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Local News in Strongbadia

Strong Bad Email #89

Dan asks Strong Bad if Strongbadia has a local news channel. Strong Bad rushes off to make one with the help of Bubs, Strong Mad, The Cheat, The Poopsmith and the Tire.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Mad, Tire, Bubs, Homestar Runner, Strong Sad, The Poopsmith, The King of Town, Marzipan

Places: Computer Room, Strongbadia, The Classroom, The Field, Bubs' Concession Stand

Computer: Compy 386

Date: November 17, 2003

Running Time: 3:05



STRONG BAD: {Singing} It's email time again! Doot doodle-ooh-doo, doot doodle-ooh-doo, doot doodle-ooh-doo.


{Strong Bad says "Tallaha—... Tasalan—.. Gainesville, Florida" instead of "Tallahassee, FL"}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Okay, Dan, I'm only gonna sing this one more time: {singing} Ohhhhhhh {types while singing} If you want it to be possessive, it's just "ITS." But, if it's supposed to be a contraction then it's "I-T-apostrophe-S," {Short pause} scalawag. {stops typing} Ahem. Um, {Clears screen, resumes typing} Of course we've got local news. It's the—It's the greatest! Um... But I—I have to go now...and...do something...completely unrelated to me...throwing together...the aforementioned local news. Hoight!

{Strong Bad holds a sign reading "Strongbadia Action Cool News 5" in front of the camera. We can hear The Cheat making noises in the background.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Strong Badia Action Cool News 5!

{Cut to Strong Bad standing in Strong Badia.}

STRONG BAD: Top Stories with anchorperson Strong Bad!

{Strong Bad gives a thumbs-up to the camera, as The Cheat holds up an index card reading "Strong Bad with Top Stories." Cut to Strong Mad standing in front of a blackboard holding a football, a tennis racquet, and twirling a cinder block on his right index finger as if it were a basketball.}

STRONG BAD: Strong Mad with the sports!

{The Cheat holds up an index card reading "Sportscarster Strong Mad". Cut to the Tire with an index card propped up next to it reading "Meteorologist TIRE."}

STRONG BAD: Local weather with Tire!

{Cut to The Cheat standing in the field.}

STRONG BAD: And The Cheat with SkyCheat Traffic!

{The Cheat grins at the camera and holds up an index card reading "THE FRIGGIN CHEAT" as the SkyCheat logo appears in the lower right-hand corner. Cut to Strong Bad sitting behind a desk situated in front of the fence.}

STRONG BAD: Good evening and tonight. I'm Strong Bad with today's top stories.

{Cut to a side view of the desk (which now looks more like a cardboard box). The Cheat holds up a sign saying "World Crisis."}

STRONG BAD: The World in Crisis! More on that later.

{The Cheat withdraws the World Crisis sign, and we switch to a frontal angle of the desk again.} Now let's check in with The Cheat with SkyCheat Traffic.

{Cut to Strong Mad and The Cheat standing in the field. Strong Mad throws The Cheat high into the air. Strong Bad makes helicopter sounds.}

THE CHEAT: {He keeps getting thrown up and down, and his speech is subtitled.} Thanks Strong Bad... This is The Cheat...with SkyCheat Traffic... There appears to be...some congestion...around Bubs' Concession Stand.

{cuts to the concession stand. Homestar, Marzipan and the King of Town are standing in line. There is a sign that says "Wait in Line: $5"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Best five bucks I ever spent.

{Cuts back to Strong Bad behind the news desk.}

STRONG BAD: Thank you, The Cheat. I guess those roads should not be rode upon, eh?

{Cut back to The Cheat, who is still being thrown into the air.}

THE CHEAT: {subtitled} not funny... i didn't even mention...any roads.

{Cut back to Strong Bad behind the news desk.}

STRONG BAD: Yes, well, thank you, tonight. We'll return to our top story: The World in Crisis.

{Bubs holds up the "World Crisis sign." Cut to side angle of the desk again. You can see Bubs, but he quickly runs away, dropping the sign.}

STRONG BAD: But first, Strong Mad with the sports.

