Teen Girl Squad Issue 10

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COLOR'D!

The Teen Girl Squad celebrates The Ugly One's sweet someteenth birthday in 24 great-smelling colors!

Cast (in order of appearance): Cheerleader, So and So, What's Her Face, The Ugly One, A Mighty Warrior, Olympic Man, Coach, Wave o' Babies, Smiley Face Man, Henry Rollins, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas, Olda Boys, Quarterback, Possums, Visor Robot, Gift Exchange Lion, Hawaiian Guy, No I In Team Boy, Dinosaur, Mrs. Commanderson, Scotsmen, Tompkins, Fatty, Intercom, Manolios Ugly One, Vultures, Trolls, Mr. Pitters, Learner's Permit Girl, Arrow'd Guy, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Strong Sad

Date: October 10, 2005

Running Time: 3:34

Page Title: Tenth Issue-versary!

Contents

Transcript

NARRATOR STRONG BAD: TEEN GIRL SQUAD: TENTHENNIAL EXTRAVAGANZA! In 24 Great-Smelling Colors! {the screen is filled with color} Cheerleader! {groovy grapefruit pink} So And So! {viscious violent violet} What's Her Face! {radacious bodadical razberry blue!} The Ugly One! {gnarly nursing home green}

{The episode begins with Cheerleader, So And So, and What's Her Face sitting at a lunch table.}

CHEERLEADER: Lunchtime gals. Now let's get ready to eat...

CHEERLEADER, SO AND SO, WHAT'S HER FACE: NO FOOD!

SO AND SO: Eating lunch is for weirdos.

{The Ugly One walks on to the screen with a cafeteria tray piled high with corn in her hands.}

THE UGLY ONE: Holla grlfrndz. It's Corn and Corn Alone Day!

{The Ugly One places a plate of corn on the table. Cut to a close-up of the corn. A tiny samurai warrior carrying a naginata jumps out of the corn.}

WARRIOR: Corn is no place for a mighty warrior!

THE UGLY ONE: So... who wants to come to my sweet someteen birthday bash tonight?

WHAT'S HER FACE: Is it going to be Nick-at-Night themed again?

SO AND SO: {slaps her forehead} I don't think I can stomach another show not on the WB.

CHEERLEADER: No! We can't come. We have... the... Olympics... tonight!

THE UGLY ONE: Oh, cuz it's a boy/girl party...

{Close-up of So And So and Cheerleader, who look rather insane.}

CHEERLEADER, SO AND SO: a B'GRL PRTY??!?

WHAT'S HER FACE: Taking the vowels out of words doesn't always make them cool.

SO AND SO: 'm srry.

CHEERLEADER: {holds up a cell phone, from which "the olympics are sooooo dumb!" is coming} So, coach just called and said the Olympics are dumb. We'll be there like shareware!

{Cut (the music stops). A small man in a red hoodie labeled "coach" is standing next to a rather angry-looking burly man labeled "olympic man." Behind him is a banner that says "OLYMPIC RACE," and a cell phone identical to Cheerleader's is on the ground beside the coach.}

COACH: I don't know what they're talking about, I swear!

{Cut again to the Teen Girl Squad (music starts again).}

CHEERLEADER: Now, more than ever before, let's get ready to look....

CHEERLEADER, SO AND SO, WHAT'S HER FACE, THE UGLY ONE: SO GOOOD! {the camera does a 360-degree spin around the girls}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Whoa! That was about the coolest thing ever! Me gotta see that again.

{The cartoon rewinds and replays the 360-spin. The "SO GOOOD!" speech bubble has disappeared and doesn't return. At the end, however, What's Her Face is still spinning.} Uh-oh. We got a spinner.

WHAT'S HER FACE: Wheeeee! {the word slides to the right across the text bubble}

{A title slide entitled "AT THE PARTY" (imprinted on a cigarette, which a man is smoking) appears. Cut to the boy/girl party. Various characters from previous TGS episodes are attending. Pan right to reveal the TGS sans The Ugly One. What's Her Face is still spinning.}

CHEERLEADER: Alright, wallflowers, watch a professional at work... I'm fit to get makey outy all over those uppaclassmen.

{Cut to three Scots standing around a wooden barrel marked "XXX," holding froth-topped mugs.}

SCOT #1: ACHGH!

SCOT #2: ACHGH!

SCOT #3: ACHGH!

{Cheerleader walks in.}

CHEERLEADER: Any o'you boys wanna ditch this preschool party? I know of a couple HAWT junior college jams we could hit.

{One of the Scots throws Cheerleader away from them.}

STRONG BAD: CABER TOSSED!!

{Cut to a spinning What's Her Face}

WHAT'S HER FACE: I really want... some of these chips.

