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Strong Bad Email #63

Lee Conrad from Edmonton, Alberta asks Strong Bad why he doesn't get fake fingers, so people stop asking him how he types with boxing gloves on.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Bubs, Strong Mad, Strong Sad, Coach Z, Homestar Runner

Places: Computer Room, Bubs' Concession Stand, Strong Bad's Basement, Coach Z's Locker Room, The Field

Computer: Compy 386

Date: February 16, 2003

Running Time: 2:08

Contents

Transcript

NARRATOR: Previously on Strong Bad Email!

{An email asking about how Strong Bad types with boxing gloves on pops up. It reads:}

NARRATOR: A familiar message!

{A second email comes up. It reads:}

NARRATOR: Two of the same!

{Another email comes up. It reads:}

NARRATOR: And another one!

{Yet another email comes up. It reads:}

NARRATOR: Frustration of frustrations! It's all they ever ask! {the next two announcements are accompanied by text banners coming up on the screen} WILL THEY NEVER CEASE?!?! STAY TUNED TO FIND OUT! {the words "FIND OUT" begin blinking quickly}

{Cut to Strong Bad at the Compy with a blank screen.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} Welcome to the Strong Bad Email dat-daddle-dun! Everybody get down!

{reading}

{Strong Bad reads his name as "A-dear a-Strong a-Bad". Also, he stops momentarily and says "Palace, Lee. I think you mean costume palace." after reading "costume place."}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Fake fingers, eh, Lee? Well, I do hate those emails. Hmmmmmm...

{We do a fade-out like we're going into his imagination. We see him at Bubs' Concession Stand.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, Bubs! Gimme a little somethin'-somethin'.

BUBS: How many you need?

STRONG BAD: I'll take three.

{He holds up a hand which has a candle, a leg from his Strong Bad Action Figure, and a shrimp for fake fingers. Transition to the basement where he's rocking out to music with Strong Mad and they're throwing evil fingers, with the index and pinky fingers extended. Strong Bad has various objects for fingers. Strong Sad's unconscious head is in the corner of the room. Cut to Strong Bad in the locker room with Coach Z.}

COACH Z: Looks like you got some type of a prawn on there...

STRONG BAD: Yeah...

COACH Z: Maybe a little leg...

STRONG BAD: Yup.

COACH Z: Ooh! And a candle! That's a good one.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, I think that's my best one. You know. Keeps-a me warm at night!

{Cut to Homestar standing on a soapbox with fake arms attached}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: ...and frankly, I'm worried.

STRONG BAD: Hey, shut up, Homestar!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, hey, Strong Bad!

STRONG BAD: You look ridiculous!

{Cut back to Compy, where Strong Bad is typing with the fake fingers on and making numerous errors}

STRONG BAD: Well, Lee, it's a good idea in theory but uh, {Cut to a side view} in reality, I don't think it would work out very well. {Cut back to the front view} But it would be pretty cool to be able to do the evil fingers. {What's actually typed: "qwelo jwee, ufs gopod isda treery vuit yuiyyj, un tweanouty U du'p yhij utz quijf reardy owd vera nis. bu6 rt woild b pletyt gool yo be swabl tp do teh ebil flindas." Stops typing.} Anyways, I don't wanna be around when this shrimp goes bad. Whooh!

{The Paper comes down. Strong Bad starts playing with the shrimp.}

STRONG BAD: {doing the voice of the shrimp} I'm a shrimp! Doingita-doingita-doing! Don't eat me, somebody, oh no, I'm a shrimp...

Easter Eggs

  • When you see Strong Bad talking to Coach Z, click on the handle of one of the lockers to Coach Z's right (your left) to see a dead Strong Sad stuffed into the locker. Once opened, click on the handle of the locker to close it.
  • When you see Homestar with his fake arms, click on the side of the box to see Strong Sad somehow stuffed into it. Click again to close the box.

Fun Facts

Trivia

  • When Strong Mad is head-banging, this is the first time you see a top view of his shoulders. They are at right angles, almost cubic.
  • This is the first time you see the side of the Compy 386.
  • This is the first appearance of the soapbox.

Remarks

  • During the "previously..." section at the beginning of the toon, Strong Bad's head doesn't move as he reads the emails. This could be to prevent more easily confused viewers thinking that he is narrating.
  • The crate Homestar is standing on reads "ELEVEN SOAPS."
  • At the end, you can still click on the contrast buttons through Strong Bad's hand. Pressing Tab helps to locate them. However, they have no effect on the screen color.
  • Homestar's right arm (on his right) is made out of dryer tubing and gummi worms, while the left arm is made out of a wiffle ball bat and a foam hand with the text "GO SPORTS!" on it.
  • When Strong Bad's imagination ends and the cloud zooms closed, the foam finger at the end of Homestar's wiffle ball bat becomes a baseball mitt.

