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Strong Bad Email #144
watch technology some kinda robot
"...until a dorky chef's hat threatened to tear them apart."

Strong Bad dramatically narrates other people's lives.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Strong Badman (Easter egg), Strong Sad, Bubs, Coach Z, Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Homsar, The Poopsmith, The Cheat, Strong Mad, Nebulon (Easter egg), Marzipan Alien (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Sad's Room, Bubs' Concession Stand, Marzipan's House, The Field, King of Town's Castle, Strong Mad's Room, Strong Sad's Bathroom, Strong Bad's Basement, Strong Bad's Laundry Room, The Moon (Easter egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: February 6, 2006

Running Time: 2:59

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

{Strong Bad types "strongbad_email.exe" and presses enter.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} I met this email on a north-bound train. We had some dinner, then we danced in the rain.

{Strong Bad says "Minnesota" slightly slower than the rest.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} No Grossman, I have not. But you know what's way better than narrating movies? Narrating peoples' pathetic everyday lives like they're movie trailers. Ready? Let's try it!

{Cut to Strong Sad's room. Strong Sad is sitting at his table eating a small pie. Strong Bad leans in through the doorway.}

STRONG BAD: {dramatically} Meet Strong Sad.

STRONG SAD: What? Who are you talking to?

STRONG BAD: All he ever wanted was to eat his grody ethnic food in peace.

STRONG SAD: Hey man, this a Rogan Josh pot pie!

STRONG BAD: Until one day, fate threw him a curveball.

{A small blue octopus flies across the screen, hits Strong Sad in the face with a slap and sticks to him.}

STRONG SAD: OW!

STRONG BAD: Lump of Dump Pictures proudly presents:

{Cut to logo splash. Words appear as Strong Bad says them.}

STRONG BAD: "Whined & Dined". In the game of life, may the best man {slight pause} whine.

{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand. Coach Z is talking to Bubs. Strong Bad quickly peers out around the corner of the stand.}

STRONG BAD: In a post-apocalyptic world where {cut to a closeup of Strong Bad} weird old men survive on boring conversations...

{Cut to wide shot outside the stand.}

BUBS: I suppose we could talk about my napkin friend for another couple hours. {holds up a napkin}

{Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: ...a line will be drawn.

{Cut to the inside of the stand.}

COACH Z: YOUR napkin?! Well, it's got my snot balls on it!

{Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: A hero will rise.

{Cut back to outside the stand.}

BUBS: Man, you don't even have a nose!

{Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: And an empire will fall.

{Cut back to outside the stand. Bubs slams the metal gate to his concession stand shut, revealing "4actor Z" graffiti}

STRONG BAD: Factor Z!

{Cut to Marzipan's House. Marzipan and Homestar are inside; Homestar is wearing an apron and a strange chef's hat}

STRONG BAD: They were a couple in love.

MARZIPAN: Homestar, you look like a dork with that on.

STRONG BAD: Until a dorky chef's hat threatened to tear them apart.

{Close-up of Homestar's head. Homestar shakes his hat around.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, yeah? Well maybe you look like some type of... enormous... alien... cow!

MARZIPAN: {gasp}

STRONG BAD: {as music begins to play} This summer,—

{Cut to the field, where Homsar is levitating on his stomach while his hat rises}

STRONG BAD: —this holiday season,—

{Cut to the side of The King of Town's castle. The Poopsmith is shoveling whatsit in the background. Slow zoom in on him}

STRONG BAD: —this Arbor Day, some smelly French studio invites YOU {points at camera} to sit through a four hour film with no dialogue and no plot. "Whatsit {slight pause} All About"

{Title appears on the screen with the subtitle "Whatzeet All Aboot?" Cut to Strong Mad's room. Strong Mad and The Cheat are playing Battleship. Piano music begins}

STRONG BAD: Two unlikely partners...

STRONG MAD: I ATE MY BATTLESHIP!

STRONG BAD: ...one brain between them.

THE CHEAT: {shrugs and sighs}

STRONG BAD: From the creators of "I'm Surprised Strong Mad Hasn't Eaten The Cheat by Now"

STRONG MAD: {upset} Awww!

STRONG BAD: get ready to—

{The words fly on screen as he says them.}

STRONG BAD: —LUG... IT... AROUND.

{Title appears at top of screen.}

STRONG BAD: "Lugnut {gestures toward Strong Mad} & Squeak" {pats The Cheat on the head}

{Strong Mad grins.}

THE CHEAT: {makes a The Cheat noise}

{Cut to bathroom. We are just behind Strong Sad as he brushes his teeth. We can see his reflection in the mirror. Strong Bad pops up just over his shoulder.}

STRONG BAD: For hundreds of years it has {flickers lights on and off} haunted mankind.

