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Airdate: Monday, October 15, 2007

Sender: ROXY~VA

Roxy from Virginia wants to know if Strong Bad has ever made a "sbmail" about a business trip, or something serious like that.

Strong Bad: I think we should seriously talk about your name, Roxy. I'm afraid your career choices may be limited to a Limozeen groupie or maybe an American Gladiator.

As it so happens, Strong Bad and The Cheat are getting ready to go on a business trip... or rather, Strong Bad and Homestar Runner are getting ready to go on a business trip.

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Strong Bad: Hey, you're not The Cheat!
Homestar: Nah, not anymore. The Cheat got promoted to Junior Executive of Not Having to Go On Pointless Business Trips.
Strong Bad: What?! I've been trying to get that job for years.

Homestar is also under the impression that they're going on a camping trip, and not a business trip, what with looking forward to roasting marshmallows and bringing along several cans of pork and beans (even smuggling a pair past airport security).

Strong Bad and Homestar hit all the cliches about going on business trips, including cracking bad jokes about the hotel food ("Continental breakfast? More like in-continental blech-fest!"), leaving early at the keynote speech (by Strong Sad, about how "Reducing Your Business's Carbon Footprint is Not a Matter of Buying Everyone Smaller Shoes"), and collecting lanyards and drinking fancy beer on the company's expense account (they're even called "ice-cold Expen$e Account Ones"). Though Strong Bad puts off "talk about how our dogs are killing us" until later, and is only able to "mostly-check" meeting hot female executives for drinks. He and Homestar also need to "seal the deal" with the head of a foreign conglomerate, played by the King of Town:

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King of Town: All right, gentlemen, this is how this is going to go down. I'm gonna write a number on this piece of paper.
Strong Bad: Uh, King, you wrote a piece of lasagna on this piece of paper.
King of Town: And I ain't budging!

Much to Strong Bad's surprise ("What the sense-make?"), the "units" the King of Town suddenly demands are the cans of pork and beans Homestar had been lugging around all day. As the King of Town goes off to "prepare the bath-tub", Strong Bad reluctantly admits Homestar was a big help.

Strong Bad: Well, cramp my style. We sealed the deal! Go ahead, Homestar. You— you've earned it.
Homestar: (kicks his feet up) My dogs are killing me!

Back at the Lappy, Strong Bad concludes "the real reason for business trips is to buy last-minute peanut brittle and crappy souvenirs from airport gift shops for your kids," like the wind-up "I ♥ St. Louis" airplane Strong Bad picked up for The Cheat.

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Strong Bad: No, see, it's an airplane! That swims! And loves St. Louis!
The Cheat: (annoyed The Cheat noises, walks off)
Strong Bad: Fine, then. Strong Mad will appreciate it!
Strong Mad: (off-screen) NO I WON'T!


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  • Brick Joke: While going over his itinerary, Strong Bad decides to put off "talk about how our dogs are killing us" until later. After Homestar helps "seal the deal" with the King of Town, Strong Bad decides to let him be the one to kick back and say "My dogs are killing me!"
  • Comically Missing the Point: Homestar seems to be under the impression that the business trip he and Strong Bad are going on is a camping trip.
  • Continuity Nod: Homestar's remark about how he's not The Cheat "anymore" may refer to "do over", where he impersonated The Cheat.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Homestar's insistence on bringing along cans of pork and beans helps him and Strong Bad "seal the deal" with the King of Town.
  • Lucky Charms Title: In-universe, the Expen$e Account Ones.
  • Obsessed Are the Listmakers: Strong Bad has an itinerary which includes minutiae such as "take off wedding rings" and "talk about how our dogs are killing us".
  • Painting the Fourth Wall: Strong Bad reads the tilde in Roxy's signature as the sound of a warped cassette playing.
  • Parody Commercial: An Easter egg features a commercial for "Expen$e Account Ones".
    Announcer: Cool, refreshing Expen$e Account Ones make everything go down smooth. Including that moron from delivereceivables they sent you on the road with. Yes, that's right, he just made a "You Go Girl" joke.
  • Running Gag: The soapbox seen in previous cartoons and e-mails returns, now reading "Fifteen Types".
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Homestar says "Roll my eyes," while rolling his eyes.
  • Security Cling: Homestar jumps into Strong Bad's arms when he claims to hear "a bear rustlin' in the woods".
  • Undisclosed Funds: Parodied, the King of Town writes his offer on a piece of paper he shoves towards Strong Bad, but there's nothing there but a slice of lasagna.
  • Wedding Ring Removal: Parodied; "Take off wedding rings" is one of the items on Strong Bad's itinerary, even though neither he nor Homestar are married or even have fingers on which to wear wedding rings.

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