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Strong Bad Email #91
watch colonization kind of cool
"Did you just say 'parakeet'?"

Strong Bad is asked to give Strong Sad some caffeine. Strong Bad has been looking for a project for the upcoming All-Wide Science Fair, so he decides to try the suggestion.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Strong Sad, The Cheat, Marzipan, Strong Mad, Coach Z, Homestar Runner (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Basement of the Brothers Strong, The Field, Marzipan's House, The Classroom

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Running Time: 2:41

Page Title: Compy 386!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Three

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: And coming in at number 91, it's: E-Maaaaaaaaaaail!

{reading}

{Strong Bad pronounces "TN" as "Tekken".}

STRONG BAD: Oh-ho-ho-ho! Devilish laugh. {types "Ohhhhhhh. (devilish laugh)"}

{Strong Bad clears the screen and types again.}

STRONG BAD: Dear Justin, In addition to the cut of your jib, I likes the sound of your town. Murfreesboro. But we got the All-Wide Science Fair just around the corner and I've been straining for a project. So far alls I've come up with is the effects of gasoline. {pauses a bit} On fire. {stops typing}

{Cut to a blue-print-style background, with the handwritten title "How to make science work for me".}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} So, I figure I just drop a couple of heaping spoonfuls—

{Said spoon and jar of coffee powder appears}

STRONG BAD: —of Sanka

{"heaping spoonful" appears with an arrow pointing at the powder}

STRONG BAD: —into Strong Sad's orange juice,

{Said juice appears.}

STRONG BAD: and collect the ensuing data.

{The spoon drops in the powder. It spoons some more powder, pauses while "yet another heaping spoonful" and another arrow appear, then stirs it in.}

STRONG BAD: I'll definitely get first place. And who knows? I might even win me a Noble Peacie Prize...

{"slight discoloration" and another arrow appears next to the juice, and "slightly disgusting" appears with yet another arrow pointing at the jar of coffee.}

{Cut to view of Strong Bad and Strong Sad in the basement. Strong Bad is holding a legal pad, in which he makes periodic notes. One of Strong Sad's eyes is open unnaturally wide, and he holds his hands high above his head. His fingers twitch frequently, and some erratic and discordant music plays in the background.}

STRONG BAD: So Strong Sad, tell me, how do you feel?

STRONG SAD: {speaking very quickly and clapping his hands together over his head} I feel great! I feel great! I feel great! I feel bad. I don't even watch football! I don't even watch football! I can't remember my legs.

{Cut to Strong Sad following an annoyed The Cheat on hands and knees. Strong Bad is in the background, watching and taking notes.}

STRONG SAD: Hey The Cheat! Listen up! Widdlywiddlywill! What did I say? What did I just say? Did I say anything? What about this one: hoo hee haw whadiawah! Did that mean anything? {Strong Bad voice-over begins} Did I offend you? I hope I didn't offend you.

STRONG BAD: {voice-over} After being exposed to my control Cheat, subject started acting way creepier than normal...like, even for Strong Sad.

{Cut to Marzipan's house, where she is trying to paint with Strong Sad next to her. We see Strong Bad in the foreground making more observations and taking more notes.}

STRONG SAD: Mar-zi-pan, Mar-zi-pan! What do you wanna make? You wanna make some wood-davers with me? I got pine cones! I got peanut butter! I got everything we need! I said pine cones! Pine cones! Gonna be successful! Gonna be phenomenally successful! Sell 'em at the corner store! Sell 'em at the five and dime! Marzipan, you gotta get on the train, get on the wood-davers train! Here goes the wood-davers train! It's takin' off! It's a new century! {Marzipan walks away and Strong Bad voice-over begins} I can't remember cereal, I can't remember TV. Is it football season yet? I'll run you over in football, run you down the field like a clown!

STRONG BAD: {voice-over} The subject's condition continued to deteriorate, and he began making up arts and crafts activities. Like wood-davers.

{Cut to Strong Bad's basement. Strong Mad is sitting on the couch, and Strong Sad is hanging upside-down from the ceiling.}

STRONG MAD: GET DOWN.

STRONG SAD: No!

STRONG MAD: GET DOWN!

STRONG SAD: No, no... Parakeet.

STRONG MAD: {in disbelief, and very clearly} Did you just say "parakeet"?

{Cut to a field with Strong Sad and Coach Z. Strong Sad alternates bouncing on his left and right legs. Strong Bad is in the background making notes and observations again.}

STRONG BAD: In the final stages, subject became: {The following words come up on the screen in Tandy text as Strong Bad says them} Erratic, violent, and Really Funny to Watch.

STRONG SAD: {slapping Coach Z in the face} Hey Coach Z! Hey Coach Z! Whaddaya got? Whaddaya got for me? How about that? Wanna play some soccer? {while Coach Z is speaking} Some hockeyjock? I got whatever it takes! Hey, ya want some salad? Pasta salad? Tuna salad? Fruit salad?

COACH Z: Woo! Woo! Cut that out! Don't hurt me! I don't wanna die! I'm just an old man— {Strong Sad steals Coach Z's hat after it falls to the ground} Ooh! Ooh!

