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Strong Bad Email #160
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"Crayola beat us to the punch. Let's shift focus to... 'Laser Limes'."

Strong Bad discusses crayon colors and stumbles upon Marzipan's cult, er, "classroom".

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Limozeen, Teeg Dougland, Marzipan, Strong Mad, Homsar, Homestar Runner

Places: Computer Room, The Garage, The Classroom

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: October 22, 2006

Running Time: 3:56

Page Title: Lappy 486



STRONG BAD: {singing} Sippin' on a bottle of email, cold, having a picnic lunch with some co-workers.

{After "Dear awesome", Strong Bad inserts, "Oh! Somebody finally got it right!"; at the first ellipsis, he adds, "Oh, you mean like, Red iculous?" and a red crayon that says "Red iculous" appears, and after "Laser lemon", he repeats surprisedly:}

STRONG BAD: Laser lemon?! {picking up a phone} The Cheat, halt production immediately!

{Cut to the garage, where The Cheat is using a soldering iron and an oscilloscope to build a laser with lemons on it.}

STRONG BAD: {over the PA} Crayola beat us to the punch. Let's shift focus to... "Laser Limes". {The Cheat looks annoyed} Or maybe just laser beams.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noise which sounds unmistakably like "Okay."}

{Cut back to the Lappy, where Strong Bad resumes reading the email. He reads "Andover,MN" as "And over, and over, and over, M N."}

STRONG BAD: Ter? What is that, short for Terbert? Or Terlliam? Or Terthew? {clears screen} Welter, the crayons of my youth had pretty awesome names. Especially the ones that came with my Limozeen 1989 "Ladies, We're Staying in Room 302 at the Ramada" Tour coloring book!

{Cut to a view of this coloring book, which has a drawing of two members of Limozeen on the cover.}

STRONG BAD: There was Leather Black—

{A black crayon saying "Leather Black" appears.}

STRONG BAD: —Ripped Denim Blue,—

{A blue crayon saying "Ripped Denim Blue" appears.}

STRONG BAD: —Groupie Lipstick Red,—

{A red crayon saying "Groupie Lipstick Red" appears.}

STRONG BAD: —Skin Flesh!

{A pink crayon saying "Skin Flesh" appears.}

STRONG BAD: Hairspray Blond!

{A yellow crayon saying "Hairspray Blond" appears.}

STRONG BAD: And Tight Shiny Purple.

{A purple crayon saying "Tight Shiny Purple" appears.}

STRONG BAD: It even came with a cassette tape with a song about how to color!

{A yellow cassette tape saying "Colorin' (Outside the Lines)" appears.}

{Change to a view of the first page of the coloring book, which shows Larry and Gary performing. Below this is the text "Gary and Larry rehearse their moves". The page has been colored to look like Larry playing the guitar causes it to catch fire, a laser is firing from the guitar with the word "vpoo" over it.}

LARRY: {singing} Grab a box of sixty-four,—

{Changes to the next page, which shows Limozeen with the text "We are in a band called Limozeen!" Perry's skin has been colored green with blue hair, Larry has been colored with a black eye and blood dripping with the words "be tup" colored on his shirt, and Mary has been colored with an extra set of arms coming out of his head doing the evil fingers, the words "2 sets!" are also colored above his head.}

LARRY: {singing} —with a sharpener a-built right in,—

{Change to next page, which shows Larry with two women. The text says "Larry Strong Bad always serenades the 'of-age' ladies after the show". Larry's face has been colored like Strong Bad's, and his hands have been drawn to look like red boxing gloves. The girls have the Canadian Flag colored onto their shirts.}

LARRY: {singing} Dump 'em all out onto the floor,—

{Change to next page, which shows Mary with a face drawn on his abdomen; the text says, "Drummers almost never wear shirts while playing a big show." The rest of the page remains colorless.}

LARRY: {singing} —and let the party begin!

{Change to next page, which shows Gary leaping into the air whilst playing the guitar; he has been colored to wear a Los Angeles Lakers uniform and hold a basketball; a basketball hoop and defending player have also been drawn in. The text reads "Gary's playing some "air" guitar. Get it?"}

LIMOZEEN: Colorin'!

LARRY: Outside the lines!

