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"It's time to fight murder with murder!"

Homestar tries to cover up his "murder" of Pom Pom.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, Strong Bad, Bubs, Coach Z, The King of Town, The Poopsmith, Homsar (Easter egg), Strong Mad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Marzipan

See I Killed Pom Pom Costumes for more information on what everyone was wearing.

Places: The Field, Bubs' Concession Stand, The King of Town's Castle, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Marzipan's House

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Running Time: 7:48 (TV Time Toons Menu), 10:09 (YouTube)

Page Title: Bewaouw! Take Caouw! Bewaouw!


[edit] Transcript

{Open in the field, silhouetted. Homestar and Pom Pom are standing in front of an inflatable pumpkin, and a paint splatter motif appears in the sky with a splash. As Homestar speaks, the pumpkin is shown in the regular daylight shot to be plugged into a tiny segment of wall sticking out of the ground.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh man, Pom Pom, this Halloween is gonna be the Christmas ball! Hot tricks, cool treats, good friends, and MURDER!

{Every time Homestar shouts "murder", the title screen for the toon pops up to a musical sting. It shows a silhouette of Pom Pom sliced in two, with a black paint splatter and the caption "I KILLED POM POM!"}

POM POM: {bubbles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: What? Murder? Nah, that doesn't sound like something I would say. I was probably talking about the crisp cool air, the fallen leaves dappling the MURDER!

POM POM: {bubbles}

{As Homestar speaks, with his eyes closed, Pom Pom bounces away. He unknowingly pushes against the pumpkin's power cord and pulls it out of the socket as he does so, and it slowly deflates.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Nah, man, you're hearing things. I was just talking about MURDER. And, you know, like this time of year sometimes there's a little bit of MURDER, and maybe a little bit of MURDER. But I would never say anything about— {opens his eyes and sees the now-completely-deflated pumpkin} WAH! Murder! {After the final musical sting, which is less dramatic, close-up on Homestar} Pom Pom! What happened? Did you get popped? Say a few bubbles! You can't be dead! You're my best friend and concubine! {crying} Oh, I should really look up what that word me-he-he-heeeans!

{Cut to a wide shot revealing Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Who-ho-hoa! What manner of stitch witchery have I stumbled upon this Hallows-eve?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, Strong Bad, I think my evil jealous side secretly killed Pom Pom without even telling my dopey lovable side!

STRONG BAD: All right, settle down, Homestar. Unckie Strong Bad'll getcha through this. Now, tell me exactly what happened.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, it all started 117 days ago...

{To a musical sting, the screen cuts to one similar to the title card and reads "4 hours later..." Cut back to the Field at night, with Strong Bad and Homestar in costume.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: ...and then I turned back around, and there was a puddle of Pom Pom at my feet!

STRONG BAD: And no one else saw anything?

{Close-up on Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No one! Well, there was that inflatable pumpkin, but I think he said something about having a previous engagement. Man, I like that pumpkin. {Cut back to wide shot} I should really get his phone number.

STRONG BAD: Well, it definitely sounds like you killed Pom Pom. First thing you need to do is dispose of the body. {Close-up on Strong Bad; he pulls a partially transparent card out of his jacket} Here, go to Bubs's and get everything on this laminated murder cover-up check list. Plus a twelver of Cold Ones and a dozen Maple Bismarcks. For the cover up. Then meet me back in my basement.

{Cut back to the wide shot; Homestar takes the laminated card.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Thanks, Strong Bad, you're a real cartoon pal!

{Homestar runs off.}

STRONG BAD: Oh-ho, oh, this is gonna be a real good night.

{Strong Bad walks off scatting the rhythm to the song "Mack The Knife" in silhouette. Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand, where Bubs and Coach Z are having a discussion. The side of the Stand has the remains of two eggs plastered onto the side.}

BUBS: Heh heh, I'd like to see those teenagers try and egg the concession stand this year, now that I own an ostrich farm! {places a large egg on the counter}

COACH Z: Boy, I'll say! And these piña colordas are torp nortch! {Coach Z produces a similarly large egg that has been cracked with its top missing, and an umbrella, straw, and cherry sticking out of it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, hey there say there, Bubs!

BUBS: Happy Halloween, Homestar!

COACH Z: Yeah! And I'm standing here!


HOMESTAR RUNNER: Just the essentials tonight, just the essentials. Lemme get a, uh, 50 gallon drum of bleach...

