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Strong Bad Email #99
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"Calm down, spaz!"

Strong Bad describes how he would make his town different, through song.

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, Pom Pom, ABA Basketball Pom Pom, Homsar, Modestly Hot Homsar

Places: Computer Room, The Field, The Stick/Big Old Tree, Bubs' Concession Stand, The Athletic Field

Computer: Compy 386

Date: February 23, 2004

Running Time: 2:53

Page Title: Compy 386!!

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} Check your email and check your email. {His voice is looped with another rhythm} Check your email and check your email. {He stops singing and presses Enter.}

{Strong Bad reads "WV" as "Wolksvagen".}

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.} Weeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhllllllll,—

{Cut to The Poopsmith shoveling whatsit.}

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

THE POOPSMITH: {in a surprisingly deep voice} Hello!

{The screen slides to the left, where Marzipan is standing in front of a wall of amplifiers marked 'Marzipan'. She is dressed in heavy metal garb and is playing a guitar decorated with a skeleton pattern.}

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 photo appears, showing the tree with Strong Bad and The Cheat hanging out with it. Strong Mad appears from behind the left border of the photo}

STRONG MAD: AND ME!

STRONG BAD: {speaking in the photo} We'll see.

{Strong Mad looks shocked. Cut to the field.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And The King of Town would be underground in a box filled up with peas...

{Pan down to reveal a large crate labeled "A MILLION PEAS" buried underground. A cut-out from the crate is taken away to reveal The King Of Town inside surrounded by peas.}

THE KING OF TOWN: I hate peas!

STRONG BAD: {appearing in the lower-right corner of the screen, wearing a miner's hard hat} I know!

{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand. The stand is surrounded by flamethrowers and has a sign that reads "Please, Take SEVERAL".}

STRONG BAD: {singing} Bubs would give away flame throwers {Bubs begins firing chocolate money from one of the flamethrowers} 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 demon horns and a tail.}

STRONG SAD: {looks down and says sadly} I'm evil.

{Pan right to reveal the athletic field. Coach Z is 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. It reads "Totally Style" and has a picture of a thumbs-up.}

COACH Z: Check it out, yo!

{Pan right again. Homestar Runner is standing in the field.}

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

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

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I quit! {starts stomping on the star}

{A collector's sports card floats onto the left side of the screen. It shows a picture of Pom Pom with a basketball.}

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

{Another card appears on the right, this time showing Pom Pom with his body changed to a red, white and blue ABA basketball. The screen goes black, then fades in to a close-up of Strong Bad's mouth.}

STRONG BAD: {softly} Two, three, four.

{Zoom out to reveal Strong Bad wearing a partially-open blue shirt and white pants.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And this little weirdo...

{A spotlight turns on in the background, revealing Homsar.}

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

{Homsar silhouettes and morphs into a silhouette of a modestly hot girl.}

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. She is wearing Homsar's bowler derby and a blue one-piece swimsuit with the word 'homsar', and she has brown hair and pink lipstick. Cut to a closeup of Modestly Hot Homsar.}

MODESTLY HOT HOMSAR: {in Homsar's voice} DaAaAa, I'm forever your girl! {her hat falls off the back of her hair}

{The crowd cheers for a moment as Modestly Hot Homsar stands there. Cut to the Computer Room where Strong Bad is standing on his stool. The cheering continues for a few seconds.}

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. He is dressed in a light blue tunic and is wearing horns and a tail.}

STRONG SAD: Hey, Strong Bad—

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

{Cut to a wide shot showing both Strong Bad and Strong Sad. 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. {clears throat, then speaks quietly and quickly} Yeah, I still want the bust of Bubo.

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

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

{Cut back to the Compy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} 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 {starts typing again} Best Thing Ever. Umm... Beef... stew... {types this as just "Best thing ever: Beef stew."} Yup it's busted alright. I'm gonna go... place. {gets up and walks away}

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • The words "eh, Steven?" can be clicked (only the first time Strong Bad types them) to show a LEM 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."
  • Click on the right side of "back" at the end to download the song.

