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"Whoa-ho, Marzipan! You look like a fox's mother!"

Homestar and Strong Bad attempt to ruin Marzipan and The Cheat's date.

Cast (in order of appearance): Marzipan, Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Bubs, Coach Z, Strong Sad (Easter egg)

Places: Marzipan's House, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Marshmallow's L'est Stand, The Stone Bridge, USS Flirtini, Bubs' Concession Stand, Strong Sad's Room (Easter egg)

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Running Time: 4:17

Page Title: Meet me on down at the Chez Perez!

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 3


[edit] Transcript

{Scene in Marzipan's house, where Marzipan is applying mascara while looking in a hall mirror. She is already wearing lipstick. A drum beat is heard. After a few seconds, Homestar enters from the right and the drum beat fades out.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Whoa-ho, Marzipan! You look like a fox's mother!

MARZIPAN: {Still looking in mirror} Homestar, if you're trying to say I'm a "foxy mama", that's actually more offensive.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Right, right. You know what I mean. The more offensive one. So where are we goin' tonight? {leans over} The Chez Perez? {"Chez" is mispronounced to rhyme with "Perez"}

MARZIPAN: {Still looking at the mirror} Uh, no. I have a hot date with The Cheat, thank you very much. I suspect you'll probably stay home and run in place or something.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well I was planning to—you WHAT?! {Jumps up in the air, eyes bugging out}

{Cut to Strong Bad's basement, where The Cheat is applying a fake mustache with Strong Bad looking on}

STRONG BAD: You WHAT?! {Jumps up in the air, then starts quivering with rage}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: I can't believe this, The Cheat!

{Cut to a close-up of Homestar in Marzipan's house}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I can't believe you're The Cheating on me! {Pull back to include Marzipan, still at the mirror} So what are you saying? That you {looking worried} —GULP— {leans over} want his bod?

{Cut back to a close up of Strong Bad in his basement}

STRONG BAD: You can't even call that thing a bod! At best it's a broom or a—

{Cut back to Homestar, looking angry}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: —Trivial Pursuit cheese wedge!

MARZIPAN: {Turning away from the mirror and brandishing mascara brush} Look, Homestar, it's just a date. {jabs the mascara brush towards Homestar twice} This has always been an open relationship.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Whoa-ho-ho-says you. I've turned down more foxes' mothers than I can count just to stay loyal to you!

MARZIPAN: {Dryly} So, four, then?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, that's rich. Ms. Smarty Pants, eh?

{Cut back to Strong Bad's basement}

STRONG BAD: Mr. Smarty Spots, huh? Well—

{Scene starts switching between locations as Strong Bad and Homestar alternate words}


STRONG BAD: —don't—


STRONG BAD: —just—


STRONG BAD: —head—


{Cuts to Strong Bad and Homestar inexplicably together in Marzipan's house, yelling:}


{Both open their eyes}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Looking around} Wait, what?

STRONG BAD: What the crap...?

{Cut back to Strong Bad's basement where Marzipan and The Cheat are standing in front of the couch.}

MARZIPAN: Come on, The Cheat. Let's go.

{The Cheat crooks his arm as if to allow Marzipan to loop her arm through it. Marzipan stands next to him and leans over as if taking his arm in hers, and the two exit together. Music starts playing.}

{Cut to title screen, a pink square on a light blue background. On each note of the melody, the letters "Da" and "ni" appear on the left side of the square, one on top of the other, then a large "Te" appears on the right to form the words "DaTe" and "niTe". The "e" falls against the title frame.}

{Cut back to Marzipan's house, this time to the living room. Homestar and Strong Bad are drinking 'old Ones, Strong Bad sitting on the couch, Homestar lying on the floor with his feet on the couch. Strong Bad is shaking his head.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh. Man. Seriously, Strong Strong, we've gotta do something about this.

STRONG BAD: Ordinarily, I just drown my sorrows in video games, but for this, {Close up of Strong Bad, rubbing his chin} maybe I should drown them in... drowning them! {Smiles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Sitting up} Uh, maybe let's not kill anybody. We should just try and ruin their date.

STRONG BAD: Explain to me how drowning them wouldn't ruin their date.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Mainly, I just want to keep 'em from making out.

STRONG BAD: {Dropping 'old One bottle, starts rubbing his arms} Ewww! The disgust! It won't wash off!

