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Homestar Ruiner is the first episode of the Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People video game series. It has been rated T by the ESRB for Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, and Mild Suggestive Themes. Story written by Mike Stemmle and The Brothers Chaps.
While Strong Bad is going about his usual routine - checking emails, etc. - Homestar Runner tells him about the Tri-annual Race to the End of the Race. Once Strong Bad hears of Homestar's intention to win this contest, he schemes to snatch victory from Homestar's invisible grasp. But when his scheme backfires, he finds his house invaded by Homestars unwilling to face the world again. Strong Bad has to repair Homestar's status if he ever wants to be free of his presence.
Cast: Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, The Cheat, Strong Mad, Strong Sad, Coach Z, Marzipan, Bubs, Pom Pom, The King of Town, The Poopsmith, Homsar (voice only, Easter egg), Marshie (as Gel-arshie), The Mole People, Teen Girl Squad cast, Drive-Thru Whale
Date: Monday, August 11, 2008
- Banana Peel
- Candy Coupon
- The float's papier maché head
- Fluffy Puff Jela-Ton
- Hedge Clippings
- Homestar's Cell Phone
- Homestar's Clothing
- Homestar's Criminal Record
- Homestar costume (combination of Homestar's Clothing and the papier maché head)
- Marzipan's Shears
- The Poopsmith's Shovel
- Strong Bad's clothes (to change back from the Homestar costume)
- Taranchula Black Metal Detector
- Total Load
- Academic Biathlete
- Midget Thumb Wrestler
- Rhythmic Curler
- Macro Golfer
- Forbidden Ice Dancer
- PVP Archer
- Polar Bear Vaulter
- Flaming Shot Putter
- Nitro Foosball Lineman
- Chainsaw Bocce Bowler (Champion's Belt received)
- Trogdor Polo Chucker
 Easter Eggs
- Enter the photo booth, interact with the top of the light closest to The Cheat. After the pointer changes shape, keep holding down the interaction button and drag the shirt onto Strong Bad to wear it.
- The shirt can also be obtained by walking off the right side of the photo booth three times, causing Strong Bad to walk under the floor. When he walks directly under the door and out of view, a sound will play, and he'll be wearing the shirt when he comes back into view.
- After prank calling everybody with Homestar's cell phone, you can prank call Homsar.
 Fun Facts
- When digging for the Teen Girl Squad idea at the Track, Strong Bad says "Xie xie!" (rendered as "Hsieh hsieh!" by the game's subtitles). This is Mandarin (simplified Chinese characters: 谢谢, traditional Chinese characters: 謝謝) for "Thank you!"
- A Sadie Hawkins dance (mentioned by Strong Bad after he trims the hedge in The Field) is a dance where females invite male dates, rather than the other way around.
- When listening to The Best of Brit-Pout, the Nineties Years, Homestar says "I just can't stop gazing at my shoes". Shoegazing was a genre of music in the UK during the '80s and '90s.
- The Wii Title ID is WBXx, where x is the region code (E for United States, P for Europe).
- One of the entries in the "Special Thanks" in the game's end credits is for this wiki itself.
- This is the only SBCG4AP episode to not receive an E10+ rating.
- This is one of the few times a character mentions Free Country, USA. The last time this occurred was when Strong Bad said it in flashback.
- An attempt to use the microwave in-game will result in a note that the door is stuck shut. However, at a certain point in the game, Homestar will open it without any problem--even while Strong Bad is in the middle of saying it's stuck shut.
- Throughout the game, The Paper accompanies as part of the in-game menu rather than New Paper.
- A different font is used for the Lappy 486 rather than its regular font, Glitch0.
- After Homestar leaves Strong Bad's kitchen, he leaves his chef hat on top of the microwave. And when Strong Bad takes it as a costume item, he describes it as "awesome". Although in narrator, where the hat first appeared, both Strong Bad and Marzipan say it's dorky.
- If the player resets the race tape before stealing the record, the King of Town makes no move to capture "Homestar" even though there still is a nudity charge against him.