{The next page shows Perry with Teeg Dougland, who is running sound, the text reads "Producer/ manager/ roadie/ webmaster Teeg Dougland shows Perry how to tweak the reverb." They have both been colored to look like old ladies with wrinkles, grey hair, lipstick and fingernails all colored in,}

LIMOZEEN: Colorin'!

LARRY: Inside your heart!

{The next page shows Larry and Perry, who is wearing a bear mask; the text reads "'That bear mask has GOT to go!!!' shouts Larry."}

LIMOZEEN: Colorin'!

LARRY: Those crayons of mine!

{The next page shows Mary and Larry barbecuing; a large, vicious-looking hot dog has been drawn standing behind them; The Cheat has been drawn peeking from around the barbecue. Mary's skin has been colored blue, The text reads, "Back home from the road, Mary and Larry say, 'It's Grilla Time!'"}

LIMOZEEN: Colorin'!

LARRY: Hey, hey, let's go back to the start!

{The last page shows Larry with Gary and Perry performing, this page is not colored. The text reads, "Larry is screaming like a demon. And the other two are playing guitars."}

STRONG BAD: Whoa, looks like I missed one! As much as I respect you guys as artists, it's time to melt your faces off.

{Strong Bad uses the Skin Flesh crayon to draw on Larry's face; the crayon breaks.}

STRONG BAD: Aww, crudcrap! My Skin Flesh broke!

{Cut to a view of Strong Bad at his table holding the broken crayon.}

STRONG BAD: Where'm I gonna get another one of these at this hour? Ooh, wait! I bet Marzipan's teaching her kindergarten class down at the Montesodium school! Those kids eat crayons like they were paste!

{Cut to Marzipan in the Classroom; the blackboard reads "SOY IS ALSO MURDER"}

MARZIPAN: {finishing a monologue} ...So that way, you always feel guilty!

{Strong Bad walks in.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, Goody Marzipan. Can I borrow some crayons? I broke my Skin Flesh!

MARZIPAN: {looks aghast, then angry} Shhh! Strong Bad, not in front of the class!

{Cut to a view of the class, which consists of Homsar, Strong Mad and Homestar Runner wearing yellow shirts. Homsar has a stack of blocks on his desk that reads "TURD".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Teach-orr! I have go bafroom!

{Cut back to Marzipan and Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: Why can't I say "Skin Flesh" in front of the—uh, children?

MARZIPAN: First of all, we don't call them children. They're "life blossoms"!

STRONG BAD: Life blossoms?! Marzipan, what kind of cult are you running here?

MARZIPAN: Oh, a pretty standard one. {cut to a closeup of Marzipan} Anyway, we don't use the term "Skin Flesh". The color you're looking for is "Dermal Discoveries".

{A pink roll loosely resembling a crayon with the words "Dermal Discoveries" appears. Cut to a view from behind Marzipan, facing Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: What's that scramble?! What about Lipstick Red?

MARZIPAN: No, no, no. Too gender-specific. We use "Crimson Suggestion".

{A red roll with the words "Crimson Suggestion" appears.}

STRONG BAD: Well, how 'bout Hairspray Blond?

MARZIPAN: Vague Pigmentation!

{A yellow roll with the words "Vague Pigmentation" appears.}

STRONG BAD: Leather Black?

MARZIPAN: We just call that "blue."

{A black roll with the word "Blue" appears. Homestar Runner moves into view}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Teacherman, {cut to face Homestar Runner} are we just gonna talk about crowns all day?

STRONG BAD: Ta'-'bou'-wha'?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Crowns! You know! For coloring! A box of crowns!

MARZIPAN: {laughs}

STRONG BAD: {chuckling} You mean, crayons? Cray-ons?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {looks angry} Oh, I don't need this. I'm going to the liberry! To read me some pie-pie comics!

{Return to view of Marzipan and Strong Bad from the front}

STRONG BAD: What kind of grades does Homestar get?

MARZIPAN: Oh, roots and grass, mostly.

STRONG BAD: Roots and grass? What're those, like, D's? D minusesses?

MARZIPAN: No, they're F's.

{Cut back to the last page of the coloring book.}

STRONG BAD: All right, boys. Prepare to make some dermal discoveries!

{Strong Bad begins to draw with the Dermal Discoveries "crayon." Nothing happens.}

STRONG BAD: What the— what's wrong with this stupid crown—on?

MARZIPAN: Oh, didn't I tell you? Our crayons don't actually color so that no one life blossom shines brighter than any other. That way, they're all special!

