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Strong Bad Email #159
watch cliffhangers some kinda robot
"Perfect! Now I'm out of my anti-depressant."

The Lappy-nappers are revealed! Can Strong Bad save his beloved fold-em-up computer?

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Marshie, The Sad Kids, Marshie's Mother, Female Lappy 486, Tandy 400, Compy 386, The Paper, Homestar Runner, The King of Town, Marzipan, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Strong Mad

Places: Strong Bad's Basement, Bubs' Concession Stand, Computer Room, Carnival Tent, The Field

Computers: Tandy 400, Compy 386, Lappy 486

Dates:

Part A released: October 2, 2006
Part B released: October 3, 2006
Parts A and B combined: October 9, 2006

Running Time: 6:53

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

{Open in Strong Bad's computer room, coming in on a worried Strong Bad, while suspenseful music plays.}

STRONG BAD: My computer's been lappynapped!

{A record scratches and the screen dims, Marshie comes in from the bottom of the screen.}

MARSHIE: Hello, Kenneth!

{Marshie flies across a yellow background.}

MARSHIE: Hear me roar!

{Marshie growls for a moment, then opens his mouth wide, the background turns red, sound lines come out of his mouth, and he meows. Cut to a shot of the Sad Kids standing on top of Marshie.}

MARSHIE: That's right, kids!

{Silhouettes of the main characters scroll across the page, with big question marks over them. As he names the sweepstakes, the name appears on the screen.}

MARSHIE: Play the Fluffy Puff Marshmallows My Lappy Got Stole! Sweepstakes and win big!

{As Marshie says "big", he grows a large, fat, white body, and his voice deepens. Cut to a shot of a bicycle. Marshie's voice is back to normal.}

MARSHIE: First prize,—

{A shot of a metal detector}

MARSHIE: —second tries,—

{Marshie, in a car, driving along with mountains in the background}

MARSHIE: {singing} Take a trip to the mountains... {these words appear above the mountains, written on a musical staff}

{The screen dims and Marshie comes down from the top with a top hat and a cane.}

MARSHIE: I'm a song and dance man!

{Cut to a wooden desk, with a note card on it.}

MARSHIE: Just email who you think done it on a 3x5 note card,—

{"it was the HIPPO!" is written on the note card.}

MARSHIE: —stick a Fluffy Puff on each corner,—

{Four marshmallows appear, one stuck on each corner of the card. Cut to Marshie, talking through gritted teeth, in front of a portrait of an older woman.}

MARSHIE: —and just walk away, mother...

{Cut to Strong Bad's basement, looking at the ad on the TV. Marshie is next to a bag of Fluffy Puff Marshmallows.}

MARSHIE: Fluffy Puff Marshmallows. Yeah! Still!

{The words "Yeah! Still!" appear underneath Marshie. Cut to Strong Bad lying on the couch, surrounded by empty chip packets of various descriptions.}

STRONG BAD: You gotta be kidding me. Man, everybody's trying to make a buck or nine off my heart-drooping loss.

{He feels around in the nearest bag of chips, and finds that it's empty.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, perfect. Now I'm out of my antidepressant. Nothing dulls the pain quite like several dozen half-full bags of {as he lists the flavorings, symbols for them appear at the top of the screen} Italian-herb-chipotle-buffalo-ranch-guacamole-Thai-peanut-style chippety-chomps. I guess I'll slink off to Bubs' and refill my prescription. Slinnnk...

{Strong Bad somehow slides up and over the armrest of the couch, and off screen. Cut to Strong Bad at Bubs' Concession Stand. Bubs is nowhere to be seen.}

STRONG BAD: Bubs! Hello? Can I get a witness? Bubs? {looks around the stand, and screams}

{Pan to the side of the stand, we see the Lappy's power cord hanging off the roof. Tense music plays.}

STRONG BAD: The Lappy's tail! I'll save you, Lappy-pie... boo... {runs back and forth anxiously, making the Homsar walking noise} Just keep your pixels on. Strong Bad's got everything under control-alt-delete.

{Strong Bad picks up a ladder from behind the stand, and climbs up onto the roof.}

STRONG BAD: Who put you up here— Wha?!?

