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Strong Bad Email #101
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"Oh, I'm just tricking out my fist here."

Kyle asks about Strong Bad's car, while Homestar shows off his tricked-out propeller cap.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Strong Sad (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Sad's Room (Easter egg)

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Running Time: 2:54

Page Title: Compy 386!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Four


[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: The views expressed in the following email show do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anybody cool. Oh, except me. {lowers voice} I'm cool.


{Strong Bad reads the email exactly as typed, punctuation errors and all, except for the word "Pimped", which he pronounces "Pimpèd"}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Oh, good one Kyle. Like I don't get two jillion of these emails every two jillion seconds. Er. Wait. Would that be so bad? Hmmm. I'll have to ask Gron Sad about that later on. Maybe write in to 'Popular Science' about it. "Popular Science." No such thing, man. More like, "Nerdular Nerdence." {clears screen, continues typing} Anydangway, to properly make an example out of both you, and your email's butts, I'm going to whip out an old classic move of mine, and hit you with a little uhhhh digga digga digga digga digga digga DEL-

{Cut to a wider view of Strong Bad's desk, where Homestar is off to the right.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Interrupting Strong Bad} Hup-tup-tup-tup-tup. {Cut to a close-up of Homestar.} Allow me to save this email from a tired old Strong Bad joke by showing all y'alls my new tricked out propeller cap.

{Cut back to zoomed view of Strong Bad and Homestar.}

STRONG BAD: {Shaking fist} What are you doing?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ummm... Did you just say "doing"? {This is said as to rhyme with "boing."}

STRONG BAD: What? No. Doo-ing. I said, "What are you doo-ing?".

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh. Well, you spelled it the same.

STRONG BAD: Wha-ga...?!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Anyways, on to my cool words I had to say. First, check out all my hydraulics.

{Homestar pulls out a remote control with three switches on it. He flips the first two. His cap moves up and down on his head, making mechanical car hydraulic noises. He then continues to mix and match the usage of the switches to adjust the pitch, yaw, and angle of his cap in regards to his head. While this is going on, he continues to talk, commenting on the particular movements.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: And a little...

{His cap goes up, forward, back, forward, back, forward, back, and then down onto his head again.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: And everybody loves...

{His cap slides up, and then forward on his head.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Now turn the lights down low.

{The lights dim, and his cap glows pink from underneath.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Sweetish ground effects.

{The room lights brighten and the "effects" turn off.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: And the coup {Coup is said as "koop".} de grace,

{He bends down putting his cap within the reach of Strong Bad.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Spin my buzzer.

STRONG BAD: Your what?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: My buzzer. Give it a spin.

STRONG BAD: Oh, why am I doing this?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, you said "doing" {This rhymes with "boing" again.} again.

{Strong Bad makes some frustrated noises. He then spins the propeller on Homestar's cap. It gives a propeller-like sound.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Singing as the spin continues} Dooooo, doo doo doo dooooooooo. Dooo doot doot doot doot! Doo da doo da doo. Doo doot!

STRONG BAD: Now you're singing the theme from Night Court?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No, not singing. When you spin my buzzer, it plays the theme from Night Court starring Richard Moll. Had it custom-installed.

{Strong Bad begins writing something unseen on his boxing glove with a permanent marker while muttering. The words "custom installed" are the only audible words he mutters.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Now what are you doing? {This is still rhymed with "boing".}

STRONG BAD: Oh, I'm just tricking out my fist here.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh cool. What's it going to say? 2-E-Z?

{2-E-Z flashes on the screen.}


{NEVA-DIE flashes on the screen.}

STRONG BAD: No, it says this.

{He shows Homestar. Written on his boxing glove is a mirrored "DELETED" in Gothic text.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Strong Bad, they spelled that backwards. You need to take that thing back right—

{Strong Bad dives forward and punches Homestar. The screen goes white for a moment. Fade back to Homestar leaning up against a crack in the wall from the impact with his head. He's lost his cap, his eyes are X's, and Strong Bad's fist has left the Gothic "DELETED" imprinted on his forehead. Yellow stars float around his head, and weird sounds play.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {dazed} Ooohh-oooh. Thank you once again for my pies. I spent particular effort on the Crème Bernard.

