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"Now spell 'Carp for brains.'"

Strong Bad Email #69

HockeymanJ05 writes in to ask which one of the emails is Strong Bad's favorite, and Strong Bad takes a trip down memory lane.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Grape Nuts Robot, Bubs, Coach Z, The Cheat, Pom Pom, Gavin (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, The Field, Strong Sad's Room (seen through a hole in the wall), Bubs' Concession Stand, Marzipan's House, The Stone Bridge

Computer: Compy 386, Tandy 400

Date: April 14, 2003

Running Time: 2:20



STRONG BAD: OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH EMAIL!!! {This echoes and a wicked guitar solo plays while Strong Bad rocks out.} Whoa, that ruled. What function key do I gotta press to get that to happen again?

{Tries to type the key again, eventually hitting Enter and loading the email:}

{Strong Bad pronounces the name "Hockeyjockeymannooh... whatever".}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well, Hockeyfriend, my emails are like my childrens. I love them all! But if I had to play favorites... Let's see...

{Cut to the scene of invisibility where Strong Bad punches Homestar.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} There's that one where they asked what I'd do if I was invisable {pronounces it like that}, and I got to punch Homestar in the gutter.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, hey guys. Oof!

{Homestar Runner is punched in the gut by an unseen force.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Owwww, those things are bad for you.

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Ooh, and that one where my computer exploded.

{Cut to Strong Bad sitting at Tandy 400. It explodes and he is sent flying across the room and through the wall.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And then there's that one where Bubs built the Strong Bad Robot out of a box of Grape Nuts and a Speak & Spell.

{Cut to Bubs and Strong Bad standing in a field with the Grape Nuts Robot.}

GRAPE NUTS ROBOT: Now spell "Come back Ali. Come back Ali's sister."

STRONG BAD: No way! That sounds just like me! {Strong Bad does a number of double-takes.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And that time where that girl wrote in and I drank a glass of soy sauce and thought I could fly Bubs' Concession Stand.

{Cut to Strong Bad sitting on top of Bubs' Concession Stand. He's wearing aviation goggles and is holding a makeshift steering wheel. Empty soy sauce bottles are strewn about.}

STRONG BAD: Whoohooo! Clear the launchway, man. We're takin' this baby TO THE MOOOOOOON!

{Strong Bad falls over backward behind the sign and the "D" falls off, onto Bubs' counter. Bubs immediately puts up a sign that says "'D' for SALE".}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Oh, and who could forget... TAPE LEG TWO!

{Cut to Strong Bad stitting at the Tandy 400. There's an e-mail on the screen which says:

a> They still say my legs are made of tape?! WHAT?? I say again, do I look like some kinda tape-leg? I swear on Strong Sad's grave, man, I was never, nor will I ever be, a tape-leg.

{He sticks his foot in the air and it's covered with tape.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Oh and how 'bout that one where I left such a good prank call on Marzipan's answering machine that it exploded?

{Cut to Marzipan's Answering Machine.}

STRONG BAD:: {from answering machine} PRANK CALL!!

{Marzipan's Answering Machine squeals and explodes, leaving behind only half of a tape labeled "Lilith Fair '99".}

STRONG BAD:: {voiceover} And then there's that really old one that asked what my favorite phrase was.

{Cut to Marshmallow's Last Stand style Strong Bad at the Tandy 400. An e-mail on the screen reads "Favorite phrase? -trixie".}

BADLY DRAWN STRONG BAD: {in really cruddy voice} I like-a to say, "Holy crap!"

{Marshmallow's Last Stand Homestar appears.}

BADLY DRAWN HOMESTAR RUNNER: {in really cruddy voice} Oh no, it's a Strong Bad!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And the one where Pom Pom and Coach Z got in that knife fight on the stone bridge.

