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"What is it, like, mid-May or something?"

Homestar and the gang all reflect on their summer vacation.

Cast (in order of appearance): Bubs, Marzipan, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Homsar, Eh! Steve (Easter egg), Strong Sad, The King of Town, Coach Z, Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, The Poopsmith

Places: The Field, Topiary Garden, The Island, Obstacle Course, Airplane

Date: July 3, 2006

Running Time: 4:37

Page Title: Your dreams were your ticket out...



{A closeup of a time clock attached to a telephone pole. A time card is punched in. The words "Weclome Back" are shown, and flash various colors. Pull out to see Bubs holding a cup of coffee, in front of a table with styrofoam cups and an urn, in the Field. Marzipan enters and also punches in.}

BUBS: Well, hello, Marzi-person! Welcome back.

MARZIPAN: Well, howdy, stranger!

BUBS: Stranger? I'm Bubs, remember?

MARZIPAN: {unimpressed} Uh, I know. It's a joke.

BUBS: That's hilarious! How was your vacation?

MARZIPAN: It was toot sweet! I took the Cool Tapes on a midwestern tour {the tour map pops up} of bead shops and topiary gardens.

{Cut to a topiary garden; Marzipan, Strong Mad and The Cheat are playing in the band}

MARZIPAN: {singing}

Cool tapes are cool, and we're better than ever,
Cool tapes are cool, 'cause we're light as a feather.
Keep it down with that real cool flavor,
Me and The Cheat and our bass player.
Rockin' the spot.
Yeah, we're rockin' the spot.

{Marzipan appears behind a topiary tree shaped like William Shakespeare.}

MARZIPAN: Grapes, y'all! And don't forget we've got cool 7-inches for sale over at our merch table.

{Cut to the merchandise table. Homsar is standing on it, it has a sign reading "Merch Masala" and another reading "Steven Inches $π"}

HOMSAR: I'm a little light in the leftovers!

{Homsar's hat flies off the left of the screen, and comes back on from the right and settles on his head. Cut back to Bubs and Marzipan at the coffee table.}

BUBS: I bet you drove the shapèd plants wild.

MARZIPAN: Yeah, they were way into it. So what did you do?

BUBS: I drove my baloney sandwich truck down to the beach.

{Cut to the tropical island. Bubs's "Baloney Sammich Truck", which resembles an ice-cream truck, doesn't quite fit, and the rear wheels are in the water.}

BUBS: BAH-loh-NEH!!! Come on, people! Come on, palm tree! I'm-tryingtosellabaloneysammich!

{An Atari seagull squawks and flies past.}

BUBS: {angrily to Atari seagull} You shut your face!

{Cut back to the coffee table.}

BUBS: I sold exactly zero baloney sandwiches!

MARZIPAN: Well, that's great!

BUBS: Yeah, it was pretty much my best summer ever.

STRONG SAD: {walks in} Same here. I spent two glorious weeks at Gluten Camp. I learned more about this oft-misunderstood plant protein than I ever thought possible.

THE KING OF TOWN: Whateva! {puts a time card in the time clock} I was across the lake at Glutton Camp. And we challenged those pansies to an obstacle course!

{Cut to the obstacle course, pan across to see Strong Sad and the King of Town stuck in two tire swings.}

STRONG SAD: Well, should we call it a draw?

THE KING OF TOWN: Hecks, no! I got stuck in here 10 minutes before you!

{Pan across to Coach Z.}

COACH Z: Let's go, Glorten Camp! Glorten Camp is pain and scranin' on yous!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Oh yeah?

{cut back to the coffee table}

STRONG BAD: Well while you slo-mos were slounching around on your haunchy laurels, I was checking the most amazing email of my career!

{Cut through static to Strong Bad, holding the Lappy, on a plane. Screen markers and a recording light are visible, as though viewed through a camcorder. Strong Bad leans in and adjusts the focus.}

STRONG BAD: All right, Lappy, when I mash record on that camera, we're gonna perform the world's first death-defying midair SBEmail check! We'll make the cover of all the latest blogs! Now, are you psyched?! I'm psyched, are you psyched?!? OK, 3! 2! 1!

{Strong Bad leans in and presses a button on the camera. Cut through static to Strong Bad standing on the ground. The camera drops to the ground and slowly falls over.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, the believing is hard to be doing, because that was so incredible! We met so many celebrities in midair! And the part with the narwhale {sic} was so illegal.