{Scene transitions to Marshmallow's Last Stand, where The Cheat and Marzipan are sitting in a booth, holding menus. Both the menus and a sign near the door read "Marshmallow's L'est Stand". A candle sits in the center of the table.}

THE CHEAT: {Questioning The Cheat noises}

MARZIPAN: Why, yes, The Cheat, I would be very comfortable with you saying something about my figure. Thank you for asking first.

THE CHEAT: {Flirtatious The Cheat noises}

MARZIPAN: {Puts down menu} Ew. Not that comfortable.

{Homestar comes running up in his waiter uniform from Summer Short Shorts. A record scratch sound effect is heard.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ah, good evening, ungodly couple. {The Cheat puts down his menu} My name is Waiter, I will be your Homestar for this evening. Can I start you two off with a glass of "Breaking Up", or perhaps "Never Seeing Each Other Again" with capers?

THE CHEAT: {Angry The Cheat noises, waving a fist}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Why, yes, The Cheat, I would be comfortable with you cleaning my clock. Thanks for asking first!

THE CHEAT: {Angrier The Cheat noises, more threatening gestures}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aaaah! {Takes off in a cloud of dust, after a few seconds, pops down from the top border} Can I settle up with you guys? My shift's over.

THE CHEAT: {more angry The Cheat noises and threatening gestures.}

{Homestar ducks offscreen. Cut to later, close up of Marzipan with a plate with crumbs and a small piece of marshmallow.}

MARZIPAN: Mmmmm, my almond-encrusted Chilean sea marshmallow was just delicious. {Cut out to include The Cheat sitting in front of an empty hot dog wrapper with ketchup and a couple of french fries around it.} How was your hot dog?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{Strong Bad runs up, dressed up as an Italian chef, complete with fake mustache. Italian music plays.}

STRONG BAD: {Fake Italian accent} Oh-a, it's-a me! {Close up} The chef-a! A-which-a one o' you guys ordered the smack-in-the-face-a? {Italian music stops}

MARZIPAN: {Annoyed} I thought this was a French restaurant.

STRONG BAD: {Regular voice} Oh. Ummmmmm, uh... S-snails?

MARZIPAN: Come on, T.C., let's blow this marshmallow stand. {Marzipan and The Cheat get up and walk away offscreen}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, y'know, I—I didn't really research this role.

{As the screen blacks out, Strong Bad's fake mustache falls off}

{Fade in to Marzipan and The Cheat crossing The Stone Bridge in the moonlight}

THE CHEAT: {Excited The Cheat noises, gesturing}

{They stop at the top of the bridge}

MARZIPAN: That's so crazy! I've always wanted to see Ira Glass and Ira Flatow wrestle, too.

{From out of the water comes a periscope, apparently made out of cardboard tubes and duct tape. Cut to the view of Marzipan and The Cheat from the periscope. A repetitive sonar-like "boo" sound is heard in the background}

MARZIPAN: This has been such a great date, The Cheat. I don't know what could possibly ruin it.

{Cut to inside of cardboard submarine. Strong Bad is looking away from the periscope with Homestar standing right behind, wearing a sailor hat and simulating sonar noises. Water is streaming down the walls and dripping from the ceiling.}

STRONG BAD: Verify our range to target! Flood tubes three and four! Hunt for Red October!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aye aye, sir! ...Boo...

{Cut to surface. The "submarine" surfaces. It is a cardboard box with the words "USS FLIRTINI" on the side. Strong Bad and Homestar pop out, revealing fireworks duct-taped to the insides of the box flaps.}


{Homestar and Strong Bad light a match and the BMW Lighter, respectively, and light the fireworks. View changes to include the bridge and its occupants. After a couple seconds, the fireworks simultaneously propel the submarine backwards offscreen and fly forwards.}


{The fireworks execute a loop in the air, and fly past Marzipan and The Cheat, startling them. Cut to a view of the sky where the fireworks go off in a grand display. Marzipan and The Cheat's silhouettes can be seen in the foreground.}

MARZIPAN: Ooooh, it's so romantic...

THE CHEAT: {Sighs}

{Marzipan and The Cheat lean close to each other}

{Cut to view of the surface of a large body of water. Homestar and Strong Bad are leaning out the top of the "submarine" as the fireworks flash, singing the Strong Badia national anthem as it sinks.}

STRONG BAD: {Singing} Come to the place where the tropical breezes blow... {Last word is garbled as he is submerged}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Singing along} Da da da da dada dadada dada daaaaaaah...

{Cut to Marzipan's front hall, later. The sound of the front door opening and closing is heard, followed by Marzipan walking down the hall until she finds Homestar, running in place angrily. Homestar notices her, and stops mid-step.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Sulkingly} Oh, if it isn't Marzipan. {Steps down} Oh, I'm sorry, or is it "The Marzipan" now?