{Cut to the Classroom. The words "SCORE A POINT" are written on the board. Strong Mad is bouncing a football on the floor with a tennis racquet.}


{Strong Mad swats the football at the camera. You can hear Strong Sad saying "ow." Cut back to Strong Bad behind the news desk.}

STRONG BAD: Well, it looks like our esportscaster isn't being a very good esport, eh?

{Cut to The Cheat still being thrown in the air.}

THE CHEAT: {subtitled} Pathetic.

{Cut back to the news desk.}

STRONG BAD: Will the winter weather chill your cheeks?

{The Poopsmith holds up a sign reading "Winter Weather."}

STRONG BAD: What's the word, Tire?

{Cuts to the tire on a desk with a weather map propped up agains the fence. The map slowly slides down and falls off the desk, causing the tire to roll away and fall off the desk itself. Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: You heard it folks. Bundle up, but keep your swimsuit on outside your pants.

{Cut to side angle of desk}

STRONG BAD: Tonight folks, and have a great job. Remember to turn in tomorrow for our special investigative report exposé: The World in Crisis.

{The Cheat's sound effects start up again}

STRONG BAD: Strong Badia Action Cool News 5: "We're investiga-awesome."

{The Cheat holds up a sign saying this. The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • At the very end you can click on the little Trogdor-style beefy arm to bring up Strong Bad's educational CD, "Strong Bad's Rhythm 'n' Grammar."
  1. Ohhhhh... If you want it to be possessive,
    It's just "ITS."
    But if it's supposed to be a contraction,
    Then it's "I-T-apostrophe-S,"
  2. Whatever happened to capitalization?
    It used to be so cooool.
  3. Girl, don't forget to spellcheck
    Or I'll come to your house and throw a brick through your dad's windshield...
  4. Y-O-U-R...
    They're as different as night and day.
    Don't you think that night and day are different?
    What's wrong with you?
  5. And I don't care how they spell things on the Internet.
    When you E-mail me, you spell the whole word out.
    And I don't care that your cell phone has a camera in it.
    {he trails off making bass guitar noises.}

Fun Facts


  • "The World in Crisis" may be making fun of the fact that most news stations always start off by telling you about the most interesting news story and keep you waiting to see it for a long time.
  • Strong Bad is likely affecting an exaggerated Spanish accent in his pronunciation of "sport" and "sportscaster." Because the s+consonant sound does not appear at the beginning of a word in Spanish, native Spanish speakers often have difficulty pronouncing such words and will add a soft e sound to the beginning.



  • The Cheat says that he didn't mention any roads, which may have been out of necessity—there are no known roads in Free Country, USA.
  • When it first cuts to Strong Bad standing in Strongbadia, the sky is oddly pink, but for the rest of the e-mail the sky is gray. This is different that Free Country, USA's usual clear blue sky.
  • The sportscaster card says "sportscarster," and spelling mistakes are atypical for Strong Bad.


  • In response to Strong Bad's joke after Strong Mad's sports segment, The Cheat responds even though there may not have been enough time elapsed for Strong Mad to leave the studio and throw The Cheat in the air.
  • When the Cheat says he didn't mention roads, the "i" is not capitalized.

Inside References

  • The arm on the S in the sign is a reference to Trogdor.
  • The stained index cards used to display the titles and names of Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, and the Tire are similar to the ones used in band names.

Real-World References

  • In the beginning the email is from Tallahassee, FL. Strong Bad says it is from Gainesville. Any college sports fans know that the Florida State Seminoles are from Tallahassee, and the University of Florida Gators are from Gainesville, and they are major rivals. (Although it should be noted that the joke here is that Strong Bad finds "Gainesville" easier to pronounce than "Tallahassee," he even tries to pronounce "Tallahassee" a few times before switching it to "Gainesville.")
  • The Cheat making noises in the background near the beginning is a reference to a news program that played a bit of Morse Code which fades as the anchor starts to speak.
  • The "it's e-mail time again!" intro sounds remarkably like the KISS song "Cold Gin" with the title replaced by the word "E-mail"

DVD Version

  • All 5 Grammar songs have been incorporated into one long Easter egg.
  • The DVD version features hidden commentary by Mike and Strong Bad. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Strong Bad, Mike Chapman)

STRONG BAD: Greetings, Mike.

