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Strong Sad with horns and a tail, dressed as the Titan Calibos

Strong Bad Email #99

How would Strong Bad make the town different? Weeeehhhhhllllll...

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

Places: Computer Room, The Field, The Stick, Big Ol' Tree, Bubs' Concession Stand, The Football Field

Computer: Compy 386

Date: February 23, 2004

Running Time: 2:53



STRONG BAD: {singing} Check your email and check your email. {He is still singing, but there is an echo.} Check check your email and and check check your your e-e-e-mail-mail {He stops singing.}

{Strong Bad presses enter.}

STRONG BAD: {reading email below}

{Strong Bad says Wolksvagen instead of WV}

STRONG BAD: Pour hot soup in Homestar's eyes, eh, Steven? That sounds like a pretty good- {He stops typing.} wait... what'd your email say again?

{Strong Bad presses a key, and the email appears again}

STRONG BAD: {mumbling reading sounds} Oh. Oh-ho! Sorry.

{Strong Bad presses a key, and starts the reply again.}

STRONG BAD: Make the town different, eh, Steven? {He breaks into song.} Weeeeeeehhhhhhhlllllll.....

{cut to The Poopsmith shoveling poop}

STRONG BAD: {singing} The Poopsmith, he could talk—

THE POOPSMITH: {singing} Hello!

{The screen slides to reveal the right, where Marzipan is dressed in heavy metal garb, holding a guitar decorated with a skeleton pattern, in front of a wall of amplifiers marked 'Marzipan.'}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And Marzipan would rock,

{Marzipan wails on her guitar}

{Cut to the stick}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And The Stick would be this big old tree that'd try to eat everyone except The Cheat and me—

{The Stick turns into a big tree with a scary mouth.}

{A polaroid picture of the tree with Strong Bad (still singing) and The Cheat hanging out with it. Strong Mad appears from behind the left border of the photo and says...}


STRONG BAD: {singing} We'll see.. {Strong Mad looks shocked} And The King of Town would be underground in a box filled up with peas...

{pan down to reveal a large crate label 'A MILLION PEAS' buried under ground. A cut-out from the crate is taken away to reveal The King Of Town inside surrounded with peas}

THE KING OF TOWN: I hate peas!

{Strong Bad appears in the lower right and says...}


{cut to Bub's Concession Stand surrounded by flamethrowers and a sign that says 'Please. Take SEVERAL'.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} Bubs would give away flame throwers that shoot chocolate hundred dollar bills...

BUBS: Imitation chocolate!

{Pan right to reveal Strong Sad.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And my stupid baby brother would have been born with horns and a tail...

{Strong Sad sprouts horns and a tail.}

STRONG SAD: {sadly} I'm evil.

{Pan right to reveal the sports field with Coach Z standing there wearing an orange jacket.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And Coach Z would wear this cool jacket.

{Coach Z turns to reveal the back of his jacket which says 'Totally Style' and has a picture of a big thumbs up.}

COACH Z: Check it out, yo!

{Pan right to reveal more of the sports field with Homestar Runner standing there.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And Homestar just couldn't hack it!

{Homestar Runner rips the star off the front of his shirt and throws it to the ground, angrily.}


{What looks like a collectors card floats into the left of the screen with a picture of Pom Pom making a basket.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And Pom Pom wouldn't change at all 'cept he'd look like an ABA basketball...

{Total blackout, fade in close up of Strong Bad's mouth. Zoom out to reveal Strong Bad wearing an undone blue shirt, kind of like Michael Bolton.}

STRONG BAD:{Close up on Strong Bad's foot tapping.} Two, three, four {singing} and this little weirdo

{a spotlight turns on to reveal Homsar}

STRONG BAD: {singing} would be a modestly hot girl...

{Homsar silhouettes and transmogrifies into a silhouette of Modestly Hot Homsar.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} ...to help me through the hard times... You know, the kind that are only sorta hot so they don't mess around with other guys!

{Modestly Hot Homsar un-silhouettes and is wearing a blue one-piece swimsuit with the word 'homsar' on it. She is wearing Homsar's yellow bowler hat and has brown hair and pink lipstick.}

MODESTLY HOT HOMSAR: DaAaAa, I'm forever your girl!

{The crowd cheers.}

{Cut to the Computer Room where Strong Bad is standing on his stool.}

STRONG BAD: Thank you! Thank you! All right! This next one is the fourteenth song on my forty-second album. It's called—

{Cut to Strong Sad standing to the right of the computer desk dressed in a light blue tunic wearing horns and a tail}

STRONG SAD: Hey, Strong Bad—

STRONG BAD: {off screen} WHOA! Can it be true?

{Cut to group shot with Strong Bad and Strong Sad standing to the right of the computer. Strong Bad is still standing on his stool.}

STRONG BAD: Homestar Runner called it quits? The King of Town, pea-buried alive?! The Poopsmith speaketh?

STRONG SAD: No... Calm down, spaz. I'm going to the Clash of the Titans Con, dressed up as Calibos, remember? I was just gonna ask if you still wanted that bust of Bubo?