- If the player fails to beat Coach Z's time, Coach will say that he'll have to keep the trophy for another 3 years. However, the race is referred to as being "tri-annual", meaning "occurring three times a year", rather than "triennial", which would mean "once every three years."
- At the non-garden party, the rollover for Marzipan and Homestar is spelled "MARZIPAN & HOMSETAR". This goof is only present in the Wii version.
- In Strong Bad's photo booth there is a clickable area above the camera. Clicking here turns the cursor into the Max shirt from the Telltale store (also occasionally chosen at random as Young Sam's costume in Sam and Max Episode 202: Moai Better Blues and Episode 204: Chariots of the Dogs). However, when put on Strong Bad, the shirt is yellow and has a picture of Nutter the squirrel from Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures on it.
- The subtitles are incorrect in several places:
- When kicking the Cheat into the dryer, one of the subtitles misspells "Pixelated" (in "Holy Pixelated Trogdor!") as "Pixilated". While "pixilated" is a real word meaning "mentally unbalanced", it seems more likely that he was referring to Trogdor's low-resolution graphics in the arcade game and Peasant's Quest.
- Homestar Runner sings "Do do-do do dooo dooo, do do-do do dooo" but the subtitles say "Do do-do do dooo dooo, do do-do do dooo dooo".
- While Strong Bad says "some French guy said I should beat you up", the subtitles quote him as saying "some French guy said that I should beat you up".
- While most abbreviations have an apostrophe, no apostrophe is transcribed when Homestar says "puddin sack".
- After Strong Bad beats Coach Z's time in the Race to the End of the Race, he says that, "Pom Pom's time is better than you'll ever do," but is subtitled as, "Pom Pom's time is better than you'll ever ever do."
- In several responses from the Drive-Thru Whale, the "O" in "Blubb-O's" is lowercase.
- When the Drive-Thru Whale says "'Nurer' spelled backwards is 'rerun.'" the word "in" is transcribed rather than "is".
- During Marzipan's answering machine message, the word "polluted" is misspelled as "poluted" in the subtitles.
- When Strong Bad finds the last page of the Snake Boxer V manual, the subtitles refer to the "SECRET FROBIDDEN LEVEL".
- In one of the possible insults Strong Bad can say to Bubs, the word "arm" is misspelled as "armed."
- In viewing the sign on Bubs' Concession Stand, Strong Bad begins a sentence with "If I ever had any money" but the subtitles start it with "And if I ever had any money".
- During one comment about the banner on Marzipan's gazebo, Strong Bad says "in which case" but the word "which" was left out in the subtitles.
- As Strong Bad comments that Snake Boxer 5 is "so much better than the unfortunate Snake Boxer 4: Lady Snake Parade" there is an unnecessary comma after the word "unfortunate".
- One of Bubs' lines advertising his stand has the subtitles read "Everybody wanna to buy something" for "Everybody wanna buy something".
- After Pom Pom cleans out his locker, Strong Bad will comment that Coach Z was serious when he told Pom Pom to clean out his locker, only the subtitles read "clear out his locker".
- Marzipan's mouth occasionally faces the wrong side of her head (away from Strong Bad and the direction she is facing) during conversations.
- If Marzipan's hedge is trimmed while she's inside after seeing the Homestar float ruined, she will speak to Strong Bad about the hedge but won't be there.
- If you click the calendar in Extended Play, Strong Bad says that it's "the day [he gets that] stupid party out of [his] house" when the party isn't even there.
- It's possible for Strong Bad to dig up what he refers to as "another" missing Teen Girl Squad notecard, even if he hasn't found any before that one.
- If the subtitles are turned off, they will be erroneously enabled when Strong Bad checks his email. They will remain enabled afterwards until Strong Bad leaves his house, although the Settings screen will show them as Off. Toggling them on and off again under the Settings will rectify the problem.
- Sometimes the pixels on naked Homestar will be transparent. When this happens you will notice that all the pixels were covering was his shirt.