{The suspenseful music plays, and reveal the Lappy, with the broken Tandy and the shotgunned Compy. The Tandy is suspending a horseshoe magnet from a fishing rod above the Lappy's keyboard.}

STRONG BAD: It's my crappier and crappiest computers!

{Both old computers fizz and spark.}

STRONG BAD: Careful, guys, let's not do anything inappropriate with that magnet... I've got a lot of important text files on that 5 meg hard drive... Now just let the Lappy go, and we can all go out for hushpuppies. You guys still like hushpuppies, don't you?

{Both old computers fizz and spark a lot.}

STRONG BAD: Okay, fine. hushpuppies are out. For some reason I... I thought you guys liked hushpuppies.

{Both old computers keep fizzing and sparking. The Tandy also churns its floppy disk drive.}

STRONG BAD: Sorry, guys, we're getting nowhere. I don't speak extravagantly broken computer.

{The Paper comes down, reading "'Sup Strong Bad. I'll help with the translation."}

STRONG BAD: The Paper! You're just in time! Find out what they want!

{The Paper goes back up, and the Compy "talks" for a bit. The Paper comes back down with "They want to come out of retirement..."}

STRONG BAD: Retirement? They didn't retire, I threw them away. Ask them if they mean they want to come out of thrown-awayment.

{The Paper comes down again, reading "They're not laughing. They each want to check one last email."}

STRONG BAD: Are they joking? Those guys couldn't check an email with the help of sixty horses dressed up as IT professionals!

{The Tandy lowers the magnet a little, and the Lappy's screen turns on, showing:}

Oh, Child!
It's the Teal Screen
of Near Death! (TSoND)

STRONG BAD: Okay, okay, okay! I'll do my best. If it'll save the orphanage... I mean, my Lappy, I'll do it. Now, let's check emails like it was the deuce double-ought dweice!

{Both old computers "talk".}

STRONG BAD: It just means 2002... I... thought it was slick... slick-rick... way to talk...

{Fade through black to Strong Bad with the Tandy at the email-checking desk.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} Green lines, green, green lines. It's a Strong Bad Email again.

{Strong Bad reads "sincerly" as written, and "josh oakland" as "josho kland"}

STRONG BAD: Well, let's just see here... Zero capitalization...

{The first letters of each of "dearest", "strong", "bad", "do", "sincerly", "josh" and "oakland" are all briefly highlighted}

STRONG BAD: Misspelling...

{The word "sincerly" is briefly highlighted}

STRONG BAD: Lack of punctuation...

{The blank spaces after "bad", "hardest", "sincerly" and "josh" are all briefly highlighted}

STRONG BAD: Looks like a winner to me! {typing} Dearest Josho, I have some good news for you! I DO remember the email that I deleted the hardest. And I'm still remembering it right now!!! {stops typing} Homestar! Little help please.

{Zooms out to reveal Homestar pouring a bottle of Mountain Dew into the hole in the side of the Tandy}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'm way ahead of ya, SB.

STRONG BAD: Then, we'll just add some of the King of Town's fizzy denture tablets.

{Strong Bad holds up a box of "Oh No You Dent!!!" disgusting old person tablets}

THE KING OF TOWN: {offscreen} Thems is my after-dinner mints!

{Strong Bad tips several of the tablets into the hole.}

STRONG BAD: {heavy reverb} And now if you'd please turn in your hymnals, and join me in singing number 119, a-deleted.

{Strong Bad hits the keyboard, and the "DELETED!!" screen comes up, with a gothic font. Organ music plays.}

STRONG BAD & HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} Deleted!

{Strong Bad swings a pickaxe through the keyboard and the desk. The Tandy explodes, and gives off a bad graphics mushroom cloud.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {turns away, falls to his knees and closes his eyes} Aaah!

STRONG BAD: Goodbye, old girl. They'll always say you went out in a blaze of green rectangular glory.

{Homestar, with one eye still closed, starts pouring Mountain Dew on the carpet. Cut to a closeup of Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: All right! One down, one to go.

{Cut to a shot of the shotgunned Compy on the desk. The suspenseful music plays. The screen fades to black.}

{Strong Bad is in front of the Compy. Despite the hole, he manages to type "strongbad_email.exe".}

STRONG BAD: {singing} There's a big ol' hole inside my email, makin' it hard to cheeeeck...

