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Strong Bad Email #0x1E
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"I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to thank you or break up with you."

Strong Bad gets an email about nice guys. Strong Sad is a girl.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Strong Sad, Homsar, Homestar Runner, TheNicestGuy

Places: Computer Room, The Field, The Office (Easter egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Friday, September 16, 2005

Running Time: 2:23

Page Title: Lappy 486


[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} Email! Song! It's the email... Soooong! {brings up the email}

{Strong Bad reads "Strong Bad" as "Spoony Bard" and "TheNicestGuy, USA" as "the nicest guy, you say?"}

STRONG BAD: {typing} TheNicestGuy, USA? {read as before} I don't really know, The. Homsar's alway's giving people presents, but I'm not entirely sure they qualify as "nice".

{Cut to the field where Strong Sad and Homsar are standing. Strong Sad is holding an open gift box and wearing a pink belly shirt that reads "I love my boy, fiend".}

STRONG SAD: I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to thank you or break up with you.

HOMSAR: AaAaAaAaAh can't beat that!

{Back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} That mess makes him prooty cool in my book, but some folk say Homestar is a nice guy.

{Cut to the back step of the house. Strong Sad emerges from the door, and Homestar Runner pops up from behind a bush dressed in a scouting uniform and reading from a book.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {in a monotone} Hello, old lady. Please allow me to assist you with crossing this busty intersection.

{Homestar turns around, blocking Strong Sad's path, and begins looking both ways repeatedly.}

STRONG SAD: Homestar, I don't—

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No, no need to thank me, ma'am. Just being prepared. {awkward silence as he continues to watch the "traffic"} Soooo... you wanna buy some cookies?

{Back to the lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} I guess I don't really have an answer to this, Hussein. I'll tell you what. You come here, and then you can be the answer. That's what you were getting at all along anyway, wasn't it? Passive-aggressive, grumble, grumble—

{The doorbell rings.}

STRONG BAD: My magic smoke from fingers! It's here!

{He jumps up and runs off screen.}

STRONG BAD: {off screen} Oh. It's you. Look, man, I didn't really mean for you to come to my house. Go be nice somewheres else.

{The door is heard closing. Strong Bad returns to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: So there's your answer, Insect Guy. Please observe the restraining order I am presently about to request against you. But first... I'm gonna go ask Homestar for directions to the busty intern section.

[edit] Easter Eggs

Spoony bard
  • Click on Strong Bad's name after he says "Spoony Bard" to see a classic-RPG-sprite Strong Bad walk across the bottom of the Lappy's screen.
  • At the end, click "intern section" to find out where TheNicestGuy ended up.
    {Strong Bad is sitting at his desk in The Office typing. Homestar is standing behind him.}
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: So, did you meet the new foreign guy over in the intern section? I think he said he was from Nice or something.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • Passive-aggressive behavior is a psychological term for a defense mechanism whereby a person attempts to get their own way without having to admit that they are attempting to get their own way.
  • Nice is a resort city in southern France. Homestar pronounces it correctly, but its similarity to "nice" often creates confusion for English speakers.

[edit] Remarks

  • Homestar's selling cookies indicates that he's a Girl Scout, but helping old ladies across the street is a stereotypical "Good Turn" associated with Boy Scouts.

[edit] Inside References

  • The exchange between Strong Sad and Homsar refers to a line in Homsar's character video: "Sure beats breaking up with me."
  • The word "prooty" was used by the Lappy in dreamail.
  • "Some folk say Homestar is a nice guy" echoes Homestar's line from flashback: "Some folk say I'm a terrific athlete."
  • Homestar previously believed he was a Girl Scout in nightlife.
  • Homestar says "Wanna buy some cookies?" the same way he said "Wanna buy some magazine subscriptions?" in privileges.

[edit] Real-World References

  • The email song is to the tune of "Roxanne" by The Police.
  • The phrase "spoony bard" comes from the oft-ridiculed translation of the Super Famicom game Final Fantasy IV for its original North American release as Final Fantasy II. The translation was updated for later releases. However, the sprite in the Easter egg is based on the Red Mage from Final Fantasy V.
  • I think that boyfriend shirt is a refernce because i saw one like that in the store. What do you guys think.
    • Those shirts are for girls, so this is coincidince.
  • Homestar's remark about being prepared refers to the motto, "Be Prepared", of the Scout Movement, which includes both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
  • The "magic smoke from fingers" probably refers to Mystic Smoke, a resin-based paste that can be applied to the fingers and then manipulated into fine, smoke-like strands that would float away. It was sold mail order through conspicuous black-and-white ads in Boys' Life magazine and comic books during the 1980s.
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