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"I (heart) that Cheat"

Strong Bad Email #87

Strong Bad decided not to do an email this week, so we get a lovely flash movie from The Cheat. The movie features Strong Bad answering an email from Seb in The Lodge, MN. Since The Cheat made the movie, you can bet he's going to make sure we all know how cool he is.

Seb asks if Strong Bad can run a mile. Strong Bad answers by doing cartwheels for a mile (encountering various obstacles along the way).

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Bubs, Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Coach Z, The Poopsmith

Places: Computer Room, Strong Bad's Basement, Strongbadia, The Field

Date: October 13, 2003

Running Time: 2:25

Contents

Transcript

{The computer room is empty. After a second, we see Strong Bad walk on-screen}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And I pretend that it's made of money--

{stops singing, notices camera}

STRONG BAD: {addressing viewer} Er..Oh! Um... Look, uh, I'm not doin' one this week. Yeah... not doin' one. So... bye!

{Strong Bad walks out of the room}

STRONG BAD: {singing again} And I pretend that it's made of money...

{The Cheat enters and looks at the computer, then looks around for anyone. He then grins at the camera fiendishly. A new Flash cartoon begins. The cartoon is apparently made by The Cheat, as evidenced by the horrible graphic quality.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} Eeeeeeeeeemail. Ooh, ah, email, ooh, ah—

{reading}

Dear Strong Bad,

Can you run a mile. 

-Seb
The Lodge, MN

STRONG BAD {typing}: You'd better believe it, Seb, I can ride I can do cartwheels for a mile. Ready and one and set and go!

{Strong Bad cartwheels away from his desk. Cut to a shot of him cartwheeling through the TV room from left to right.}

TV ANNOUNCER: TV show featuring The Cheat in a Trans Am.

STRONG BAD: Here I go.

{The scene cuts to a lot with a bunch of buses that say Sköl}

STRONG BAD: Here I go again on my own.

{Strong Bad uses a ramp to jump over the buses. Bubs appears from behind a fence. He appears to have no lower body}

BUBS: Hey Strong Bad, you jumped over some of my buses!

{"A new record!! 19 buses!!" appears in the air and we hear crowd noises. Cut to Marzipan standing in the field}

MARZIPAN: Keep it up, Strong Bad. Keep up the pace!

STRONG BAD: Thanks for cheering me on.

{Scene cuts to a brick wall, standing in the middle of a field}

STRONG BAD: Half way to go. I have to break through this brick wall.

{Strong Bad rolls forward and the wall doesn't give him any resistance. The bricks fall down and spell "HI". Cut to Homestar in the field holding a sign that says "I love cooties"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Kick it out, b-hand.

{Strong Bad stretches out his leg and trips Homestar. Cut to Strong Bad finishing his mile on an athletic track, with flashbulbs everywhere. It then cuts to Homestar, Marzipan, and Coach Z waiting for Strong Bad. Coach Z is pink}

COACH Z: Mr. Strong Bad, you won the mile, how did what's your secret?

STRONG BAD: The Cheat.

{The Cheat parachutes in from the top of the frame, wearing a light blue tuxedo and sunglasses and holding a glass of champagne. Money is stuffed into his tuxedo pocket. He lands on the ground and raises up his glass. A thought bubble appears above Marzipan's head reading "i (heart) that cheat."}

EVERYBODY: The Cheat is a millionaire! A parade for The Cheat!

{A parade goes by, featuring a The Cheat float that says "Dunkin' the Ch8t", a The Cheat hot air balloon, fireworks, and The Poopsmith pushing a broom at the end, then the scene cuts back to Strong Bad's computer.}

STRONG BAD {typing}: So yes, Jimmy-Jimmy, there have been parades honoring The Cheat, but don't let that from stopping you from organizing your own. He can be the Grand... Marshall. He's also available for proms and pizza parties. {Strong Bad actually types: So yes, Jimmy-Jimmy, there have been p's h-ing the C. B. d. l. t. f. s. y. f. o. y. o. He can be the Grand Marshall. He's a-so available for proms and pizza parties.}

STRONG BAD: So, okay folks, I gotta go to my next show. See you later night-time!

{At the end, a Cheated-up version of The Paper comes down with a sound effect that just sounds like some guy going "Kerrrriorrrr..."}

Easter Eggs

  • Before The Cheat shows up, the diskette says "One on One". Within The Cheat's cartoon but before Strong Bad starts cartwheeling, you can click on it to see that it says "Out of this world". After Strong Bad gets back, you can click on it again to show "NITEMARE 3D".
  • At the end of the email, click "proms" to see a polaroid of The Cheat with a sillouhette labelled "Your bod here" and a note scrawled at the bottom: "A Knight to Remember, June 3rd 2004."
    • It had been rumored that was "scheduled for further release", meaning they might have made a cartoon about it. Unfortunately, the day passed without any update on H*R.com. Nevertheless, two days following, the Strong Bad Email cheatday was released.
  • Also at the end, click "pizza parties" to see a logo for "Cheatsa Parties," featuring The Cheat taking a bite out of a large pizza.
  • Press 'O' on your keyboard at the end to see a silhouette of Strong Bad doing cartwheels over a bunch of hills with a song playing in the background. The Brothers Chaps are making fun of Old Intro 2 here.

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • Strong Bad cartwheeling the mile (as opposed to just running it) was probably done so that The Cheat wouldn't have to animate anything, instead just rotating Strong Bad's standing frame a few hundred times.

