Bug In Mouth Disease

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It deliciously didn't work!

Homestar swallows a bug and fears the end of the good times while Strong Bad is taped to the TV and Strong Sad searches for "the blue ones".

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Sad, Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, The King of Town, Pom Pom, Bubs, The Bug

Places: Strong Bad's Basement, The Field, Bubs' Concession Stand

Date: May 9, 2005

Running Time: 5:10

Page Title: Don't...kill...bugs.



{In the basement, Strong Sad is watching TV.}

TV VOICE: And that's why come Shakespeare was so awesome.

STRONG SAD: Oh! I see now.

(Strong Bad enters.)

STRONG BAD: Hey, Dairy Queen.

STRONG SAD: I already told you, I don't want to be called that any more! I made a mistake!

STRONG BAD: Oh, sorry, Dairy Queen. Anyways, look. I just thought you should know that all your underwears somehow ended up individually priced and labeled in an online auction.

STRONG SAD: {gets up, runs out of the room} Nobody buy the blue ones!

STRONG BAD: That was too easy. Now to settle down for the 24-hour Caleb Rentpayer marathon! {Changes channel}

TUCKSWORTH: Caleb, were you making a little tent out of my jacket?

CALEB: I am now!

STRONG BAD: Yeah, you make that little tent, Caleb! He's not the boss of you!

{Cut to the field. Homestar is running along. Cue music beat.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing approximately to the tune of the Homestar Runner Theme Song} Hooomestaaar is running. Along. Hooomestaaa– {A record scratches as he suddenly stops and starts coughing/spitting profusely.} Agh! I swallowed a bug! Bug swallow! Bug swallow! What do I do? What do I do? {composes himself} Okay, okay, calm down. Calm... down. Remember health class. A-hem. (goes down on one knee, speaks slowly and deliberately} Sir or madam, are you all right? Do you need medical resistance? {anguished} Oh, it's not working! The good times are over! {runs off}

{The music starts in as we cut to another part of the field, where the King of Town and Pom Pom are eating ice cream bars.}

KING OF TOWN: I keep telling him the sun don't rise and set on that pile of whatsit, but he don't want to listen!

{Homestar runs in.}

POM POM: {greeting bubbling noises}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Pom Pom! Santa! I think I swallowed a bug! {kneels down in front of the King of Town} The good times are over! You gotta help me out! I could die!

KING OF TOWN: Well, what do you want we should do?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Gimme them dang ice creams! {grabs the ice cream bars} We'll freeze 'em out! {scarfs them}

KING OF TOWN: Doo! That stuff's prescription!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {sobs} It deliciously didn't work! {pokes Pom Pom with the one of the leftover sticks and Pom Pom narrows his eyes at Homestar, annoyed} Agh! (runs off}

{Cut to the basement, where Strong Bad is still watching TV.}

CALEB: You throw like a girl, Tucksworth.

TUCKSWORTH: Caleb, that suitcase was heavy!

{Strong Sad enters.}

STRONG SAD: What online auction? I can't find anything. I even did an image search for "the blue ones" and got nothing. Or… nothing pleasant, anyway.

STRONG BAD: Well, keep searching. Try putting stuff in quotes or something. Or use "and" and "or". Oh yeah, "and" go away.

STRONG SAD: Oh, Boolean operators! "Blue and ones"! Good idea! {walks off}

{Cut to Bubs' concession stand. Bubs is burning an envelope labelled "EXHIBIT A" with a lighter.}

BUBS: This is just fine!

{Homestar runs in and Bubs drops the lighter and throws away the envelope.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Bubs, you're a doctor, right? I think a bug flew into the side of my mouth. I'm afraid the good times are over!

BUBS: A doctor, eh? I think I might be one of those. Let me take a look. {examines a wad of his business cards} Whadda we got here? Bail bondsman, paranormal investigator, normal investigator… Oh, here we go! "Dr." Bubs! Let's take a look atcha.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aaaaah. {opens mouth}

BUBS: Hmm… {peers inside; Homestar gurgles "You got it?"} Okay… {Homestar gurgles okay...} Yes, yes. {Homestar gurgles yes,yes} Interesting. {Homestar makes a noise} I've got terrible, terrible news, Homestar.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh no! Is it about the good times?

BUBS: I'm afraid you've got no pancreas. {Homestar looks annoyed} But I do happen to have a fresh one for sale right here! {picks up a cooler labelled "EXHIBIT B" and places it on the counter}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Bubs, are you an unethical quack?

BUBS: The most quackinest!

{Cut to the basement, where Strong Bad is watching TV with a fork in his hand and a skillet in his lap.}

STRONG BAD: {imitating Tucksworth} Strong Caleb, did you make the best omelette ever during the commercial break? {imitating Caleb} I sure did.

{Homestar runs in.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Strong Bad! I think I –

STRONG BAD: (silencing him} Ah-ah-ah! Not today, McDorkle.

{Homestar leaves then jumps in from the other side.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Strong Bad! I think a bug might have –

STRONG BAD: Can't you see Grandma's watching her stories?