STRONG BAD: I never had any doubts that all your students were {uses hand quotes} "special," Marzipan.

MARZIPAN: And they're made from 100% pressed bunson, so they double as a healthy snack! Mmm! {eats a "Crimson Suggestion".}

{A bundle of Marzipan's "crayons" appears in front of Strong Bad.}

LARRY: {singing, his words appear under the bundle of "crayons."} Pressed bunson, you know it's pressed bunson. Preeeeow!

{The Paper comes down as Larry sings the last word.}

STRONG BAD: ...the crap is pressed bunson?

Easter Eggs

They're life blossoms!
  • Click on "Dear awesome" after Strong Bad mentions "Red Iculous" to see a "Dear Awesome" colored crayon.
  • Likewise, click on "some crayon" and see a "Some Crayon" colored crayon.
  • Click on Homestar's shirt when he walks up to Marzipan to see the logo for L.U.R.N., or "Life-Blossoms Undergoing Re-programming Naturally."
  • Click on the word Murder on the chalkboard after Strong Bad asks about Homestar's grades to see his report card.
  • At the end, click on the Limozeen Coloring Book to see the whole thing (comes up in a new window). It has three pages not featured in the email. You can color it with the included crayons, or print it out.

Fun Facts


  • The device next to The Cheat is an oscilloscope.
  • "Special" is often used as a euphemism to refer to developmentally challenged people.


  • The crayons in the Easter egg contain two colors not featured in the email: "Roadie Puke Green" and "Sweet Boots Brown".
  • This is the first time we see Marzipan in Strong Bad's house.
  • The coloring book Easter egg originally did not have an "Undo" button to go back a step when coloring, so if you made a mistake well into your drawing, you'd have to erase it all. It was added later.


  • The Lappy's "toe" (which was removed in cliffhangers and was missing in retirement) is back.
  • The cards above the chalkboard read "4, I3, (, I>, 3, I=, 6, #, 1" which are Leetspeak representations of the letters A through I.
  • This is the first/closest The Cheat has gotten to saying a word in English ("Okay") outside of his Powered by The Cheat cartoons, although some of his The Cheat noises have strongly suggested English phrases in the past.
  • Even though the coloring book is dated 1989, Teeg is called a webmaster. The name "web" was used in hypertext systems from at least 1988 on in Intermedia.
  • Both Larry and Perry are wearing blue shirts with white stars, in the style of Homestar's shirt.

Fixed Goofs

  • When this email was first released, "blossom" was misspelled as "blossum" in the T-shirt and report card Easter eggs, and "animals" was misspelled as "animas". These have since been fixed.
  • The coloring book originally misnamed several of the crayons in comparison to their email counterparts. Groupie Lipstick Red was incorrectly named "Rockin' Red" while Tight Shiny Purple was named "Ballad Purple". This has since been fixed.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • Crayola is a well known company that makes art supplies such as crayons.
    • "Laser Lemon" is the name of an actual Crayola color. "Blizzard Blue" also existed at one point, but has since been replaced with "Inchworm".
    • "Skin Flesh" is also a possible reference to when Crayola renamed their color "Flesh" to "Peach" in 1962, partially to avoid racial discrimination.
  • The band member wearing a bear mask is a reference to musician John Mayer who sometimes dresses in a bear costume in order to meet and talk with fans before concerts without the fans realizing who he is.
  • "Montesodium" is a portmanteau of the words "Montessori" and "Sodium".
    • Montessori Schools are a very progressive and non-traditional schooling system used in many private schools throughout the world. It focuses on allowing children to learn at their own pace and doing away with perceived forms of competition like grading.
  • The page Strong Bad tries to color says "Larry is screamin' like a demon..."; he is also shown singing with his tongue hanging out. Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss is well-known for his extraordinarily long tongue, and is also known as "The Demon".
  • Homestar leaving to go read "pie pie comics" may mean he wants to read Popeye comics.
  • The coloring book makes mention of staying at the Ramada, a well-known hotel chain.
  • It's Grilla Time is a reference to "It's Miller Time", which is a famous slogan of Miller Brewing Company. It's also why they're holding Cold Ones at the time.
  • The subtitle on the Limozeen book, "Ladies, We're Staying in Room 302 at the Ramada", is written in the font created and used by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

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