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Recap / Homestar Runner Decemberween Short Shorts

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Airdate: Monday, December 18, 2006

Homestar and pals star in a second series of short shorts, this set holiday-themed, in which Strong Bad writes a letter to a Decemberween present he is certain of receiving, the Homestar characters are depicted as ornaments on a Decemberween tree, an Old-Timey short shows Homestar giving a Decemberween present to Rumble Red, Strong Sad writes a letter to Decemberween present he is certain of receiving, and Homestar sings a song to Coach Z about how to behave so he won't be alone on Decemberween.

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  • Collector of the Strange: When Homestar advises Coach Z not to talk about his "embarrassing physical problems", Coach Z responds "I collect those!"
  • Continuity Nod: Several, especially to Decemberween toons of the past:
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: During his song to Coach Z, Homestar advises him to "say words right", but due to his own speech impediment, it sounds like "say wouds wide", which, in fact, is what he writes on a blackboard.
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  • Ha Ha Ha No: Homestar displays this when Coach Z asks him if he come to Homestar's house for Decemberween.
    Homestar: No, no-ho-ho! No, no, no. No, Coach Z, no. No. (suddenly angry) No, you can't.
  • My New Gift Is Lame: Strong Bad actually likes getting tube socks as a Decemberween present, but pretends to hate them just to keep up appearances. He even writes a letter to his future present, to apologize in advance.
  • Noodle Incident: Why does Strong Bad not want people to think he has a soft spot for tube socks? Because "it took me years to live down that Martina Navratilova poster, and I will not go down that road again."
  • Off with His Head!: Ultimately, the gift to Rumble Red kills him by releasing a bear trap that closes over his neck and beheads him.
  • Porn Stache: The ornament version of Coach Z dates from 1974 and features the coach with a bushy mustache and huge afro.
    Coach Z: The '74s was the prime of my dating year! In those days, ladies would go out with anything that had a mustache.
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  • Rube Goldberg Device: Old-Timey Marzipan's gift to Rumble Red is a bundle of dynamite... which opens to reveal a pistol... out of which comes a cement mixer... which drops a bear trap on Rumble Red.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: One short begins with Strong Bad writing a letter to tube socks. Another features Strong Sad writing a similar letter to argyle dress socks.
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