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"It's like, what is he doing, you know? I mean, where's he goin' to?"

A song about The Cheat's typical day.

Cast: Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Marzipan, Cardboard Homestar, Homestar Runner, Coach Z, Bubs

Places: Basement of the Brothers Strong, The Brick Wall, The Field, Telephone Pole, The Cheat's Computer Room, Bubs' Concession Stand (Powered by The Cheat), Gymnasium, The King of Town's Grill

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009

Running Time: 2:40

Page Title: Tomatocycle Season 1 on DVD!


[edit] Transcript

{Open on Strong Mad and Strong Bad sitting on the couch in the basement.}

STRONG BAD: He said he thought paunchberry sounded like a disgusting ice cream flavor. But I beg to differ.


{Strong Mad pulls out a bike made of wieners and tomato slices; cut to a close-up of the bike and then back to the two on the couch. The Cheat enters screen right.}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, we probably were. Hey, The Cheat!

THE CHEAT: {upbeat The Cheat noises, then sings a tune}

{The Cheat exits screen left}

STRONG BAD: Man, that The Cheat. {bass line starts in the background} It's like, what is he doing, you know? I mean, where's he goin' to?

{Cut to The Cheat going down the stairs outside the house. The screen pans right to reveal a low brick wall with graffiti reading "Whatchu Think U Gonna Do?".}

SINGER: The Cheat, where you goin' to?

And once you get there, whatchu think you gonna do?

{Cut to a pile of burning mattresses. There is a soolnd sticking out from underneath the mattresses. The Cheat enters from the left with a clipboard, then tosses it towards the camera.}

SINGER: Checking up on a mattress fire

That you started couple days ago.
Singin' baritone in Marzipan's choir
(But please don't let Strong Bad know)
Nobody knows...

{Zoom out on a slate that reads "Marzipan's not-dumb choir" to reveal Marzipan entering from screen right, wearing a robe and a book marked "HIMS". The Cheat and Cardboard Homestar are similarly dressed on screen left.}

MARZIPAN: This part's in D.

THE CHEAT: {tries to sing, but sounds more like a growl; Cardboard Homestar's head moves}

MARZIPAN: Ooh, that's not D.

{close-up of The Cheat}

THE CHEAT: {sings again, higher pitch}

{Cut back to two-shot.}

MARZIPAN: How about C?

THE CHEAT: {even higher, angry The Cheat noises}

{The Cheat throws the book, knocking down Cardboard Homestar. Marzipan looks scared. The Cheat removes his robe.}

MARZIPAN: Ehh, close enough.

{Marzipan starts singing along with the singer.}

SINGER and MARZIPAN: The Cheat, where you goin' to?

{The Cheat exits behind Marzipan screen right. Cut to a shot of Homestar walking in the field.}

SINGER and HOMESTAR RUNNER: And once you get there, whatchu think you gonna do?

SINGER: Hitchin' a ride on Homestar's leg

Stealin' all his melonade


SINGER: Get a freelance animation job—

{Powered By The Cheat, on Monosodium Dreams:}

POWERED BY THE CHEAT STRONG BAD: —and make the best cartoon that's ever been made!

{Full-screen scene of a Powered by The Cheat Bubs' Concession Stand, marked "dub's C"; The Cheat starts singing backup.}

POWERED BY THE CHEAT COACH Z: Hey there, Bubs in the store. Paunchberry's was a new ice cream!

POWERED BY THE CHEAT BUBS: I can't even reach the top.

{Bubs waves towards a stack of ice cream containers that reaches into the sky. Cut to The Cheat, wearing a shirt that reads "Paunch", Strong Mad, smiling and the word "Berry" on his singlet, and Strong Bad, "icéd cream" written on him, dancing in front of a wall of ice cream containers}

POWERED BY THE CHEAT COACH Z: Hey, it's the paunchberry ice cream dancing team.

{The Cheat stops singing.}

SINGER: The Cheat—


{Cut back to regular action; The Cheat walks along the top of the brick wall and then flies off the end with a dashed path trailing him.}

SINGER: —where you goin' to?