STRONG BAD: Oh, um. Right. Of course. {coughs} {speaking quietly} Yeah, I still want the bust of Bubo.

STRONG SAD: OK, bye, weirdo. What are you standing on that stool for anyway?

STRONG BAD: For your information, I was {pause} checking on the lights, Strong Sad. We got that recessed lighting, y'know. Yup, everything looks great.

{Cut back to the computer where Strong Bad continues his reply.}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, things would be different alright. Though I'm a little disappointed in what I came up with for Homsar. Modestly hot my eye! I think my imagination's broke. {stops typing} Lemme try and think up the {types again} Best Thing Ever. Umm... Beef... stew... Yup it's busted alright. I'm gonna go... place. {gets up from stool}

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • The words "eh, Steven?" can be clicked (only the first time SB types them) to show a Lem Sportsinterviews drawing of "Eh. Steven." (Eh! Steve in formal wear).
  • Clicking on "place" at the end brings up a Place postcard featuring Monkey D and the skyline of Seattle, Washington. It reads: "Greetings from PLACE." (Clicking it again closes it.)
  • Click on the right side of "back" at the end to download the song.

Fun Facts


  • The music for "Different Town" was performed by They Might Be Giants specially for HomestarRunner.com. However, the lyrics were written by The Brothers Chaps.
  • Although Strong Bad's imagination is by no means part of continuity, this is the first time that The Poopsmith speaks (if you ignore the hiss in Pumpkin Carve-nival).
  • After you bring up the postcard from Place, you can still access the "download the song" Easter egg, which appears over the top of the postcard.
  • If you look closely in The Isle of Pom toon, you can see an ABA basketball pom.

Inside References

  • The postcard from PLACE in the Easter egg is a reference to Strong Bad's postcards from destinations such as OVER THERE in the email vacation.

Real-World References

  • The "ABA Basketball" is indeed red, white, and blue instead of the NBA orange.
  • "Bubo" was the name of the clockwork owl in the film "Clash Of The Titans." Strong Sad was dressed as Calibos, the villain of that movie.
  • Wolksvagen is a play on words of the German automobile manufacturer: Volkswagen. The funny pronunciation comes from the fact that in German, the name in pronounced "Folksvagen."
  • The board behind Homestar says "CGNU" and "DeBry," which is a parody of "DeVry University".
  • The guitar Marzipan is playing is "Mr. Scary," the axe George Lynch used during his years with the '80s metal band Dokken.
  • The "Marzipan" amps are a play on the ubiquitous Marshall Amps, which feature similar styling and font.
  • Homsar says "I'm forever your girl," a quote from the 1989 song and album title "Forever Your Girl" by Paula Abdul.
  • Strong Bad introduces his next song in the same manner that Robin Xander famously introduced the song "Surrender" ("This next one is the first song on our new album! It's called "Surrender!") on the Cheap Trick live album Live at Budokan.

Fast Forward

  • In New Boots, The Cheat animates pouring hot soup into Homestar's eyes, a later reference to this email.

DVD Version

  • The Eh! Steven Easter egg is viewable using the angle button on your DVD remote.
  • The download link for Different Town has also been disabled for obvious reasons.
  • The DVD version features hidden creator's commentary, as well as the original version of the Different Town song, as sung by John Linnell. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman)

MATT: Another commentary.

MIKE: My name is Mike Chapman. This is my younger brother Matt, he's three years younger than me.

MATT: That's all true.

MIKE: So, on this commentary track, we're going to allow John Linnell from They Might Be Giants play the original track. They co-wrote the song for this e-mail

MATT: did all the music for it, I just sent an e-mail with a couple of notes and that... that's it.

MIKE: Yeah, so that's what we're going to play for the, um—

MATT: {quickly} Here it comes!

{The Different Town music track is played, with John Linnell singing Strong Bad's lines (no other character's lines are said.) Not really worth transcribing.}

MATT: I think I used a Miss Georgia, or Miss California, or something like that, as a reference for the hot Homsar.

MIKE: Probably was Miss Georgia.

MATT: You think so?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: So, we never liked Clash of the Titans a lot.

MIKE: True. It, uh, scared me when I was little. And I like the special effects.

MATT: But it delights me in my older age.

MIKE: {laughing} Wha—

MATT: Bu-bo was, of course, the R2-D2 of Clash of The Titans.

MIKE: Yeah, the robot bird.

MATT: Yeah. But it was clockwork, Mike, there were no robotics back then. The gods had a mastery of clockworks, though.

MIKE: Gears.

MATT: Gears of...shimmies. Uh, Manhunter of New York is in the diskbox there.

MIKE: Great game.

MATT: It's a great game. Speaking of terribly awkward graphics. {Mike laughs} That's something else that scared me when I was younger and delights me in my older age.

MIKE: Eyeballs. Flying eyeballs.

MATT: Yeah. Orbs.

MIKE: Orbs. Yeah.

MATT: Poor guy.

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