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=== Inside References ===
=== Inside References ===
*Homestar is ordering [[color flavored]] drinks.
*Strong Bad's line "the greatest guy" is a reference to the [[TV Time Toons Menu]] cover, which reads "Strong Bad- the last great guy?"
*Strong Bad's line "the greatest guy" is a reference to the [[TV Time Toons Menu]] cover, which reads "Strong Bad- the last great guy?"
*The silhouette of Homestar running to Bubs's is a reference to [[Old Intro 2]].
*The silhouette of Homestar running to Bubs's is a reference to [[Old Intro 2]].

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Toon Category: Shorts
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"Just lookin' at a thing in a bag..."

Strong Bad and the gang find a new way to get free drinks.

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

Places: Basement of the Brothers Strong, The Stick, Bubs' Concession Stand

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Running Time: 3:50

Page Title: T-TV, TV Show!

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1



{Strong Bad, The Cheat, and Strong Mad are all being lazy around the couch while the TV repeats "T-TV, TV Show, watch the TV Show"}

STRONG BAD: The Cheat The Cheat The Cheat The CheatTheCheatTheCheatTheCheatTheCheatTheCheatTheCheatTheCheatTheCheatTheCheat! Get me a drink!

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Hey Strong Mad! Get... get me a drink!

STRONG MAD: {raises his fist from behind the couch} MORE LIKE, YOU GET ME A DRINK!

STRONG BAD: {sits up, yells over the back of the couch} Hey! Don't sass back with me! {returns to his original position} Augh. We need to figure out how to get some drinks...like...without having to actually get some drinks!

{The Cheat leaps up and makes excited noises}

STRONG BAD: Ooh! The man with the plan!

{Wipe to the stick. Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat are all looking in some brown paper bags. Homestar walks up to them.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey guys! Whatja doin?

STRONG BAD: Oh, just lookin' at a thing in a bag.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh cool! Can I see?

STRONG BAD: No. {closes his bag} It's for me. And The Cheat. {The Cheat closes his bag} And Strong Mad to look at. {Strong Mad closes his bag}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh. I'm not any of those.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}


{Homestar backs up in response to The Cheat, and the three guys stand there looking in the bags for a while as Homestar looks on. An unseen bird chirps in the background}

STRONG BAD: {softly, to himself} Lookin' at a thing in a bag!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey Homestar! Whatcha doin'? Oh, you know, hanging out with the guys. Hey guys, this is the life, right?

STRONG BAD: Sure is, man! Lookin' at a thing in a bag...drinkin' drinks...oh! Oh yeah. Homestar! Why don't you go get us cool guys some drinks?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay, cool guy!

{He runs off toward Bubs' concession stand. While he is running, the same music from the TV plays in the background. He gets there and Bubs is dancing while saying "Checkitout!" Homestar starts dancing along.}

BUBS: Checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Whoa! Check it out!

BUBS: What can I get for ya?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Umm...four drinks for four cool guys!

BUBS: You mean for you, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yeah! How did you know that?

BUBS: {quickly looks left, and then right} Oh, I don't know nothin' about nothin'!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yeah but how did you—

BUBS: {leans in} Nothin'!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: But that's weird that you—

BUBS: {leans in closer} Nothin'!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: ...Okay, you're weird.

BUBS: So what kind you want?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {pops to the right, then back to his normal position while talking} Um, how about two reds, a blue, and an orange.

BUBS: Comin' right up! {he starts making the drinks}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: So Bubs...have you seen that thing in a bag?

BUBS: Oh yeah! It's freakin' awesome!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, right. Me too. Yeah, I think so...that it is...too.

BUBS: {giving him the drinks} Here you go!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Thanks, Bubsy! {starts walking away, then turns back} One more time!

{they both start dancing again}

BUBS: Checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout checkitout...


{Homestar walks off. Cut back to the stick, where the trio are still lookin' at a thing in the bags.}

STRONG BAD: Appears that I'm still looking at this thing in a bag...

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Drinks, cool guys!

STRONG BAD: Just put 'em down right there!


STRONG BAD: Now, leave.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Check! {he leaves}

STRONG BAD: Wow, it worked! Free drinks! Good thinking, The Cheat! Lookin' at a thing in a bag. I am truly the greatest guy.

{Bubs walks on}

BUBS: Did the plan work?


STRONG BAD: Yeah, drink up! Thanks for donating these drinks to our cause!

{Homestar walks back in}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, I forgot my blue dri—Sweet Mother of Mystery! What's going on here?

STRONG BAD: Umm...drinkin' drinks at the stick.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: But what about looking at a thing in some bags?

STRONG BAD: It escaped. Into the mountains.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aw, shucks. I never got to see it!

BUBS: I thought you said you had!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I lied. I was trying to be a cool guy.

BUBS: Liar!


THE CHEAT: {peremptory The Cheat noises}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Of course! {he does a flip}

BUBS: Nice trick, LIAR!

{Homestar picks up one of the bags and starts looking in it.}


STRONG BAD: Um, that bag's empty, Homestar.


STRONG BAD: Yeah, there's nothing in it.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: This is freakin' awesome!

STRONG BAD: Augh! {Bubs, Strong Mad, and The Cheat walk away} Almost makes the free drinks not worth it. {he walks away too}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh yeah! Lookin' at a thing in a bag! I mean...I think...I'm a cool guy. {Looks around, then sticks the bag on his head}

{Cut to black with the words "The End" on the screen. Bubs can be heard repeating "the end" over and over like Strong Bad's "The Cheat" at the beginning of the toon.}

Fun Facts


  • Bubs's "Checkitout" song was inspired by a street seller The Brothers Chaps saw during a trip to New York City.