{He brings up the email. It is formatted around the hole.}

STRONG BAD: Oooh! Automatic hole formatting! {starts reading}

{Strong Bad says "Double Dear Strong Bad" in place of the first line, and after reading "wonder", he comments "You mean, more amazing than checking an email on this computer?!" In place of the name, he says "Luke South".}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well, I am very serious too. Serious about the most incredible, tantalizing, pants-defying, mind-googling sights in the whole world!! {stops typing} Lalalalalalaaaa!

{Cut back to show the whole computer room. A boater hat falls on his head and a cane into his hand.}

STRONG BAD: Ladies and Luke, I give you...

{The Computer Room rises, as if it were a theater curtain, revealing a carnival tent.}

STRONG BAD: {as a sideshow caller} Strong Bad's Amazing Feats of Wonder! {Strong Bad appears in the foreground} Gawk and squawk as I walk and talk like an old-timey sideshow caller, and add "Lalalalalaa" to the end of everything I say lalalalalalaaa!

{Strong Bad ducks down. Cut to inside the tent.}

STRONG BAD: First, in our gallery of ocular oddities, is a contortionist with a twist!

{He moves away, revealing a curtain painted with "MARZiPAN - SHE-TYPE! KA-RAZY?"}

STRONG BAD: Feast your Dust Bowl-ravaged eyes on {Curtain lifts, revealing Marzipan with her hair tied up.} Marzipan, the Human Woo-man {rolls the next "R"} Rrrrrotini!

{A logo for "The Human Woo-man Rotini" appears. Marzipan curls her neck like a spring. The audience makes amazed sounds.}

STRONG BAD: Behold! An ocean of pesto!

{Green liquid flies in from offscreen and lands on Marzipan.}

MARZIPAN: That's not part of my act!

{Cut to The King of Town, with some of the green liquid dribbling down from his moustache.}

THE KING OF TOWN: I know! It's a part of mine lalalalalalalaaa!

{He sucks in the liquid. Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: Now, direct your attention to the Pee Wee Stage...

{Again, Strong Bad moves aside. Now the curtain shows "THE CHEAT - AND HOW! PART ANVIL?"}

STRONG BAD: ...where the flea circus has left town, and the inmates are restless!

{The audience ooohs as the curtain is lifted, showing a manacled The Cheat.}

STRONG BAD: Gather strong at The Cheat's Flea Prison Riot!

{As the above words appear, a magnifying glass focuses on The Cheat and zooms in on a tiny prison in his fur, where a number of small black dots are rioting and squabbling. The prison has some flames coming out of the windows, and a siren is heard. Cut back to Strong Bad in front of a curtain reading "Strong Sad - DEE PRESS! DO U DARE?" with an elephant styled to look like Strong Sad.}

STRONG BAD: And don't forget Strong Sad's feet of wonder.

{The audience ahhhs as the curtain is moved up, revealing Strong Sad in a blue dress with a beard. A paper reading "stupid's stupid crap that I hate" appears for a moment. Strong Sad lifts the dress, revealing his feet, as the audience gasps.}

STRONG SAD: I call them "soolnds".

{Cut to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: And lastly, so ghastly, the ate-thh wonder of the world!

{Cut to curtain showing "Strong Mad - ATE THH! NECK?"}

STRONG BAD: House-mouth!!!

{The curtain lifts, showing Strong Mad in a loincloth. A "HOUSE-MOUTH" logo appears. The audience gasps.}

STRONG MAD: DAAAAH!! {Opens his mouth very wide, taking up most of his body and creating the shape of a house. The audience gasps.}

STRONG BAD: {popping in from the side of the screen} This land-locked leviathan conveniently subsists only on outdated electronics!

{He ducks away as the Compy is thrown in Strong Mad's mouth. He closes his mouth. A second later, he jumps a bit as a sparking sound is heard. Strong Mad gulps it down.}

STRONG BAD: {popping in again, and throwing his hat and cane} We did it!!! Lalalalalalalaaaa!

{The scene again rises like a curtain, revealing the Computer Room. The Lappy is in its place at the desk.}

STRONG BAD: The Lappy! You're back...y! You and I have some unfinished business, little lady!