BUBS: {produces a storage drum} Check.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: ...and a 50 gallon drum of saw blades...

BUBS: {produces another} Sounds good.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: ...and a 50 gallon drum of body bags.

BUBS: {produces a third drum} Reasonable.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {in his mind} All right, Homestar, you got this. These guys don't suspect a thing! Just order these last few everyday items and we're in the clear! {aloud, sweating, and growing more nervous by the second} Um... I need a... twelve pack of cold ones, and um... a dozen maple Bismarcks— I DON'T KNOW WHAT BISMARCKS ARE— I KILLED POM POM!

BUBS: Simmer down, Homestar; it's all right! We've all made, quote unquote, "mistakes"!

COACH Z: Yeah, who hasn't slipped up and engaged in a little, quote unquote, "premeditated murder in cold blood"? Am I right?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: So what do I do now?

BUBS: You need to establish an alibi!

COACH Z: Yeah, with witnesses! And if ya's can swing it, wetnesses!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay, I can do that, I can do that, I can do that, I can do that, I can do that—

BUBS: Homestar!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yep, sorry, got it, peow! {runs off}

BUBS: Good kid, that Homestar... should we light 'em up?

COACH Z: Absalortly!

{Coach Z and Bubs launch their eggs in Homestar's direction. Cut to a silhouette of the King of Town's castle, with a jack-o' lantern face in the castle. The Poopsmith and the King of Town are standing out front. Cut to a wide shot.}

KING OF TOWN: {as though a whiny teenager} Gah, I keep telling you, Poopsmith, I didn't do it! Stop acting like my dad!

{Pan over to reveal Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {talking into a "burner phone", which is really just a piece of cardboard with a keypad and a square with "BURNER" drawn on it} What? Yeah, I've been here all the live-long day. At the KOT's castle, or as I like to call it, Alibi City. {cut to close-up} Who? Pom Pom? Never heard of him! Sounds like someone who's still alive, though. Okay corroborating witness, bye! Click!


{cut back to wide shot}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh! Hey, Can of Town, Tootsmith, did you guys hear that legitimate conversation I was just having? So legitimate.

KING OF TOWN: So you've been here at the castle all day?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yep! Right here! Innocent as charged!

KING OF TOWN: Aha! I told you I didn't eat your pile of whatsit! It was him!

{Zoom out to show Homestar standing in what is left of the whatsit pile. The Poopsmith's shovel is behind him.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh crap... literal crap...

{Cut to a close-up on The Poopsmith as he turns the dial on his helmet to "4" and raises his claw-hand menacingly. Cut back to the wide shot.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ah! Objection! Leading the witness! {runs off}

{Cut to the Basement. Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, and Pom Pom are sitting around.}

STRONG BAD: ...and he totally thinks the inflatable pumpkin is you, Pom Pom!

POM POM: {laughs}

STRONG BAD: He also tried to get its phone number, which is more than a little weird.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {from offscreen} Unckie Strong Bad, I need more help!

STRONG BAD: Pom Pom, quick, hide!

POM POM: {bubbles}

{Pom Pom ducks behind the couch as Homestar walks in.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Things have really gone downhill! Not only did I murder Pom Pom, but now it's on record that I ate fifteen hundred pounds of crap.

STRONG MAD: {laughs}

THE CHEAT: {laughs}

STRONG BAD: {laughing} Oh ho, stifle a laugh. Well, you know what you gotta do now, don't you?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I will literally do whatever comes out of that sweet rectangular mouth next.

STRONG BAD: Uh, in that case, you gotta... get us sixteen dozen maple bismarcks.


{Homestar moves as if to run off. Horizontal wipe to the basement filled with pastries.}

STRONG BAD: These are kolaches; I said bismarcks!

{Homestar moves to run off again. Wipe to the basement filled with different pastries. The Cheat is laying on his back, holding his belly.}

STRONG BAD: {eating} Now that's more like it! Now you gotta find a patsy and pin that murder on him like a corsage on a puffy-dressed prom date!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: You mean like with a lot of blood and them going, "Ow, ow, Homestar, ow, quit it, I'm not going to prom with you anymore! And I hate Bennigan's!"

STRONG BAD: Yeah, something like that. Now go stash Pom Pom's body at their house!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: But who I'm supposed to pin this murder on?

STRONG BAD: The most unsuspecting saps you can find...