{Dead Cheerleader falls at the feet of What's Her Face.}

NARRATOR STRONG BAD: Tonk! Ponk!

SCOT: {off-screen} BAGH! Only 23 metres!

{Cut to the bowl of chips. The warrior jumps out of the chips.}

WARRIOR: Corn chips are no place for a mighty warrior!

{The samurai's naginata digs into What's Her Face as she rotates, and the upper half of What's-Her-Face's body falls off.}

NARRATOR STRONG BAD: {grinding sound} LATHE'D!

WHAT'S HER FACE: Oww! I hope they have those corn chips in heaven!

{Cut to So And So and Tompkins, playing a Game Boy.}

SO AND SO: Say, Tompkins, Brett Bretterson and I are Splitsville, so I'm lookin for a little rebound action!

TOMPKINS: Hecks no! I got Bowser on the ropes!

{A Koopa shell comes out of the Game Boy and strikes So And So in the face.}

NARRATOR STRONG BAD: {the word "pØwned!!" appears} Puh-owned! Or however you say that...

{Cut to The Ugly One's Father, standing at a microphone, speaking to the party crowd.}

MANOLIOS UGLY ONE: OK, party people, get ready to give it up for my little girl on her sweet someteenth birthday... and remember, if you're looking for low prices on used and broken electronics, don't forget... Manolios Ugly One's Lectro-Pawn!

TOMPKINS: {offscreen} p4wned! {said "peh-awned"}

MANOLIOS UGLY ONE: And here she is... THE UGLY ONE!

{Cut to The Ugly One, wearing a red dress and much more attractive than before. The music is ended with the scratching of a record.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! Did I draw that new hotness?

THE UGLY ONE: Thanks for coming to my party everyone! Now let's get it on like Diddy Kong!

{All people at the party, including The Ugly One, begin dancing.}

STRONG BAD: ARROWED II! ELECTRIC—

{Arrow'd Guy appears on the screen, wearing a tuxedo and holding a diamond ring in a box. He has two spikes on his back, a bad case of razor burn, and what appears to be a mound of corn in his breast pocket.}

STRONG BAD: Wait a minute! Not this time, mister!

{Strong Bad places a new piece of paper on the screen, containing The Ugly One and a muscular Strong Bad in a construction helmet. In the background are the Great Sphinx of Giza and two pyramids.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, why, hello, The Ugly One, you're looking so makey outy tonight.

THE UGLY ONE: Why thank you Sir Hotbod Handsomeface. So are you!

{Strong Bad and The Ugly One start making out. Cut to Strong Bad at his desk, making out with the paper of The Ugly One. Zoom out to a broader view of the desk, revealing Strong Mad, Strong Sad, and The Cheat standing next to him, looking bewildered.}

STRONG BAD: Oh...mmm, not bad...oh, twice...

STRONG MAD: Oh?

STRONG SAD: Uh...

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{Strong Bad notices them, and quickly hides the paper.}

STRONG BAD: Oh! Uh, this is a piece of uh... pi- pizzaa-aaa...

{Strong Bad shoves most of the paper into his mouth.}

{Cut to a crumpled & salivated paper, with the "IT'S OVER" screen appearing on the paper. A faint outline of the making-out scene is visible.}

STRONG BAD: {slightly muffled} IT'S OVER!

STRONG SAD: {off-screen} Uh, Strong Bad, were you just first-basin' it with that piece of loose-leaf?!

Easter Eggs

  • At the end, click on the "O" to play a scene with Manolios Ugly One.
MANOLIOS UGLY ONE: So okay, guys. Come down and be shopping at Manolios Ugly One's Lectro-pawn! {"come down and see us" flashes on the screen.} I have a price on broken VCR, smashed tape, or something like that. I'll be over here yelling, Manolios Lectro-pawn! {he appears upside-down from the top of the screen} Manolios Lectro-pawn! Or something like that.
  • Click on the "!" to play a scene with the girls.
CHEERLEADER: It's our tenth issue-versary!!! Let's do a clip show!!!
SO AND SO: Let's have a wedding!!
THE UGLY ONE: Let's have a baby!!!
WHAT'S HER FACE: Let's kill someone off!
NARRATOR STRONG BAD: Okay!
{A "splat" is heard, and Cheerleader's head is turned upside-down, but with one ponytail still coming out of the "top" of her head, with the other ponytail on her backside and her arms and legs swapped. So and So is squished by a giant golf ball. The Ugly One is eaten by a carnivorous plant. What's Her Face has a lampshade over her head.}