{Homestar leaves.}

TUCKSWORTH: Why aren't you breathing, Caleb?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {pops up from behind the couch} Strong Bad – {Strong Bad hits him with his skillet} Ugh. {falls down}

ANNOUNCER: And coming up next on Caleb Rentpayer, find out whom shot Caleb.

STRONG BAD: "Who shot Caleb?" Oh, there's no way I'm missing that one. NO WAY.

{Fade to black. Some time later, Homestar emerges from behind the couch. Couch is empty.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {yawns} That was a great skillet nap! Thanks, Strong Bad. Strong Bad?

{Strong Bad is duct-taped to the TV.}

STRONG BAD: Can't… miss… any of the action!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Strong Bad, the good times are over! I swallowed your computer!

STRONG BAD: You what? {tears his head from the TV} {TV music stops}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, I mean a small bug. I swallowed a small bug.

STRONG BAD: Aw. Now my head's not taped to the TV.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Strong Bad, I really need your help!

STRONG BAD: And I really need to find out who shot Caleb Rentpayer!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, that's easy. I did.

STRONG BAD: You-ka – w-wha?

TUCKSWORTH: Homestar Runner, did you shoot Caleb?

{Homestar appears on the TV, wearing the sunglasses he wears in the bet.}


STRONG BAD: You traitor! You shot my favorite TV show! (throws the remote at Homestar's face}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hiccup. {the bug flies out of his mouth} Hey, look at that! A little guy. A bug did fly in my mouth!

STRONG BAD: Ugh… the good times are definitely over.

{Strong Sad runs in, wearing a blue pair of underwear. Strong Bad opens his mouth in surprise.}

STRONG SAD: The world is saved! I found the blue ooooones!

{the bug flies across the screen as the toon ends}

Fun Facts


  • A Boolean operator is a logical conjunction describing the relationship between two assertions ('and' and 'or' being primary examples). Some search engines accept them.
  • Using quotes refers to putting a multi-word search term inside of quotation marks. Most search engines will find the entire, unbroken phrase instead of the individual words.
  • The pancreas is a large lobulated organ that secretes digestive enzymes and the hormones insulin and glucagon.
  • A bail bondsman is a person who posts bail in exchange for a fee, usually 10 percent of the total bail.
  • A "quack" is an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.
  • The telephone numbers on Bubs' business cards have the prefix 555, which is commonly used for fictional numbers in North American movies and television.


  • Bubs' cards read:
Bail Bondsman,

pager: 555-7896
beeper: 555-3421


    "Not Associated with
Bubs: Paranaormal Investigator!!"
        "Dr." Bubs

VCR Repair/Fashion Consultant
  • Bubs' e-mail address here is bubs@bubs.bubs, but it was bubs@homestarrunner.com in unused emails.
  • When the Announcer says "whom", in an attempt to sound sophisticated, it is grammatically incorrect. As the pronoun that would go there is not "Him shot Caleb" but rather "He shot Caleb", the question should use "who".
  • "Coola" is written on the bottom right corner of the cooler.


  • Strong Sad has underwear even though he says he "doesn't really wear clothes" in his blog.


  • When Strong Sad turns around in front of the couch after talking about Boolean operators, his leg appears behind the remote that is on the couch.
  • When Strong Bad is duct taped to the TV, there are five pieces of tape. After he turns around, there are only four.
  • In the frame in which Strong Bad's head is turned to the right while looking backwards at Homestar, the grey section is visible on both ends of the tape, but the silver, sticky side is the one which should be showing on the end between Strong Bad's head and the TV.
  • Bubs' "Normal Investigator" card misspells "paranormal".

Inside References

  • Bubs provided VCR repair in the email 12:00.
  • The scene featuring Homestar running over darkened hills is similar to Old Intro 2.
  • "The most quackinest" may be a reference to Pom Pom's character video, the page title of which is "The Most Mackinest".
  • Caleb Rentpayer first appeared in secret recipes. This is the first time the show and Tucksworth have been named.
  • Homestar uses the same sunglasses in the email "the bet."
  • The VCR on the top of the TV is the same VCR as the one used in the Characters page and the email 12:00.

Real-World References

  • The title of the toon is based on foot and mouth disease, a disease which affects cattle.
  • The page title (Don't...kill...bugs.) is a reference to Bob & Doug McKenzie's "Great White North" album. Specifically, it refers to the "Elron McKenzie" track, where Doug plays a preacher whose sermon deals with the importance of not killing bugs.
  • The "Whom shot Caleb?" episode is a reference to the often-parodied shooting of J. R. Ewing on Dallas.
  • Homestar overreacting over swallowing a bug is similar to a Seinfeld episode, in which George did the same thing.
  • When Strong Sad says, "I even did an image search..." he is referring to web sites (such as Google Image Search) which feature search engines that allow you to search for pictures instead of web pages.
  • When Strong Bad removes his head from the TV, on the left side of the screen, you can see a Super Nintendo which was a popular video game system in the early and mid 1990's.
    • You can also make out what appears to be an Atari 2600 on the right side.
  • Dairy Queen is a restaurant chain that was founded in 1940 in Kankakee, Illinois. It is best known for its line of "soft-serve" ice cream products.

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