{Cut to Strong Bad back at the Compy. The screen has been cleared.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well, that straightens everything out, right? As for you, Kyle, I don't have a car. You ever see me in a car? No! Bye.

{Strong Bad stops typing and runs off to the right. After a moment, he pokes his head back on the screen.}

STRONG BAD: Talk to my man with the green and white stripes!

{The Paper comes down.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • Click on the word "car?" at the end to see Homestar Runner dazed again.
{Cut to a still-dazed Homestar Runner.}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: {dazed} It's such a lovely gathering of pies and pie people... Like to give a shout-out to Lemon Pretend over there...
  • Click on the word "No!" at the end to see Strong Bad talking to Strong Sad.
{Cut to Strong Sad's Room. Strong Sad is reading a copy of Nerdular Nerdence magazine. Enter Strong Bad.}
STRONG BAD: Hey! Gron Sad!
STRONG SAD: {looks up} Why do you keep calling me that?
STRONG BAD: I dunno... change of pace. Anyways, how many emails would it be if you got, like, two jillion emails every two jillion seconds? Like, a lot, or a little?
STRONG SAD: Jillion is not a real unit of measure!
STRONG BAD: Whatever, NERD! {leaves, muttering "Jillion" to himself}
STRONG SAD: 'S'right! {holds up his hand} Say it again!

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • Strong Bad's line at the beginning is similar to various disclaimers on TV or radio programs or DVD commentaries that state that the views expressed in the program or commentary do not necessarily reflect those of the studio or parent companies.

[edit] Trivia

  • In both this email and invisibility, Homestar was taken by surprise. Conversely, Homestar beat up Strong Bad in Marshmallow's Last Stand. However, the older cartoon has been said by The Brothers Chaps to show characters doing things that they would never do in their current state; Strong Bad's dominance is probably the norm.
  • The page in Nerdular Nerdence that Strong Sad is reading reads "electrons, scalene triangles, least ...mon denominators." "...mon" probably indicates the end of "common".
  • Homestar's cross eyes were used in Tis True, Pom Pom, Tis True. However, since it was never finished, this is technically their first appearance.
  • The label on the disk in the floppy disk container reads "ugh-lympics".
  • At a length of just three letters, this email is tied with isp as the email with the shortest title.
  • The table on which Strong Bad's computer sits has a new design. The legs are not angled anymore, and the outline of the table is colored.
  • The YouTube description for this email is "Homestar shows off his tricked out hat instead of Strong Bad talking about his non-existent car."

[edit] Remarks

  • Getting two jillion emails every two jillion seconds equates to getting an average of one email per second, because any nonzero finite number divided by itself (even made-up numbers like a jillion) is one.
  • Strong Sad states that a "jillion is not a real unit of measure". However, Strong Bad uses "a jillion" as a number, not as a unit of measure.
  • After Strong Bad punches Homestar, the screen on the Compy is blank, even though Strong Bad was never shown clearing it.
  • Homestar incorrectly refers to the glow under his hat as "ground effects". The glow is actually called underglow. Ground effects are parts of a car that extend to the ground, encircling the bottom of the vehicle. They are designed to keep airflow out from under the car and thus improve downforce.
  • Even though Strong Bad punches Homestar under the chin, DELETED appears across Homestar's eyes.

[edit] Goofs

  • Strong Bad spins Homestar's "buzzer" counterclockwise, but instead it turns clockwise.
  • At the end of the email, part of the "a> back" is placed over the edge of the Compy's screen.
  • In between the red part of Homestar's hat and his head, there are two tiny spaces that can be seen through.
  • When Strong Bad says "Talk to my man with the green and white stripes," his reflection and his head are slightly off timing with each other.

[edit] Glitches

  • In Homestar's Easter egg, Homestar blinks despite being knocked out, and when he does so, the X's on his eyes and some of his face get distorted and go back again.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • Night Court was a popular TV sitcom running 1984 to 1992. Richard Moll played the part of bailiff Bull Shannon. The theme to the show was composed by Jack Elliot, who also composed the Barney Miller theme.
  • Popular Science is a magazine that features the latest breakthroughs in science and technology in a format that appeals to the common person. They answered Strong Bad 13 years after this email was released.
  • Kyle asking if Strong Bad's car is "Pimped OUt", as well as the hydraulics on Homestar's propeller cap, may be references to MTV's show Pimp My Ride, where cars are tuned with hydraulics and the like to "pimp" them out.
  • West Point, officially known as the United States Military Academy, is the officer's academy for the U.S. Army, situated along the Hudson River in New York State.

