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Strong Bad Email #130

Strong Bad is given the opportunity to redo old emails. Homestar and The Cheat switch places.

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

Places: Computer Room, The Field, Marzipan's House (Easter Egg)

Computer: Lappy 486, Tandy 400

Date: May 16, 2005

Running Time: 4:23

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} Strong Bad Email! Makes money! Strong Bad Email! Gets paid! {loads the email}

subject: Just wondering...
Dear Strongbad,
What would you do different, if you could do it all over
again?

Crapfully yours,
Richie Z
Can-A-Duh

{Strong Bad says "Totally not gettin' old" in place of "Crapfully yours," and says each sylable of "Can-A-Duh" separately with a pause between each}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Wait, you're not related to Coach Z, are you, Richie? Or Coach Zed as you Canucks {pronounced Ca-nooks} call him. Whoa. Coach Zed. That's way cooler. I'm gonna start calling him that too and maybe he won't suck so bad! Thanks, Richie! Your pal, SB {says as "Sed Bed"} {clears screen} Alright, what would I do different? Well, while I've never actually made a mistake, there have been a few, let's call 'em "stnanks," that could be worthy of a do-over. It's no secret that one of my biggest stnanks was involving Ali and Ali's sister. If I had to do that over again, there's no way I'd mess it up. Here's just what I'd do:

{The screen blurs as we cut to the broken Tandy 400, and the first email from sisters is onscreen.}

STRONG BAD: Oh! There's two of them! {places a candle next to the computer, clears the screen, and starts typing to romantic music} Well, Ali. There's ONE of me, and I'd like to cordially invite myself over to your place tonight for dinner and afterdinner mints. After afterdinner mints, you and your sister, Ali Jr. I'll call her, can fight to the death over me. Wait. {music stops} No. Hold on. No, no dying. {He only types one "no."} Um, {music restarts} we should have an egg drop soup eating contest. {the music comes to a scratching halt} Er...hang on. I can't remember what happens next. {stops typing} The Cheat!

{Homestar Runner shuffles up on his knees. He's scribbled yellow marker on himself and put black dots all on one side to look like The Cheat.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Woo woo wee woo woo!

STRONG BAD: Oh, this is hilarious. Homestar, where's The Cheat?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Squeakicoo! I'm The Cheat!

STRONG BAD: Oh, really. Then what—

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {stands up} Surprise! Strong Bad, it's me! Homestar Runner! From school!

STRONG BAD: Ugh! I need The Cheat!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, okay. {gets down on his knees again} Meh.

STRONG BAD: That's not what I meant. Uh, I guess you'll have to do. Ahem. All right, The Cheat. I need you to help me with my award-winning rewrite of the Ali and Ali's sister email. There's two of them!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Skooko wibbo wee! You should serenade them! I can play the drum!

STRONG BAD: Yeah, that sounds about right. Let's go practice!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {jumping up} I can play the drum!

{Cut to The Field. Strong Bad sings into a microphone while Homestar bangs on a drum.}

STRONG BAD: {singing... sorta} Don't you know I have a {feedback noise} BIG OL' RED HEAD! And a fat little body! And I never change my cloooothes! {high pitched, resulting in another feedback noise} No, I never change my cloooothes!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh, Strong Bad? I think I'm falling for you. {little hearts bubble over Homestar}

{cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} No, no, no, no, no. That is not right at all. Making Homestar dressed as The Cheat fall in love with me is not what I had in mind! Whatever. Who cares? I didn't want to go to Sally's house anydangway! {clears screen} Anyways, what else? I always felt a little bad about kicking The Cheat in email 23. Let's try that one again!

{cut to the non-broken Tandy 400, with the email from little animal on it}

STRONG BAD: ...crapfully yours, Ashley and Anthony. {clears screen, types} Well, Ash and Ant, or Ley and Thony, or Shle and Ntho, or whatever you like to be called, if a little animal came up to me, I'd give him a pat on the head, a tuna-flavored treat, and some sage advice.

{cut back to reveal Homestar - still in his The Cheat disguise - standing next to Strong Bad}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Meh, Strong Bad. Meh.