MARZIPAN: Well, you'll be happy to know it didn't work out between us. I found out The Cheat is declawed, and I just don't think I could be with someone that supports that kind of cruelty.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Delighted} And now you've come crawlin' back to the ol' fox's father!

MARZIPAN: No, I just came to change outfits for my next date with Bubs at the all-night waffle place!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: You WHAT?! {Jumps up in the air, eyes bugging out}

{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand. Bubs is straightening a black bow tie, while Coach Z is standing behind him wearing hair curlers and brandishing a rolling pin.}


{Cut to end screen, the pink box on light blue background, with the word "end" in the box. Music plays. After a few seconds, "back" appears at the bottom.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

Public RAGE-O
  • At the end, click on the period to hear the public radio station on the booOOMbox in Strong Sad's room:
{Cut to close-up of booOOMbox}
RADIO ANNOUNCER: And join us next Saturday at some civic hall auditorium for "Public Rage-o."
{A flyer for the Public RAGE-O appears}
All your favorite public radio superstars will be in action. Watch as Ira Glass and Ira Flatow duke it out in a no-holds-barred lumberjack match. And special guest Garrison Keillor wrestles his own soothing voice... {cut to Strong Sad looking bewildered} a steel cage.
{The Public Radio Sounds music plays}
STRONG SAD: Oh, geez, I gotta pledge more next year. They're really getting desperate.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • An open relationship is a relationship (usually between two people) in which participants are free to take other partners.
  • "L'est" is a contraction of the French word for "the" and the French word for "is" or "east". "Chez" (which Homestar mispronounces) means "At the home of" and is often used in names of fancy French restaurants.
  • Marzipan's statement "let's blow this marshmallow stand" is a reference to the idiom "blow this Popsicle stand".
  • The phrase "in the Squared Circle" (from the Easter egg) comes from the old tradition of fights being held inside of a crowd of onlookers who would form a circle around the combatants. When the official square-shaped fighting area was introduced, this nickname developed.
  • A lumberjack match is a match in professional wrestling in which other athletes, usually jobbers, stand around the outside of the ring in order to prevent a ring-out.
  • "No holds barred" is a professional wrestling term for no disqualifications.
  • Strong Bad's mention of "snails" refers to the French dish escargot.
  • A flirtini is a cocktail made of champagne, vodka, and pineapple juice.
  • Strong Bad sinking with the USS Flirtini is a reference to the captain sinking with the ship, a noble move that a captain does whilst the ship is sinking.
  • Public radio stations are often supported by pledge drives, in which regular broadcasting is interrupted by announcers requesting financial contributions from listeners.
  • Marzipan's "Chilean sea marshmallow" is a play on the Chilean sea bass, also known as the Patagonian toothfish.
  • Capers are pickled and salted buds of the caper plant that are often used as a seasoning or garnish, especially in Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Declawing is a controversial surgery occasionally done on cats in which the first segment on each digit of a paw is removed to prevent scratching. It is controversial in part because it also prevents cats from climbing trees, which is their only natural defense against wild animals such as coyotes.
  • Homestar vocally makes the sound "ping" while in the "USS Flirtini" to substitute for the sonar sounds of a real submarine.
  • The range to a target is verified with active sonar pinging a target.
  • The order "Flood tubes three and four" means to flood the torpedo tubes with water in preparation to fire torpedoes or submarine sound decoys.

[edit] Trivia

  • Marzipan's mascara tube reads "Hot Vegan".
  • Strong Bad and Homestar are drinking 'old ones.
  • The bubbling sound heard when the USS Flirtini sinks is the same sound effect used when Pom Pom speaks.
  • The tape in the booOOMbox in the Easter egg reads "normal bias" and appeared previously in geddup noise.
  • Strong Bad smiles when he suggests drowning Marzipan and The Cheat.
  • In the scene that quickly cuts between Strong Bad and Homestar yelling, Marzipan's mirror is visible behind Strong Bad as he yells "—head".

