Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 13.2

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The Cheat and The King of Town cut a demo, messages transcend time, and Marzipan's magazine subscription turns explosive.

Cast (in order of appearance): Marzipan, Homestar Runner, The King of Town, Old-Timey Strong Bad, The Cheat, The Homestar Runner, Strong Bad

Places: Marzipan's House

Date: February 27, 2006

Running Time: 4:24

Page Title: Marzipan's Answering Machine



Marzipan's Greeting

MARZIPAN: Hi, this is Marzipan. I'm probably outside eating some dirt or something. So just leave me a message.

Message 6

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh hey Marzipan, it's Homestar. Check it out, I'm on Pom Pom's cell phone, I'm gonna send you a text message. Are you ready? Here goes... P... L... Z... Spacebar... G... E... T... Spacebar... {Homestar is seen walking by, holding a banana up to his ear as a telephone} E... G... G... S... Spacebar, oh! Back spacebar, comma, M... I... L... K... Questionmark? Okay, now I have to send it. Boo doo boop! This is great, now we don't have to talk anymore! Bye!

Message 5

THE KING OF TOWN: It's my new jam! {guitar starts in the background} I'm not talking about butter, or how nobody likes me. It's the new KOT, in the two thousand and three plus three. I play guitar apparently. {guitar stops} Okay Marzipan, this is the only way I knew of to cut my demo. So I'll need to come over there soon and unreasonably search and seize this tape from you. See you in a bit!

Message 4

OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: Yes yes, what what? Testing testing, two and three. I've got a hankerin' for a prankerin'! This telegrammaphone recording will be launched forthwith into the stratosphere, in the hopes that one day, many decades {the last syllable isn't stressed, as deh-kids} from now, some buck-toothèd fool will receive it, and be thoroughly bamboozled! Yes now, on with the prank! What's the difference between William Henry Harrison, and James Garfield? Answer: Nothing! They both enjoy lasagna. Stop!

Message 3

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises, followed by a remix of The King of Town's jam}

I-i-i-i-it's my it's my new jam!
New jam! N-n-n-n-n-n-new jam!
Not talkin' 'bout {KOT!}
Not talkin' 'bout
Not talkin' 'bout three plus three!
Not talkin' 'bout
Not talkin' 'bout
Not talkin' 'bout KOT!
Not talkin' 'bout
Not talkin' 'bout
Not talkin' 'bout three plus three!
Not talkin' 'bout
Not talkin' 'bout
Not talkin' 'bout butter!
Not talkin' 'bout
Not talkin' 'bout
Not talkin' 'bout three plus three!

Message 2

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hi low, can anybody hear me? Give me the hiiiigh sign. It's The Homestar Runner, speaking into an empty soupcan, with a length of twine coming from the 'neath. Hello, empty soupcan. Hello, length of twine. You seem like mighty fine fellers. Why I ought to fill you up with catgut and call you lunch. See you around... Brown.

Message 1

STRONG BAD: Hello Marzipan, this is Lorenz... Magazine... Man, calling to tell you that your subscription to Soy... Bread... Tofu... Hybrid... Cars... Magazine, is about to erupt! You need to evacuate! It's gonna blow sky high! Get out while you can! So what you gotta do is — and believe me, I'm Lorenz Magazine Man who are— who you're gonna trust — is bake all your money into a no-bake apple pie, and set it cooling on your windowsill. So that way, once the eruption is great, you can come home and eat pie and money! Because it's still going to be there, on your windowsill! Am I wr— am I wrong? Somebody, am I wrong? Everybody in here at the office with their headsets on says you're not wrong. So this is Lorenz Magazine Man saying... "the magma is seeping under the door".

Easter Eggs

  • Click the tape holder after the last message to see a scene between the King of Town and The Cheat.
{Cut to a more distant view of Marzipan's answering machine. Enter The Cheat from the left.}
THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises in a singsong voice}
{Enter the King of Town from the right}
THE KING OF TOWN: {to the same tune} Doo doo doo doo doo!
THE CHEAT: {loud, surprised The Cheat noise}
THE KING OF TOWN: {simultaneously} Oh! {alone} The Cheat! What are you doing here?
THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}
THE KING OF TOWN: A remix? But I gotta cut my demo! My new album needs to drop!
THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}
THE KING OF TOWN: Oooh! A split seven-inch, eh?
{A record for "Not Talkin' 'bout Butter" in a jacket designed like a playing card with The Cheat in the upper half and the King of Town in the lower half appears at the front of the screen. In between The Cheat and The King of Town there are the words, "DJ Teh Cheat b/w The New Kot".}

Fun Facts


  • When this cartoon was released, the link from the Toons (TV) menu was directed to Answering Machine version 12.2.
  • This is the first Answering Machine in which The Cheat, The Homestar Runner and Old Timey Strong Bad leave messages.


  • The Homestar Runner's voice is significantly higher than in his previous appearances.
    • So is Old Timey Strong Bad's.


  • On the close up of the answering machine, two wires - presumably the power and the telephone line - are seen plugged into the back. However, when the camera zooms out at the end, we only see the power wire.

Inside References

  • "DJ Teh Cheat" is a reference to geddup noise.
  • "From the 'neath" may be a reference to the phrase "From the 'bove", which appeared in Moving Very Slowly and later in That Time of Year.
  • This is another mention of Pom Pom's Cell Phone, eggs, Presidents, and pie.
  • Using "b/w" instead of "with" is a running gag that started in Arcade Game.
    • However, in this case, "b/w" might be appropiate, since The King Of Town mentions that it is a split seven inch single.
  • Eating dirt is a reference to Stinkoman, who also eats dirt.

Real-World References

  • The King of Town's phrasing "unreasonably search and seize" derives from the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
  • William Henry Harrison and James Garfield were the 9th and 20th presidents of the United States, respectively. They were also the presidents to hold the two shortest terms in office, at just one and six months, respectively.
  • President Garfield enjoying lasagna is a reference to lasagna-loving Garfield the Cat.
  • A high sign is "a gesture used as a signal (as of approval or warning) -- usually used in the phrase give the high sign." (Webster)
  • A 7 inch is a vinyl record, commonly refered to as a 45 because it is spun at 45 r.p.m. on a turntable. It is the format used for singles and each side normally holds one song. A split 7 inch would have two songs from two different artists, one on either side.
  • Strong Bad saying "Am I wrong? Somebody, am I wrong?" could be a reference to Walter Sobchak, John Goodman's character in The Big Lebowski.

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