STRONG SAD: ...Salad! Fruit salad! Fruit salad! Fruit salad! {Slowing down} Salad... {powering-down sound} ...Salad as a rock? Um... Coach Z, what are we doin' here?

COACH Z: You was tryin' to jank me!

STRONG SAD: Feelin' woozy...

{Strong Sad falls on his back. Coach Z's hat lands on his stomach. Cut to the All-Wide Science Fair auditorium stage, where a picture of Strong Sad on his back is shown on Strong Bad's easel under the caption "Results:".}

STRONG BAD: At this point, the test subject...was dead. {Gasp from the audience}

STRONG SAD: {Offscreen} I was not dead!

STRONG BAD: ...Shut up. And all of this data could only bring us to one conclusion: ...Strong Sad's adopted. {another gasp from the audience}

STRONG SAD: {Offscreen} That's not true either!

{The Paper comes down as a close up of Strong Bad's project is shown.}

Easter Eggs

  • At the end of the e-mail, click on the various pictures on the right side of Strong Bad's science project board to see some of his car sketches.
  • Also at the end, hold down the left mouse button over the paper in the folder on the left side to see Strong Bad's original project, The Effects of Gasoline on Fire. The left side reads:
about the
author:
strong bad
has at least
fifteen
bucks in his
wallet right
now. bet
that's more
than you,
poor person.

The right side, which is on fire, reads:

somebody
should
probably
be keeping
an eye on
this.
  • Finally at the end, move your mouse to the right side of the screen to find an arrow which you can click on to see Homestar Runner's project. It is blank except for the words "AWW MAN. IT MELTED." and a puddle on the table.
  • Click on the puddle and you'll see Homestar explain his project.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: For my project, I opted to use more social studies...a-than science.
CROWD: Yes, I see! Impressive! {miscellaneous chatter}

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • "Cut of your jib" is an old sailors' phrase, used to describe the expression on one's face, or the appearance of a ship from afar (the shape of the foresail, or "cut of the jib", described a ship's character). [1]
  • Strong Bad's "Noble Peacie Prize" refers to the Nobel Foundation's Peace Prize.
  • A five and dime was a type of store popular in the mid-1900s originally selling items such as candy and small toys.

Trivia

  • With the exception of the Halloween toons, this is the first time Coach Z is seen without his hat on.
  • Two versions of this were put up on the site. The first, which can be viewed on a mirror here has Coach Z saying "I'm just a crazy old man!" while being slapped. However, the version currently on the site has him saying "I'm just an old man!" The reason for this change is unknown.
  • This is the first instance of Hyperactive Strong Sad.
  • The "All-Wide Science Fair" sign is printed on fan-fold paper, possibly from the same printer as The Paper.
  • In Strong Bad's Science Project display board, the sheet of paper in the pocket under the words "What's a Wood-daver?" reads:
Strong Bad's Science Fair Project (not "The Effects of Gasoline on Fire" again)
  • The summary on the Podstar Runner RSS feed for this video says "Strong Sad gets caffeinated."

Remarks

Is this better or worse than 3 noses?
  • Strong Bad says "coming in at number 91" at the beginning of the email. In the email flashback, he says he lost count of his emails somewhere around #51.
  • The sound of Strong Sad coming down from his caffeine 'high' is the same sound used in gimmicks when Strong Bad's Tandy 400 shut down and was about to explode.
  • Strong Sad's bulging eye is an upside-down copy of Bubs's smaller eye.
  • Strong Bad says "my control Cheat", a rare use of The Cheat's name without an integral article.
  • Strong Sad is moving so erratically, he has two mouths to add to the illusion after Marzipan walks away.
  • When looking at Homestar's project, you can find an invisible "back" button by pressing Tab.
  • Strong Bad pronounces the emailer's town as "mur-FREES-bro", while the Tennessee city is actually pronounced "MUR-fees-bo-ro".
  • When Strong Sad returns to normal and asks what he was doing Coach Z replies with "You was trying to chank (shank) me." Shanking is not a form of beating someone up. Shanking is another name for stabbing someone.

Goofs

  • When Strong Bad types 'in addition to', the D's overlap the A and each other.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • When reading "TN" Strong Bad says "Tekken" instead of "Tennessee". Tekken is a popular fighting game by Namco.
  • The "shark-mobile" may be a reference to an old Hot Wheels car called "The Sharkruiser [2]."
  • Ironically, Sanka was the world's first brand of decaffeinated coffee. Invented in 1903, Sanka was first marketed in the United States in 1923.

DVD Version

  • All of the Easter eggs are intact, but have been condensed down into two Easter eggs.
    • The first DVD Easter egg (found via the hidden Strong Bad Icon to the left of the Project Title) features a peek at what Strong Bad's original project was, closeups of all three of the "cool cars," and a closeup of the paper in the folder. Plus, the fire from the original project burns a corner off The Paper.
    • The second DVD Easter egg (found via the hidden Strong Bad Icon to the right of the Project Title) combines Homestar's Project and his comments on it.

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