characters write letters to Santa in the same position.
  • The Strong Bad ornament "bedazzling" the Strong Sad ornament off the tree may be a reference to the Bedazzler, which uses cheap, shiny plastic beads much like the Strong Bad ornament.
  • The "Picket Fence" is a basketball play from the film Hoosiers, specifically the one used by tiny Hickory High School to win the Indiana state title.
  • Another one of Coach Z's plays is called "the local gentry". Gentry are higher class members of society, such as rich people or those of good breeding. The term "the local gentry" was used in the song "Love and Marriage", made famous by Frank Sinatra and later used as the theme song of the TV show Married with Children.
  • The format of this toon could be a reference to shows such as Charlie Brown and The Simpsons, both of which recently have had Christmas specials composed of shorts.
  • The format may also be a reference to the shorts that are used in The Red Green Show.
  • Homestar thinking Strong Bad is a "Rhinestone Cowboy" is a reference to the song of the same name by Glen Campbell.

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman, Ryan Sterritt)

MIKE: Look it's—

MATT: {overlapping Mike} All right, we're gonna start by pumping our fists in the air and going "woo, woo, woo" guys.

MIKE: Okay, one, two, three...

{Mike, Matt and Ryan are heard going, "Whoo, whoo, whoo!" in unison}

MATT: All right.

RYAN: {overlapping Matt} Start us off.

MIKE: Nice shorts, Matt!

MATT: Hey, those are— that's not my gross legs! {Mike and Ryan laugh} I don't know whose gross legs...

MIKE: Our aunt Carol gives us tube socks usually; it's a great, uh, Christmas present.

MATT: Yeah.

RYAN: Do you still have those shorts?

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Yeah. They were boxers, right?

MATT: {overlapping Mike} Yeah, they're still around here somewhere. Aren't they Photoshopped, too? Didn't you Photoshop that picture, because they didn't— they weren't quite short enough? {Mike laughs} And so we— I had to fold 'em over...

MIKE: Oh, that's right.

MATT: ...uh, to make them a little creepier. And then, uh, you Photoshopped the waistband, I think. {pause} It's funny, 'cause th— there was a period where Aunt Carol gave us the tube socks and it was lame, 'cause you were, like, in, you know, it was, like, in—

MIKE: Seventh or eighth grade and you wanted a Nintendo game.

MATT: Right. Or you just didn't want— you didn't wear tube socks with stripes on 'em. Then it was, like, you got into, like, ninth grade and you listened to the Chili Peppers and you— and it was weird...

MIKE: You needed it—

MATT: ...and so you pull your socks way up to your knees.

MIKE: W—

MATT: And, uh...

MIKE: The Chili Peppers did different things with tube socks...

{Matt laughs}

MIKE: ...than pull them up to their knees.

MATT: Uh... but so, they— her— her gift kind of went in and out of— of being cool.

MIKE: Yeah. I hate 'em now, actually.

MATT: No, no!

MIKE: I'm sure when I'm 36 I'll like 'em again. But as a 34-year-old, they're lame.

{pause}

MATT: That's, uh... you did a good job on the— that looks like gingerbread, Mike. That's— I wanna eat— I wanna eat that. But it looks like one of those gingerbread ornaments that's, like, dried and gross.

MIKE: Yeah, that's— that's from, like, the— the late '70s.

MATT: {overlapping Mike} So, actually I don't— I don't wanna eat it.

MIKE: Our grandma had this, uh, gingerbread house that was sooo old... and terrible, but you still wanted to eat it!

MATT: Yeah. I mean, it was— it was amazing. There was nothing resembling, like, edible candy left on it. There were maybe a few gumdrops that had just, like, melted and were glazed over, but... I'd still pick at it, for sure. {Matt and Ryan laugh}

{pause}

MATT: {as the Strong Bad ornament talks about which 'ween it is} Somebody made that, right? Didn't we— Did we put that fanstuff up?

MIKE: I think it was a really bad picture.

MATT: Oh, is that what it was? It was, like, a cell phone picture?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: It was out of focus? But the—

RYAN: Go ahead and send it in, then.

MATT: Yeah.

{Mike Ryan laugh}

{pause}

MIKE: Look how proud Strong Sad is of—

MATT: He's a Swarovski, maybe.

MIKE: What's that?

MATT: Don't they make fine crystal some— someplace. We got a Swarovski ornament for our— our— a wedding present, I remember.

{pause}

MATT: {doing Strong Sad's voice, just after the Strong Sad ornament falls off the tree} Oh!

{pause, Mike and Matt laugh as the Strong Mad present does his line}

MATT: Strong Mad can't be contained in the confines of a... ornament.

MIKE: Yeah.

{brief pause as the Old-Timey scene begins}

RYAN: Old-Timey.

