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Strong Bad Email #116
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"Nobody move! Gonna be a long week!"

Strong Bad shows us his awesome new 'Lectric Boots.

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

Places: Computer Room, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Club Technochocolate (Easter egg), King of Town's Castle (Easter egg)

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Monday, October 11, 2004

Running Time: 3:23

Page Title: Compy 386!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Four


[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} Ow ow ow... Ow ow oww... Ow ow owww... Email...


STRONG BAD: Awww, I hate getting these mass emails! {typing} REMOVE ME! UNSUBSCRIBE! TAKE ME OFFA LIST! {clears screen, continues typing} Well HUGE to the DORK, your timing couldn't be more perfect, as I just received my new electric boots in the mail today. Check out these features.

{Strong Bad stops typing and produces a box of 'Lectric Boots.}

STRONG BAD: No fewer than 8 lights flashing at any given time. Whisper quiet, and, uh, check out that guy dancing with that hot girl. That's gonna be me at the club, {pronounced with a rounded vowel} and the hot girl will be The Cheat— er, I mean, an actual hot girl. {speaking as the guy on the box} Hey there, fruit pie...the magician. Wanna dance? {speaking as the girl on the box} Yes, I would like to be your girlfriend based solely on your awesome boots!

{Strong Bad sets the box on his desk. We pull back and see that Strong Bad is wearing the electric boots, with The Cheat under the desk near the empty socket.}

STRONG BAD: All right, The Cheat, let's do this.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{The Cheat plugs in the boots, causing the lights on the boots to come on and a loud, vacuum-cleaner-like humming to start. The Cheat puts his hands over his ears.}


THE CHEAT: {questioning The Cheat noises, shouting}


THE CHEAT: {questioning The Cheat noises, shouting}

{The Cheat leaves the room.}


{Strong Bad gets up and walks to follow The Cheat, until he reaches the end of his cord.}

STRONG BAD: {to the audience, shouting} I'M GONNA NEED AN EXTENSION CORD!

{Strong Bad sits back in front of the Compy 386.}

STRONG BAD: {typing, shouting} Attention all interested ladies: Please have electrical sockets installed every 5 feet before inviting me over to your apartment or dormroom. So, I guess I'm awex— {The power goes out, causing the computer room lights to turn off, the text on The Compy's screen to disappear, and the boots' humming to stop.} SOME IS THE REASON WHY!! {typing, despite power outage} Whoa. I guess these boots suck up a lot of energy. Maybe that's what "solid state" means. I suppose I can stop typing now. {stops typing} I'm gonna need some help finishing this email without power.

{Cut to the darkened basement. Strong Mad, Strong Sad, and The Cheat appear to be watching TV, and are laughing. Strong Bad walks in.}

STRONG BAD: What are you guys watching?


{Cut to the TV screen, where a picture of Andy Griffith's head is taped on. Strong Mad, Strong Sad, and The Cheat start laughing again.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} You guys are watching a picture of Andy Griffith's head taped to a TV?

{Cut back to the view of the couch. Homestar walks in.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, has it started yet? I brought some popcorn! {He produces a popcorn bag containing a bottle of Mountain Dew.} Dang, Strong Bad, I like your boots.

STRONG BAD: Look, I'm going to need some help finishing up this email. Will somebody give me a hand?


{Cut back to the Compy 386. We can hear that the boots are running again. Strong Sad is holding up a piece of black paper in front of the monitor, which he lowers to reveal Strong Bad's "typed" text, written on another black paper taped to the screen, as Strong Bad is typing.}

STRONG BAD: {typing, shouting} Well, whatever your name was, the boots are back in action, and so am I. I can already tell they're gonna be a hit when I wear them to da club {pronounced as before} this weekend. The ladies can't resist flashing lights and an obnoxiously loud hum! {stops typing} All right, Strong Mad! Go!

{The Paper comes down with Strong Mad producing the sound effect. The sound of the boots fades out. Cut back from Strong Bad's desk to see Strong Mad holding The Cheat upside-down over the Compy 386, with The Cheat holding The Paper in his hands. The extra plug has been burnt. Strong Sad is holding the black piece of paper he used to obscure Strong Bad's text, and Homestar is wrapped in an extension cord leading from Strong Bad's boots elsewhere. A few seconds later, Strong Bad starts speaking}

STRONG BAD: Way to go, guys! I doubt anyone could tell the difference between a regular email and this unplugged email. Now keep holdin' it. Nobody move! Gonna be a long week!

{A few more seconds later, Homestar starts talking.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {rhythmically} I really got. I really gotta pee. I really got. I really gotta pee pee. I really got. I really gotta pee.

