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"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!



{We start with a familiar scene, Compy. Except Strong Bad isn't there, and there's a Post-It 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.


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...}


{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


  • 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.


  • 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

  • Pork b/w beans refers to the Strong Bad Email helium, in which Marzipan and Homestar discuss the subject briefly. The abbreviation "w/" for "with" is not used, instead it's "b/w" which was used on old vinyl records and singles to refer to the B-side ("b/w" = "backed with").
  • "Hey Strong Bad, can I borrow your fondue pot again?" refers to 50 emails.
  • This is another appearance of the Witches' Brew.

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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