Sick Day

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Everybody in Free Country, USA seems to have caught a rousing epidemic.

Taking one for the team

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Strong Sad (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Mad's Room (entrance only), Strong Sad's Room (Easter egg)

Date: October 3, 2005

Computer: Lappy 486

Running Time: 1:43

Page Title: Here Comes Sickness!



{We are presented with a silent view of the Lappy, Strong Bad apparently absent, and the following email is on the screen.}

{Cut to a view of Strong Bad's desk. Strong Bad is severely ill and curled up into a ball under the table, coughing and shivering. An empty box of tissues that reads "Tish, You!", lies next to him along with a mess of used up tissues.}

STRONG BAD: {coughing} The Cheat! Get in here with my puke pail. {coughing} And bring me some tissues. Lots more tissues!

{Homestar walks in from the right of the screen with a thermometer in his mouth and an obvious look of sickness}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Strong Bad, my burps smell really bad. Check this out. {breathes and creates green puffs of air from his mouth} Hang on.

STRONG BAD: Ugh. Go away. I can't smell anything anyways.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, I'm betting you can smell these!

STRONG BAD: Yeah, well you're lucky it's your burps that smell. DO NOT go into Strong Mad's room. Or, as I've taken to calling it, Rotten Egglünd.

{Cut to outside Strong Mad's room. The door is covered with police tape that reads "Quarantine!". There is a green haze coming out from the bottom of the door.}


{Cut back to Strong Bad and Homestar in the Computer Room. He lifts his head and opens his eyes wider, making the bags under them disappear.}

STRONG BAD: Ugh. The Cheat! What's taking so long with my tissues?

{Cut to a close up of a green bucket labeled "Puke Pail for Him!" The top of The Cheat's head is visible poking out of the bucket.}

THE CHEAT: (crying noises)

{Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: {coughing} Oh well. I guess I'll just re-use some of these already re-reused ones. {He grabs a tissue. He then winces, and the bags under his eyes are visible again.} Ow! They're pointy now!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Strong Bad, I don't think you're going to be able to answer your word problem this week. So I'll take one for the team. Two trains enter a tunnel going four miles per hour. {As he talks, pictures of two trains, a tunnel, and the number 4 appear to his left.} At what time do they reach Poughkeepsie?

STRONG BAD: {groans and coughs while speaking} The Paapeeeer!

{The Paper comes down, with a distorted noise. It appears crinkled and says "Strong Bad, I can't come in today."}

STRONG BAD: Oh no, not you too! Can I blow my nose on you?

{The Paper goes back up.}

Easter Eggs

Rotten Egglünd
  • Click on the word "healthy" at the end of the toon to see a short scene with Strong Sad.
{Strong Sad is laying in his bed. His face is green with spots and he has pink around his eyes. The rest of his body is normal.}
STRONG SAD: {groans} This is the greatest day of my life. I feel like a few dollars.
  • Click on the word "Crap" at the end to see a map of "Rotten Egglünd". The locations on the map are:
    • Northwest — the buttwood — A forest of trees with birds flying out of them.
    • North — festering hills — A bunch of hills.
    • Northeast — east stinkberger — A wheel of smelly cheese with a slice taken out.
    • West — pungent acres — Some mushrooms.
    • East — rotten egg manor — A castle with a cracked, smelly egg on it.
    • Southwest — egglünd — A pile of rotten eggs.
    • South — this part smells — More hills.
    • Southeast — whatsitshire — A large pile of whatsit.

Fun Facts


  • Homestar has the wrong end of the thermometer in his mouth. The bulb is what should go in his mouth.
  • The quarantine tape over Strong Mad's door goes across the doorknob as if the doorknob were two-dimensional, or completely flat.
  • The images of Homestar's "word problem" are actually in front of Homestar.


  • Initially, clicking on the Lappy's screen did not cause the screen to ripple. This was corrected within ten hours of the toon's release, but was still only a very faint effect. However, during the Lappy scenes, you can click anywhere on the screen and it causes a ripple, as opposed to just the monitor.
  • When Strong Bad's eye bags disappear, the tint of his face changes.
  • After Strong Bad throws away the tissue, his hands stop twitching for the rest of the scene.
Armless Strong Bad
  • When Strong Bad reaches out for a tissue, he has no arm connecting to his glove.
    • This happens again when he hurts himself on the pointy tissue.
    • His arm usually wouldn't be able to stretch far enough to reach the tissue.
  • When we zoom in to Homestar answering the "word problem," the desk behind him disappears and the shading changes. When we zoom out, the designs on the wall move.

Real-World References

  • "Here Comes Sickness" is a song by Mudhoney.
  • Poughkeepsie is a city in New York located in the Hudson River Valley between New York City and Albany.

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