[edit] Remarks

  • The synopsis asks if Homestar and Marzipan are finally going on a date, but they previously went out in emails date and senior prom.
  • In the mascara's reflection in the mirror, the words appear forwards, not reversed like they would be in a real mirror.
  • When Marzipan talks to Homestar after her date, the shading on the right of her dress is missing in her closeup. However, when the screen zooms out to show Homestar and Marzipan, the shading on her dress is back to normal.
  • Coach Z wears curlers in this cartoon, suggesting he does have hair. Though he appears bald when he loses his hat in caffeine, he has been shown having a mustache and afro when he was younger.
  • Although Marzipan suggests that Homestar Runner can only count up to three, he counts to five in PAY PLUS!.
  • In Happy Fireworks, Homestar suggests that Marzipan doesn't like fireworks and that she thinks they "promote violence". However, she refers to them as "romantic" when she watches them in this cartoon.
  • The stones in the stone bridge are aligned in an arch in this toon, rather than horizontal, as they were in personal favorites.
  • Marzipan seems to have no problem with The Cheat eating a hot dog, despite her strong stance regarding products made from animals.

[edit] Goofs

  • When Marzipan allows The Cheat to compliment her, a bit of her hair is shown disconnected with the rest.
  • When the fireworks are going off, the bushes in the background are cut off on the left side.
  • If you look closely, Marzipan's mouth (part of it) is seen fully visible in the mirror.
  • After Marzipan gets up from the bench in Marshmallow's L'est Stand, the outline on her dress goes outside her dress for a split second.
  • Currently, if the random toon button lands on this cartoon, it will send you to The Strongest Man in the World Contest.
  • When The Cheat and Marzipan are walking up the bridge, Marzipan's smile is her older version.

[edit] Fixed Goofs

Come to the place where the fireworks reappear...
  • When the toon was released, the fireworks were still visibly attached to the USS Flirtini as it sank after they had been launched.

[edit] Inside References

  • Strong Bad compares Marzipan's figure to a broom.
  • The Cheat is again compared to cheese (in this case, a Trivial Pursuit cheese wedge), as was the case in huttah!.
  • Homestar speaks two sound effects out loud: his "gulp" when talking to Marzipan, and the sonar "boo"s in the submarine.
  • "Seriously, Strong Strong" is a nod to Homestar's classic line, "Seriously, Pom Pom."
  • Strong Bad and Homestar debate whether Marzipan and The Cheat ought to be killed.
  • The candle and romantic music are from do over.
  • Homestar's "L'egg" hat and waiter outfit are similar to the outfit he wore in Summer Short Shorts, where the hat simply read "Egg".
  • The stone bridge where Marzipan and The Cheat go at night is from personal favorites.
  • The rockets are Fthoom-Bang brand bottle rockets duct-taped together just like in Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon, in which Strong Bad refers to them as "explosives". Both misuses instantly result in failure for his objective.
  • Strong Bad's fake mustache bears a striking resemblance to the one on his Old-Timey counterpart.
  • While the USS Flirtini is sinking, the song that Strong Bad sings and Homestar hums is the Strong Badia National Anthem.
  • Coach Z was previously portrayed as a mother in garage sale.
  • This toon contains another instance of mustaches.
  • "The Marzipan" is a nod to the integral article in The Cheat's name.
  • During the Easter egg, the Public Radio Sound music from radio is heard.
  • Homestar foreshadowed Marzipan's interest in both The Cheat and Bubs in Happy Fireworks, when, speaking as Cardboard Marzipan, he called Bubs a "gorgeous hunk of man" and invited The Cheat on a "secret hot date".
    • An Easter egg from do over showed Marzipan with The Cheat disguised as Homestar and covered in lipstick kisses.
  • Strong Bad uses the BMW Lighter to light the fireworks aboard the USS Flirtini.
  • The outro to the Public Radio commercial has the same tune as Videlectrix's video game intro.

[edit] Real-World References

[edit] Fast Forward

  • Homestar Runner offers to once again make fake sonar noises when Strong Bad is playing FriendlyWare's Sea Battle game in Disk 4 of 12 - FrienDendum.

[edit] DVD Version

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

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman)

MATT: Oh man, Mike!

MIKE: What's up? What're— What're you so— so— so worried about, Matt?

MATT: Homestar's really in for it here in a second.

MIKE: Oh. This is something we had talked about doing for a long time: The Cheat and Marzipan.

MATT: Yeah, well, 'cause we were gonna do it... right after— there's a... old cartoon where she says she's breaking up with him. She tells Homestar— it's one of the first times you hear her actually say, "I'm breaking up with you."

MIKE: Mm-hmm.

MATT: And I think, like, right after that we were thinking of making this cartoon where then... Homestar's like, "Oh, what time are we going to dinner?" And she's like, "I'm going on a date with The Cheat; I've been dating him for a while."

MIKE: Right.

MATT: She was gonna dye her hair black, too. It was something we had thought about.