{Cut to stone bridge over a river. Coach Z and Pom Pom are facing each other with knives. Coach Z keeps dodging back and forth and Pom Pom deftly twirls his knife.}

COACH Z: {to Pom Pom} Hoo-ah! Woo-ghi! I'm a blade-man, man!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And then the one where The Cheat drank a glass of soy sauce and tried to eat Bubs' Concession Stand.

{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand. Empty soy sauce bottles are strewn about and The Cheat is gnawing away at the back corner.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises and growls}

{Pan to Strong Bad, atop Bubs' Concession Stand again with his aviation goggles and steering wheel.}

STRONG BAD: Hold on tight, The Cheat — we're blastin' offa TO THE MOOOOOOOON!

{Cut back to Strong Bad in front of the computer}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So that's it, Soccerdude. That's pretty much the cream of the crop. There might be a few other good ones but uh, if you ask me it doesn't get any better than that Grape Nuts robot. {not typing} Okay, so.. OHHHHHH THAT'S THE END!!

{Strong Bad's last line echoes, and he begins imitating a guitar, but the rockin' music doesn't come back.}

STRONG BAD: Oh man, which button was it..?

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • At the end you can click on the word "other" to see two bonus emails:
    • Email One:

{Strong Bad is sitting at the Tandy 400. There is an email on the screen.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} How about that time when Gavin wouldn't leave me alone?

{Gavin crawls across the screen.}

STRONG BAD: {swatting at Gavin} Get outta here, man, I'm checking my email!

  • Email Two:

{Strong Bad is sitting at the Compy. There is an email on the screen.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} There was that one where the G and U keys were the only ones that weren't broken.

STRONG BAD: {typing} guUU gu guu uuUUUuu gugug ug ug UG gu gu Gu gu

  • You can also click on the words "Grape Nuts robot." Each time you click, you get a different Grape Nuts Robot quote:
    • "Now spell 'Carp for brains.'"
    • "Things were just about to start getting crazy-go-nuts."
    • "Now spell 'Douuuuuuuuble Deuce.'"
  • Also at the end you can hit the "q" key to hear Strong Bad's email intro tune again.

Fun Facts



  • The side of the box of Grape Nuts says,
    "This is a very healthy choice for your breakfast needs. Try it once or more, for best results. Ingredients: cereal, milk, more cereal, 2% milk, more ceral [sic], more milk, grape nuts, nuggets, nuggets, nuggets, assorted premium ingrediants [sic]."
    iron 0g, calcium 0g, fiber 0g, oats 0g, wheats 0g, Vit. C 0g, zinc 0g
  • Coach Z’s original line during the knife fight with Pom Pom was "I'm a white guy with a knife!" This was changed within a week after the email came out.
  • The contrast knobs work during "Tape-leg 2" and the Gavin easter egg.


  • The alcohol content in soy sauce is generally less than 2% by volume.
  • It is debatable whether all of the emails featured are really part of the H*R continuity or not, especially with the Grape Nuts Robot's comeback in Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 8.
  • The two real emails both pertain to the fall of the Tandy 400 and the introduction of the Compy 386. It's possible that they are two of Strong Bad's favourites due to how much Strong Bad disliked the Tandy 400 in comparison to the Compy 386, as evidenced by his indifference while knocking the Tandy off the desk in invisibility and his interminable crying at the end of virus.
  • The fact that in the next Marzipan answering machine there is a new answering machine may be proof that the original did explode.


  • Strong Bad's Shift/Caps Lock and space bar keys were obviously also working in the email in the egg, not just G and U, not to mention being able to type "strongbad_email.exe" to pull the mail up in the first place.
  • When Strong Bad shoos Gavin away from the screen, his arm doesn't show up in the reflection on the screen.
  • At the end when Strong Bad is headbanging, you can see his chin protrude from the bottom of the Compy.

Inside References

  • "Now spell 'Come back Ali. Come back Ali's sister,'" is a reference to sisters.
  • "Now spell 'Douuuble Deuce,'" is a reference to the bird.
  • Strong Bad pronounces the word "invisible" as "invisable," a reference to invisibility.
  • "Things were just about to start getting crazy-go-nuts" is a reference to "The Luau."