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • "24 great-smelling colors" refers to scented markers like the Mr. Sketch series.
  • "pØwned" is a variation of Internet slang meaning "owned". "Pwned" has numerous pronunciations, with popular ones including "owned" or "poned". Along the same lines, "P4wned" would also be leetspeak for "pawned" as in pawn shop.
  • The Caber toss is a traditional Scottish sport, usually involving a log of specific weight. However, the remark "BAGH! Only 23 metres!" does not apply to the sport, for distance is not the object, rather how straight the throw is after it lands end-over-end.
  • A lathe is a tool used to create objects with cylindrical symmetry such as table legs. It works by rotating the subject while a cutting or smoothing tool is applied, evenly removing material around its circumference.
  • Clip shows, weddings, new babies, and characters getting killed off are staples of anniversary episodes and are generally considered signs of a TV show jumping the shark. Such episodes also reprise characters and themes from the show as a whole (this issue features a great number of minor characters from previous issues). In the '60s, some shows, such as The Beverly Hillbillies, were thought to have jumped the shark when they made the switch from black and white to color.
  • The "Sweet Someteen" birthday is a play on sweet sixteen.
  • Shareware is generally software that an individual creates and grants distribution rights to for free (accompanied by a request for payment), with the intention that recipients will like it and share it with other people, increasing its visibility and potential profitability.
  • The 3 "X's" on the beer barrel surrounded by the Scots are marks that once signified the thoroughness of distillation of moonshine, but now have come to be synonymous with any type of alcohol.

Remarks

  • This cartoon uses a higher frame rate than any of the other ones before due to the 3-D sequence; this makes Strong Bad's makeout sequence and a few minor effects such as So-And-So's spinning eyes seem a little smoother than normal.
  • If The Ugly One's dad's name is Manolios Ugly One, then "Ugly One" is actually her surname; this calls to mind So and So's step-mom being named Mrs. So-and-so-erson and What's Her Face's mailbox reading "W. Herface."
  • This toon has more characters in it than any other toon to date.
  • The music at the party is a dance mix version of the TGS main theme song.
  • Even though it says in "24 great smelling colors", there are 43 colors.
  • Strong Bad drew the "It's Over!" page on the back of the making-out page (you can see it reversed through the page, which is crumpled).
  • This is the first time we've actually seen Strong Bad kiss something.
  • When Strong Bad places the paper of himself greeting The Ugly One over the ARROWED II page, you can faintly see the ARROWED page beneath it.
  • This toon, the 10th issue special, was released on October 10, or 10/10.
  • So And So's teeth are only pink in her introductory shot.
  • This is the first Teen Girl Squad issue to take us outside the paper and into the regular Homestar Runner universe (not counting the frame story in the email comic).
  • The speech balloons for the Mighty Warrior's first phrase, the Coach's phrase over the cellphone and "SO GOOD!" are opaque; the lines on the paper aren't visible inside them.
  • When Strong Bad says "It's over", it sounds like the making-out page is still in his mouth. However, "It's over" is written on the back of the same piece of paper.

Goofs

  • "Vicious" is misspelled as "viscious" in So and So's description.
  • When Manolios says "give it up," his speech bubble says "give up."
  • Near the end, in the "real life" scene, we see the "ARROWED II" paper on the desk. However, it is missing the "II."
  • In the Easter Egg, when Manolios Ugly One is waving his arms around, a gap opens and closes repeatedly in his beard.
Oops.

Glitches

  • In the rotational scenes, Cheerleader's baby daddy floats off of her dress. This is probably because of a shortcut taken which involves decorations such as eyes rotating around spherical objects, such as heads. Masks are then added to cause the eyes to disappear when they leave the head area. Apparently they forgot to add this mask to Cheerleader's dress.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • Nick at Nite (misspelled as "Night" in the toon) is a programming block of Nickelodeon that runs "classic" TV like Cheers and The Cosby Show, while The WB is a network historically aimed at teens, with shows such as Dawson's Creek and Gilmore Girls.
  • Bowser and Diddy Kong are Nintendo characters. Bowser is the king of Koopas, which is why a Koopa shell hit So And So.
  • Tompkins is playing the original 1989 Game Boy model. However, Bowser never appeared in a traditional game for this version of the Game Boy.
  • The grinding noise Strong Bad uses when the warrior "lathe"s Whats Her Face is strikingly similar to the noise made by electric can openers, which spin the can slowly in a similar fashion.
  • "ARROWED II! Electric..." is a reference to the movie Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. It has become frequently referenced as an example of facetious follow-ups to popular films.
  • The "spinner" gag refers to glitches in physics simulation used in CGI animation, such as when certain objects fail to stop moving. Examples can be seen in the DVD special features of the computer-animated film Monsters, Inc.
  • Henry Rollins is colored bright red when he is shown socializing at the party. This is a reference to the make-up he wore in the video for The Rollins Band song called "Liar."
  • The hair on the "Olympic Man" seems similar to Phil's on the webtoon "Bonus Stage".

DVD Version

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

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