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Strong Bad Email #48
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"Ooh, lookit that! Little...bad graphics ghost."

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, Strong Badia, Outer Space (Easter egg)

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2002

Running Time: 1:57

Page Title: COMPY 386

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc One



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: {quizzical The Cheat noise}

STRONG BAD: 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 II 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.

{Strong Bad turns on a flashlight and points it at the stop sign.}

STRONG BAD: Hey Sign! You haunted? {He turns it to Tire} What about you, Tire? Any ghosts? {He turns it to a box of Chinese food} 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.}

STRONG BAD: IT'S THE GHOST OF GENERAL TSO! {He shines the flashlight on the chinese food} Oh wait. It's just grody and rotten. {He shines the flashlight on The Cheat. The Cheat raises his arms} The Cheat, will you please freaking clean up after yourself? Oh well, looks like Strong Badia 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. {whimpers quietly} 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 in hot pursuit. 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. The pixels disappear when the cursor is scrolled over them or the Tab key is held down.
    • If all of the pixels have vanished at the same time, the computer will read "You killed the bad graphics ghost. Now Strong Sad will sing you a scary song." The scene changes to Strong Sad in outer space, where he will sing a song for you:
      Have you seen the ghost of John?
      Long white bones with the skin all go-o-o-one!
      Whoo! whoooo! whooo!
      Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin ooonnnn...?
      {stops singing and looks around} 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 400 is apparently obsolete and can only display images of poor graphics, and yet it was able to clearly show a screenshot from Hairstyle Runner in homestar hair.
  • The Chinese food isn't present when Strong Bad and The Cheat first walk into Strong Badia.
  • Strong Bad pronounces "General Tso" like "General Sow", when it should be pronounced as "General Sow".


  • The Tandy's ghost still has the scorch marks and duct tape, but the cracks on the screen have disappeared completely.
  • As Strong Bad and The Cheat enter Strong Badia, the logo on Strong Bad's shirt is reversed; it flips back to match The Cheat's once Strong Bad starts talking.
  • As Strong Bad concludes that there are "no ghosts in Strong Badia", the brightness of his body from the neck down is at full, while his head is set at the proper brightness. This is corrected once the camera angle changes.
  • The wrong font was used for the word "contrast" on the Tandy 400.

Inside References

  • Strong Bad's old computer blew up in gimmicks and was eventually replaced with the Compy in invisibility.

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 Strong Badia.
  • 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).

Fast Forward

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 Strong Badia 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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