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"We're, uh, doing The Cheat's taxes"

Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat play a Trogdor! Arcade game in da basement.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Trogdor

Places: Computer Room, Strong Bad's Basement

Date: March 17, 2003

Running Time: 1:41

Page title: Quite Exciting This Computer Magic!

Contents

Transcript

{We start with a familiar scene, Compy. Except Strong Bad isn't there, and there's a sticky note on the screen saying "in da basement -sb".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} Strong Bad! {walks up to the computer} Hey Strong Bad, can I borrow your fondue pot again? Oh. You're not here. I'll get to the bottom of this!

{He sits down at the computer and starts typing. While he says everything correctly, he misspells "Strong Bad".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {notices the note} Oh! "In da basement. From SB." Ohhh, that must stand for Stong Bah.

{He stands up and heads for da basement. Upon arriving he finds Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat playing TROGDOR! the arcade game.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey guys! Whatcha playin'?

STRONG BAD: Uh, playin'? No, we're, uh, we're doing The Cheat's taxes.

STRONG MAD: W-2!!!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Bo-ring. I don't wanna play that.

{Homestar walks off. The game blips.}

STRONG BAD: Argh! Stupid peasant.

{He kicks the arcade machine, which says, in a computer voice, "Trogdor!" (pronounced like "Troggador").}

STRONG BAD: Whoah! Pretty cool! {kicks it twice more, with the same results} All right, who's next?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Okay, fine.

{Strong Bad gets off the stool to let The Cheat on, but he just looks at Strong Bad, and makes more noises.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, right. Here ya go, little buddy.

{He lifts him onto the stool and the theme music begins playing. As soon as it's over...}

STRONG BAD and STRONG MAD: TROGDOR!

{The game says "Trogdor!" and The Cheat begins playing.}

STRONG BAD: Whoah, nice move! You're the master!

{The Paper comes down with a link to play the Trogdor arcade game. After a little while, Homestar comes back with a stack of papers.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, can you guys do my taxes next? ... You guys? ... Man, that's one big adding machine.

Easter Eggs

  • If you wait for Homestar to come by and ask them to do his taxes - after he says, "Man, that is one big adding machine" you can click on the TROGDOR! game to make it say "Trogdor."
  • You can click on the top of Homestar's pile of papers to see his expenses:
Homestar Runner's
2002 Expenditures
________________________

$150 - pork b/w beans

$2,000 - witch's brew

$4,000 - refinance my hat

$2.07 - Marzipan gift

$1,000 - Fluffypuffs

$500 - monthly protection
to SB

$500 - monthly protection
to SM

$500 - monthly protection
to The C.

$75 - straps and practice
  • When you have Homestar's expenses displayed, you can click and hold on the last item in the list "straps and practice" to see a picture of something that looks like a hand-drawn baseball card.

Fun Facts

Trivia

Remarks

  • On the Monday following the show, there was no new Strong Bad Email. Instead, there was a post-it note that said "In da Basement". If you clicked on it, it took you to the aformentioned toon short.
  • Homestar's total expenditures come out to $8727.07.
  • The top paper in Homestar's stack of papers says "important document #402".
  • The Cheat is using his left hand to play the arcade game.
  • Some of the sounds used in this toon are slightly off from their game counterparts. The peasant burnination sound is higher pitched and the squished peasant sound is played faster.

Glitches

  • At the start, the Compy's contrast knob is there. When Homestar comes in it is missing, but you can click it anyway. It doesn't do anything either time.

Inside References

Real World References

  • Strong Mad says "W-2!", which is an IRS tax form.
  • The page title "Quite exciting this computer magic" is a quote from the movie "This Is Spinal Tap". One of the band members (Viv Savage) says it while playing Atari in the tour bus.

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