{Cut through static to Strong Bad, back at the coffee table}

STRONG BAD: Oh, cuh-rap! What am I, your dad? I can't believe I pulled the old "mash Stop when you think you're mashing Record and mash Record when you think you're mashing Stop" routine on myself.

MARZIPAN: But if we've all been on vacation, who's been taking care of the website?

{Homestar Runner walks in, tired, wearing a dressing gown, a nightcap and Nebulon slippers, with a cinnamon 5 o'clock shadow.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {yawns} What's up, my brothers? Let no one say the Homestar Runner don't know how to nap. What is it, like mid-May or something?

STRONG BAD: Uh, try "early July."

{Zoom in.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aah! I slept through June!


{Zoom in even tighter.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aah-! -gatha Christie would never sleep through June... neither would Angela Lansbury.

STRONG BAD: Aren't they the same person?

BUBS: Yeah.


MARZIPAN: I think they are.

STRONG SAD: Yes, they definitely are.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, it's settled then. Now, what's this I hear about some of you guys sleeping through June? I'll let it slide this time, but June-sleepers will not be tolerated from this day henceforth. Now, whose turn was it to {rolls tongue} bring the doughnuts?


HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, I'll let it slide this time, but dough-not rememberers will dough-not be tolerated from now on. All right, everybody, everybody. It's time to get this www-dot-show back on the road-dot-com. Now, places! Aaand...

{Cut to everyone standing in regular clothes in front of a plain blue background. The words "everybody, everybody" appear in front of them, zooming and flashing. The music from the Intro page plays.}

CHILDREN: Everybody, everybody! Everybody, everybody! Everybody, everybody! Everybody, everybody!

Easter Eggs

The Freewheelin' Eh, Steve
  • In Homsar's scene, click on the "Steven Inches" sign to see a "The Freewheelin' Eh, Steve" album cover. On the bottom it lists the songs Sweet Cups and Cakes by Wheelchair Man, Eh, Steve's Dream by Eh, Steve!, and Talkin' Trying to Catch a Worm Blues by Fresh Juice.
  • When the King of Town first appears, click on his crown to see his "I'm with Glutton Camp" T-shirt.
  • Click on the left "everybody" at the end of the toon to see what Pom Pom and The Poopsmith presumably did during their summer vacation.
{Pom Pom and the Poopsmith are both leaning on the palm tree on the deserted island. The Poopsmith is wearing Strong Bad's Dangeresque sunglasses, and Pom Pom is wearing Homestar's. After a few moments, a thought cloud appears and reveals that Pom Pom is thinking of a baloney sandwich. Another one appears shortly afterwards and shows that the Poopsmith is too.}

Fun Facts


  • This toon refers to the real-life vacation that The Brothers Chaps took in the late spring/early summer of 2006, during which time the site went nearly seven weeks (48 days) without a major update, the longest hiatus on record. There were various minor updates during this period, but no toons.
  • "Toot sweet" is a play on the French phrase "tout de suite" (which translates to "immediately" or "at once"). Both phrases are pronounced roughly the same.
  • The Baloney Truck is a spoof on the Ice Cream Truck/Van, which is popular in some parts of the world.


Cool Tapes' June 2006 tour
  • The time card reads:
8:03 5:54
7:45 6:21
9:21 6:03
12:02 5:58
7:56 6:23
8:03 5:54
7:45 6:21
  • The Cool Tapes tour goes through East Westerburg, Beadsburg, Bead Store City, Sculpted Busheston, New Beadshop, Topiarianapolis, Beeeeeds, and Tope Gardens. Other towns on the map are Northtime, Pantsburg, Shoigut, Thuxtable, and The Slickster.
  • There are trees in the topiary garden shaped as an ice-cream cone, Trogdor, a tree stump, and William Shakespeare.
  • According to the sign on the side of Bubs's truck, he's selling:
    • "Gumball Surprise"– A baloney sandwich with a purple gumball on top.
    • "Open Smiley Face"– An open baloney sandwich with a smiley face drawn on it in mustard.
    • "I Heart Baloney"– A baloney sandwich with heart-shaped bread.
    • "Dog Food"– A baloney sandwich with bone-shaped bread.
    • "It's Not a Real Popsicle" – A baloney sandwich with popsicle-shaped bread.
    • "Inside Out"– A piece of bread between two slices of baloney.
  • In the DVD commentary on Strong Bad Email island, Matt said they should use the island again. In addition to this cartoon, they already reused it in disconnected.