And once you get there, whatchu think you gonna do?
Headin' down to the gymnasium
Gonna do some lay-up drills
I'm not sure if that's something you would normally do
But you should brush up on your basketball skills
With some lay-up drills
Lay-up drills

THE CHEAT: {angry The Cheat noise}

SINGER: {softly} No lay-up drills?

THE CHEAT: {displeased The Cheat noise}

{The Cheat moves his arm, the scoreboard falls, and the room gets darker.}

SINGER: Flaming lay-up drills?

THE CHEAT: {excited The Cheat noise}

SINGER: The Cheat likes flaming lay-up drills

I'm glad we compromised with flaming lay-up drills
Ah, f'rllz, oh tell me what's the dealz
You got the wills, the skills, the flaming lay-up drills
The Cheat, where you goin' to?
And once you get there, whatchu think you gonna do?
The Cheat, whatchu gonna did
The day is done so won'tchu close that barbecue... lid

{The Cheat hops onto the King of Town's barbecue grill and closes the lid. Cut back to Strong Bad and Strong Mad in the basement. The tomato-wiener bike is in a heap on the floor.}

STRONG BAD: I dunno. Maybe he's just going to the ATM machine.


{A card comes down that reads "end" with "ATM machine = automatic teller machine machine" written underneath.}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • The phrase "ATM machine" is an example of RAS syndrome.
  • The word "VIRAL" flashing on the screen at the end of The Cheat's cartoon refers to viral video, an online video that gets quick widespread popularity.
  • A freelance job is one where a person works as an independent contractor, rather than long-term for an employer.

[edit] Trivia

  • When Marzipan says "This part's in D", the song is in the key of E major (while most of the song is in E minor). Likewise, the first two notes The Cheat sings for her are E's.
  • The YouTube description for this video is "A musical glimpse into a day in the life of The Cheat."

[edit] Remarks

  • Although it is suggested that The Cheat is exiting the House of the Brothers Strong at the beginning of the song, the house he is actually seen walking out of is usually depicted as being Homestar Runner's House.
  • The Cheat has been given a new walking animation in this toon.
  • The notes The Cheat sings are substantially higher than the typical range of a baritone.
  • Even though the scoreboard fell to the ground, it appears back on the wall moments later.
  • Although they are indicating that "ATM Machine" is redundant, the Downloads menu uses PIN#, another case of RAS Syndrome.

[edit] Goofs

  • After the song cuts back to Strong Bad and Strong Mad, Strong Bad had his face off of his mask for a single frame.
  • In the scene where The Cheat goes to the barbecue grill, the shadow from the grill doesn't move when the Cheat closes it.

[edit] Inside References

  • The Cheat is seen flying and smiling at the same time.
    • The Cheat smiles twice in this cartoon. The second one is a much bigger smile than the first one.
  • The Ice cream containers read icéd cream, which is The Cheat's attempt at -èd.
  • Marzipan's choir books read "HIMS", a homophone for the more appropriate "Hymns". This spelling also appeared in Happy Dethemberween.
  • The Cheat steals Homestar's Melonade.
  • The Cheat lights the rim of the basketball hoop with the BMW lighter.
  • This short begins with an interrupted conversation.
  • A Limozeen flyer can be seen on the telephone pole.
  • Marzipan's board says "Marzipan's Not-Dumb Choir".
  • The bulging stomach seen on the ice cream containers in The Cheat's cartoon resembles one partially seen in your funeral.
  • The phrase "whatchu gonna did?" was used in Homestar's speech as the Jack 'Em Up Kid in yes, wrestling. The term "gymatorium" was also used in that email.
  • The "i" in "LOADiNG" is lowercase.
  • The trading card of The Cheat's "Lay-up drills" is similar to the trading card of Pom Pom as an ABA basketball in different town.
  • The Cheat's red headband resembles Fightgar's.

[edit] Real-World References

  • The song bears some resemblance to "Little Birdie" from the Peanuts special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. The erratic path and trailing dotted line when The Cheat flies off of the brick wall is reminiscent of the subject of that song, Woodstock.
  • The mattress fire bears some resemblance to the Springfield Tire Fire from The Simpsons.
  • The conversation in the beginning about paunchberries and motorcycles is a reference to the TV show CHiPs, in which one of the main characters was named "Ponch", and in the show he was a Motorcycle Cop.

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