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] DVD Version

  • The Strong Sad Easter egg can be found by pressing the hidden Strong Bad icon at the bottom left corner of the Compy screen, after the video is over.
  • The knocked out Homestar Easter egg can be found by pressing the hidden Strong Bad icon at the bottom right corner of the Compy screen.
  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch the DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman)


MATT: We're back!

MIKE: Welcome to email one-oh-one!

MATT: We're back for another DVD!

MIKE: This is... uh... email number one-oh-one, Matt.

MATT: The first one after flashback.

MIKE: That's right, we took...

MATT: I think a lot of people didn't think we were gonna keep going.

MIKE: Yeah, that's true. People speculated that we were gonna stop at a hundred, but we're, um, continuing to drive this little thing we've done into the ground.

{Matt snickers.}

MIKE: Um, no, but we did take a couple weeks off after email a hundred, and so this is sorta the return...

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: And, uh...

MATT: {as Strong Bad types "Gron Sad"} Gron Sad?

MIKE: That comes from our, uh...

MATT: Our niece.

MIKE: Niece. Who used to call...

MATT: A girl's a niece, right?

MIKE: Yes.

MATT: A niece is a girl.

MIKE: Because there's that joke about "Denise" and "Denephew". That's how I remember.

MATT: Oooooooh. Nice.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: I never heard that one.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: I'll remember that from now on.

MIKE: Yeah. So our niece, when she was...

MATT: You know how little kids are dumb and can't talk, right? She would say "Gron Sad" instead of "Strong Sad", and she would say "Graw Mad" instead of "Strong Mad".

{Pause, until Homestar arrives in the email.}

MATT: Here comes Homestar Runner. With his Cave Man Ugh-lympics is the...

MIKE: It was a good game.

MATT: It was.

MIKE: It's like an Olympic-type game where you had, like uh... hair-pulling, where you like had to drag some...

MATT: {amused} Where you had to drag a woman by the hair...

MIKE: Pull her by the hair... ride a dinosaur...

MATT: Yeah. Something with the wheel, probably.

MIKE: It was good. {As Homestar shows off his hydraulic cap} This must the only time you really see the underside of Homestar's hat.

MATT: Yeah, {unintelligible}

MIKE: ...His hat even becomes three-dimensional.

MATT: Yeah. Exactly. {as Homestar's hat glows} One time Mike put ground effects on our coffee table, when we used to live together.

MIKE: Nice. One of those red rope lights, I just taped it on the underside of it, it was nice.

MATT: It worked good.

MIKE: {As Strong Bad is about to spin Homestar's propeller} Of course...

MATT: This is the first time animated Homestar...

MIKE: Yeah, I was gonna say...

MATT: ...calls his propeller a "buzzer."

MIKE: Stole that from Puppet Homestar. Night Court, of course, was part of the original Thursday-night lineup. Cosby Show...

MATT: {overlapping Mike's "Cosby Show"} Cosby Show! Family Ties! Cheers! Night Court! L.A. Law!

MIKE: Was Night Court nine or nine-thirty?

MATT: Nine-thirty.

MIKE: Okay. Cheers...

MATT: Cheers was right after Family Ties.

MIKE: Yeah. Good lineup.

{Pause. In response to "2-E-Z" and "NEVA-DIE":}

MATT: I think those are both real things I've seen on people's dashboard windshields, driving around Atlanta.

{Mike snickers}

MIKE: There was one in Athens that was, I see you lookin'... "I C U"... he was pretty popular.

MATT: {as Homestar is dazed, to the sound effects} That's just me and Mike...

BOTH: {imitating the sound effect} OooOOooOOooOO...

MATT: Yeah, this was sorta giving in, finally, too, 'cause this is one he constantly would get, in an email, about "what kinda car do you drive?"

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