{Cut to Marzipan's house. Strong Sad is sitting on the couch.}

STRONG SAD: {hisses}

{Marzipan walks in.}

MARZIPAN: Hey Strong Sad, there's a bad horror movie on. Wanna make snappy comments and obscure references while we watch it?

STRONG SAD: You know I can't see; I just drew these eyes on my hands.

MARZIPAN: Why don't you just take your hands down?

STRONG SAD: {nervously} Uh, because I may have also sorta super-glued my eyes shut...


STRONG SAD: For authenticity! {He moves his hands aside. His eyes are not visible at all.} I was trying to be a cosplay-dinaire!

MARZIPAN: That's a word you just made up!

{Zoom out to show Homestar standing beside them, holding his cram rod (minus the tinsel).}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aha! I knew you two were up to something!

STRONG SAD: Ahh, cosplay-dang!

{Close-up on Marzipan.}

MARZIPAN: Okay, I admit it! My homemade kombucha is just apple cider vinegar with Strong Sad's... loogis floating in it.

{Strong Sad leans in from the left.}

STRONG SAD: My secret shame slash finest hour!

{Cut to Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Don't play games with me; you murdered Pom Pom! {Cut back to reveal that the pumpkin is stuffed in Marzipan's couch cushions.} You stuffed his body right here under the couch all day probably, {taps the pumpkin with the cram rod, cramming it further under the cushions} since you murdered him.

MARZIPAN: This again?

{A loud sound suddenly emanates. The screen shakes.}

STRONG SAD: I hear a yonder ruckus!

{Cut to the field. The King of Town, The Poopsmith, Bubs, and Coach Z come in.}

KING OF TOWN: {still with a whiny teenager-like intonation} Gah, what's all this noise? This is so lame!

COACH Z: So what's so what's the scenario?

{Cut to Marzipan's porch, where Strong Sad and Marzipan come out of the house.}


{A silhouette of Pom Pom appears from behind a bush, with the moon and splatter motif in the background.}

STRONG SAD: A specter risès!

{Cut to Strong Mad and The Cheat behind the bushes. The Cheat is holding up Pom Pom from atop Strong Mad, who is holding the booOOMbox. They grunt and throw Pom Pom into the air. Cut back to the silhouetted shot.}

STRONG BAD: Oh no, Homestar! {cut to Strong Bad with the other characters gathered in the background} It's Pom Pom's ghost come back to haunt you! Don't you want to, you know, pee your pants, or something else embarrassing while all these people are gathered here?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No way, Unckie— {accidentally walks into the chin of Strong Bad's mask} Ow! Thing is sharp!... No way, Unckie Strong Bad, you guys have shown me the light! It's time to fight murder with... {Homestar rips the chin off of Strong Bad's mask} murder!

STRONG BAD: No, wait!

{Homestar jumps up and throws the chin at Pom Pom. A blinding flash of light covers Pom Pom, and as he explodes, a simple popping sound is heard and whatever was left of him floats to the ground. Cut to a close-up of Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: Homestar, that wasn't a ghost! That was really him! You just... you... you...

{Cut to a group shot of the characters minus Homestar}

ALL: You killed Pom Pom!

{Cut to a close-up of Homestar}


{The "I Killed Pom Pom" title card comes up again, which cuts to a card reading "Next season"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {narrating over the title card.} Next season on Homestar Runner dot com...

{Cut to the field, Homestar, dressed in his normal attire, is standing next to the inflatable pumpkin.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Man, inflatable pumpkin, you're a way better best friend than that floaty old Pom Pom ever was.

{The pumpkin suddenly deflates. Pom Pom appears from behind it, having been crudely reassembled and looking angry. He brandishes the same chin from Strong Bad's mask that popped him. Cut to a frightened Homestar.}