{Strong Bad sits down. Cut to the Lappy's screen.}

STRONG BAD: {typing; anywhere that a comma would be appropriate, a dull tapping sound is heard} There ya go Jake-ula. Now all the cliffhangers have been for reallysolved. Okay Lappy I hope your battery's charged {music starts} cuz I'm finally taking you out for those hush-puppies you always wanted!!!

{He picks up the Lappy and walks off. Fade to black. Cut to a silhouette of Strong Bad holding the Lappy and walking across the sunset. Ghostly images of the Tandy and Compy appear over his head. The music suddenly stops with a record scratch.}

FEMALE LAPPY 486: But Strong Bad, I'm hate hushpuppies!

STRONG BAD: Man, I coulda sworn one of you guys liked hushpuppies.

{The Paper comes down, reading "It was me. I like hushpuppies." The music starts again. It eventually stops again with a record scratch.}

FEMALE LAPPY 486: Can we please find my toe?

{Strong Bad stops walking and looks up toward the ghostly images, which speed away upwards.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on Strong Bad's diamond when he says he's got a lot of important text files on Lappy's harddrive to see a selection of those files.
    clncknmsfrmyslf.txt

Cool nicknames for myself
--------------------------

Mr. Lewd Comment 1965
Giantus
The Fake Frenchman
Light 'n Fluffy NO!
Heaven in Tights
Good Fortunator
Bicep Lad
Lebner
Mighty Legit
Dabney Coleman's Evil Twin
Wisewallace
/got nothin'
The Detroit Locksmith
Prudeacre
      cldshplog.txt

 Cloud Shape Spotting Log
-------------------------

lightswitch w/no cover
baseball headed baby
brown water
michigan w/2 bites out of it
smallish elbow
box of crackers (unopened)
pestilence
2 salamanders giving low-5's
oversized novelty comb
cheap date
strong sad's ghost
uppity maitre d
strong sad's corpse
diet pills
    ltr2bkrythrftstr.txt

Letter to Bakery Thrift Store
-------------------------

Dear Bakery Thrift Store,
Whom do you think you are
fooling? You sell old baked
goods. The stuff regular
bakeries throw away. So what
if a loaf of bread is only
29 cents? It's old bread.
Should I start collecting
roadkill squirrels, glue
cotton balls to their butts
and open an 'Aftermarket
Rabbit Thrift Store?' Oh,
wait. Yes I should. Thank You
Bakery Thrift Store. Love, SB
Horses in IT?
  • Click on the roof vent after Strong Bad's joke about Horses in IT to see a Dullard comic.
  • Click the plug socket after the explosion to replay the explosion animation.
  • Click on the Compy's contrast dial when Strong Bad checks the second email to see some sparks fly.
  • When Strong Bad says "Luke South", click on the Compy's exposed gear to see a southward traffic sign.
  • At the end, before the old computers fly away, click their contrast knobs for the Bad Graphics Ghost and a dancing skeleton.
  • After the spectral computers fly away, click on the Lappy to see an extra scene involving the King of Town.
{A curtain is seen with some ham with the King of Town's head on it reading "The King of Town - ONE DER! MEAT MAN?"}
STRONG BAD: {voiceover} He's half-man, half-cholesterol! Can I get a "ooh-ahh" for Clogdor!
{The curtain lifts, revealing the King behind a counter with a frying pan on it. A contraption is holding up a toothpick above the frying pan. "CLOGDOR!!" is written across the top of the screen.}
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Ewww! Euugh!
{The King of Town burps, producing an oddly-colored bubble. As it floats toward the frying pan, the contraption juts forward, popping the bubble and creating the innards of an egg, which falls into the frying pan. The audience gasps.}
THE KING OF TOWN: If ya think my burps are impressive, wait'll you see my—
STRONG BAD: {Cutting in in front of the scene} —seen enough of that one lalalalalalalaaaaa!