{Cut to The Basement. Strong Sad is watching TV. Strong Bad is standing off to the side.}

STRONG BAD: From the master of teenagers-on-a-camping-trip-esque horror. {flickers lights again and leaves them off}

STRONG SAD: Are you gonna throw a dead goose at me or something?

STRONG BAD: Comes the remake no one was waiting for: {another title splash} "Things That Go Dump in The Night".

{Cut to the laundry room. Strong Sad opens the dryer. Cut to a view of Strong Sad from inside it. A dead goose flies out, and Strong Sad screams as it knocks him over. The screen immediately goes black except for the words "Your goose is cooked."}

{Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} The critics agree! "A triumph!" "A cinematic breakfast snack of some kind!" "It {very slight pause} sure was a movie!" {quickly} Now playing in select cities. {disclaimer speed} This Strong Bad Email has been rated P for The Poopsmith and a graphic scene of The Paper.

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "grossman" after Strong Bad types it to see a Strong Badman comic book cover illustrating him.
  • Click on "critics" at the end of the email to see a scene with the two youngest of the Brothers Strong.
STRONG SAD: (still with the blue octopus on his face) Look, all I'm saying is it felt more like a change-up than a curveball.
STRONG BAD: What are you, the SBEmail police now? This is like three weeks in a row!
  • Also click on "rated P" at the end to see a scene with a Powered by the Cheat-style Marzipan Alien Cow and Nebulon.
MARZIPAN ALIEN: (in a Powered by the Cheat-style voice) You know, Nebulon, I've always admired your styles.
{Nebulon makes a sad face and slides away.}

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • Rogan Josh is a tomato/red pepper based lamb curry dish, created in Northern India. It is normally served over rice, not in a pot pie.
  • The subtitle "Whatzeet all aboot" is the movie title spoken in a stereotypical French or Canadian accent.

Trivia

Remarks

  • "4actor Z" is another example of Leetspeak.
  • Strong Bad refers to Bubs and Coach Z as "old men" in this toon. Their ages relative to the other characters are rarely mentioned, although Coach Z called himself an "old man" in caffeine.
  • Strong Bad mistakes the author's name, Gossman, for "Grossman". Coincidentally, this is the 144th email - 144 is equal to one "gross", or 12 dozen.

Goofs

  • During the Lugnut and Squeak scene, the Battleship images on the playing boards are slightly disproportionate when the camera zooms in on Strong Bad.

Inside References

  • Strong Mad's role as Lugnut is likely a reference to his Yearbook Character Page, which described him as a "big lug."
  • When Strong Bad says "three weeks in a row", he is referring to the previous 2 emails: technology, in which Strong Sad corrected Strong Bad for calling a floppy disk a "hard disk", and secret identity, when Hyperactive Strong Sad corrected Homestar's mispronunciation of "pseudonym". All of these three corrections occured during Easter eggs.
    • Strong Bad breaks the fourth wall by mentioning that this is the third week in a row Strong Sad has made a correction in the email.
  • This is the second time Bubs has been seen closing his Concession Stand, (the first time being in lackey), and both times it had been previously graffitied.
  • Unlike Strong Bad (New Boots) and 1-Up (Stinkoman 20X6), Marzipan Alien Cow likes Nebulon's style, though he still leaves looking disappointed.
  • The movie title "THiNGS THAT GO DUMP iN THE NiGHT" is another appearance of lowercase i's.
  • Coach Z and Bubs arguing over who owns the napkin is a reference to the Easter Egg rap from Strong Bad Email #107, specifically Bubs' line (to Coach Z) "But don't you steal my napkins."

Real-World References

  • The game Strong Mad and The Cheat are playing is Battleship; the "battleship" icon depicted on the game is a silhouette of the Civil War-era Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia.
    • Strong Mad's line "I ate my battleship!" is a take off from the old Battleship commercials, where one player would cry at the end "You sank my battleship!"
  • The title "Things That Go Dump in the Night" is a reference to the better known "Things that go Bump in the Night".
  • Lugnut & Squeak is similar to The Odd Couple, about two mismatched roommates, which is similar to what Strong Bad said about Strong Mad and The Cheat being "two unlikely partners". It also resembles numerous cop movies such as Tango and Cash.
    • Lugnut and Squeak might also be a reference to Wallace and Gromit, where the animal is far smarter than the human.
  • "Teenagers on a camping trip" likely refers to the movie Friday the 13th and its sequels, which primarily featured such characters.
  • The song Strong Bad sings at the beginning is similar to the song "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum or "Hungry Heart" by Bruce Springsteen
  • 4actor Z is a reference to Factor 4, best known for their work on the Rogue Squadron video games.

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