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Strong Bad Email #189
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"All right, The Cheat. This is gonna be a piece of cake for you."

Strong Bad enters The Cheat in the Cat Mess Inbredtational Pet Show.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, The Cheat, Strong Mad, Strong Sad, The Announcer, Pom Pom, Trivia Time, The King of Town, Marzipan, Old-Timey Strong Bad (Easter Egg), The Sneak (Easter Egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Mad's Room, Laundry Room of the Brothers Strong, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Gymnasium

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Monday, February 4, 2008

Running Time: 3:44

Page Title: Lappy 486

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Six



STRONG BAD: Continue to roast your Strong Bad email until it reaches an internal temperature of 189. {brings up the email}

{reads QLD as "Quick, Look Down"}

STRONG BAD: Look down?!

{Cut to Homestar kneeling at Strong Bad's feet, holding a spoon with relish on it}


STRONG BAD: {Strong Bad kicks Homestar away} Braugh!

HOMESTAR RUNNER {simultaneously} Oof!

{cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD Whoa! Thanks for the warning, Sarah. Homestar's always trying to give me the old relish foot. {typing} Have I ever entered The Cheat in a pet show? The Cheat? No. But I have entered Saberlord's Scritchascratch Cakemonger The Cheat in plenty! That's his show name acourse. Oh yeah, The Cheat's got papers. He's won Best in Sheen four years in a row!

{Cut to Strong Bad and Strong Mad rubbing The Cheat with "Schlembaugh's skillet-fried Hoosier 'Nuts!" brand doughnuts. The Cheat's eyes are much larger than they usually are.}

STRONG BAD: Just sit still! There's three dozen more where that came from. Last year was way too close a race. This year we need a secret weapon. Strong Mad, hand me the Bavarian Cream!

{Strong Mad holds up a Bavarian Cream doughnut}

THE CHEAT: {sighs}

{cut to Strong Sad brushing The Cheat in the laundry room}

STRONG SAD: And I told him, if he wants to show up thirty minutes late, {The Cheat responds} then he can find someone else. {Strong Sad raises his index finger} Because my time is valuable. Mm-hmm. I'm takin' these night classes, gonna get an education... {The Cheat responds. Strong Sad holds up a mirror} Does the back look okay?

{cut to Strong Bad's basement. Strong Bad and The Cheat are on the couch, with Strong Mad looking over the back.}

STRONG BAD: With a rusty fork and a guitar string. Good response! Me too, actually. All right, what if they ask you about the world situation?


{Strong Mad smiles widely}

STRONG BAD: "Meh"! Classic! That'll really knock 'em dead! {cut to closeup of Strong Bad} Especially that stodgy old Madame Bodewell. That lady's got it in for us. {back to the three on the couch} Just 'cuz you peed on her dress that one time.


{cut to gold plated Cat Mess trophy with bags of Cat Mess along the side}

THE ANNOUNCER: Welcome back to the Cat Mess Inbredtational Pet Show, {fade into the gym where the contest is taking place, panning along the table} where the hotly contested Best In Sheen competition is just getting underway! {camera stops on Marzipan and Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, man, Marzipan. We're gonna clean house this year. {two-shot} We're gonna clean apartment! We're gonna clean dorm room! We're gonna clean time share! {Marzipan puts a leash on Homestar}

{cut Strong Bad and The Cheat}

STRONG BAD: All right, The Cheat. This is gonna be a piece of cake for you. It's gonna be a piece of pie! It's gonna be a piece of cobbler! It's gonna be a piece of novelty dessert pizza! Now get out there and do your thing! {The Cheat dashes off}

{a montage of The Cheat interfering with the show: The Cheat puts a drop of Puke Drops into Mme. Bodewell's water, distracts Pom Pom with a pinup girl and breaks Trivia Time with a toy--a circa 1978 Milton-Bradley Star Bird Space Transport (just the detachable nose section), gnaws on The King Of Town's low fat grill's power cord, and dances in front of a sign that says "Dance Competition?"}

{a wipe with the Pet Show logo reveals Pom Pom and a repaired Trivia Time}

THE ANNOUNCER: And now, for the judges' scores! Pom Pom and Trivia Time: 3.5! Good GPA, {Pom Pom bubbles excitedly} terrible pet show score. {Pom Pom looks at Trivia Time sadly. Wipe with the Pet Show logo to The King Of Town} The King Of Town and an As Seen on TV Low-Fat Cooking Device: Not supposed to be here!

{The King of Town pops his crown up in surprise after hearing by the result}

THE KING OF TOWN: {to the low-fat grill} I told you you'd never amount to anything! I'm not even your real father!

{wipe with the Pet Show logo to Homestar Runner on his knees with a leash}

THE ANNOUNCER: And Fluffle's Buffles Scruffle's Truffles Homestar Runner!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: My friends call me Scruffle's.