Fun Facts

Changes Between the Two-Part and One-Part Versions

This email was originally released as a two-parter, and was re-released a week later as a single email. The following were added or changed from the original:

  • Part A ended with the zoom-in on the Compy 386 (as the suspenseful music played). The Paper's came down with a message that read, "To Be Continued Tomorrow!". Part B picked up with Strong Bad sitting at the Compy. When the two parts were combined, The Paper was removed, and a transition in and out of black now splices the beginning with the conclusion.
  • The Tandy's screen now intermittently flashes with static while Strong Bad is checking its email.
  • Clicking on the Compy's contrast dial creates some sparking effects.
  • A gear in the Compy now turns as Strong Bad types.
  • An extra scene in Strong Bad's carnival tent featuring Strong Sad was added.
  • The Lappy's comma key is now missing throughout the toon. Originally, the key was present in part A when the Compy and Tandy are holding the Lappy hostage but was missing in part B when Strong Bad gets it back.
  • When Strong Bad attempts to type commas in his closing remarks, commas no longer appear and instead a dull tapping sound is heard.
  • An Easter egg featuring the King of Town's act in Strong Bad's carnival tent was added.

Explanations

  • The explosion following the addition of Mountain Dew and denture tablets to the Tandy 400 is due to the rapid release of carbon dioxide gas from both the carbonated water and the effervescent action of the sodium bicarbonate and citric acid in the tablets, not to be confused with the Coke and Mentos phenomenon.
  • Control-Alt-Delete is a computer keyboard command on IBM PC compatible systems that can be used to close programs or reboot the computer.
  • A hushpuppy is a deep-fried ball of cornmeal commonly eaten in the southern United States.
  • Putting a magnet too close to a computer can damage the data stored on magnetic storage, such as hard disks.
  • Structures or people are called the Eighth Wonder of the World in order to liken their perceived greatness to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Leviathan is the name of a sea-monster mentioned several times in the Old Testament. The word "leviathan" is often used to refer to any large monster or creature.
  • Pesto is an Italian sauce frequently served over pasta. While many variations exist, in its classic form it is made of basil, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil and pecorino romano cheese.
  • Strong Sad is dressed as a Bearded Lady.

Goofs

There is no socket under the table when Strong Bad is on the Compy.

Trivia

  • This email and flashback are tied for the most Easter eggs in any email to date, with eight. They're second on the site total, tied with Halloween Fairstival and Halloween Potion-ma-jig. The toon with the most Easter eggs is 3 Times Halloween Funjob with ten.
  • At 6:53, this is the longest toon on the site. It beats the previous longest email, alternate universe, by nearly one minute, and the previous longest toon, Where's The Cheat?, by 35 seconds.
  • The portrait of Marshie's mother is hung in the same frame as the painting by the Deutsch Master in portrait.
  • For the first email, the floppy disk container reads "mastertype". For the second, it reads "silpheed".
  • This is the first Strong Bad Email to feature all three computers.
  • This is the first time soolnds are mentioned out loud.

Remarks

The Lappy's tail!
  • In Marshie's Whodunnit? scene, every main character is visible silhouetted except for The Cheat, The Poopsmith, Homsar and Strong Bad himself.
  • Strong Bad says that the Lappy's hard drive holds five "megs." However, in animal, the Lappy has a "2 MB Hard Drive!".
  • During Strong Bad's confrontation with the Tandy and Compy, there are clickable areas on the Lappy's screen, but clicking on them has no effect. This is because the Tandy's contrast buttons are behind the Lappy, and they are disabled in this scene.
  • The word "contrast" on Strong Bad's Tandy is in a different font than it was before the Tandy was thrown out.
  • The Paper doesn't have a link to Strong Bad's email address.
  • If you view the Flash file, during the Mountain Dew scene there is an extra electrical outlet outside the black, complete with the Lappy's cord plugged in.
  • Strong Bad highlights the various sections of the email in yellow, despite using a green monochrome monitor.
  • The first two sounds that play when Strong Bad makes those highlights come from MacOS: "Purr" and "Sosumi" respectively.
  • This is the first time an email was deleted in the Lappy era. However, it wasn't actually deleted on the Lappy.
  • Strong Bad claims that he is out of potato chips, but some of the bags are partially filled.
  • The Tandy and Compy were sold by Bubs to the King of Town (King of Town Email) and Homestar (Broken Compy Menu), respectively. Oddly, both were shown as possible suspects in cliffhangers (Homestar) and Missing Lappy (King of Town).
Slightly less shotgunned
  • The hole in the Compy is smaller here than it was at the end of virus, making it possible to fit a token amount of legible text onto the screen.
  • Strong Mad appears to have no tongue or tonsils.
  • Apparently, the cog inside the Compy processes text, yet it was shown spinning while broken at the end of virus.