MIKE: Greetings, Strong Bad.

STRONG BAD: It's nice to see you again here—

MIKE: Thanks for joining me again.

STRONG BAD: —in the commentary booth.

MIKE: Yeah. Can I get you anything?

STRONG BAD: Uhh... Can you get me something else?

MIKE: {laughs}

STRONG BAD: Maybe a picnic plate with wine and a baguette?

MIKE: That's The Che—that's what The Cheat likes.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, that's his favorite.

MIKE: Yeah.

STRONG BAD: Can I get him something else?

MIKE: Heh, 'kay... Um...

STRONG BAD: So this—I need to really put out this album.

MIKE: Yeah, Strong Mad's—"Strong Bad's Rhythm and Grammar."

STRONG BAD: My—What are you, my parents? I'm Strong Bad. Bad, bad, bad.

MIKE: How can I remember? Do you have any, uh, mnemonic devices?

STRONG BAD: S. B., times three.

MIKE: Ohh, I get it.


MIKE: Okay, so, um, em—actually, this email... um... {mumbles} I don't wanna say that.

STRONG BAD: {laughs} Okay, something else? Maybe another factoid.

MIKE: Uh... I like, um... the Strongbadia logo... right there for the news had an arm coming out of it, kinda like Trogdor.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, yeah. Look at how he—that's amazing. Spinning that cinder block... "The friggin' Cheat," man. I like the Skycheat Traffic logo, too.

MIKE: Yeah, that's good. You guys must have spent some money on that.

STRONG BAD: ...So, if you're a news...carster...you gotta...you gotta say "tonight" as much as possible.

MIKE: Mmhmm.

STRONG BAD: That's what I learned.

MIKE: Well, you say it a lot in this email.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, you're supposed to. Because you have to remind people, or they'll think it's the afternoon news, and they'll turn it off. Nobody wants to watch that crap.

MIKE: No, just the evening news.

STRONG BAD: Yeah. Evening—

MIKE: "Tonight."

STRONG BAD: Tonight. The tonight news. We should have called it that. {pause} {referring to Homestar, the King of Town, and Marzipan standing in line at Bubs' Concession Stand} Those poor suckers. I mean, look at—you'd think, I mean, the King of Town and Homestar I understand, but Marzipan's usually a little more discerning. A little—

MIKE: Yeah, she, uh... Maybe she couldn't see that sign.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, and she's just waiting—she wanted a snow cone or something... Yeah. {pause}

{simultaneously, after newscaster Strong Bad says "Yes. Well, thank you. Tonight."}

MIKE: There, he said... There, he did... So, Bubs... Bubs is...

STRONG BAD: See? Because, see, someone was about to change the channel, they'd be like, "Oh, this is the—this is noonday. I don't want to watch noonday." Oh! Yeah...

MIKE: So that's where Bubs was. He wasn't at the concession stand because he was helping you with the news. Is he like an intern?

STRONG BAD: Yeah, he's at the station.

MIKE: Yeah.

STRONG BAD: He's trying—he's getting some hours. Community service, actually.

MIKE: Oh. {laughs} Really? What did he do?

STRONG BAD: Yeah. I—I'm not supposed to say.

MIKE: Okay. Oh, and the Poopsmith's helping out now too.

STRONG BAD: Oh... See, I actually originally drew a picture of butt cheeks with icicles on 'em, but the network wouldn't let me air it.

MIKE: I can s—I can imagine.

STRONG BAD: Yeah... {pause} I, um... {After newscaster Strong Bad says "tonight" again} ...See? Once again, that was, like, five more viewers—

MIKE: That doesn't even make any sense.

STRONG BAD: {laughs} What do you mean?

MIKE: I mean, you're just saying "tonight."

STRONG BAD: I s—I kept reiterating that it is tonight!

MIKE: And you never told us what the World in Crisis was about.

STRONG BAD: That's to get you to come back tomorrow night and watch.

Fun Facts

  • The wine and a baguette being The Cheat's favorite is a reference to the pbTC toon "New Boots."

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