{Strong Sad joins Homestar.}

STRONG SAD AND HOMESTAR: {rhythmically} I really got. I really gotta pee pee. I really got. I really gotta pee. I really got. I really gotta pee pee.

STRONG BAD: That is a disgusting song.

[edit] Easter Eggs

"All is on! Feel it, feel it, feel it, feel it!"
  • At the end, click on either of Strong Bad's boots to see Strong Bad and The Cheat at Club Technochocolate.
{Strong Bad and The Cheat are at Club Technochocolate. Strong Bad dancing wearing his 'lectric boots near an outlet. The boots are making their usual loud humming noise. The Cheat is standing nearby plugging his ears with a couple of glowsticks.}
MUSIC: {background} All is on! Feel it, feel it, feel it, feel it! All is o—
{The power goes out and The Cheat unplugs his ears.}
STRONG BAD: All right, The Cheat! Let's keep this party movin'! On to the next club! {pronounced as before}
{Strong Bad unplugs his boots and waddles offscreen.}
  • Also at the end, click on the extension cord to see what the 'Lectric Boots are plugged into.
{Cut to The King of Town's castle. An extension cord can be seen running from a sparking plugin out a window and into the distance. A sign has been placed near the plugin reading "auxilliary food-related thing. DO NOT UNPLUG!" The King of Town is standing nearby holding a piece of paper.}
THE KING OF TOWN: This electricity bill is pretendous!

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Trivia

  • The label on the disk in the floppy disk container reads "death track".
  • At the end, when the gang is maintaining the "unplugged email", Strong Bad remarks that it is going to be a long week. It turned out to be four weeks until the next email, montage.
  • The YouTube description for this email is "SB puts the extra plug under his desk to good use."

[edit] Remarks

  • Solid state refers to transistor electronics, vs. old vacuum tube or mechanical technology. In the '50s through the mid-'80s (the boots appearing to have come from the '70s), manufacturers would stamp "solid state" on their various devices, signifying that they were "state-of-the-art", tube-less electronics. These so-called "Solid State" boots apparently use a large and noisy vacuum cleaner motor, which runs contrary to the concept of solid state technology.
  • In the Technochocolate Easter egg, The Cheat appears to be plugging his ears with the glowsticks, which can give us a rough estimated location of his ears beneath all that fur.
  • Even though only one of Strong Bad's boots is plugged in, both boots work.
  • During the unplugged email, there are burn marks around the free socket under his desk... It seems that when the boots "fused," the plug actually melted and/or caught on fire.
  • Although there are burn marks around the extra plug under Strong Bad's desk after he blows the power, there are no marks around the plug at Technochocolate when he blows the power there.
  • Viewing the Flash file shows Homestar sitting down fully on the floor, but he does not seem to have a bottom, as his legs bend up into his shirt.
  • The King of Town's bill has the title 'Lectric bill, spelled just like Strong Bad's 'Lectric Boots.
  • When Strong Bad glances at the plug before he says he needs an extension cord, the eye closer to us is smaller than the eye farther away from us, similar to this screenshot.
  • The back button is clickable even before it zooms out, even though there is not enough time to see and click it.

[edit] Goofs

  • Strong Bad's boots stop making noises in the end even though the lights are flashing.
  • In the Club Technochocolate Easter egg, The Cheat's glowsticks do not actually appear to glow. They have a gradient outline to imply glowing; however, when the power goes out, they dim the same as the surrounding area.
  • After viewing an Easter egg, Strong Bad will repeat his "long week" statement and Homestar and Strong Sad will sing the song again.
  • The power cord is initially on the right boot when The Cheat first plugs it in. Then, when the boots are plugged into the extension cord the cord is on the left boot. Finally, in the Easter egg at Club Technochocolate, the cord is back on the right boot.
  • In the Easter egg in the King of Town's castle hall, Strong Bad has misspelled "auxiliary" as "auxilliary" on his sign.

[edit] Glitches

  • The contrast knob on the Compy stops working when Strong Bad addresses "all interested ladies" even though the power is still on.
  • The contrast knob on the Compy is still clickable when Strong Bad holds up the box for the 'Lectric Boots.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • The way Strong Bad pronounces 'da club' throughout the email is a reference to 50 Cent's hit single 'In Da Club', where he rounds off the 'u' in the word 'club' the same way.
  • "Fruit Pie the Magician" is a reference to the mascot for Hostess brand fruit pies.
  • "S to the B" is an example of a common hip-hop/rap method of joining two names, words, or letters.
  • Andy Griffith was an actor, known for his appearances in the television programs The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.
  • Strong Bad's humming sounds a bit like the opening theme to John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13.