Inside References

  • This email follows directly from cliffhangers, where Strong Bad's computer was kidnapped at the end of the email. The dramatic "cliffhanger resolution" music is reused from that email as well. Strong Bad's closing remarks are directed toward Jake, who sent the email featured in cliffhangers.
  • This is another appearance of index cards on the site.
  • "Now, let's check emails like it was the deuce double-ought dweice!" is most likely a reference to the fact that Strong Bad last checked an email with the Tandy in 2002.
  • The position of Strong Bad's head in front of the Tandy, his reflected mouth on the Tandy's screen and his lack of head movement is a reference to his early emails.
  • "Number 119, a-deleted" may be a reference to Email #119 (animal) in which Strong Bad first got the Lappy.
  • Two of the items on Strong Bad's Cloud Shape Spotting Log ("strong sad's ghost" and "strong sad's corpse") refer to Strong Sad's imagined death.
  • Homestar pouring Mountain Dew into the Tandy is a reference to anything, in which he poured Mountain Dew onto the Compy.
  • The line "if it'll save the orphanage" is a reference to Kid Speedy, in which coming "not last" wins you enough money to "get the orphanage its operation".
  • Strong Bad makes Homsar's walking noise and skitters around like him when he notices the Lappy's cord and is frantically pacing around.
  • The Cheat was previously compared with an anvil in huttah!.
  • The skeleton image on the Compy's computer is from Peasant's Quest.
  • Marzipan's curtain contains another case of Lowercase i's.
  • The picture on Strong Mad's curtain resembles the Strong Man. Interestingly, although the figure in the picture is wearing the Strong Man's larger outfit, Strong Mad's costume consists of only a loincloth.
  • Soolnds, the name that Strong Sad has given his feet, was previously used in Strong Sad's Lament.
  • The King of Town's stage name, "Clogdor" is written in the same font as Trogdor's name on the official T-shirts.
  • The sound that is made when Strong Bad hits the Tandy's keyboard with the pickaxe is from Thy Dungeonman 3.

Real-World References

  • The sounds that occur when Strong Bad is highlighting typos in the Tandy's last email are various sound effects from MacOS 9.
  • The winged buffalo references the Buffalo Wild Wings mascot.
  • The Teal Screen of Near Death is a reference to the various colored Screens of death used by computer operating systems to indicate serious system errors. The Compy 386 has been seen to have its own Blue Screen of Death (the Flagrant System Error) on more than one occasion.
  • Dabney Coleman is an actor most known for his role in the films Nine to Five and Tootsie.
  • Strong Bad scrambling back and forth underneath the Lappy's cord may be a reference to Donkey Kong 3, while the music is reminiscent of the game Super Mario Bros. 2, when the player is fighting a boss.
  • Slick Rick was a popular hip-hop artist of the late 1980's and early 1990's.
  • /got nothin' in the text files is a reference to Fark.com, where people sometimes end their posts with that remark.
  • Homestar pouring Mountain Dew onto the carpet after the destruction of the Tandy may be a reference to the practice of pouring libations on the ground to honor the dead.
  • "If it'll save the orphanage..." is most likely a reference to The Blues Brothers, in which the brothers put their old band back together in order to save the orphanage in which they were raised.
  • Strong Bad's contracted naming of files refers to names often given to files due to 8.3 naming restrictions present in older FAT filesystems, although his file names would be too long for these rules.
  • "Just walk away, mother" is a reference to the movie Psycho. Also, the painting seen when Marshie delivers this line is drawn similarly to the caricature of Alfred Hitchcock seen at the start of his television program, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
  • The Dust Bowl was a series of dust storms caused by poor farming techniques that ravaged the central United States and Canada from 1934 to 1939. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced.
  • The graphics for the Fluffy Puff Marshmallows My Lappy Got Stole! Sweepstakes resembles those used for the 1995 Simpsons episode Who Shot Mr. Burns? contest sponsored by 1-800-COLLECT. It too featured silhouettes of the main characters with big question marks over each one, while a voiceover told viewers where to send in their guesses of the guilty party's identity in order to win the top prize of being animated into an upcoming episode.

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