Cheat Commandos: Two Part Episode: Part 2

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"Positive... negative... rabbit..."

Gunhaver teams up with The Topplegangers in order to break into the Headquarters Playset and free Blue Laser Commander.

Cast (in order of appearance): Gunhaver, Crackotage, Silent Rip, Subtlefuge, Dryghost, Swampslash, Fudgeclank, Flashfight, Fightgar, Firebert, Blue Laser Commander, Reynold, Ripberger, Green Helmets, Reinforcements, Taranchula (Easter egg)

Places (in order of appearance): Topplegangers' Hideout, Cheat Commandos HQ, Reynold's Office, Blue Laser Cottage

Date: Monday, June 8, 2009

Running Time: 5:10

Page Title: You know dang well!


[edit] Transcript

{Open to a view of Gunhaver, Crackotage, Silent Rip walking in a swamp. The title "Two Part Episode: Part Two" appears, with "written on the john by A. Chimendez". The three start walking out the swamp and on to a grassy area.}

SILENT RIP: You sure this is where the Topplegangers' Hideout is?

GUNHAVER: I hope so. If not, we're surrounded by an entirely different rag-tag band of mercenaries!

{Suspenseful music sting plays. Four silhouetted Topplegangers appear from the bushes, pointing guns at Gunhaver, Silent Rip and Crackotage.}

GUNHAVER: All together now, boys.

ALL: {nervously} Mmmm... gulp!

{Subtlefuge walks out of the bushes}

SUBTLEFUGE: Well, if it isn't my good twin brother, Crapotage! And a couple of Cheat Commandos. {pronounced cuh-mon-dos}

{Cut to Crackotage next to Silent Rip}

CRACKOTAGE: Not anymore, Subtlefuge. We're on our own!

SILENT RIP: And we need your help to break into the Headquarters Playset and free Blue Laser!

{Cut back to Subtlefuge}

SUBTLEFUGE: And how do we know this isn't a trap?

{Cut to Gunhaver melting with his lip-print-patterned boxers showing.}

GUNHAVER: I've been wearing these same boxers for three {Crackotage and Silent Rip get disturbed expressions} days!

{Cut back to Subtlefuge}

SUBTLEFUGE: Euhhg! I'm convinced. You might as well meet the rest of the Topplegangers.

{Cut to a scene with one of the Topplegangers. The Toppleganger is wearing glasses, also has a mustache, and has a gray skin color, wearing a pink shirt saying "BAD GUY", with a German helmet with a skull on it.}


{Cut to another scene with another Toppleganger, who has 2 scars, a green mohawk, a blue skin color, a chain around his chest, and a black coat.}

SUBTLEFUGE: Swampslash.

{Cut to another scene with just trees, where a Toppleganger falls from Hammerspace. Toppleganger has colorful clown hair, a bright yellow skin color, multicolored spots, and wears facepaint and a grenade belt.}

SUBTLEFUGE: Fudgeclank.

FUDGECLANK: {goofy clown laughter}

{The Topplegangers all gather beside Subtlefuge.}

SUBTLEFUGE: Each is sold separately with rifle and gear.

{The "Cheap as Free" logo appears in the bottom left corner. Cut an exterior shot of the Cheat Commandos HQ, zooming in to the inside. Flashfight stands in front of The Screen, on which is a diagram and the words "OPERATION TAKE 'EM DOWN".}

FLASHFIGHT: And then we all reverse flank, drop trou, and the insurgents should surrender! Any questions?

{Cut to Fightgar and Firebert.}

FIGHTGAR: Yeah, can we let Blue Laser out so we can maybe have some fun for once?

{Fightgar and Firebert start laughing.}

FLASHFIGHT: Uh-uh! Don't make me have to fire you, Firebert. I'd hate to waste such an exquisite commando name!

FIREBERT: {Sad The Cheat noises}

{Cut to Reynold and Blue Laser Commander in Reynold's office. A picture of Gunhaver is on the wall}

REYNOLD: {to picture of Gunhaver} And I'd like to submit a formal request for you to shut your face whenever it's convenient for you, and if not, then no problem!

BLUE LASER COMMANDER: Aw, come on! Really let 'er rip!

REYNOLD: {shaking and jumping towards the picture} I'll tear off your face! I'll tear it right off! I'll tear it off and wear it to town!

BLUE LASER COMMANDER: {shocked} Whoa! Struck a nerve there, eh, little scrawn job?

REYNOLD: Hmmm, 'Scrawnjob'! I like the sound of that.

{Suspenseful music sting plays. Cut to the Topplegangers' hideout, where the Topplegangers and the ex-Cheat Commandos are gathered around a table. Subtlefuge lays out a sheet labeled "Cheat Commandos Headquarters Playset Assembly Instructions".}

SUBTLEFUGE: Here are the plans!

SILENT RIP: Where did you get those?!