{Cut to a title card, which shows Homestar cut in two, reading "I Killed Homestar!" This fades into the cast standing in the field.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • Click on the Poopsmith's shovel when it is visible to see a scene with Homsar:
{Cut to the field, where Homsar is standing. Homestar runs past.}
HOMSAR: Ahhh. If you need me, I'll be loked after dark.
  • At the end, click on Coach Z:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, Coach Z, you really nailed that Evil Aquafresh costume.
COACH Z: {rapping} Bork in the days on the borlevard a Lerndon, we used ta kork routines, and the presence was fortin'.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ew, maybe you were fortin'.
  • At the end, click on Strong Bad:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, Strong Bad, I really like your Jay Leno costume. That guy had a really pointy forehead.
STRONG BAD: Naw, come on, don't you remember? {singing} Oh it's a good time for large-headed monstrosities. Oh! To sell you cheeseburgers. Hey! Strong Bad tonight-ah!
  • At the end, click on Homestar:
STRONG SAD: {laughing} Oh ho ho! Uh, hey, Homestar, where does the dark lord Sauron live again?
HOMESTAR RUNNER: What, you talking about like Mordor? {his speech impediment is strong} The land of Mordor? Where the shadows lie?
STRONG SAD: {laughing} Oh ho ho ho! Yeah, and uh, what illegal act did you commit against Pom Pom, again?
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, you mean murder? {it comes out sounding a lot like "Mordor" did}
STRONG SAD: Uh huh. {laughs}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: You know, come to think of it, there's a lot of murder in Mordor. {his impediment is still very thick} Orcs murdering wargs, wargs murdering orcs—{his speech becomes unintelligible mumbling; he finally coughs up some marbles} Peh! Peh! {he starts talking in a deeper, extremely articulate voice with no impediment} Excuse me. Orcs murdering wargs in the land of Mordor. Heh heh, that's better.
STRONG SAD: {freaked out} Ahh!
  • At the end, click on Bubs:
STRONG BAD: I can't stand it, Cochese. I know you planned it.
BUBS: I'ma set it straight, this Watergate!
{the "Waughmp waughmp" sound effect from Fish Eye Lens plays as Bubs bulges outward in a fisheye distortion.}
  • At the end, click on Strong Mad:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, Strong Mad, I really like your M.U.S.C.L.E. toys costume. I had a bunch of those little pink guys. I played with 'em in the sandbox... till that cat started poopin' in there.
  • At the end, click on Pom Pom:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, Pom Pom, I really like your Dom DeLuise costume. I definitely know why that guy was famous! Boatniks? He was in The Boatniks maybe? Can I get a boatniiik?
STRONG SAD: Boatniiik!

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • A concubine is a woman who lives with, and has a relationship with, a man to whom she is not, and cannot be, married. Typically, she is of a lower class than the man and his wives.
  • A piña colada is a mixed drink made of rum, coconut cream, and unsweetened pineapple juice, sometimes served in large, novelty containers.
  • A burner phone is a prepaid phone generally used to conduct illegal business, with the intent being to not have the phone be able to be tracked back to the owner.
  • Homestar uses the courtroom terms objection, which is used to request that a judge disallow evidence from being presented, and leading the witness, which means asking a question that suggests a specific answer.
  • Cosplay is a form of costumed role-playing that is strongly associated with anime and comic culture.
  • Kombucha is a drink made of fermented tea along with yeast and bacteria.
  • Kolache and Bismarcks are popular baked goods in Europe. A kolach is a pastry consisting of a fruit filling or a sausage, which is more popular in the United States, surrounded by dough while a Bismarck, or Berliner as it is correctly known, is a treat similar to a jelly doughnut.
    • Maple Bismarcks are rectangular cream-filled doughnuts with maple frosting commonly referred to in parts of the United States as "long johns".

[edit] Trivia

[edit] Remarks

  • Homestar's line "It all started 117 days ago" is referring to the interview in which Matt Chapman alluded to a return to creating more cartoons. 117 days before Halloween was July 5, 2014, which is presumably the day that Matt and Jeff Rubin conducted the interview that was released on July 7.
  • Marzipan was dressed as Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men in the Halloween Safety teaser. This was confirmed with the Sketchbook and Quote of the Week released the same day as the toon. This is the first time a character other than Strong Bad has worn a Halloween costume that didn't match their silhouette in the teaser.
  • This is the third cartoon in a row that does not contain a back button.
  • Strong Sad alerts the others that a specter is rising, despite being blind due to super gluing his eyes shut.
  • There are several arm-related oddities:
    • This toon implies that The Poopsmith has no visible arms underneath his working gloves, as his right arm is replaced by a bionic limb and his left arm appears to be nothing but a small stump.
    • Strong Mad appears to have full control over both sets of arms, including the ability to hold the Maple Bismarcks in the extra pair.
    • Homestar leaves a blue handprint on Marzipan's wall.
    • Marzipan's costume has arms, but she doesn't use them to hold up the jar (although on MST3K, Tom Servo's arms didn't work).
  • Zooming in with Flash shows that the tape in the booOOMbox is labelled "Maple Bismarck Aftermath".