- While wearing the tech shirt in extended play near Strong Bad's house (and a few other locations) geometry issues will occur, resulting in what looks like a blue wall shooting out from the shirt.
- If the Luxa Lounger is extended (when it is unextended) and the radio set to the Latin music in Extended Play, the conga line will re-form even though it won't move.
- When the Luxa Lounger is set back the conga line will disappear, but Homestar, Marzipan, Coach Z, Bubs and the King of Town will appear where they were when the party was still going on. These characters cannot be selected, and Strong Bad can walk right through them.
- As Strong Bad wears the Homestar head, it is sometimes invisible, so you see Strong Bad grab nothing.
- During the Teen Girl Squad comic, if you kill off the other three girls before the game scene (Give So and So the book, What's Her Face the car keys, and either Cheerleader or The Ugly One the cockroach.) and the last girl the hairspray, in the game scene Basketballa will kill her with FUNDAMENTALS! and the It's Over! screen will play. However, when Strong Bad tells you your score, instead of staying on the It's Over! screen, it will revert back to the scene of Basketballa being shocked that he killed a girl.
- Character's eyes, including Strong Bad's, may occasionally disappear. When this occurs the eyes will remain gone until the player leaves the area.
- If you try sneaking into the Hall of Records in extended play, the Poopsmith will remain frozen after shoveling the first pile of whatsit until he spots you.
- If you prank call someone with Homestar's phone while in Strong Badia, the flag may grow to an enormous size, and remain so after the call is over.
 Wii Version
- If the Wii or Wii U's widescreen mode is turned on, talking to Coach Z in extended play results in the game freezing, requiring a hard reset. In addition, many of the cut scenes that play throughout the game will sometimes freeze, also requiring a hard reset.
- After Strong Bad plays Snake Boxer 5, the background changes from the TV to the Computer Room before resuming Strong Bad's standing-up animation.
- If the game is saved while in the photo booth while wearing a shirt and then immediately turned off, then when you start only the collar of the shirt will be visible.
- If you repeatedly press B during the ending cutscene/credits, you will teleport to the computer room. You can move the pointer during this period, but you cannot do anything and must reset.
- While the people are throwing a party at Strong Bad's house, you can go through The King of Town's body while he's eating pizza. If you try to take a picture of Strong Bad through the King of Town's body, the game will freeze, forcing you to do a hard reset.
- When the King of Town is presenting the trophy to Strong Bad after winning the race, the game will freeze, forcing the player to do a hard reset. This only occurs in widescreen.
- If you delete all the emails and then undelete them, the first email (the one Strong Bad is answering in the game) will not be shown in the inbox and the trash will still indicate that there is an email in there even when it is empty. This is solved by restarting the game.
- When Strong Bad is in The King of Town's Castle and walks up to The Poopsmith, Strong Bad's face goes through The Poopsmith when being captured.
 PC Version
- Occasionally Homestar, Marzipan, Bubs, The Cheat, Coach Z, Strong Mad, Strong Sad or Strong Bad's eyes are not visible upon entering an area. The same may also occur with Strong Mad and Marzipan's mouth.
- Sometimes, when you start up the game, part of it it will go offscreen and reappear on the screens other side (e.g. the menu's top part being on the bottom of the screen and the bottom of the menu on the top screen portion.)
 Inside References
- Homestar previously called his butt a "twees" in lady fan. Also, Strong Bad mentions himself being a pain in the twees while looking at the "Nuisance Trophy".
- Strong Bad's pronunciation of "party" matches his pronunciation in nightlife.
- Homestar mentions cake jugglers.
- Marzipan has previously written a song stating that she really doesn't like Strong Bad at all.
- Strong Bad mentions a French guy.
- This is another appearance of a cardboard box.
- Strong Bad's song about you not being able to handle his style is a reference to modeling.
- "Thoughts on a Bird" from Audition with Marzipan and The Luau plays at Marzipan's house.