[edit] Fast Forward

  • Rather than one, the next email was released four weeks later, on November 8th.
  • 'Lectric Boots are mentioned in the Strongest Man in the the World book DVD commentary.
  • Strong Bad's 'Lectric Boots are also an unlockable costume item in SBCG4AP.

[edit] DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch the DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Jonathan Howe, Ryan Sterritt, Mike Chapman)

JONATHAN: Hey, it's Jonathan, Ryan, and Mike!

MIKE: It's true.

RYAN: It is true.

MIKE: Identify yourself, Ryan.

RYAN: I'm Ryan.

MIKE: Ryan, um, does our video editing and made, he made this DVD that you're watching. And Jonathan made that game that you were probably playing on our website earlier.

JONATHAN: Directly before watching this DVD.

MIKE: That's right. And directly after. Um...


MIKE: And so...

JONATHAN: Yeah, I made SimCity myself.

{Everyone laughs}

JONATHAN: With these guys. I'm from Massachusetts. Yay, Mass!

MIKE: Where are you from, Ry?

RYAN: Uhhhhh... Little Virginia, little of Florida.

MIKE: Little... uh, Columbus, Georgia, Right?

RYAN: Little Columbus, Georgia. That's a interesting place.

MIKE: Yeah?

RYAN: I like your boots.

MIKE: Yeah, we had some...

{Jonathan laughs}

JONATHAN: What is "Old Fatty's"?

MIKE: What?

JONATHAN: Ol' Fatty's!

RYAN: Is that from {unintelligible}?

MIKE: I don't know where that's from.

RYAN: The name "Fatty's"? And they're purring there.

MIKE: They're whisper quiet.

RYAN: I like it when you draw people like that. On your kids' books and your magazines.

MIKE: Matt drew those. Those are definitely Matt styles.

RYAN: This is about to get really loud.

MIKE: Yeah, we should talk loud now, guys.

{Everybody raises their voices}

RYAN: Yeah.

JONATHAN: Can you hear me? What's the game of the day?

MIKE: Uhhhhhhhh...

RYAN: Death Track.

JONATHAN: Death Track.

MIKE: Death Track was a great game. It was a racing game where you had to shoot, uh, a futuristic racing game where you had to shoot other cars. Activision. Activision or Dynamix, I'm not sure which.

JONATHAN: It's weird that Activision and Electronic Arts are still around. They're like the kings!

MIKE: Activision is older than Electronic is older than Electronic, well I guess that Electronic Arts is pretty old. But Activision made Atari games in 1982.

RYAN: Yeah.

MIKE: Good for them. People got confused why he started yelling when it got dark.

RYAN: I got, I'm confused Mike.

MIKE: Well its sort of like, if you're, ummm, pulling a really heavy wagon, and then someone takes all the weight out of the wagon, you're pulling at the same, and you just start running forward.

JONATHAN: It's like a record stopping too. It just gets loud.

RYAN: Sorry, I was listening to you, but I turned to see Andy Griffith taped to the TV. And it was a little bit strange.

MIKE: So, that is from our cousin Jim. One of the many things we've stolen from him. There was this family, he claimed, that uh, that lived near him that didn't have a working TV and just taped a picture of Andy Griffith's head to the TV. Yet another example of Matt and I just stealing bits of our friends' and relatives' everyday lives.

JONATHAN: What about Lincoln version?

MIKE: Lincoln version we thought of.

RYAN: It's a good bit. You gotta, gotta, a lot of good bits.

MIKE: Do a bit Ryan. Hurry up.

RYAN: How about them boots, eh? They're flashin, and stuff...

MIKE: That's a good bit. How long does this thing go on for before the email ends?

JONATHAN: I think for a while. This is a waiting Easter.

MIKE: Ohhhh, so we, uhh, get to hear, uhhh, the pee song?

JONATHAN: Oh yes, right. It's going to come up. People liked the pee song.

MIKE: My mom liked the pee song. I think that she was ashamed, that she really thought it was funny. But she, you know...

RYAN: That's not something you really want to admit to a friend.

MIKE: Yeah, she was a little embarrassed.

RYAN: So did you have those boots, growing up?

MIKE: I still got them! I'm wearing them right now Ryan!

JONATHAN: Remember moon boots?

MIKE: Yes, I do remember moon boots.

RYAN: They had, like, two inches or so of plastic at the bottom. You feel like you're in space.

MIKE: I agree.

JONATHAN: I bet there are remixes of that floating around.

MIKE: I want to remix it.

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