[edit] Glitches

  • When The Poopsmith is turning the dial on his helmet, the area around his shovel in the previous scene is still clickable.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • The page title "Bewaouw! Take Caouw! Bewaouw!" references the conclusion of Bela Lugosi's "Beware of the Dragon" monologue in the Ed Wood film Glen or Glenda.
  • Homestar's "hot tricks, cool treats" line from the opening scene is a Halloween-themed play on the tagline "hot eats, cool treats", which for many years was the slogan for Dairy Queen.
  • Homestar's line "Say a few bubbles!" may be a reference to a running gag from The Three Stooges, wherein an unconscious person is tended to by one of the Stooges and told to "Say a few syllables!"
  • Stitch Witchery is a brand of heat-activated fabric adhesive that comes in rolls like tape, sold under the Dritz brand by Prym Consumer USA, Inc.
  • "Mack the Knife" is the current name for a song that was written in 1928 by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht for their musical The Threepenny Opera. The song later became a pop standard and was recorded by many singers, with the most successful version recorded by Bobby Darin. McDonald's later used a rewritten version of the song for its "Mac Tonight" advertising campaign, hence Strong Bad's costume.
  • Homsar's Easter egg refers to Lōc-ed After Dark, a 1989 album by Tone Loc.
  • Strong Bad and Bubs' dialogue in Bubs' Easter egg consists of lyrics from "Sabotage", a song by the Beastie Boys.
  • Bennigan's is an Irish pub-themed casual dining restaurant.
  • Marzipan's request to Strong Sad that they "make snappy comments and obscure references" while watching bad movies is a reference to Mystery Science Theater 3000, a show that focused on "riffing" over poorly made films by supplying commentary that either mocked their quality or compared them to a wide range of aspects of pop culture. Marzipan is dressed as Tom Servo, one of the characters who would do the riffing.
  • Aquafresh is a brand of toothpaste manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. The toothpaste itself has three colored stripes in it, one white, one red, and one aqua.
  • Jay Leno is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host famous for his large, pointy chin.
  • Dom DeLuise was an American comedian and actor. Homestar's remark to Pom Pom calls reference to DeLuise's usual wearing of a white hat similar to the one Pom Pom is wearing.
  • M.U.S.C.L.E. was the American name for a line of Japanese toys called Kinkeshi, which were based on the Shonen Jump manga and anime Kinnikuman released in the 1980s. Homestar confuses Strong Mad with Ashuraman, an antagonistic character who possessed three sets of arms.
  • A Babality is a feature in the game series Mortal Kombat similar to a Fatality, except that the enemy character is turned into a baby.
  • Mordor is a fictional land in The Lord of the Rings, a three-volume fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in 1954 and 1955. Sauron is the primary antagonist of the novel. Mordor is populated mainly by orcs, violent goblin-like creatures that work for Sauron and sometimes ride large wolves known as wargs, though the wargs are known to devour anything that sets them off, including the orcs themselves. "The land of Mordor where the shadows lie" is a phrase from the prophecy of the One Ring: "one ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them, in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie".
  • The rap Coach Z is trying to perform is "Check the Rhime" by A Tribe Called Quest. The actual line is "Back in the days on the boulevard of Linden, We used to kick routines and presence was fittin'". He also recites the chorus from "Scenario".
  • The Boatniks is a 1970 live-action Disney comedy movie, which doesn't actually have Dom DeLuise in it.

[edit] Fast Forward

  • Pom Pom would return in the next Halloween toon, The House That Gave Sucky Tricks (and its teaser). In Pom Pom's Easter egg, Homestar remarks that he's not dead, and says it's pretty great. However, in that toon, he only appears in the costume discussion scene, and not during the storyline. His next appearance during the plot of a cartoon is three Halloween toons later in Haunted Photo Booth.

[edit] YouTube Version

  • The toon's title reads "I Killed Pom Pom!" with an exclamation mark.
  • The toon's description reads "Homestar moudous Pom Pom. Strong Bad gets some autumnal pastries."
  • The Homsar Easter egg automatically plays in the YouTube video, and he is standing in the field at the end of the video.
  • At the end of the toon, the costumes are identified in text boxes one-by-one, starting with Homestar and going counter-clockwise.
  • Additionally, all of the ending Easter eggs play automatically, in this order:
    • Coach Z
    • Strong Bad
    • Homestar Runner
    • Bubs
    • Strong Mad
    • Pom Pom

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