Sbemail 150?!?

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"I don't wanna turn a hundred and fifty! It's too much pressure!"

Strong Bad refuses to check his 150th email. Strong Sad tries to help.

Cast (in order of appearance): Female Lappy 486, Strong Bad, Strong Sad, Coach Z (Drawing), Homestar Runner (Drawing), Strong Mad (voice only)

Places: Computer Room, Basement of the Brothers Strong

Date: Monday, March 27, 2006

Running Time: 1:46

Page title: Not Just Yet!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Five

Contents

Transcript

{The scene opens on the Lappy 486, with Strong Bad nowhere to be seen. The wind howls. After a few seconds, Female Lappy 486 appears on screen with the second note of the Lappy start-up noise.}

FEMALE LAPPY 486: {the words appear on the screen as she says them} Oh. Golly-gosh. Strong Bad is understairs. Tell whim I love.

{Quick drop to the Basement. Strong Bad is lying on the couch; Strong Sad is standing behind it.}

STRONG SAD: You get your shiny, round butt up in there and check that email!

STRONG BAD: No! Now, get out of my couch...area!

STRONG SAD: But it's your sesquicentenn-email!

STRONG BAD: I don't wanna turn a hundred and fifty! It's too much pressure! Strong Mad ate it!

STRONG SAD: It's okay, I can help! Check out these storyboards I drew up!

{Strong Bad strains his neck to view the storyboard. Cut to a storyboard showing Strong Bad's boxing gloves on the Lappy 486's keyboard. Slow piano music starts. Above, it says "Scene 1" and "Int. Lappy-Day"; below, "Close on tip-tapping boxing gloves".}

STRONG SAD: We begin with a claustrophobic close-up of typing with boxing gloves on.

{Cut to a storyboard showing Strong Bad sitting at his desk in the middle of the desert. Above, it says "Scene 1a" and "Ext. Desert-Day"; below, "zoom out to reveal wide shot of desk in desert".}

STRONG SAD: A quick zoom out reveals you're really in the middle of a barren desert landscape, symbolizing the vast scope of your achievement.

{Cut to a storyboard showing Coach Z holding a pear covered with googly eyes and with coffee dripping out of his hat and down his face. Above, it says, "Scene 2" and "Int. Creepytown-Night"; below, "dolly in on cz. holds up eyeball-pear".}

STRONG SAD: Next, we dolly in on Coach Z holding a pear covered with eyeballs while black coffee continually streams down his mouthless face.

{Piano music stops. Cut to a close up of Strong Sad.}

STRONG SAD: This part doesn't represent anything. I just... always wanted to pour coffee on Coach Z.

{Cut to a storyboard showing Strong Bad at his desk in the Computer Room, with the No Loafing Sign partially obscured. Homestar Runner is wearing a mask, and the star on his shirt is now cloud-shaped. Piano music starts again. Above, it says, "Scene 3" and "Int. Computer Room-Day"; below, "2 shot of SB and Desire Man".}

STRONG SAD: Cut to a two-shot of you hashing it out with your innermost desires.

{Cut to a storyboard showing a donut with a bite taken out of it. It is leaking jelly, in which Strong Bad's face appears. Above, it says, "Scene 4" and "Int. Donut Place-Night"; below, "ECU of jellyfish reflector. tear. fade out."}

STRONG SAD: And we end on an extreme close-up of your reflection in the gooey filling of a jelly donut as you shed a single tear.

{Cut back to Strong Sad.}

STRONG SAD: It's equal parts Lynchian, Fellinian, and Steve Buscemian, don't you think?

{Cut back to the wide-shot of the couch. Strong Bad is now lying face-down.}

STRONG BAD: {incomprehensible mumbles} Pilotwings... {more incomprehensible mumbles}

STRONG SAD: Oh, never mind. {Strong Bad starts snoring} I'll go see what Strong Mad thinks of my Doug the Dino treatment. {walks offscreen}

STRONG MAD: {offscreen} DON'T BOTHER!