- An ad for the Ab-Abber 2000 plays on the TV in the basement.
- The music of "The Cheat's assorted Latin Rhythms" was first heard in pet show.
- When hiding behind the King of Town's statue in the hall of records, Strong Bad lists the features of "Stealth Strong Bad", an imaginary action figure made by Cheap as Free Toys.
- References to Strong Bad's style are made throughout the game.
- The music on the email menu is a remix of the music from the game show scenes in animal.
- Strong Bad can wear Homestar Runner's "Pants".
- Additionally, Strong Bad can change his own pants.
- This introductory sequence features an instance of couch mumbling.
- The video game title he mumbles is RhinoFeeder.
- The music that plays in The Field comes from "A Grade A Gray Day" in fan club.
- A poster for the Municipality can be found on the back of the lockers. The Municipality logo also appears on the Lappy screen just before the end credits.
- Strong Bad carves one of the hedges into the shape of Trogdor.
- Occasionally in Snake Boxer 5's forbidden mode, when using the fire breath attack, Strong Bad will shout "Burninate!"
- This is another appearance of showering.
- The main music heard at the House of the Brothers Strong is taken from the bar scene in Summer Short Shorts.
- When the King of Town gives Strong Bad the Silver Trophy of Ultimate Destiny, the music from Population Tire can be heard briefly.
- When you first enter the living room the same music from do over, Date Nite, the Easter egg from Play Date, and love poems plays.
- Strong Bad saying "Check, Check one. Syllabus" into the microphone at the track is a reference to the opening of the email candy product.
- The Limozeen Coloring Book can be seen on top of the messy pile over Strong bad's bed.
- While showering, Homestar sings the "Independent Girl" song from One Two, One Two.
- When Strong Bad jumps into The King of Town's vent he says "Looks like I'm gonna have to jump!"
- At the party, when Coach Z falls out the window, he exclaims "I regret everything!"
- The loading screen's fading purple background is taken from the ending of retirement.
- After putting on the Championship belt, Strong Bad will mention the Sizzle Weight belt and the Jack-Em Up Kid, which is a reference to the email yes, wrestling.
- The voice of the newscaster heard on the TV is the same voice as the Cold Ones spokesperson in business trip and buried, the Blubb-O's spokesperson in nightlife and Blubb-O's Commercial, and Marzipan's questionable surgeon in Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 15.2.
- The hedge that Strong Bad clips in Marzipan's yard closely resembles Homestar in fan club.
- The flashback theme for The DNA Evidence plays while Strong Bad is outside the King of Town's castle.
- When Strong Bad first dons his Homestar disguise, his impersonation includes naming the sections of the Main Pages.
- When Homestar is practicing in the locker room, he sometimes says "Look at me. Don't look at me. Look at me now." This is structured the same as a line from the commercial in Family Resemblence.
- The theme music from Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon plays when inside The King of Town's Castle.
- The football music from Toikey TV plays at the Track.
- The music for action figure is played during the Race to the End of the Race.
- When What's-Her-Face receives the car keys, her car "a-splodes".
- When What's-Her-Face's car "a-splodes", there is an appearance by two gangsters, one of whom bears a striking resemblance to Harvax XVII, the boss of Level 9 of Stinkoman 20X6.
- Homestar used Total Load to make a smoothie in alternate universe.
- Stratergery is a portmanteau of strategy and surgery.
- During Homestar's stay at the House of the Brothers Strong, he would occasionally ask himself whether despair has one "g" or two.
- During Strong Bad's conversation with Strong Sad, they refer to their parents.
- The music that plays when Homestar found in Strong Bad's house was first heard in pizzaz.
- On the curdled milk carton's side, you can see Senor Cardgage's missing person information from kind of cool.
- In one of Homestar's responses, he says he is "fresh as a biscuit".
- The first time Strong Bad puts hedge clippings on a hole in Marzipan's yard, he makes a short rap reminiscent of The Cheat Theme Song.
- Strong Bad once again fills the pool with red gelatin, as he did in winter pool.