Glitches

  • The clickable area for the 'back' button at the end of the email extends much farther to the left than the word itself.

Inside References

  • The song that Strong Bad and Strong Mad are head-banging to, "Moving Very Slowly," was later made into a Strong Bad Sings and Other Type Hits song. However, although the music itself has always been in this email, the lyrics weren't added until after the CD came out.
  • The golden wiffle bat used as one of Homestar's arms is also the one used in the email your friends.

Real-World References

  • The introductory narration and slanted camera angles are a reference to the old 1960s Batman TV series, in which previous episodes were recounted in much the same tone and wording.
  • The action figure represents wrestling legend George "The Animal" Steele.

Fast Forward

  • The phrase "costume palace" is referred to in the King Of Town's character video, when the King says that he didn't "just buy a crown from the Costume Palace."

Strong Bad's Fingers

  • In front of the TV Strong Bad has a shrimp, an Xacto knife, a leg, and a ketchup bottle on his right glove (which was not there in the previous scene). On his left is an action figure, a leg, a gummi worm, and another shrimp.
  • In the locker room, he has a candle, a leg, and a shrimp on his right, and the lit cigar from the Meet Marshie ad replaces the leg on his left.
  • When yelling at Homestar, he adds a D-cell battery (also from the Meet Marshie ad) to his left glove. This is the layout he has at the end of the email as well.
  • When typing, the battery is missing, and his right glove only has the Xacto knife and leg.

DVD Version

  • The original version of "Movin' Very Slowly" (as in non-CD version) that Strong Bad and Strong Mad headbang to is included as opposed to the newer one.
  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.
  • The song "Moving Very Slowly" is from the "Strong Bad Sings CD".

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman)

MIKE: So this email is called "fingers."

MATT: Clearly, this is a reference to one of our most very favorite TV shows of all time.

MIKE: That's true, Friends.

MATT: No, Mike, The Bantam. Bantam 2: The Dark Times.

MIKE: {overlapping} Ohhh, Batman, yes, starring Adam West and...Burt Ward.

MATT: Yeah. They always had those great, like, 10 minute long recaps in the second of, like, the first episode.

MIKE: {overlapping} Yeah, exactly! Like half of the episode was just recapping the previous episode.

MATT: And then they always did this flashing... it'd be like "Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel" and they'd—they'd flash like that.

MIKE: It used to be on TV Land a year or so ago, but it's not on anymore.

MATT: And we'd watch it every day.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: It was great.

MIKE: Yeah, it was great. That needs to come out on DVD.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Adam West, if you're listening, {Matt laughs} you should put those out on DVD.

MATT: I'm sure he is in control of all rights. Okay. {slight pause} Costume Palace, yeah.

MIKE: Uhm, so what else goes on in here? Oh, uhm, "fake fingers, eh Lee?"

MATT: Well there's the George "The Animal" Steele—

MIKE: Yes

MATT: —uhh, what do they call those? Bend 'Em wrestler—I forget, are they just Bend 'Ems?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: I don't remember what they're...

MIKE: Yeah, but he was a posable...had wire running through...

MATT: Yeah. I used him later for a, uhm, a—there you go.

MIKE: There's the song that became "Moving Very Slowly," by Taranchula.

MATT: Yeah. And of course this has the through-line of dead Strong Sad throughout it.

MIKE: You got a shrimp, uh... a candle, a cigar, a gummi worm, a George "Animal" Steele action figure, and a leg of—

MATT: Looks like some He-Man, some He-Man miscellaneous man figure. Some duct tape—ooh, he has a battery that time! Wait, what's the thing that he says? Oh, "ebil flindas," is that what—

MIKE: "Ebil flindas."

MATT: Yeah. Oh, what he's gonna say, yes. This is one of those, uh, occasions where Strong Bad's not done! That's what I was just talking about.

MIKE: Ohhh yeah.

MATT: Kinda mumbles to himself. I love this.

MIKE: {imitating Strong Bad's tone} I'm a shrimp! Oh no, I'm— {normal voice, quickly} now it's over.

Fun Facts

  • Adam West and Burt Ward played Batman and Robin, respectively, in the Batman TV series.
  • "Friends" was a popular sitcom about a group of six young people living in Manhattan.
  • TV Land is a channel spun off from Nickelodeon's Nick at Nite block. It shows reruns of nostalgic television shows.
  • The He-Man line of toys contained many muscular men made from the same mold and repainted. This is what Matt is referring to when he says that the action figure leg looks like a "He-Man miscellaneous man figure".

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