STRONG BAD: Oh, no way! This does not count! You are not gettin' any fish cookies outta me! But I will give you that sage advice and and a, ahem, "pat" on the head. {starts hitting Homestar with his keyboard} DON'T! EVER! DRESS! UP! AS THE CHEAT! AGAIN! PARSLEY! SAGE! ROSEMARY! AND THYME!

{Strong Mad walks up and glares menacingly at Strong Bad.}

STRONG MAD: DON'T HURT THE CHEAT!!!

STRONG BAD: No, big guy, that's not The Cheat. That's Homestar! From school!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Meedley mee! I'm The Cheat! I'm not from school! Moooooo! {Strong Mad smiles for a moment.}

STRONG BAD: Uh, The Cheat's not a cow, you know...{His eyes narrow. Strong Mad picks Strong Bad up by the leg and starts shaking him.} Whoa! {Coins fall out of his pockets and Homestar eats them from off the ground.}

STRONG MAD: THE CHEAT IS SO A COW!!!

STRONG BAD: Stop it! Put me down! You're making a terrible stnank!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: It makes me all jangly inside! {shakes around as the coins rattle inside him}

{cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Alright, it's become abundantly clear that THIS is the email I should be redoing. Lappy, if you please. {The text disappears as the computer displays "Do Over!!!" with an accompanying explosion effect.} DO OVER!!! {the original email comes back up, and Strong Bad types:} What would I do differently, Richie? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Well, except I might go back and taste out one of them Cheatcakes. {the scene cuts back to show the desk} Those things looked a-pretty good!

{Homestar leans in, still in disguise and carrying a bag that says "MOLDY BREAD, GUYS."}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Meeeeeeh?

STRONG BAD: No! Wait! Nothing! Never! I regret nothing!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {sadly leaving the screen} Meeeeeeh...

STRONG BAD: Phew!

{The Paper comes down. A few seconds later, Strong Bad pushes the back of his head a few times and coins come out of his mouth, or rather, from the side of his head.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "Coach Zed" to see Coach Zed, who looks like a mix between Coach Z and Snoopy's brother Spike.
  • Click on the Floppy Disk Container at the end of the email to see The Cheat (disguised as Homestar Runner with kiss marks) and Marzipan together.

MARZIPAN: Homestar, can you pass the soy crisps?

THE CHEAT: {cheat noises like "Yes, Ma'am!"}

{The Cheat hands Marzipan a bag labeled "Crisps, A-Soy!"}

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • Zed is the pronunciation of the letter "Z" in most of the English-speaking world except the United States (where it is pronounced zee) .
  • "Canuck" is a nickname for a person from Canada.

Goofs

  • The Tandy's contrast buttons are still damaged when "little animal" is first being done-over, even though the Tandy is supposed to be undamaged. When the camera zooms away, the problem fixes itself.
  • If you click the Floppy Disc Container before Strong Bad throws the change all over his desk, then the change will already be there when you cut back.

Inside References

  • "Stnank" was a made-up animal that wasn't used in the email animal, but was seen in the Sketchbook (December 2, 2004).
  • "Meedley mee" is a reference to the hot lixx played by Strong Bad in guitar.
  • Strong Bad wanting to taste a Cheatcake is a reference to stupid stuff, in which The Cheat offers him a platter of said dessert only to have it be rejected by Strong Bad.
  • Homestar and Strong Bad saying "from school" might be refering to the Yearbook Character Page.
  • Strong Bad saying "Those things looked a-pretty good!" is a reference to monument, where he says almost the same thing about Technochocolate.

Real-World References

  • Crisps, A-Soy! is a reference to Chips Ahoy! brand cookies and to the many soy products whose names contain puns on the word "soy" (e.g. "Soy Good" soy milk).
  • Egg Drop Soup is a Chinese dish made from chicken broth and beaten eggs.
  • Strong Bad's cry of "PARSLEY! SAGE! RoseMARY! And THYME!" is a reference to the lyrics of "Scarborough Fair," a 16th or 17th century English ballad popularized in the 1960s by folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel.
  • The hearts that bubble around Homestar's head are the same ones that appear whenever you type the word "love" using the chat program Hello!.

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