{pause during Homestar's "want his bod" line}

MATT: That was a line I wrote for that... proposed cartoon, like—

MIKE: Oh, really?

MATT: —from, like, four years ago or something.

{pause during Homestar and Marzipan's conversation}

MATT: I like that Marzipan all— isn't above make up and stuff. She's kind of a total hippie but then she's like... you know... she's gonna get— she's girly.

MIKE: Wasn't there— what's the name of her make up? I know you can't read it here but—

MATT: Oh, is it somethin' soy or somethin'?

MIKE: Yeah, isn't her make up like...

MATT: Yeah it's probably eco...

MIKE: Eco-friendly?

MATT: They just— they just edited themselves into the same room!

MIKE: {laughs}

MATT: The Cheat's 'stache is pretty good there.


MATT: Marzipan had to reach down way low to hook her arm under The Cheat's elbow.

{pause while Homestar begins talking to Strong Bad}

MATT: I like that these guys are just hanging out havin' some Cold Ones together. Some Old Ones together, rather.

MIKE: In... presumably Marzipan's house?

MATT: {laughs} Yeah, I think. We still haven't decided whose... I think Homestar and Marzipan live in different houses, but... {Mike begins talking} They seem to hang out in the same one.

MIKE: {while Matt is talking} It seems like that's pretty much Marzipan's.

MATT: Yeah yeah, definitely.

MIKE: The kitchen is definitely up in the air as to whose...

MATT: Yeah. And Homestar's bedroom is clearly in his own house.

MIKE: Right.

MATT: Oh, Marshmallow's {in eccentric French accent} L'est Stand.

MIKE: {laughs}

MATT: What about my Chaup au Fan, Mike?

MIKE: Is the—

MATT: What do you think The Cheat said? That's gross, The Cheat.


MATT: So did it just say 'egg' before or did it always say 'l'egg'? {referring to Homestar's hat}

MIKE: {while Matt is still talking} Yeah, in the Summer Short Shorts it says 'egg'.

MATT: Okay...

MIKE: When, uh, the one where The Cheat's trying to eat a million... er, a bunch of french fries.

MATT: Right. And his voice is provided by your— your newborn daughter.

MIKE: That's right, she's like a month old.

MATT: My baby doesn't make Cheat noises. She makes cute sounds but they don't sound like— she never had that Cheat phase like your daughter did.

{pause for the Italian music}

MATT: I like your Italian music that you had, I think you made that.

MIKE: {while Matt is talking} You like that?


MATT: You've got those little plastic hot dog trays, don't you Mike?

MIKE: I do. I almost bought some plastic popcorn... that were like at movies.

MATT: {while Mike is still talking} We've got those.

MIKE: Do you have those? I saw those I think, at the, at the "One Spot" at the Target a couple, a month or two ago.

MATT: The triumphant return of the stone bridge, Mike!

MIKE: Is this the first time it's been seen since the knife fight between Pom Pom and Coach Z?

MATT: I think so, yeah. And uh, I don't, you never, didn't really know for sure if it was a real place.

MIKE: Now we know.

MATT: Yeah. I'm a big fan of "The Hunt for Red October", Mike.

MIKE: I know. I know that. Originally there were some inconsistencies with that, oh, no, it's up here. It's when they're sinking, originally I still had the, uh...

MATT: The fireworks?

MIKE: The fireworks were on the side of the box...

MATT: Oh...

MIKE: ...and the wiki...

MATT: They just reloaded it!

MIKE: It was like that for a couple, for a couple hours probably.

MATT: They got the guys down in the torpedo room to flood tubes three and four again. {They both laugh.} He did end up walking, uh, running in place, Mike. When do— what do you think, uh, would be something else that would make Strong Bad and Homestar team up together?

MIKE: If everybody else in town was frozen.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Yeah, and they had to team up to un-freeze them.

MATT: Who froze them Mike, the Unguraits?

MIKE: May— it is an Ungurait.

MATT: I have the Unguraits.

[edit] Fun Facts

  • The early toon where Marzipan decides to break up with Homestar was likely Pumpkin Carve-nival, in which Homestar (or rather, Strong Bad dressed as Homestar) gives her pumpkin entry a "last place" ribbon and she retaliates by threatening to part with him.
  • "Chaup au Fan" was previously referenced in your funeral.
  • Target is an American mass merchandise retailer, the fifth-largest by sales revenue in the United States.
  • Matt mentions The Unguraits, who are rejected characters.
  • Homestar and Strong Bad would team up briefly in Jibblies 2, under conditions similar to those described.

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