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Recap / Homestar Runner Halloween Potion Ma Jig

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Airdate: Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Costumes (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner as Moocher, Coach Z as Theo Huxtable, Pom Pom as Walter Sobchak, The King of Town as Colonel Sanders, The Poopsmith as Ookla the Mok, Homsar as Tingle, Strong Bad as Jambi the Genie, The Cheat as Toad, Strong Mad as Gossamer, Bubs as Apollo Creed, Strong Sad as a Devo member, Marzipan as Beaker.

Homestar screws up Marzipan's potion by drawing pictures all over her recipe paper. Choose-your-own-venture action (at least in the Flash and DVD versions) ensues!

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"Halloween Poiton Ma-jig" contains the following Tropes:

  • Bad Impressionists: Homestar does a bad impression of Ronald Reagan to try and impress Bubs, and claims he was going for "Keanu Reagan". Bubs is not amused.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Homestar addresses the audience in the opening, saying he's trapped in a haunted mansion and needs to find the parts to his Halloween costume. Turns out he's standing in his living room with the lights out, and the real plot kicks in when Marzipan discovers Homestar doodled all over her potion recipe.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Depending on the ending you get, Marzipan's potion may turn Homestar into a cyclops, a duplicate of Marzipan with a messed-up mouth, Tofu Homestar from The Luau, or the Green Goblin.
  • Call-Back: Tofu Homestar appeared in "The Luau".
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the "Cyclops Homestar" ending:
    Homestar: Are you trying to tell me that I haven't been dating twins this whole time?
    Marzipan: Um, I don't think you're going to have to worry about dating anyone from now on.
    Homestar: Hooray!
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  • Does This Make Me Look Fat?: When Homestar returns from being Tofu, he sings at Marzipan, "That costume makes your butt look big!"
  • Easter Egg: In the Flash version, clicking on the Poopsmith leads to Homestar meeting up with Homsar in a bonus scene. Homestar doesn't get any ingredients from the encounter because all of Homsar's dialogue choices are nonsense that Homestar doesn't want to deal with.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Marzipan's Halloween Potion may turn Homestar into a suave French guy.
    Suave Homestar: (in a bad French accent) I say, Marzipan, let us away to my romantic chateau in the Fantastic Mountains!
  • Failure Is the Only Option: We'll never know what Marzipan's potion was meant to do, since the only item from the original recipe you can find is ghost water.
  • Fingore: Of the foot variation, as Pom Pom may offer Homestar a severed toe with red toenail polish on it.
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  • Full-Name Ultimatum: "Homestar Michael Runner, what did you do to my Halloween Potion recipe??"
  • Gamebooks: You can choose how Homestar talks to the other characters, which leads to getting different ingredients for the potion and thus different endings. Averted if you're watching the YouTube version, as it uses a preset selection.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Homestar says this when Bubs uses the phrase "witch's brew" in a sentence.
  • Insubstantial Ingredients: Ingredients Homestar may end up with include Powdered Thanksgiving, Ghost Water, and Essence of Gullibility.
  • Medium Awareness: In Homsar's obligatory Easter Egg, Homestar dismissively refers to Homsar as "the Secret Guy" and objects to the nonsensical choices Homsar gives him.
  • Multiple Endings: There are five different endings to the Flash version of the cartoon, with Homestar possibly getting turned into a tofu dummy of himself, a cyclops, a suave French guy, a clone of Marzipan, or the Green Goblin. The Youtube version of the cartoon (which is based on the "Play All" version of the cartoon from the DVD) goes with the "Cyclops Homestar" ending.
    Marzipan: (to Tofu Homestar) Yay! Homestar, you're back to your old self again!
    (Tofu Homestar's head drops into the cauldron, and the real Homestar reappears in its place)
    Marzipan: (dejected) Yay. Homestar, you're back to your old self again.
  • Noodle Implements: The entire potion recipe. One possible combination of ingredients is questionable water, powered herbs and spices, and essence of gullibility, stirred with a chewed-up pen while reciting the magic words "Do you even have half a brain?"
  • Running Gag: Per Halloween Toon tradition, clicking on the Poopsmith at the right time in the Flash version triggers a scene where Homsar appears.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Homestar sees Homsar's nonsense choices, he angrily declares, "I'm outta here!" and walks off.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smurfette Principle: Invoked by Marzipan if Homestar turns into another one of her, saying "Hooray! I'm not going to be the only girl!"
  • So Long, Suckers!: Homestar says this word for word to the King of Town and the Poopsmith after he tricks them out of their secret blend of eleven herbs and spices.
    King: Ha! That blend was just a decoy! It only has ten herbs and spices!
  • Toilet Humor:
    • "Essence of Putting Strong Mad's Hand in Warm Water When He's Asleep" is one of the possible ingredients.
    • One of the possible stirring utensils Homestar can get from Bubs is a "terlet brush".
  • Urine Trouble: One ingredient you may get from Strong Bad is "Essence of Putting Strong Mad's Hand in Warm Water When He's Asleep".
    Strong Mad: MY SECRET SHAME!
  • Vocal Dissonance: Homestar!Marzipan has a disturbing voice.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: Strong Sad going "Mineral water... wha?" when Homestar runs into him.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: When Homestar tries to "Sing a Song" for one of Bubs' stirring utensils:
    Backyard peaches! Treats come true!
    Karate summer! What would you do?
    The world is the egg, and diapers come true...

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