Fun Facts

Remarks

  • Though the Big Old Tree moves, its shadow does not.

Trivia

Marzipan's new 'do.
  • If you import the Flash file of the toon and move Marzipan's yellow hair away, there will be a different hair style hidden behind it.
  • The music for "Different Town" was performed by They Might Be Giants especially 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 Pom Pom, Too toon, you can see an ABA basketball Pom.
  • The label on the disk in the floppy disk container reads "BAAL".
  • This toon has Nondescript Nouns ("Place").

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.
  • The trading card Pom Pom was pictured on has the same design as the one featuring The Deke in autobiography.
  • This is the first time we see Homestar Runner without a star since Marshmallow's Last Stand.

Real-World References

  • The rhythm of Strong Bad's email song is taken from the They Might Be Giants song Ana Ng – the first time is the same as the rhythm part under the verse, and the second time is this and the vocal rhythm mixed together.
  • 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, later featured as an avatar on Strong Sad's Lament. Strong Sad was dressed as Calibos, the villain of that movie. Both Bubo and Calibos were animated by Ray Harryhausen, whose work was also referenced in redesign.
  • Wolksvagen is a play on words of the German automobile manufacturer: Volkswagen. The funny pronunciation comes from the fact that the two letters are reversed from the normal abbreviation, VW. One may also note that in German, the name is pronounced "Folksvagen." The literal translation of Volkswagen would be "people's car".
  • The board behind Homestar says "CGNU" and "DeBry," which is a parody of DeVry University.
  • The guitar Marzipan is playing is "Mr. Scary," the one 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.
  • Marzipan's blond hairdo may be a reference to Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson.
  • Strong Bad's outfit during the "And this little weirdo" sequence is similar to outfits worn by many glam-rock musicians, such as Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Queen's Freddie Mercury.
  • Homsar says "I'm forever your girl," a quote from the 1989 song and album titled "Forever Your Girl" by Paula Abdul.

Fast Forward

  • Homestar's eyes will again be threatened with hot soup in New Boots, this time by The Cheat.
  • Strong Bad's statement that they have recessed lighting is confirmed in pop-up when Strong Bad jumps to the ceiling.
  • The voice of The Poopsmith will be heard again in senior prom.
  • Marzipan actually does end up playing rock music when she starts the band Cool Tapes.
  • Strong Bad later answers the question of what the "best thing" is in best thing.
  • A screenshot of the Hot Homsar is shown again in the "Discount Flashback Warehouse" easter egg in the Strong Bad Email "flashback".

DVD Version

  • The Eh! Steven Easter egg is viewable using the angle button on your DVD remote.
  • The download link for Different Town has been disabled for obvious reasons.
  • The DVD version features hidden creators' 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: This is a commentary- 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, this commentary track- we're going to allow John Linnell from They Might Be Giants- we're gonna put on his original track. They co-wrote the song for this e-mail

MATT: did all the music for it, I just sent an email with some of the words and 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.)}

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

MIKE: Probably was Miss Georgia.

MATT: You think so?

MIKE: Yeah. She's pretty hot

MATT: So, we liked Clash of the Titans a lot.

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

MATT: And it delights you in your old age.

MIKE: {laughing} It does.

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

MIKE: Yeah, the robot owl.

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, I believe, 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 old age, is Manhunter of New York.

MIKE: Eyeballs. Flying eyeballs.

MATT: Yeah. Orbs.

MIKE: Orbs. Yeah.

MATT: Poor guy.

Goofs

  • Matt incorrectly identifies the game in the Floppy Disk Container as "Manhunter of New York." It is actually "BAAL." The game "Manhunter of New York" appeared in the Floppy Disk container in Arcade Game and caper.

Fast Forward

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