  • This "short" is actually longer than four of the "full-length" toons, perhaps due to its premiere as a "not quite Strong Bad Email".
  • The "back" link at the end of the toon leads to Main Page 14, instead of the Toons menu as is normal.
  • When The Cheat tells Homestar to do a flip, his teeth show, unlike when he normally talks.
  • The name of the SWF is whatsinthebag2 despite the toon being located at whatsinthebag.html. There is no whatsinthebag.swf.


The Stick is wrong.
  • When Homestar puts the bag on his head, the propeller on his cap disappears.
  • The bag in front of Strong Mad disappears after Homestar asks why they aren't looking in the bags anymore.
  • The shadow of The Stick is backwards during the entire short.
  • When the scene changes from the Strongs' basement to The Stick, The Stick is in the wrong place and slightly bigger for a few frames.

Fixed Goofs

  • The link on the toons page to this toon used to not work, but it was fixed a while ago.

Inside References

  • Homestar is ordering color flavored drinks.
  • Strong Bad's line "the greatest guy" is a reference to the TV Time Toons Menu cover, which reads "Strong Bad- the last great guy?"
  • The silhouette of Homestar running to Bubs's is a reference to Old Intro 2.

Fast Forward

  • The "Checkitout" animation is used on the footer at the Store.
  • The scene where Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat are laying around the couch would later be seen as a drawing in mascot.
  • The sound that The Cheat makes when he tells Homestar to go away would be the same sound he makes in crazy cartoon before he shows Strong Bad his new animation.
  • In Kick-a-Ball Homestar would tell Marzipan that she "couldn't kick your way out of lookin' at a thing in a bag!"

DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman, Ryan Sterritt)

MIKE: So this is a short, but it's pretty long.

MATT: Yeah, it's pretty much a full featured cartoon Mike. We've got Ryan Sterritt with us here in the broadcasting booth.

RYAN: I'm right here.

MIKE: He's gonna offer some insight, some criticism, some unique perspectives on this cartoon.

RYAN: The color commentary if you will.

MIKE: Matt and I will do the play by play. So The Cheat is laying on the couch and so is Strong Bad. It looks like Strong Mad might be, uh, laying down behind the couch.

MATT: The T TV Show song in the background is me and my friend Rene.

{a deep voice} TV Show

MATT: Who you can also see on this DVD playing the Jhonka in the Peasant's Quest Movie Trailer, isn't that right listen.

{deep voice again} Watch the TV Show

MIKE: That's great, he does a great job there.

MATT: Words from Ryan.

{long pause}

MIKE: Go Ryan, go!

RYAN: Oh. When I looked in the bag guys, I saw a lot.


RYAN: I got insight.

MIKE: We love the silhouette Matt. We lo- I love the silhouette.

MATT: Where did we learn that from, from Sunday comics?

MIKE: Yep, from Dennis the Menace. The third frame of Dennis the Menace.

MATT: Yep.

MIKE: Old Hank Ketcham. {short pause} Homestar's voice is a little different in this one.

MIKE: Yeah I think both Homestar and Bubs are both a little off in this cartoon. Were you sick, or was it, were you just off- off your game...

MATT: Uh, I jus-, I made a conscious decision to make them a little different I think, Mike.

MIKE: {amused} Really.

MATT: Yeah

MIKE: Interesting.

MATT: As a pr- as a consummate professional

{Mike laughs}

RYAN: Hey Mike

MATT: Tell them the story about that.

MIKE: Aah, it's the checkitout checkitout. I was in New York and there was some guy hawking, watches or something on the street saying "checkitoutcheckitoutcheckitout", we came by the same place about three hours later and he was still saying "checkitoutcheckitoutcheckitout".

RYAN: It's true

MIKE: So if you're a street vendor in New York watch what you say, 'cause I'm gonna put it in the cartoon.

MATT: Yeah, and if you're Ryan, don't say anything on this commentary track.

{they laugh}

RYAN: Was he really dancing... when he was, sellin' his stuff?

MIKE: Uh, no, he wasn't dancing, he wasn't doing the uh, arm motion that Bubs was doing. {pause} But I was doing the little dance that Homestar did. Yeah. On my way by.

MATT: Those drinks.

MIKE: I'd like to have a sip of that blue. That blue juice.

MATT: Those do not look fit for human consumption.

RYAN: It looks like...

MIKE: There's always those cleaners, like, household cleaners now they make in those really bright, really delicious colors, that just seems extremely irresponsible

MATT: Yeah the new, the new nutrient of orange, the new orange, essence of orange.

MIKE: Well there's purple ones too, like, if I was a kid, that would...

MATT: Juice!

MIKE: Yeah

MATT: It spells juice.

MIKE: This party is going to be off the chain!

{they laugh, then pause}

MATT: This is a cockamamie scheme {they chuckle} just to get drinks.

MIKE: It's all a big conspiracy.

MATT: I don't know if I can even unravel what exactly their plan was.

MIKE: Bubs was a double agent, involved somehow.


MATT: Yeah, Homestar definitely sounds more, he sounds more at ease. Closer to my normal voice than usual I think

{pause, Homestar does his flip.}

MATT: This thing, another part of the weird conspiracy. Are we led to believe that The Cheat can just-

MIKE: {overlapping}The Force can just make him {overlapping} Yeah that he can just be commanded

MATT: {quickly} Do a flip!

MIKE: {whining} OK, I'll do it, I'm sorry.

MATT: I remember uh, hearing a lot of people sort of were a little depressed by this one at the end, where Homestar was not only dumb like he usually is but it was, kinda realized that he was dumb...put it.

MATT: Up, hrt, uch, ut- The end! Ut! Go!


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