DRYGHOST: We've had 'em for a while. I got the headquarters playset for my Bar Mitzvah.

SWAMPSLASH: It looks like this rear battery cover leads to the holding cell.

{Cut to the page displaying the rear battery cover, which reads "Requires 8 AA Batt'ries".}

GUNHAVER: Then that's our way in!

SUBTLEFUGE: We'll take the Ramshankle!

{Cut to the Topplegangers and former Commandos in a beat-up boat with a pair of wings and a tank turret attached to it.}

SINGERS: It's the Ramshankle, and you know dang well, it's made out of old vehicles that we couldn't sell!

{Cut to Flashfight and the Cheat Commandos.}

FLASHFIGHT: Since you've all been working so hard, I have a little surprise for you. Non-Violent Dressage Mishaps Volume 4!


FIGHTGAR: I wanted to watch... pony... fightin'.

{Cut to the others outside the battery cover.}

CRACKOTAGE: Here's the battery cover, but how will we ever get it open?

SUBTLEFUGE: Leave that to Swampslash, our master of disguise. He speaks three different languages, and can blend in anywhere.

SWAMPSLASH: {dressed as a battery} Uh... Charge. Positive. Negative. Rabbit. Um... Lick?

{The cover bursts open, revealing a group of severely-corroded batteries, and releasing clouds of dust. Everyone starts coughing.}

SILENT RIP: No wonder the electronic lights and sounds stopped working. These batteries haven't been changed since Donnie's twelfth birthday!

{Cut to Reynold's office. Gunhaver crashes through the wall.}

GUNHAVER: Sorry Blue Laser, you've stayed in jail for the last time!

BLUE LASER COMMANDER: {happily} Can I get a "bo-nus"?!

GUNHAVER: Bo-nus! Now get out there and make with the evil schemes!

BLUE LASER COMMANDER: "Evil scheme" is quite literally my middle name! It's Slovenian.

GUNHAVER: Ha! This terlet has the green water in it! A-cool!

{Cut to outside battery cover. Blue Laser Commander walks out through the empty battery compartment.}

SUBTLEFUGE: Now, there's the slight matter of our er, um, uh, let me think of it, how do you say, er, uh... payment!

SILENT RIP: {looking surprised} Oh! Uh... right! How do you feel about defaulted, unpaid, triple mortgages on restaurant spaces?

SUBTLEFUGE: {snatches the mortgage out of his hand} As good as gold!

{Cut to the HQ interior, where Fightgar, Ripberger, Firebert and two green helmets face The Screen}

ANNOUNCER: And then...

ALL: {gasp}

ANNOUNCER: Once again...

ALL: {gasp}

ANNOUNCER: ...absolutely nothing happened.

ALL: Awwww...

{Blue Laser Commander appears on screen. Suspenseful music sting plays.}

BLUE LASER COMMANDER: Attention Cheat Commandos!

ALL: {gasp}

FLASHFIGHT: How did he get out!?

BLUE LASER COMMANDER: You're already too late! I've flooded the world's amusement parks with counterfeit Skee-Ball tickets, causing the cost of Skee-Ball prizes to sky-rocket!


FLASHFIGHT: And why should the military be concerned with this?

FIGHTGAR: You'll never get away with it, Blue Laser!

BLUE LASER COMMANDER: Oh, it wasn't my idea. Meet Blue Laser's newest evil mastermind, Scrawnjob!

{Danger Music plays, Reynold shows up on screen, wearing large goggles, a baggy Blue Laser uniform and a jagged red necktie with skulls on it.}

REYNOLD/SCRAWNJOB: That's right, Cheat ComannDON'TS! Say goodbye to those oversized novelty sunglasses! And that boom box was never attainable!

FLASHFIGHT: So, you've made a game for eight-year-olds slightly more of a rip-off. I still don't see how this affects global security.

{Cut to Gunhaver, Silent Rip and Crackotage, who are now in the room.}

GUNHAVER: Don't you see, Admiral? Without plastic crap to win, kids will have no recourse but to join criminal groups! The world will be overrun with lasers of all colors!

BLUE LASER COMMANDER: {halfheartedly} Oh no, Gunhaver figured it out, rendering my plan useless through the TV! Bested again by my old nemesis.

ALL: Yay!

FLASHFIGHT: Oh well. I suppose you two are ridiculous enough to justify the other's existence. Here, Gunhaver, you can... have gun. {gives Gunhaver's gun back to him}

GUNHAVER: Thanks! {shoots Flashfight}

ALL: {gasp}

GUNHAVER: No, it's cool. He's wearin' that bullet-proof vest from earlier.

{Reinforcements comes in, wearing the bullet-proof vest.}


{Gunhaver looks at Reinforcements with shock.}

{Quick cut to the theme song ending screen, picking up where it left off in part 1.}

SINGERS: —ets and toys!!