 Real-World References
- In the Wii version's banner animation, Strong Bad loads the file "CG4AP101.wad". WAD files are the package format that stores program data and other files that WiiWare and Virtual Console games (as well as other Wii channels) use.
- When Homestar is on the phone with Marzipan, the way he says, "Yes? Yes. Yes. Yes? Noo! Yes. Yes?" is a reference to episode 4 of Sam & Max Season One, where Sam answers a phone with the Commissioner and says that in the same way.
- Additionally, the music which plays when Strong Bad acquires bonus items and trophies is Item Get from episode 5 of the same season.
- When investigating the stands near the track Strong Bad mentions the stands being emptier than a Stryper concert. Stryper was a Christian metal band from the '80s.
- When Strong Bad attempts to pick up the hurdle after the first run of the Race to the End of the Race, he claims that it must be made of some very heavy metal, and lists several materials he thinks it could be made of, including "black sabbath". Black Sabbath was a heavy metal band which had great influence on the genre.
- After trimming the hedge near Bub's Concession Stand, having Strong Bad look at it leads him to call it "the flying V". This is an actual guitar made by Gibson Guitar Corp. The hedge's shape is also accurate to the Gibson Flying V.
- Throughout most of the game, Strong Bad's fridge contains only a single jar of mayonnaise. In Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, another point-and-click adventure game, Indiana Jones had only a single jar of mayonnaise in his fridge.
- Bubs will tell Strong Bad to "stay gold" after ending conversation. This is a reference to the book The Outsiders when the main character, Ponyboy, is told to "stay gold" from his friend.
- Strong Bad's Deleted line, "Survey Says...DELETED!", is a reference to the popular game show Family Feud.
- If Coach Z discovers the Total Load in Pom Pom's locker before Strong Bad puts Homestar's racing career back together, he'll cry out "What in Cypress Hill?". This may also refer to his fondness for hip-hop music.
- If Coach Z discovers Total Load in Pom Pom's gym bag after Strong Bad puts Homestar's racing reputation back together, he'll exclaim "Great Strong Sad's ghost!" This references the famous exclaiming line of "Great Caesar's ghost!" from the old television series, Adventures of Superman.
- After giving Marzipan the chocolates, Strong Bad says he gave her some "Funky Cold Ma-Chocolates".
- When he collects all four trophies, Strong Bad speaks in a manner similar to the Count from Sesame Street.
- Strong Bad saying "Check, Check one. Syllabus" into the microphone at the track is a reference to the line "Check, Check one. Sibilance" spoken by Barry (Tom Hanks) while conducting a microphone check for the band Aerosmith, before their performance in a Wayne's World sketch in a 1990 episode of Saturday Night Live.
- The "Jane Austentaceous Chamber Music Jam" CD (the third one in the See Dee Spinner) is a reference to Jane Austen, who wrote books set in nineteenth century England, when chamber music was common.
- Strong Mad's line just after turning on the CD for the first time is a reference to Austen's most famous book, Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy is a main character in the story.
- At the party, when complimenting Coach Z, Strong Bad speaks some Swedish, ending with "Bork, Bork, Bork", one of the many Mock-Swedish words said by The Muppets' .
- When Strong Bad hides behind the bonsai bush in the King of Town's Castle, he says "It's Arbor Day, Strongly Brown".
- When kicking The Cheat into the dryer, The Cheatspeak is subtitled as Wii?.
- One of Strong Bad's metal detector finding comments contains the phrase, "I hope it's a-bubblin' crude." This is a reference to the theme song from the television show "The Beverly Hillbillies", where Jed Clampett strikes it rich by finding "a-bubblin' crude" oil.
- When Strong Bad walks near Homestar Runner at the field, one of the things he is chanting is "I must, I must, I must improve my bust," a reference to the young adult novel Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume.
- When Strong Sad comments on his asthma after Strong Bad looks at the Strong Sad trophy, Strong Bad replies with "Sucks to your asmar!", which is a quote from the book Lord of the Flies.
