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Recap / Homestar Runner Date Nite

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Airdate: Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Marzipan and The Cheat go on a date together, much to the shared outrage of Homestar and Strong Bad. The disgruntled pair decides to sabotage the new couple's outing, though their results are less-than-stellar.


  • All for Nothing: Homestar and Strong Bad's efforts to sabotage the date are made pointless, as Marzipan breaks off her relationship with The Cheat on her own after finding out The Cheat's been declawed.
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  • Brain Bleach: When Homestar brings up the prospect of Marzipan and The Cheat making out, Strong Bad paws at his arms and shouts "Euw! The digust! It won't wash off!"
  • Bamboo Technology: Homestar and Strong Bad somehow make a (mostly) working mini submarine out of a cardboard box.
  • Brick Joke: During their date, Marzipan tells The Cheat that she's also wanted to see a wrestling match between Ira Glass (host of This American Life) and Ira Flatow (host of "Science Friday" on Talk of the Nation). An Easter egg has Strong Sad catching a radio ad for "Public Rage-O", which features a "no-holds-barred lumberjack match" between Ira Glass and Ira Flatow.
    Strong Sad: Oh, geez, I gotta pledge more next year. They're really getting desperate.
  • Continuity Nod: As their cardboard submarine sinks, Homestar and Strong Bad sing the Strong Badian National Anthem from "flag day".
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  • Didn't Think This Through: Related to the first Epic Fail example below (Strong Bad tries to sabotage Marzipan and The Cheat's dinner date at a French restaurant by dressing up as an Italian chef), Strong Bad admits that he didn't research his role beforehand.
  • Epic Fail: Two attempts at trying to ruin Marzipan and The Cheat's date result in this:
    • First, at Marshmallow's L'est Stand, SB tries to sabotage Marzipan and The Cheat's dinner by dressing up as an Italian chef, complete with Italian mustache and accent ("A-which-a one o' you guys ordered the smack-in-the-face-a?") — even though it's a French restaurant, as Marzipan tells him.
      Strong Bad: (drops accent) Oh, um, uh... snails?
      • And then his fake mustache falls off.
    • Second, not only do SB and Homestar fail to hit Marzipan and The Cheat when launching their fireworks, they also manage to make the date more romantic with the fireworks display.
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  • Fatal Fireworks: Homestar and SB try to attack Marzipan and The Cheat by launching fireworks at them. It doesn't work, and only sets the mood for a romantic moment.
  • Here We Go Again!: The cartoon ends with Marzipan preparing to go out on a date with Bubs, to the consternation of both Homestar and Coach Z (the latter wearing hair curlers).
  • Hypothetical Fight Debate: Apparently, both The Cheat and Marzipan have wanted to see a wrestling match between public radio personalities Ira Glass and Ira Flatlow.
  • Malaproper: Homestar sees Marzipan getting dolled up for her date, and calls her a "fox's mother".
    Marzipan: Homestar, if you're trying to say I'm a "foxy mama", that's actually more offensive.
    Homestar: Right, right. You know what I mean. The more offensive one.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Strong Bad suggests drowning Marzipan and The Cheat to get back at them. He settles for just ruining their date after Homestar talks him out of it.
  • Relationship Sabotage: Homestar and Strong Bad spend the toon trying to sabotage Marzipan and The Cheat's date.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Homestar and Marzipan end up having a very similar conversation to the one Strong Bad and The Cheat are having, with both taking place at the same time. The two conversations are intertwined via fast cuts. Then things get weird when Homestar and Strong Bad both inexplicably end up in Marzipan's house, while Marzipan meets up with The Cheat in Strong Bad's TV room.


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