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"Oh Crap!"

Strong Bad Email #95

Strong Bad loses a bet with Homestar Runner, and he has to eat dinner with The King of Town.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, The King of Town, Marzipan (easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, The Field, King of Town's Castle

Date: January 19, 2004

Running Time: 2:37



STRONG BAD: Come on, big money! Big money!!

{Reading email}

Dear Strong Bad,
Do you ever go over to The King of
Town's place for dinner?  If so,
what's it like?

Ann Arbor, Michigan

{Strong Bad says "Chris Ann Arbor" as though it's the emailer's whole name, and places the stress on the middle syllable of "Michigan".}

STRONG BAD: (typing) Well Chris Ann, I hate to admit it but uh yeah, there was this one time when I went over to The King of Town's castle. Seems I placed a bet with one Homestar Runner some Tuesday night.

{cuts to Strong Bad and Homestar Runner in the field at night}

STRONG BAD: So hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on. Let me get this uh-straight: You're betting me that you're cool.


STRONG BAD: And if you're not cool, you have to change your name to Kevin DuBrow. But if you are cool, I gotta spend the night over at The King of Town's?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: That's the deal, man. The total deal.

STRONG BAD: You're goin' down, son.


STRONG BAD: Alright! Let's see you be's cool.

{Homestar pulls out a pair of sunglasses and slowly puts them on. He pauses a moment for the effect to sink in.}


{Strong Bad takes this in}

STRONG BAD: Oh, crap!!

{Cuts to The King of Town's castle. Strong Bad rings the doorbell.}

THE KING OF TOWN: Come on in.

STRONG BAD: {peeks out from behind the door} Is the coast clear?

THE KING OF TOWN: The coast is toast!

STRONG BAD: {comes out from behind the door. He is wearing a big fake beard that seems to be made out of a piece of bark} Alright, let's get this over with! {takes off beard and enters}

{The two walk over to The King of Town's pantry.}

THE KING OF TOWN: So here's all my food stuffs. You want some Pork Snagglins? Or a can of Butter-da or anything?

STRONG BAD: King, I think that stuff's for automotive use only.

THE KING OF TOWN: It's possible. Ooh! And check it out! This is my 200 pound bag of Awwww Gratin potatoes! It's an '83!

STRONG BAD: Yeah, that sucks. Look, do you have any video games or like, R-rated movies?

THE KING OF TOWN: I have a video game. It's the stand-up kind even! Like from an arcade!

STRONG BAD: No way! Really? Why didn't you say so, you creepy old man? Let's play it!!

{The game turns out to be "Typing Tutor".}

STRONG BAD: Uh... never mind.

THE KING OF TOWN: How many WPMs can you get up to? That's words per minute, you know.

STRONG BAD: You're about to get 175 fists per stomach if I'm not eating ice cream inside of one minute!


STRONG BAD {narrating as they scarf up "ice style cream". Flavors we see are "choco-gravy" and "maybe mint?"}: So in the end it didn't turn out half bad. I got to eat a crap load of ice cream.

THE KING OF TOWN: Want another scoop of casserole flavored?

STRONG BAD: Yeah! Yeah! Spoon it up! {narrating} And I left an open can of mayonnaise in his ventilation ducts. {We see a shot from the interior of a duct as Strong Bad puts in a can of "army-style" mayonnaise.} Oh, and Typing Tutor isn't actually that bad a game if you play it the right way. {Cuts to outside the castle, where Strong Bad is hoisting Typing Tutor over The King of Town's head.} Get ready for fun!

THE KING OF TOWN: {blindfolded} I'm ready!

{cuts back to Compy}

STRONG BAD: Just goes to show you Chris Ann, big losers are what you make of them. For instance, I'm gonna go make an indentured servant out of Strong Sad. And now, the get up noise. {We hear the chair move as Strong Bad gets up and leaves. The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "losers" to see a commercial for Butter-da.
{Cut to a blue screen with a picture of a can of Butter-da next to a picture of the King of Town's face. Some synthesized music is playing.}
THE KING OF TOWN: {voiceover} They tell me not to, but I still drinks it! {the second clause appears at the top in capitals as he says it.}
DISCLAIMER MAN: {mumbles unintelligibly; the words "BUTTER-DA IS NOH HUSH A BUSH PUSH LEOPOLD" appear at the bottom of the screen}
  • Click "them" to see more of Homestar.
{Homestar (still in shades) and Marzipan are standing in the field at night.}
MARZIPAN: Homestar, quit saying that.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: My name's not Homestar. It's Kevin DuBrow.
MARZIPAN: I thought that was if you lost the bet.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, right. Never mind! 'Sup?
MARZIPAN: Homestar, that is not cool.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yes it is. Strong Bad said so.
MARZIPAN: Well, if Strong Bad told you to jump off a bridge--

Fun Facts


  • An indentured servant is an unfree labourer under contract to work (for a specified amount of time) for another person, often without any pay, but in exchange for accommodation, food, other essentials and/or free passage to a new country. After working for a number of years they were free to farm or take up trade of their own.


  • Kevin DuBrow is a member of the metal band Quiet Riot. Although Homestar and Strong Bad pronounce his last name as if it rhymes with "plow," it actually rhymes with "snow."
  • At the loading page of this email, the letters of the word "loading" do not blink.
  • A shooting star goes over Homestar's head as he says "My name's not Homestar" in the "them" easter egg.


  • The humour in the phrase "Big money, big money" lies in the fact that this phrase is often used in casinos, and the email is about a bet.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • "The coast is toast" is the tagline for the movie Volcano.
  • "Typing Tutor" was a computer game whose purpose, not suprisingly, was to teach people how to type. (The "arcade Typing Tutor" in the email doesn't even have a keyboard; it looks more like a Space Invaders clone but with letters instead of aliens.)
  • Awww Gratin potatoes is a play on "au gratin" potatoes, a dish consisting of thinly sliced potatoes baked with cheese and breadcrumbs.
  • The shooting star that goes over Homestar's head may be a reference to the movie E.T.
  • The letters on the Typing Tutor game are in the same order as the letters on an English-language keyboard (QWERTY, ASDFGH, ZXCVBN).

DVD Version

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

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