THE ANNOUNCER: 8.5! {wipe with Pet Show logo to Strong Bad and The Cheat} And Saberlord's {unintelligible} The Cheat: Disqualified for flagrant use of relish foot!

{cut to Strong Bad's feet, one of which has relish on it}


THE ANNOUNCER: Scruffle's wins!

{cut back to Strong Bad and The Cheat, Homestar enters from the left with the leash still on and holding the trophy}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, well, Strong Bad. Looks like you finally got a taste of your own medicine. A taste of your own potion. A taste of your own elixir! A taste of your own— {The Cheat throws a toy at Homestar and he falls down}

{cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Don't worry, we're currently appealing the decision of the judges. We're also currently a-peeling {pull back to a wider shot with The Cheat peeling in a pile of...} POTATOES! {Strong Bad jumps headfirst into the pile and a banner and confetti comes down}

{The New Paper comes down and the screen darkens}

{after a short pause}

STRONG BAD: Hey, The Cheat. Do you think we successfully glossed over the fact we lost the competition?

THE CHEAT: {affirmative The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Man, is there anything potatoes can't do?

Easter Eggs

  • After the final bit of dialogue, click on the floppy disk container to see a series of takes on Strong Bad's other interpretations of QLD.
    STRONG BAD: {reading} Have fun, Sarah. Quarter leg, dark. Are you trying to order fried chicken? {beep; scene restarts} Sarah. Quiet loser dork. Well, it's very big of you to admit that. {beep} Quivering Live Dwarves! Uh... That's my new album name. {beep} Quit lumbering down. Hey, I'm not lumbering down! {beep} Quickly losing dignity. Yes... Yes you are.
  • At the end, click on Strong Bad's legs to see Sir Strong Bad and The Sneak's 'plague show'.
    OLD TIMEY STRONG BAD: Yesss, good show, The Sneak! You've got more infectious diseases than any other vermin here!

Fun Facts


  • QLD is the abbreviation for Queensland, a state in Australia.
  • The Cheat having "papers" means that he has proof of being a purebred.
  • The pet show seems to be a cross between Miss America contest and American Kennel Club National Championship.
  • Long names, like those given to The Cheat and Homestar, are commonly given to show animals as a way of showing lineage and to distinguish them as unique animals.
  • Relish foot is a play on hotfoot.
  • The exclamation "meh" stands for one of indifference, neutrality, or just plain uncaring.
  • GPA stands for Grade Point Average, a discrete evaluation system used in education in the United States. Since the maximum possible score is generally 4.0, 3.5 is considered a good score.


  • The label on the Floppy Disk Container reads "monkey island".
  • Strong Mad smiles, and so does Strong Bad.
  • The text on the pinup girl poster reads "XOXOXO, Trina".
  • The summary of the Podstar Runner RSS feed reads, "Strong Bad and The Cheat compete for another Best in Sheen award at the Cat Mess Inbredtational Pet Show."
  • This email is number 189, which is the temperature that Strong Bad says to roast your Strong Bad email to.


  • Strong Sad deposits the hairbrush into and retrieves the mirror from Hammerspace.
  • When Pom Pom looks at the girl picture, his eyes go off his head. This could just be a common cartoon action, though. But when they are being judged, his eyes are much farther apart than usual.
  • Strong Bad starts reading the e-mail even before it's on the screen.


Lemme turn around real quick, and raise my arms...
  • When Strong Bad looks down at his "relish foot", he is facing the table. When the screen moves down so that the viewer can see the relish foot, we can see from his thumbs that he's facing away from the table. When Homestar arrives, Strong Bad is suddenly facing the table again.
    • Also, his arms aren't at the correct angle and position shown to be connected where they usually are. If you view the frame shown in the picture, showing outside-the-frame action, this becomes apparent, as his arms are connected at about his shoulders.

Fixed Goofs

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  • "Unintelligible" during The Cheat's score announcement was misspelled "Unitntelligible". This was fixed the next day.
  • At the end where Strong Bad jumps into the pile of potatoes, the text on the Lappy was displayed upside down.
  • For the first few seconds right when the toon went to Homestar's and Marzipan's score announcement, the rope on Homestar's leash was not connected to the collar and was folded upward.
  • When the camera first panned to Homestar and Marzipan, the wooden floor remained stationary.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • The "As Seen on TV Low-Fat Cooking Device" closely resembles the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine brand portable grill.
  • This email was released two days after the 2008 American Kennel Club National Championship dog show.
  • The object that The Cheat uses to break Trivia Time and to throw at Homestar is the front 1/3 of a Milton Bradley Starbird from 1978. There is a long tail section that could be removed with a variety of spaceship parts that could be reconfigured. Seen here is the Starbird's Command Module with its two flashing "lasers" in the front.
  • The description of this email in New Stuff ("The Cheat has freaking papers, Dude") is a reference to The Big Lebowski.
  • In his appearance in this sbemail, Strong Sad uncharacteristically reverts to the well-recognized (though not necessarily just) stereotype of the snooty hairstylist.

DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

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