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Just givin' the fans what they want!

Strong Bad Email #46

Andrew writes in to tell Strong Bad that he likes it best when he harms his friends. So, naturally, Strong Bad goes out and harms his friends in numerous funny ways.

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

Places: Computer Room, Strong Bad's Basement, The Garage, Strong Sad's Room, The Field, Strongbadia

Computer: Compy 386

Date: October 14, 2002

Running Time: 1:10



STRONG BAD: {Clears throat and sings at an alto pitch} E-maiiiiil...

{Strong Bad reads in a loud monotone to reflect the caps lock being on.}

STRONG BAD: {types} Andrew, this is the best E-mail I've ever received. Let's get to work! {gets up}

{cuts to Strong Bad's basement. Strong Mad is standing and watching TV. Strong Bad walks up to him.}

PERSON ON TV: Some type of TV show...

STRONG BAD: Hows about this!

{Quickly kicks Strong Mad in the shin and walks off. Strong Mad looks back at him in anger.}

{Cuts to garage. Bubs is there.}

BUBS: What the?

{Strong Bad hits him over the head with a Golden Record.}

{Cut to Strong Sad's room. Strong Sad is lying in bed. Strong Bad whacks him continuously with a wiffle bat.}

STRONG SAD: OW! {whack} OW! {whack} OW! {whack} OW! {whack}

{Cut to field-Marzipan is there. Strong Bad has a whole pile of circular saw blades in a pile behind him and a bottle of sauce.}

STRONG BAD: Close your eyes and hold out your hands.

MARZIPAN: {closes eyes} I don't want to!

{Cut to another part of the field. Homestar Runner is there with Strong Bad, with a huge tub of lava. It says "HOT LAVA" on the side.}

STRONG BAD: Put your head in here.


{Cut to another part of the field, Strong Bad has taped The Cheat to Pom Pom. They both complain as Pom Pom tries to shake him off.}

{Cut to Strongbadia. Homsar is buried in the ground and Strong Bad has put down a box that say "We Are the Scorpions!" The scorpions crawl around on Homsar. One goes into his mouth.

HOMSAR: AaAaAaAaAaAaA!!! I'm saving the best for last!

{Cut to Locker. Strong Bad has given a bag of hot fries to Coach Z}

COACH Z: Hey, Thanks for the Chippies, Strong Bad!

{Cut to Field again. The King of Town is there. Strong Bad whacks him with the Golden Record.}

{Cut to Compy}

STRONG BAD: Ahhh, just givin' the fans what they want! {types} You may notice I didn't do anything to the Poopsmith. I figure the guy shovels crap for a living so his tolerance for pain's gotta be through the roof. I was thinking about giving him a bath or something but, just the thought of that gave me the jibblies. {stops typing} Here they come again. The jibblie jibbles....

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "Poopsmith" for a Poopsmith trading card.

Fun Facts


  • The file name for the .swf for this Strong Bad Email has an "x" after the number. The .swf without the "x" is still viewable, but with a few minor differences. The music stops early, and some things are missing from some scenes that are in the version with the "x".
  • This is the first email to feature all twelve main characters.
  • This is the shortest Compy email.


  • The record that Strong Bad breaks on people's heads reads "Everybody to the Limit". It is gold, which means it sold over 500,000 copies.
  • In the Marzipan scene the hot sauce bottle on top of the circular saw blades reads "Sauce". The label looks very much like that of the Crystal brand hot sauce.
  • In the Homsar scene Strong Bad is holding the same hot sauce bottle that was behind him with Marzipan.
  • The box of scorpions which Strong Bad releases onto Homsar reads "We are the Scorpions". This may be a reference to Queen's "We are the Champions".
  • Strong Bad gives Coach Z Andy Capp's Hot Fries. Coach Z clearly says, "Thanks for the chippies!" Although they are somewhat spicy, it is unclear how giving Coach Z hot fries is a punishment.
    • This might be a reference to Coach Z's "depressing Midwesterner" accent. The stereotype is that people from "up North" don't like spicy foods, preferring bland meat-and-potatoes dishes instead.
  • When Strong Bad hits Bubs and the KoT with the "Everybody to the Limit" record, the glass cover on it breaks both times.
  • Homsar's hat looks smaller in this email.
  • Strong Mad's only weakness appears to be his knees, first seen in little animal.


  • The contrast stops affecting Strong Bad's reflection right as he starts to move away from the Compy.

Real-World References

  • "We are the Scorpions!" is a reference to the concert-opening cry of lead singer Klaus Meine of the German heavy metal band Scorpions, most well known for the song "Rock You Like a Hurricane."
  • There seems to be a strong hint to the WWF/WWE. WWE's Vince McMahon constantly speaks about "giving the fans what they want" whenever unleashing gratuitous violence and lewdness on his show.
  • In the Easter egg, The Poopsmith is depicted on a "Future Stars" card. Future Stars is a sports photography company that makes trading cards for children's sports teams.

Fast Forward

  • Strong Bad mentions taping The Cheat to Pom Pom in lackey.
  • Strong Bad gets the Jibblies in bottom 10, after seeing the "creepy painting in Strong Mad's closet."

DVD Version

  • The trading card Easter egg can still be viewed using the angle button on your DVD remote.
  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman)

MIKE: {attempting to sing like Strong Bad} Emaail— {stops} sing it, Matt. {tries again} Eeee—

MATT: No, Mike, I'm not going to do that again.

MIKE: Hey Matt, do Strong Bad's voice.


MIKE: Do it. {imitating Strong Bad} Hey.

MATT: That was a good one.

MIKE: Thanks.

MATT: This was one, I think, Mike did almost entirely on his own. I had to go out of town again.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: Um... we didn't do some commentary on the ones where you went out of town, so it doesn't sound— I like that. "Some type of TV show."

MIKE: That's a wiffle ball bat. Some people think it's like a broomstick.

MATT: Was that The Promise Ring in the background, too?

MIKE: I think so, yeah.

MATT: A Promise Ring poster. Uh-oh!

MIKE: Pom Pom has a Cheat taped to him.

{unintelligible by both}

MATT: We are the Scorpions! Everybody, uh, wonders a lot why the Hot Fries are bad, like, and they think that sizzle— they think that's a sizzling noise when it's really just the shower.

MIKE: You know they've got Andy frie— uh, Andy Capp Steak Fries

MATT: Yeah, I've seen those.

MIKE: I saw those. I wanted to get them, but I was five cents short.

MATT: But, uh, I actually kind of like Andy Capp's Hot Fries—

MIKE: I do too.

MATT: —so I don't know why we used them as a punishment.

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