Trivia

  • When The Cheat shows up (after Strong Bad wins the mile) Marzipan has a thought bubble saying "I ♥ that Cheat." This is one of the few times that The Cheat is not referred to with a "The" preceeding his name.
  • The buses Strong Bad cartwheeled over each said the dictionary pronunciation of "School". ("sköl" with an umlaut over the "O").
  • Strong Bad cartwheels 65 times, 55 without the Easter egg.
  • This is the one and only e-mail that Matt and Mike completely made up—there is nobody named Seb that asked Strong Bad if he could run a mile.
  • At the very end of the email, there is a short animation of a headless Homestar doing the dance from The House That Gave Sucky Treats. You can access it with a seek bar.
  • This cartoon can be found either on the Strong Bad Email menu or the Powered by The Cheat menu.

Remarks

  • The way "cheat" is spelled on the "Dunkin' the Ch8t" float would actually be pronounced 'chaitt'.

Glitches

  • In the shot in which Strong Bad first takes off, the animation layer containing the floppy disk on the desk is positioned above the layer which contains Strong Bad. Therefore, although the disk is lying on the desk, it is in front of Strong Bad when he rolls by. Of course, this may have been purposefully done in order to reiterate the Cheat's animation ineptitude.
  • When Coach Z says "what's your secret?" his head pops off a little bit.
  • You can click on the word "proms" through the Cheatsa Parties logo.

Real-World References

  • When the parade happens and The Poopsmith shows up behind it, it is a subtle reference to a segment of "Rocky and Bullwinkle" called "Peabody's Improbable History", where there were parades honoring Peabody with only one janitor cleaning up after it.
  • Strong Bad says "Here I go Again on my Own" before going on the ramp over Bubs' 19 buses. "Here I Go Again" was an 80's rock song by Whitesnake, the first line of the chorus of which is "Here I Go Again On My Own".
  • After the parade, there are six fireworks in the sky, similar in sound and appearance to the ones that appear after completing a level by collecting a flag in the original Super Mario Bros. game for the NES.
  • "Seb" may be a reference to the British athlete, Sebastian "Seb" Coe, a mid-distance runner who once held the world record in the mile. Seb was also the name of the Egyptian god of fertility.
  • The line "A TV show featuring The Cheat in a Trans Am" almost certainly refers to the TV series "Knight Rider."
  • When The Cheat parachutes in after Strong Bad has won the mile he is wearing a Gucci parachute.
  • The "song" being played during the parade is from Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES, played during the levels on airships.
  • The "Dunkin' the Ch8t" float is most likely a reference to the science toy, the Drinking Bird.
  • "You just jumped over some of my buses" is believed to be a reference to the popular 1975 arcade game, Stunt Cycle, where your objective was to earn points by jumping over school buses.

DVD Version

  • For whatever reason, there is no option to use the angle button, and therefore the Floppy Disk Easter eggs have been disabled. This is one of the only emails on the set that does not have the angle option available when it should be.
  • The hills Easter egg is now accessable like a normal Easter egg.
  • The DVD version features hidden creator's commentary. To acccess it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

{Commentary by Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman}

MATT: I like that song, I like to hear that whole song.

MIKE: I wonder what he's pretending is made of money.

MATT: I know, maybe that's just the chorus, and goes through a bunch of different things.

MIKE: Kinda like a

MATT: can of beans. Pretend that it's made of money! Unh! A guitar! Unh! Unh! And I pretend that it's made of money!

MIKE: That's...a good song.

MATT: That's clearly not how he's singing it, but maybe...

MIKE: Look, One-On-One. The original One-on-One was, of course, uh, Doctor Jay and Larry Bird. Great game!

MATT: Great game! So here's The Cheat, his big de-butt. Well, I guess in crazy cartoon, he does it.

MIKE: Yeah, or something. Compa!

MATT: This is one of the only made-up Strong Bad emails, right?

MIKE: Yeah, we made that up. The only one.

MATT: Yeah. We figured that The Cheat's doing it, so he's not gonna care about that sort of stuff.

MIKE: Yeah.

{pause}

MIKE: The vocal work on this, uh, particular episode is fantastic.

MATT: Oh, really, Mike?

MIKE: You did a great job on this one, Matt!

MATT: Oh. Um, you did the voices

MIKE: Oh, wait, I did the voices. Okay, listen to my Bubs impression, which is pretty much my Fat Albert Impression. {Imitating Powered by The Cheat Bubs} Hey, Hey, Rudy!

MATT: That's a good one. That Marzipan is... horrifying. I like her teeth.

{Mike Laughs}

MIKE: I remember... um... what's that, Matt?

MATT: Dan from Carmel, Indiana really loved that one, I remember. I remember in band, we talked to him a lot.

MIKE: Oh.

MATT: Uh, B-Hand was a guy that ran with our older brother, Donny, at track. I remember my Mom always yelling, "Kick it out, B-Hand!"

MIKE: I like the, uh, The Cheat's Gucci parachute.

MATT: Yeah, it's amazing. And he's just got some loose cash.

{Mike and Matt laugh}

MIKE: Dunkin' The Cheat!

MATT: DunkinTheCh8t is somebody's screename on one of the Homestar Runner message forums I saw

MIKE: Oh, really? This is my favorite part right here. Here it comes... here comes The Poopsmith, cleanin' up! Weet! Weet! Weet! Just like that little guy at the end of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Or that guy inbetween the commercials of the Carol Brunette Shows. Or the bloopers and outtakes.

{Mike and Matt start singing a song}

MATT: I like that.

MIKE: He just start using punctuations

MATT: Abbreviations.

MIKE: Abbreviations. Also, it's the best because that's actually longer than if he just used an "l".

MATT: Yeah. That's a reference to

MIKE: Andy Cooper

MATT: Guitar lessons with Andy Cooper.

MIKE: Tap that?

MATT: Looks good.

MIKE: Mm-hmm.

MATT: Tapping on the G-Chord, B-Minor.

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