- When seen and questioned about using hedge shears on the Homestar float by Marzipan, Strong Bad responds, "I'm giving him a shave? and a haircut? two bits?".
- Strong Bad exclaiming "Shape of a moron!" whenever he puts on his Homestar costume, and "Luxa Lounger powers, activate!" whenever he reclines the Luxa Lounger, is a parody of the exclamations the Wonder Twins make whenever they transform.
- While Homestar is in the locker room he will occasionally say "No whammies... no whammies... no whammies...".
- While preparing for the race on the field, Homestar might start humming the theme music of Chariots of Fire.
- Just before finding Homestar on his couch, Strong Bad mentions that he "didn't even have to use my AK", a reference to the song It Was A Good Day.
- Strong Bad's acceptance speech is lifted almost verbatim from Lou Gehrig's farewell address at Yankee Stadium in 1939. The address was immortalized in the movie Pride of the Yankees: "Today... I consider myself... the luckiest man... on the face of the earth."
- When Strong Bad gets the plunger in The K.O.T's Castle, he says "By the Power of.. Brownskull!" This refers to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe when the young warrior calls out "By the power of Grayskull!"
- The prize for the Race to the End of the Race is the Silver Trophy of Ultimate Destiny, a reference to the song The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny by Lemon Demon that became a highly popular Flash cartoon.
- One of Coach Z's exclamations mentions Olympian Bruce Jenner, who was a renowned track-and-field star.
- When caught by The Poopsmith every other time, Strong Bad will say, "Oh crunchberries." Crunch Berries is a variation of the cereal Cap'n Crunch.
- If the King of Town eats the box of Chocolate-Covered Organic Packing Peanuts and walks away before Marzipan answers the door, Strong Bad would curse this by saying, "Rassin frassin King of Town grumble mumble..." This references the snickering dog Muttley, who would grumble about the abusiveness of his boss, Dick Dastardly.
- If Coach Z finds Total Load in Strong Mad's Locker, he will jump from nowhere and yell "Oh Yeah" much like the Kool-Aid Man, who would exclaim "Oh Yeah" after jumping through a wall or similar object.
- Homestar's line, "I feel like I could take on the world", is also spoken by the Purple Tentacle in Day of the Tentacle.
- After throwing the candy down a hole and checking it, Strong Bad may make reference to CHUDs.
 Fast Forward
- The Municipality's prominence in the second SBCG4AP episode, Strong Badia the Free is foreshadowed when their poster appears in the locker room and when their logo appears on the Lappy 486's monitor at the end.
- The next episode's events are further foreshadowed in extended play, when The King of Town threatens to tax Strong Bad.
- The intro song mentions that Strong Bad's style shines like "An imploding star... a burning car". A puzzle in Baddest of the Bands features both an imploding star and a burning car, as noted by Strong Bad.
- Additionally, the same line in the song is used as a hint in the game, albeit with the two subjects swapped over.
- In Baddest of the Bands Strong Bad asks Coach Z where are the trophies he won in the episode, which Coach Z has sold for two bucks. Strong Bad also comment about the showers smelling "Homestar onion soup" a reference of a puzzle in the episode. Strong Bad also mentions the hedge shears in this episode.
- Strong Bad "winning" the Jela-Ton would be followed up with the receipt of Gel-Arshie's Pro Fruitboarder in 8-Bit is Enough.
- Episode 5's conclusion has Strong Bad mumbling about RhinoFeeder in his sleep, just like in this game's introduction.
 External Links
- Official episode webpage
- Watch the gameplay video for "Homestar Ruiner"
- Watch the second gameplay video for "Homestar Ruiner"
- YouTube mirror of the older version of the first gameplay video for "Homestar Ruiner"
- Read May 14, 2008 press release about "Homestar Ruiner"
- Read a bare-bones walkthrough of "Homestar Ruiner"
- forum thread re: "Homestar Ruiner" trailer
- forum thread re: "Homestar Ruiner"
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