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Tandy strikes again!

Strong Bad Email #48

Strong Bad gives the ol' kingdom a thorough ghost check.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, General Tso's Chicken, Bad Graphics Ghost, Strong Sad (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strongbadia, The Center of Time and Space (Easter egg)

Computer: Compy 386

Date: October 31, 2002

Running Time: 2:24



STRONG BAD: Boy, is it ever Monday.


STRONG BAD: Whoa. Took all three of ya to come up with that one, huh? You're some bright young men! {typing} You know boys, cowboys, I've never really given the ol' kingdom a thorough ghost check. {calling out} The Cheat! {The Cheat zips right up to Strong Bad} Meet me in the Strong Bad Cave! {The Cheat makes a quizzical noise} Erm, me in the closet and, uh...we'll put on some costumes.

{We see an old Batman-style transition, with the eye portion of Strong Bad's facemask used as a logo to designate a scene change. Strong Bad and The Cheat walk out into Strong Badia at night, both dressed in Ghostbusters T-shirts. Strong Bad has fake ears, while The Cheat has an afro.}

STRONG BAD: Okay, The Cheat, let's just turn on my ghost-detecting equipment here...see if we can't get any readings. {turns on a flashlight and waves it around} Hey Sign! You haunted? What about you, Tire? Any ghosts? Chinese food! You a ghost? {the top of the box of Chinese food opens up with a green mist escaping. The Cheat makes a screaming noise. } IT'S THE GHOST OF GENERAL TSO! Oh—wait. It's just grody and rotten. {shines the flashlight on The Cheat} The Cheat, will you please freaking clean up after yourself?! Oh well, looks like Strongbadia is ghost-free, proud to be.

{The ghost of the Tandy 400 appears behind him}

STRONG BAD: Oh! Uh... My old computer! Umm... What's up, man? Sure is one...spooky sound you're making there...

{The Bad Graphics Ghost materializes on the Tandy screen}

STRONG BAD: Ooh, lookit that! Little...bad graphics ghost. Heh. Hey, little guy... Look, old computer. Sorry I threw you out and everything but, uh...The Cheat, um...Chea-Chea-Cheat's got soccer practice, so uh... Did you remember your cleats, The Cheat? THROW THAT CHINESE FOOD AT HIM!

{The Cheat does, and they run off. The ghost computer flies away. Cut back to the Compy. The Paper comes down, and the Bad Graphics Ghost appears on the Compy's screen}

Easter Eggs

  • At the end of this one a "Bad Graphics Ghost" appears. To make the pieces disappear, you can mouse over them or hold down the Tab key.
  • If you manage to get all the pieces to be gone at the same time, the computer will say "You killed the bad graphics ghost. Now Strong Sad will sing you a scary song." The scene changes to Strong Sad in the center of all Time and Space, where he will sing a song for you:
Have you seen the ghost of John?
All white bones with the skin all go-o-o-one!
Whoo! whoooo! whooo!
Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin ooonnnn...?
{stops singing} Whoa, check it out! It's like I'm the master of time and space in here!

Fun Facts


  • Strong Bad comments, "Boy, is it ever Monday!," because this was released late, on a Thursday.



  • The Tandy's ghost still has the scorch marks and duct tape, but the cracks on the screen have disappeared completely.

Real-World References

  • The printings on Strong Bad's and The Cheat's shirts are the logo for the movie Ghostbusters II.
  • This email contains some very obvious references to the old Batman TV series from the 1960s, both in Strong Bad telling The Cheat "Quick! To the Strong Badcave!" and the scene transition between Strong Bad's computer room and Strongbadia.
  • Strong Sad sings, with some instability of key, The Ghost of John, a folk song popular in music education curricula.
  • General Tso's Chicken is a popular dish in Chinese restaurants in the U.S., despite being a classic example of American Chinese cuisine (foods that are purportedly Chinese but were invented in America for western consumers).

DVD Version

  • You don't have to select all of the blocks on the Bad Graphics Ghost to kill it this time. You merely have to select the hidden Strong Bad icon in the lower left corner of the Compy 386 screen.
    • As well, it sounds like reverb was added to Strong Sad's song and dialogue, for added creepiness.
  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman)

{Strong Bad is heard in the background saying, "Boy is it ever Monday."}

MATT: That—

MIKE: Uh, I think we put it up on Wednesday that time.

MATT: Yeah, because Monday we did the, uh, Halloween cartoon, which was the Pumpkin Carve-nival—or maybe that was Tuesday—I don't even know, but yeah. So this was, uh, it's only—it's weird, the only themed, like, to a time of the year, Strong Bad Emails are Halloween ones. There's the halloweener one and this one.

MIKE: That's true—well, the flag day one.

MATT: That's true, that was on Flag Day, wasn't it?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: That's of course a reference to the old Batman TV show.

MIKE: Spider-Man.

MATT: What? It was Batman.

MIKE: Scrapeman. Scrape-on-the-knee-man. Uh, I like doing Strongbadia and the blue for night.

MATT: Yeah, this was good, there's the masking—

MIKE: Yeah, like three maskings right there.

MATT: Yeah, that's the good...

MIKE: Remember when the toons menu used to be an old Chinese menu?

MATT: I do.

MIKE: —Chinese restaurant menu? That was the dragon that we used on that menu.

MATT: I like that they're both wearing Ghostbusters II outfits. My friend Jamie still has a Ghostbusters II shirt, I think. Jamie's the guy that first said the words "Homestar Runner" all together. I like—all these sound effects are just me going {blows to make wind sound} and {pssswishyswish sound}

MIKE: You're so talented.

MATT: Yeah, listen how much more talented I am than Mike. {powacahoowachoo sound}

MIKE: {powankydoowow musical sound}

MATT: This is supposed to sound like a laser.

MIKE: A laser. {pee-oww musical sound}

MATT: Hey, I do— Watch; listen. {fweeowwoosh} Here it comes again. It's going to come back in. Ooh. {blows to make ghost sound}

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