{A storyboard suddenly appears with a louder-than-usual punching sound, showing Strong Bad yelling. Above, it says "Scene 12" and "Int. Day-Up in your grill"; below, "Med. close on SB. 'Leemee alone. I do it next week!'"}

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • "Sesquicentennial" is the term for a 150th anniversary.
  • Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder which involves a fear of confined spaces.
  • The filename, "149pernt5", is a Coach Z pronunciation of "149.5".
  • "ECU" stands for "Extreme Closeup"
"Check out these storyboards I drew up!"

Remarks

  • The back button redirects you only to Main Page 19.
  • At the end, in the storyboard-style sketch of him, Strong Bad appears to have teeth. This could also be implying that his mouth is moving, with Strong Bad's upper lip closing down on the open mouth.
  • We see from Strong Sad's storyboards and his references to Frederico Fellini and David Lynch that he retains his interest in making Experimental Films.
  • When we see the storyboards in a longer shot, they do not match any of the close-up storyboards. The top left picture is of Strong Bad surrounded by "majesty" lines; the top right picture is a labeled jar with two arrows pointing to it. Decompiling the Flash file shows two others, one which appears to be a close-up of Bubs' face, and another of Homestar Runner turning and yelling.

Goofs

  • The ripples do not appear when you click on Lappy's screen.

Inside References

  • This is another instance of Strong Bad's Couch Mumbling.
  • Strong Sad references the oddity of Strong Bad typing with boxing gloves on in the first storyboard scene.
  • "Tip-tapping" might be an allusion to Strong Bad's secret identity "Tip Tappers".
  • Doug the Dino originally appeared in the facts.
  • Strong Bad claiming that he "doesn't want to turn 150" could be a reference to an Easter egg in flashback, where Duckie Shirt Homestar says "Happy Hundredth Birthday, Strong Bad!"
  • The storyboard at the end is titled "Up in your grill". Bubs used the word "grill" in a very similar way in replacement, when he said he'd "kick you in the grill!"

Real-World References

Fast Forward

  • As the last scene claimed, the 150th email (alternate universe) was released the following week. In an Easter egg, the Coach Z storyboard scene is played out with similar music to the music used during the storyboards.
  • Though not all his storyboards are used in the 150th email, Strong Bad does accept Strong Sad's help in playing guitar for the email's intro song. The music is a variation on the piano ballad played during the storyboards.
  • The word sesquicentenn-email was used by Strong Bad in the 150th email during the number one jam.

DVD Version

  • Not counting Museum content or Secret Pages, this is the first toon to go through a drastic name change for DVD. The DVD title of the toon is "Sbemail 149.5".
  • The DVD version features creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman)

MIKE: This one, like the, uh, the hundred— the hundredth email, didn't we take a week in between the 99th and the hundredth?

MATT: Yeah, I think so. We needed time to gear up for that stuff. {pause} We still probably did it in two days.

MIKE: Right.

MATT: And just didn't sleep at all. {laughing} But we had to take the...

MIKE: It's like how, whenever I get a call that I'm due for a dentist appointment, I need like a week of prep time. {Matt laughs} And so they're like, "Oh, we've got an opening tomorrow and you're due." And I'm like—

MATT: "No, no, no."

MIKE: "Oh, no, that's no good for me. How 'bout next week?" And that's— that's fine, then.

MATT: Uh, didn't— we had an email idea a long time ago, that was gonna be storyboards.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: This was kinda using that idea. Um, I s— I think that Strong Sad's way into storyboards. {pause} Umm, that's gross. That's very gross. Which you end up getting to see, right? In the— As an Easter egg in the 150th...

MIKE: In the 150th, yeah. I, um, had a kewpie doll in college that I covered with, uh, eyeballs.

MATT: Did you?

MIKE: Yeah, I think just the head, I covered with little miniature googly eyes.

MATT: Our friend, Dave, made our friend, Adam, this, uh, thing out of a fake pear, where you put, like, action figure arms and a head on this fake pear. It's kinda creepy.

{The storyboard showing a jelly donut with Strong Bad's reflection appears on screen}

MIKE: I don't know why we didn't make that real Easter egg.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: We could go to Dunkin' Donuts and buy a few jelly— jelly donuts to...

MATT: Oh, Pilotwings! What else? Pilotwings, ActRaiser, Super Bomberman.

MIKE: Super Contra.

MATT: Super Contra. Don't bother. All up in yo' grill.

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