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*Strong Bad's shapeshifting phrase may be a reference to the [[Wikipedia: Wonder Twins|Wonder Twins]].
*Strong Bad's shapeshifting phrase may be a reference to the [[Wikipedia: Wonder Twins|Wonder Twins]].
*The [[Wikipedia: Sci Fi Channel (United States)|Sci Fi Channel]] is a TV network that specializes in science fiction and speculative fiction programming.
*The [[Wikipedia: Sci Fi Channel (United States)|Sci Fi Channel]] is a TV network that specializes in science fiction and speculative fiction programming.
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*As Strong Bad says: "comic books, cartoons, and Sci-Fi Original Movies"; this refrences the fact that each of these categories often feature characters or superheores with shapeshifting powers, but also as mentioned as well, they sometimes come with strict rules in order to use them.
 
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Revision as of 23:01, 31 March 2008

Strong Bad Email #192
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"I said a tiger, not a poodle!"

Strong Bad explains why shapeshifting isn't as attractive as it sounds.

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

Places: Computer Room, The Field, Bubs' Concession Stand

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Monday, March 31, 2008

Running Time: 4:04 official, 4:07 actual

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: Back again. Checking email from my friends. I mean, the stupid people that write me.

{Strong Bad reads "waht" as "waaaaaat" with high inflection. He also reads "Paxton Westergard Anacortes, Washington" as the senders full name.}

STRONG BAD: Ugh. You'll never be a weatherman with a name like that. How about just... Paxto West? {typing} Now you might think I'd be all over this shapeshifting business Paxto, but if comic books, cartoons, and Sci-Fi Original Movies have taught me anything, it's that shapeshifting comes with a bunch of boring rules and restrictions that limit its potential Turn-Into-A-Bulldozer-Whenever-I-Wantity. {clears screen, speaks in mocking voice} You can turn into a machine gun but not bullets, contemporary jazz turns you back to normal, you can only turn into presents your grandma's knitted for you. {speaks normally} Crap like that. For example, let's say I could turn into any species... OF BALLOON ANIMAL!!??

{Cut to the Field. Strong Bad, Marzipan and The Cheat are there. The Cheat's fur is messed up and he's foaming at the mouth}

STRONG BAD: Look out! A rabid The Cheat! I'll handle this!

{The scene pauses as if it's a video tape}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Oh yeah. Another thing about shapeshifting is that you have to have a cool trademark sound effect that happens every time you change forms.

{The scene unpauses}

STRONG BAD: Shapeshift unto... A Sumatran tiger! DWAYNE!

{The word "DWAYNE!!" appears Strong Bad and fades, as it continues to do every time he shapeshifts. Strong Bad turns into a pink, four-legged balloon animal}

STRONG BAD: I said a tiger, not a poodle! DWAYNE. {Turns into a blue balloon animal of the same shape, but with a different tail.} A tiger, not a donkey. Dwayne. {The sound effect appears in lowercase, and Strong Bad turns into an orange balloon animal, still of the same shape, but with shorter ears and muzzle.} That's better. Now stand back! {The wind starts to blow Strong Bad away.} Um...

{The Cheat jumps at Marzipan and she gasps. Then the scene is paused again.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Ooh, but what if I could turn into legal tender? {Cut to Strong Bad approaching Bubs' Concession Stand} One of the only good legal things in existence.

STRONG BAD: Say, Bubs. How much for that Lamborghini hot tub you got back there?

BUBS: The what? {Looks down} Oh! That Lamborghini hot tub. It sure is back here! That'll run you one hundred... {Bubs and Strong Bad jerk their heads back twice} dollars.

STRONG BAD: Swedish deals! Shapeshift unto... A hundred dollar bill! DWAYNE!

{Strong Bad turns into a hundred dollar bill, which floats down onto the counter, then is blown away by the wind.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} So... Apparently wind is a pretty big problem for most shapeshifters.

{Cut to Coach Z walking along. Strong Bad floats nearby.}

COACH Z: Hey, check it out! A Benjamin! {Snatches Strong Bad out of the air and puts him in a pocket, causing drops of liquid to go flying} I'll just tuck you into the loose band of my sweaty-sweat-sweats! {Hits his waist for emphasis. More liquid goes flying}

{Cut to Strong Bad lying on the floor next to his computer chair}

STRONG BAD: {distressed} Blaaaaaaaggghhhh. Hang on. Lemme try again. What if I could turn into... almost anyone in the world? Is that too much to ask?

{Cut to Strong Bad and The Cheat in the Field. They are standing next to a large structure made from round objects}

STRONG BAD: Don't worry! I know just how to get us through this ten-foot thick wall of pecan cheese balls! Shapeshift unto... The King of Town! DYWANE! {Turns into the King of Town. His voice stays the same, however} Norwegian deals! It worked! This should only take a few seconds! {He leans forward and makes chomping noises. The wall of pecan cheese balls is unaffected} R— why isn't this working? {Turns side on. Half of him is missing. Strong Bad speaks bitterly} Oh, I get it. {The Cheat screams and runs away} I can turn into almost anyone. Well, two can play at this game, dumb rules of shapeshifting!

{Cut to Strong Bad, back in his normal form, at Bubs' Concession Stand. Bubs isn't there}

STRONG BAD: Say Bubs, I'd like one Lamborghini hot tub for free, please. Shapeshift unto Bubs! DWYANE! {Strong Bad turns into Bubs' legs} Oh man! I turned into the wrong "almost". This plan was supposed to be foolproof. All anybody ever sees is Bubs' ample top portions!

COACH Z: {Offscreen} Oh Bubs! Oh Bubs! I'm coming to your concession stand to talk to you!

STRONG BAD: Wait. Maybe I can still make this work! {He jumps onto the counter, turning himself upside-down in the process}

{Coach Z comes onscreen}

COACH Z: Hey, nice headstand, Bubs. I'd like one Lamborghini hot tub, please. {pulls out some money from his pocket} Allow me to use this moistened hundred dollar bill I found earlier today.

STRONG BAD: Wait, what?

{Strong Bad the balloon animal floats past}

COACH Z: Oh look! A giraffe!

{Cut back to Strong Bad sitting at his computer}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Uh, that was confusing. See what I mean? Shapeshifting is laden with confusing troubles and a severe lack of hot tubs.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} Oh Strong Bad! Oh Strong Bad, I'm coming to your computer desk to talk to you!

STRONG BAD: {quietly} Oh crap! DWAYNE!

{Strong Bad turns into a colorful scarf, with a tag on it reading "From: Grandma". Homestar walks in holding a chessboard with a white dessert on top of it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {angrily} Oh. It's you again, scarf from Grandma! Never mind.

{He turns and walks away}

STRONG BAD: Phew. Maybe it's not all bad. Thanks, G-mom's.

{New Paper comes down}

Easter Eggs

"Local weather with Tire!"
  • Click on the words "Paxton Westergard" after Strong Bad says "Paxto West" to see a picture of the Tire as a weather forecaster.
  • At the end click on Strong Bad to make him shapeshift from the scarf to a balloon animal, a $100 bill, Bubs' legs, Strong Bad, and back to the scarf.

Fun Facts

Trivia

Remarks

  • In the Easter egg at the end, Strong Bad appears in front of New Paper rather than behind it, as he normally does.

Inside References

Real World References

  • Strong Bad's shapeshifting phrase may be a reference to the Wonder Twins.
  • The Sci Fi Channel is a TV network that specializes in science fiction and speculative fiction programming.

External Links

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