MATT: It's been a long time s— This is the last Old-Timey thing we've done, aside from— aside from Rumble Red, uh, cameos, right?

MIKE: Yeah. This was— Most of the Rumble Red was before this, right?

MATT: Well, just one. It w—

MIKE: Oh, okay.

MATT: It was really just the... polymascotfoamalate—

MIKE: Right.

MATT: —was where he came from, and then this... This is the first mention of his name, too, right? I mean—

MIKE: Yeah, I think so.

MATT: —this is when they officially call him Rumble Red.

{pause}

MATT: Uh, so, Mike and I have wa— There were these, umm, awesome industrial shorts — cartoons — from back in, what, the '50s, maybe?

MIKE: '50s, yeah.

MATT: '40s and '50s. That were, uh... always, like, an alien from another planet coming to Earth and learning about industry...

MIKE: Or learning about car production, or oil. Yeah.

MATT: {overlapping Mike} Or learning about... competition, or gasoline. Yeah.

MATT: And they always were, like, "But on Mars, we don't do it like that!" {Mike laughs} "Well, that's why you're stupid, Mr. Martian!" And then he'd go back at the end and show them all.

{pause}

MATT: That's— They killed him. They just decapitated him.

{brief pause while The Homestar Runner says, "A Decemberween tradition!"}

MATT: Murdering aliens! That's great, Old-Timey Homestar!

{Mike and Matt chuckle as Strong Sad writes "Dear Argyle Socks,"}

MATT: And we're out!

MIKE: {laughs} Umm... is there any more?

MATT: I like these short shorts. What's our next—

MIKE: Oh, we've got—

MATT: —short short gonna be, Mike?

MIKE: Uhh... let's see. How 'bout "Ryan's Birthday Short Shorts"?

MATT: {laughing} But we're a little late.

MIKE: {overlapping Matt} When's your birthday? July?

RYAN: Yeah.

MIKE: Well...

RYAN: Maybe next year.

MIKE: {laughing} Maybe next year.

MATT: This, umm... This was gonna be a full cartoon, right? For, like, several years we had written— started to kind of write this full Decemberween cartoon about Coach Z being really depressing, and Homestar trying to make him not feel depressing.

MIKE: When was it— Was it... Decemberween the year before when Coach Z's talking on the... disconnected phone to his parents?

RYAN: Oh, yeah.

MATT: Yeah, it was a couple years before. Yeah.

MIKE: But it was Decemberween that he was doing that? Eating by himself?

MATT: Yeah. Yeah. {laughing} It really brings out the worst in Coach Z. Decemberween.

{Mike laughs}

{pause}

MATT: Sounds like Homestar needs to learn to say wouds wide.

{pause until Homestar begins floating across the screen, wiggling}

MATT: {laughing} What are y— What are you doing, Homestar?

{Mike laughs}

MATT: Wiggle, waggle.

MIKE: All right. Ryan? Your turn.

RYAN: Hey, guys.

MATT: See— I had originally made, uh, the cheeks of that giant Coach Z butt, like, pulsating.

{Ryan laughs}

MIKE: Ewwww...

MATT: It was a little— It was a little too creepy.

MIKE: The censors!

MATT: Yeah. It was, uh... It reminded me of some Ren & Stimpy thing. It seems like Stimpy's butt cheeks would always get really shiny and start, like, making the balloon noises, like...

MIKE: Yeah, I think— In "Happy Happy Joy Joy", I think he does some butt dancing.

{pause}

MATT: I like Homestar's construction hat/football helmet.

RYAN: {overlapping Matt} Yeah.

MIKE: {also overlapping Matt} Football helmet.

MATT: There should be a real football— Some team, should just be the... The Construction Workers.

MIKE: The Steelers.

MATT: Yeah, there you go. The Steelworkers.

[edit] Fun Facts

  • The "Chili Peppers" is a reference to Red Hot Chili Peppers, an American alternative rock band. During the early part of their career, they were known for performing wearing nothing but a strategically placed tube sock.[1]
  • Decemberween Short Shorts was indeed the last true toon to truly feature anything related to the Old-Timey universe until an Easter egg in pet show, featuring Old-Timey Strong Bad and The Sneak.
  • Polymascotfoamalate was first referenced and featured in 4 branches, where Rumble Red first appeared.
  • The Rumble Red cameo was on the Kozmik Bowling scorecard Easter egg in mini-golf.
  • Swarovski is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut lead crystal glass products produced by companies owned by Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, near Zürich, Switzerland.
  • Coach Z had previously spoken on a disconnected phone to his parents in Homestar Presents: Presents.
  • Ren & Stimpy was a television show on Nickelodeon about a chihuahua named Ren Höek (AKA Ren) and a manx cat named Stimpson J. Cat (AKA Stimpy).
  • There is in fact a real football team named after steel: namely, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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