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Strong Bad Email #28
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"Somebody get my hands off my butt!"

Alex thinks it would be funny if Strong Sad's hands were glued to his face. Choose-your-own-venture action ensues!

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

Places: Computer Room, The Athletic Field, Strong Sad's Room, The Field

Computer: Tandy 400

Date: Sunday, May 19, 2002

Running Time: 2:17 (all options combined)

Page Title: Tandy 400!!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc One



STRONG BAD: This one better be good, man. I got a lot of money riding on this one.

STRONG BAD: {typing} I'm one step ahead of you, Alex.

{A book appears on-screen with a black-and-white picture of Strong Bad exploring a cave with a flashlight. The text reads:}


Should Strong Bad really glue Strong Sad's hands to his face?!

    If you choose YES turn to page 93

    If you choose MAYBE turn to page 121

    If you choose to TAKE IT IN A BIT OF A
    DIFFERENT DIRECTION turn to page 146


{Cut to Strong Sad standing on the Athletic Field with his hands glued to his face and a target labeled "Peg Me" painted on his chest.}

STRONG SAD: Guys?! {Strong Sad is pelted with dodgeballs.} Owww! Oh! Ohw! Augh! Okay, you guys! {Another ball is tossed at him.} Augh! It's not funny. {Another ball is tossed at him.} Augh! I'm kinda... {Another ball is tossed at him.} Augh! ...unable to defend myself. {Another 2 balls are tossed at him} Oww! Oh! More so than usual. {Balls continue to pelt him.}

{The Paper comes down.}


{Cut to Strong Sad lying down on his bed, his hands glued to his face.}

STRONG SAD: Augh! I'm blind! My prayers have finally been answered.

{Strong Sad tries to move his hands.}

STRONG SAD: Oh wait, my hands are just glued to my face. Oh well, I'll take that.

{Cut to Strong Bad and The Cheat standing outside Strong Sad's room.}

STRONG BAD: Oh man, he likes it! Okay, go to plan B!

{The Cheat salutes him and leaves. He brings back a bucket of red ants and takes it to Strong Sad's room.}

{The Paper comes down. One red ant crawls out of Strong Sad's room.}

Take it in a bit of a different direction

STRONG BAD: {typing} Though I decided to take it in a bit of a different direction.

{Cut to Strong Sad standing in the Field with his hands glued to his butt. Homestar walks up to him.}

STRONG SAD: Oh, hohoh... Oh, hey, Homestar!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Er, Strong Sad. Why are you touching your buttocks? That's pretty weird.

STRONG SAD: I can't help it!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay, that is really weird.

{Homestar walks away and Bubs walks up.}

STRONG SAD: No, wait, you don't understand!

BUBS: Grabbing your butt? That's not very ladylike.

STRONG SAD: I'm not a lady.

BUBS: Oh! Whatever.

{Bubs walks away and Strong Bad walks up}

STRONG SAD: Augh, this is getting frustrating!

STRONG BAD: Oh, Strong Sad. Fancy seeing you here! And uncontrollably grabbing your own butt, I see. Oh, don't let me get in the way. Carry on!

{Strong Bad snickers and walks away. Coach Z walks past.}

STRONG SAD: Please, come back!

COACH Z: 'Attaboy, Strong Sad.

{Coach Z walks away}

STRONG SAD: Hey, where are you going? You have any solvent? Or Goof Off? Or Didi Seven? Somebody get my hands off my butt!

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • If you choose "YES", after Strong Sad gets hit with dodgeballs, you can click the target on his belly to play the Peg Strong Sad game.

Fun Facts



  • When this email was first released, the extra choices weren't available; instead it immediately progressed to the "different direction" bit (which is why it's the only choice that continues with Strong Bad still typing). The choices were added a few weeks later.
  • This was, until rock opera, the only email to have an "again" option at the end, allowing for easier access to the un-selected choices.
  • This was the first email to be over 2 minutes in length.


  • When the book allowing you to chose your options comes up, you can still click the contrast buttons.
  • If you right click and click on play when the book comes up, it automatically chooses "Take it in a bit of a different direction"


  • At the end of the "different direction" choice, The Paper comes down over the top black border.
  • Throughout Strong Sad's speech in the beginning of the "Maybe" choice, background noises can be heard in the voice recording, including a thump.
  • At the end of the "maybe" choice, Strong Bad's left hand is actually his right hand, upside down.
  • If you right click and hit "play" after you hit the "yes" option, it switches to strong sad in his bed, with his hands glued to his face.

Inside References

  • If you pick the "Different Direction" choice where Strong Sad has his hands glued to his butt, Coach Z walks by and says "Atta Boy, Strong Sad!" This is a reference to Coach Z's constant habit of butt-patting.
  • This is the first time "mash" is used instead of press.

Real-World References

  • This email is a reference to/satire of the Choose Your Own Adventure series of children's books created by Edward Packard, in which the reader controls the direction of the story by choosing from a number of options, and is then redirected to a page much further away.
  • In the book's picture, Strong Bad is in a cave, which has nothing to do with this email, but is a classic example of the type of illustrations found in the Choose Your Own Adventure books.

DVD Version

  • The DVD Version has the Peg Strong Sad game removed.

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