Real-World References

  • The guitar riff in the intro is ostensibly from "The Game" by Motorhead.
  • Speak & Spell was an educational toy sold in the late 1970s.
  • Marzipan's answering machine tape says "lilith fair '99." Lilith Fair is a music festival celebrating feminist musicians, and women in general.
  • The soy sauce bottles have writing on them in yellow letters, with "KIKKO" being visible. This is most definitely a bottle of Kikkoman Soy Sauce.
  • One of the easter egg emails was from "Zebbadee," a character from a French/English children's TV program called "The Magic Roundabout."
  • "Forever Young" in Zebadee's Easter egg email is probably a reference to Bob Dylan's song of the same name. It could also be a reference to the 1980s pop group Alphaville, who had a number one hit with a song and album of the same name in 1984 (and little else thereafter). Strong Bad also ends his "dreamail" (from the SB email of the same name) with "forever young."

DVD Version

  • The method for accessing the two bonus emails has been split. Click on the Strong Bad icon on the top left for the Gavin email, and bottom-left for the broken keyboard email.
  • All three Grape Nuts robot quotes have been incorporated into the same video.
  • The guitar riff Easter egg is still there — obviously not accessible by hitting "Q," but instead by clicking a Strong Bad Icon on the right side of the screen.
  • The DVD version features hidden creator's commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

{Commentary by Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman}

MIKE: Oh, look at this. Listen to these chops!

MATT: Yeah, Mike did this. Lixx! Those are—

MIKE: Hot lixx!


MIKE: I used to have this poster in my room of this red guitar and it said "HOT LIXX" and they were, like, smoking guitar strings?

MATT: Yeah, I think you're right.

MIKE: I think I got it for my 14th birthday, maybe?

MATT: Did mom buy you a "HOT LIXX" poster? Or did you just go—

MIKE: No no no, I think I got it for my birthday, for my 14th birthda— whatever birthday I had in 8th grade, so probably my 14th birthday.

MATT: Like, from mom?

MIKE: I think so.

MATT: That's amazing.

MIKE: That's a loving mother right there.

MATT: I know! Hot lixx.

MIKE: Yeah, that's great. I also got some, um, some leather gloves with the fingers cut off. Like, weight-lifting gloves.

MATT: Yeah, that's right.

MIKE: Yeah. Oh that right there, that's one of my favorite parts is when Homestar Runner says "Hey guys!" {starts cracking up} to floating boxes of Swiss Cake Rolls.


MIKE: I really should make that robot.

MATT: Yeah, we should. I bet Slocum could do that, Paul Slocum, the guy that's making the Atari 2600 Homestar Runner game. I bet he could—

MIKE: figure—

MATT: figure that out.


MIKE: So, Kikkoman, that looks like.

MATT: That really looks like that Kikkoman model.

MIKE: Regular Sodium. Kikkoman Sodium.

MATT: Hey, Kikkoman, everybody says you're The Guy! Get it?

MIKE: Yeah, Stink— yeah.

MATT: Sounds like... the tape right here, that looked really good, the tape floating down... watch this. Ah. Lillith Fair '99. Uh, this is, of course, a homage to when we... sucked.

{Mike laughs}

MATT: In animation, and funny. The—

MIKE: Matt, do we not do that anymore?


MIKE: We don't?

MATT: Uh, the Stone Bridge, there is a Stone Bridge near here.

MIKE: Yeah. We need to go film the Puppet Stuff there.

MATT: Some live action stuff. I like that, The Cheat gnawing on something. We should use that again.

{Mike laughs}

MIKE: People would all the time e-mail us, and probably still do, asking about how come they can't find those e-mails.

MATT: Yeah. Well, it's because, we start, you know, making stuff—

{Mike and Matt talk at the same time, resulting in an unintelligible sound}

MIKE: People that aren't the smartest, you know... don't get the joke.

MATT: Joke it out.

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