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"Seriously, Marzipan, how do you get so smart?"

While Homestar is on "vacation", Marzipan spends some quality time with his cardboard double.

Cast (in order of appearance): Marzipan, Cardboard Homestar, Strong Sad, Bubs, Homestar Runner, Cardboard Marzipan (Easter egg)

Places: Marzipan's House, Marshmallow's Last Stand, The Field (with fence), Bubs' Concession Stand

Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Page title: Cut her some FLAX!

Running time: 1:48



{Marzipan is sitting on her sofa holding a book called "Algonquin Stew".}

MARZIPAN: You know, Homestar, I disagree with what you said about the underlying theme of Chapter 8 in this book. It's really not about man's struggle with double-sided tape. It's a metaphor for the Mesopotamian social hierarchy during the Bronze Age.

{Shift view to see a cardboard cutout of Homestar wearing glasses and with a butterfly instead of a propeller on his cap. Marzipan supplies the cutout's voice, imitating Homestar's. When she does, she gains a heavy brow and an underbite that resembles Homestar's mouth.}

CARDBOARD HOMESTAR: Seriously, Marzipan, how do you get so smart? Don't you see you are a smart?

MARZIPAN: Well thanks, Homestar. I guess I am kind of smart.

{Title screen: "Quality Time with Cardboard Homestar"}

{Cut to a scene in Marshmallow's Last Stand. Strong Sad is playing violin and has a mustache, and Cardboard Homestar has a green tie wrapped around where his neck is drawn.}

MARZIPAN: Oh, thank you, Homestar. This is so romantic.

CARDBOARD HOMESTAR: You are so smart, Marzy-pan.

{Scene of Marzipan adding flaxseed oil to something in a bowl in her kitchen.}

MARZIPAN: And I always like to add a drop of flaxseed oil. Gotta get those Omega-3s!

CARDBOARD HOMESTAR: Marzipan, you're so smart.

{Scene of Marzipan playing guitar and singing in the Field.}

MARZIPAN: Marshmallows are fluffy;

CARDBOARD HOMESTAR: {also singing} You are so smart Marzipan.

{Marzipan is at Bubs' Concession Stand. Bubs puts a carton of eggs on the counter.}

BUBS: There you go, Marzipan! My last batch of organic batteries.

MARZIPAN: Thanks, Bubs!

CARDBOARD HOMESTAR: You shop so smart, Marzipan.

BUBS: Yeah. When is ol' Homestar gettin' back from vacation?

MARZIPAN: Oh, um, he, um, decided to stay a couple more days. {Smiles nervously} Yeah, couple more days, yeah. {Smiles nervously again}

{Cut to Marzipan's living room. Her closet door is boarded shut. Homestar's voice comes from within.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Marzipan? Marzipan? Can you let me out now? I'm pretty sure there's no cake in here. It's been about three weeks now, and you'd think I would have found it. All I've been able to find in here is some coats, and a broom. Unless it's a broomcake! Is it a broomcake? Ooh, let's try this broomcake. {Noises of labored eating.} {Weakly} Uh, Marzipan? This is a really bad broomcake. {With renewed vigor} Ptooey! Can you let me out, please? Oh, wait—coatcake?

{The scene goes black and "end" appears.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {sing-song} Maybe it's a coatcake!

Easter Eggs

  • Click on the "e" in "end" to see a short scene with both cardboard characters.
    {Cardboard Homestar and Cardboard Marzipan are sitting on Marzipan's couch. Homestar and Marzipan can be seen barely onscreen, manipulating each other's characters}
    CARDBOARD MARZIPAN: And then I told him there was cake in the closet. And that's how I got some peace and quiet for three weeks.
    CARDBOARD HOMESTAR: Marzipan, you're so smart.

Fun Facts


  • The Algonquins are a Native American tribe centered in Quebec. It may also be a reference to the Algonquin Round Table of literary fame.
  • Mesopotamia refers to the region now known as modern Iraq, and some of the surrounding countries. The name comes from the Greek words "between" and "river", referring to the basins of the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers and the area in between.
  • The Bronze Age is a period of prehistoric society following the Stone Age, when working with copper and tin was the most advanced form of metalwork.
  • Flax seed oil is vegetable oil made using the seeds of the flax plant.
  • The "organic batteries" refers to organic food, which is supposed to lack toxic pesticides, or any harmful artificial ingredients such as hormones. It also refers to Battery Cage eggs. As these are condemned by animal rights organizations, Organic Batteries would appear to be a contradiction, and evidence of Bubs' ever-shady deals.


  • When the short was first released, there were no nails in the boards. This was fixed later on in the day.


Regular Eyed Cardboard Homestar
  • In the TV Time Toons Menu's preview, Cardboard Homestar's eyes are shaped like Homestar's normal eyes and have no glasses, and the fence in the foreground is missing.
  • In the Marshmallow's Last Stand scene, Strong Sad's bow is pointed the wrong way, as the screw is supposed to be closest to the right hand, not the wooden tip.
  • In the scene where Cardboard Homestar and Marzipan are sitting on the couch, you can clearly see large folds in Cardboard Homestar's knees and torso, so it will look like he is sitting down. The folds should create creases, which will affect the looks and rigidness of cardboard, but throughout the rest of the short, the knees are uncreased.
  • At the very end of the toon in the Easter egg, each character is standing next to (and voicing) the other's avatar (ie: cardboard likeness). One would assume they are also pulling the invisible 'strings' as the avatars move in time with their voice. However, the way the cardboard characters are moving, as evidenced by the direction the heads fold to when 'talking' suggests that either they are moving their own avatars as the other talks, or using a very stiff string. Also, if you view the Flash file, you can see that Homestar's eyes blink every few seconds as a loop.


  • During the Easter Egg, when Cardboard Marzipan talks (and bends over) you can see the background inside the crinkles on the edge of the cardboard.
  • Strong Sad's soolnds are in front of Marzipan's seat.

Inside References

  • Marzipan pretending Homestar is on vacation refers to Happy Fireworks, when Marzipan was on vacation and Homestar invented Cardboard Marzipan as a replacement.
  • Strong Sad wears a mustache.
  • Homestar mentions cake.

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