Airdate: Sunday, January 8, 2006
Sender: Patrick Cowiche, WA
"Patrick Cowichiewa" wants to know what Strong Bad was like in "highschool". Despite Strong Bad's "extremely unphotographic memory", he recalls that "like other cartoons were in high school", he was in a team of super sleuths with Homestar, Marzipan, and Strong Mad.
Teenage Strong Bad: Ah, there's no such thing as "mysterious".
Teenage Homestar: I don't want to take any chances. We should play in a band, just to be safe.
(cut to Homestar and friends playing in a rock band)
Teenage Homestar: Havin' fun with my friends
Words about a mystery
Shakin' hands with my man...
In those days, Homestar went around in a pair of "ridiculous stripéd pants", from which Strong Bad and Strong Mad were always trying to "liberate" him. Strong Bad goes on to describe life in "middle school", when he and his friends were "a bunch of melon-headed babies with gigantic eyes and enormous imaginations!"
Baby Strong Bad: I'm pretending I'm playing better video games! Aw man, that freakin' duck swallowed both my pixels...
Baby Strong Sad: I'm pretending I'm not sitting next to the Diapersmith!
"Going even unncessarily further back," Strong Bad recalls a time when "we were all a bunch of plucky parameciums living in Free Petri Dish USA", when "Homestarmecium" would multiply himself whenever "Strongbadiophage" gave him a hard time about shopping for "rear end cream".
- Accidental Misnaming: Strong Bad mangles the senders' name into "Patrique" and later "Patrice".
- Amateur Sleuth: "The Homestar Runner Mysfit-steries" depicts Homestar, Marzipan, Strong Bad, and Strong Mad as a team of teen investigators.
- Brick Joke: At the end of the e-mail, Strong Bad sings Homestar's song from earlier in the e-mail.
- Continuity Nod:
- An Easter egg demonstrating Strong Bad's "doodle memory" references the events of "caper".
- Eskimos Aren't Real: Teenage Strong Bad insists "there's no such thing as 'mysterious'".
- Medium Awareness: "I would hazard a guess that we were probably just like other cartoons were in high school..."
- Me's a Crowd: Homestarmecium divides into clones of himself during the Free Petri Dish USA sequence, which freaks out Strongbadiophage.
- Running Gag: In-universe, Strong Bad and Strong Mad were "all the time trying to liberate Homestar from his ridiculous stripéd pants" back in high school.
- Self-Serving Memory: An Easter egg shows Strong Bad's "doodle memory" version of the events of "caper", with the Cheat being half-snake, and him and Strong Bad stealing a huge diamond and a roast turkey.
- "The Homestar Runner Mysfit-steries" is an extended parody of the many, many teenage Amateur Sleuth cartoons produced by Hanna-Barberra during The '70s, most famously Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
- The "middle school" scene, with Strong Bad and company as "melon-headed babies with gigantic eyes and enormous imaginations" seems to be riffing specifically on Rugrats and Muppet Babies.
- The "Romans... in Roman times" sequence seen in an Easter egg may be a parody of The Roman Holidays.
- Spinoff Babies: Strong Bad recalls him and his friends being "melon-headed babies with gigantic eyes and enormous imaginations" in middle school.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: "We should play in a band, just to be safe."
- Unreliable Expositor: Strong Bad admits to having a "doodle memory", as opposed to a "photographic memory".