  • Agatha Christie and Angela Lansbury are not, in fact, the same person. Christie was a crime fiction author, and Lansbury is an actress famous for playing a crime fiction author on Murder, She Wrote. Lansbury however did play Christie's fictional sleuth Miss Marple in the movie adaptation of Christie's The Mirror Crack'd.
  • The spelling narwhale and Strong Bad's pronunciation of it are accepted variants; the more common spelling is narwhal.
  • When we see the back of the Lappy, it has none of the connection ports from isp, but it is possible that Strong Bad's glove may be covering them.


  • When Marzipan's angry expression is used, blinking causes her outline to be intruded.

Inside References

  • Pantsburg is one of the places Strong Bad visited on his vacation, and one of the places in Limozeen's Zeenin' Across the Country tour.
  • Strong Bad's line, "I can't believe I pulled the 'Mash stop when you think you're mashing record, and mash record when you think you're mashing stop' on myself", is a reference to mashing go/play on something
  • The Atari seagull first appeared in huttah! and take-a-break.exe.
  • Marzipan's Cool Tapes band comes from Cool Things.
    • Marzipan's remark, "Grapes, y'all!", is a reference to the bag of four grapes that appeared in the original lyrics.
  • The toon's title contains the word Weclome.
  • Bubs pronounces "shaped plants" the same way Strong Bad and Teenage Homestar pronounced "striped pants" in highschool.
  • One of the places the Cool Tapes band visits is East Westerburg. Westerberg (spelled slightly differently) was visited in Thy Dungeonman 3, and it was to the east of the player's starting location.
  • The Poopsmith is wearing what appears to be Strong Bad's Dangeresque sunglasses, and Pom Pom is wearing Dangeresque Too's sunglasses.
  • In addition to the two ropes attaching the tire swings to the tree at the obstacle course, a third rope hangs from the sky and sways gently, as did the rope featured in A Folky Tale.
  • The "Gumball Surprise" is another example of a concoction.
  • Homestar's sleeping through June is similar to how he slept through most of Decemberween in Homestar Presents: Presents.
  • The Eh! Steve song "Sweet Cups and Cakes" refers to Sweet Cuppin' Cakes, from which he originated.
  • "Fresh Juice" (from the Eh! Steve album) is one of the suggested death metal lyrics from the worksheet in death metal.
  • Homestar is wearing cinnamon on his face, and his slippers resemble Nebulon, who first appeared on Main Page 1.

Real-World References

  • The city "The Slickster" (as seen on the Cool Tapes tour map) is a reference to former WWE manager Ken Johnson, whose ring name was Slick and often called "The Slickster" by the commentators.
  • The city of "Thuxtable" is a reference to Theo Huxtable, a character on The Cosby Show. Theo Huxtable was previously referenced in Halloween Potion-ma-jig, when Coach Z dressed up like him.
  • The design of the Cool Tapes Marzipan amps is based on the design of the classic Marshall amp. It was previously seen in different town.
  • The page title references the theme song from the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter ("Welcome back / Your dreams were your ticket out...").
  • Athletic competitions between summer camps occupying the same campground are common in family movies and cartoons. Some examples include the movies Heavyweights and Meatballs.
  • The "Freewheelin' Eh! Steve" album cover is a reference to Bob Dylan's early album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. In addition, "Eh! Steve's Dream" is a reference to the Dylan song Bob Dylan's Dream and "Talkin' Trying to Catch a Worm Blues" refers to Dylan's song Talkin' World War III Blues.
  • Homestar's green ribcage shirt is a reference to the movie This Is Spinal Tap, in which Nigel Tufnel wears the same shirt and later remarks "This is what I sleep in sometimes".
    • The Eh! Steve song "Sweet Cups and Cakes" is likely a This Is Spinal Tap reference as well, since "Cups and Cakes" is the name of a Spinal Tap song.
  • Strong Mad's violin styled bass bears a resemblance to the Hofner bass played by Paul McCartney. However, Strong Mad plays right handed, while Paul is left-handed.
  • Strong Bad's Narwhal reference is a reference to the popular Internet game Narwhal Diving at the website Spinnerdisc.com.
  • The sign on the merchandise table that reads "Merch Masala" refers to the 1985 Hindi movie Mirch Masala. Mirch Masala is also the name of an Indian restaurant in Decatur, Georgia.
  • Strong Sad's "I'm with gluten" T-shirt is a play on the popular '80s "I'm with stupid" T-shirts.

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