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • Click on "playsets" at the end to see Crackotage rhyming.
{Cut to a scene with Crackotage at the left and some other Cheat Commandos at the right}
CRACKOTAGE: And now that I'm back as part of the team, I can get into my old rhyme scheme. Laughity laugh laugh!
  • Click on "toys" at the end to see a Taranchula clip.
{music plays; a Powered By The Cheat saw blade spins around, and a yellow sound monitor bar matching the music goes in front of it}
{A Taranchula member stands, raises both hands in "devil horns" and a photo-realistic mouth comes out of his hair.}
TARANCHULA: That's what happens when you're down with the Fudgeclank!!!
{A Powered By The Cheat Fudgeclank comes in from the top.}
PBTC FUDGECLANK: {goofy clown laughter}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • "Toppelganger" references the concept of the Doppelgänger, a person who looks exactly like another person in every way.
  • Dressage is a style of horse competition, emphasizing the movement and grace of horse and rider.
  • A Bar Mitzvah is the coming of age ceremony for Jewish males that takes place at age 13.
  • The name of the Ramshankle comes from the word ramshackle, which basically means falling apart or hastily put together, making it an appropriate term.

[edit] Trivia

"And then, once again... absolutely nothing happened."
  • When Gunhaver bursts into Reynold's Office, the wall he breaks through had a drawing of him on it. He has the same pose and expression as the drawing for a noticeable moment.
  • Before Blue Laser comes onto the screen, a few frames from "Non-Violent Dressage Mishaps Volume 4" can be seen.
  • Silent Rip mentions the playset belonging to Donnie.
  • "Made in Taiwan" is printed above the battery cover.
  • The YouTube description for this toon is "The Topplegangers break into the Headquarters Playset to free Blue Laser Commander."

[edit] Remarks

  • Gunhaver says, "This terlet has the green water in it!" Although there is green sludgy looking water around the base of the "terlet", the water inside it is light blue.
  • When the ex-Cheat Commandos and the Topplegangers are riding in the Ramshankle, Silent Rip is not visible.
  • In the opening of the toon, Gunhaver can be seen exiting the swamp, but the part of his body under the jacket is missing.
  • The text on Dryghost's t-shirt is backwards when he is seen riding the Ramshankle.
  • Blue Laser Commander explains that the evil plan was Reynold/Scrawnjob's idea, but later says "...rendering MY plan useless..."

[edit] Goofs

  • When the melting Gunhaver moves his arm, it covers a wrinkle in his shirt, even though it should create another.
  • When the Cheat Commandos gasp at the shooting of Flashfight, Fightgar's face and left arm do not move with his body.
  • Silent Rip comments that the lights and sounds stopped working, due to the fact that the batteries hadn't been changed, "since Donnie's twelfth birthday". However, in Part 1 of the episode when Admiral Flashfight arrives, a large steel door loudly opens while a futuristic sound effect plays. The Cheat Commandos have also received live video feeds and watched DVDs in their base, implying that they have always had a steady source of power.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • Swampslash mentioning a rabbit while dressed like a battery is a reference to the mascot for Energizer batteries.
  • The line "Each is sold separately with rifle and gear" is a reference to an '80s A-Team toy commercial, previously referenced in the commentary for more armies. In the commercial, they say the same exact line about the A-Team action figures.
  • Reynold's pseudonym "Scrawnjob" is a reference to the rarely seen G.I. Joe character, Snow Job.
  • Flashfight's plan Operation Take 'em Down is a plan to moon the enemy. A similar battle strategy occurred in Braveheart.
  • Given Cheat Commandos is a parody of 1980s cartoon-and-toyline-combo G.I. Joe, the Topplegangers appear to be a reference to the Dreadnoks, since both are swamp-dwelling third factions of mercenaries formed of members with Cockney accents. In particular, Swampslash's disguise and linguistic ablities refer to the chameleonic Dreadnok leader, Zartan, who wore a mohawk and leather jacket in the early 1990s. Zartan's original figure turned blue in direct sunlight, which is likely why Swampslash is also blue.
  • The Ramshankle is also a Dreadnok reference, specifically the Thunder Machine, which (in-universe) is made up of parts from several vehicles, including a dune buggy, a Trans Am, and a stolen jet engine. The Thunder Machine toy itself was an original mold, though the idea of reusing parts from vehicles is a common one in such toylines.
  • In general, the introduction of the Topplegangers calls to mind many toy-based cartoons, where new groups of characters would be introduced by name one at a time and each demonstrate their gimmick, to ensure the viewer would remember the names of their toys.
  • Subtlefuge's description of Swampslash's abilities is also similar to Indiana Jones' false statement regarding Marcus Brody in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: "He speaks a dozen languages... He'll blend in — disappear..."
  • Gunhaver's line about having no recourse but to join criminal groups is paraphrased from the Batman episode Joker Goes to School.

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