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Strong Bad checks his email for the first time on his Lappy.

Strong Bad Email #119

Cast (In order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Legendary Strong Bad Animals, Baby Styles, Sterrance, The Cheat

Strong Bad has a new computer! Introducing... Lappy 486! Meanwhile, Spud Jr. asks Strong Bad what he would like as if he was his own made up animal.



{Both Strong Bad and the Compy 386 are absent from their usual place at the desk. Silhouettes of the Compy monitor and the keyboard are evident against the slightly faded wall and table. A tumbleweed rolls past.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} It is a time of desolation, chaos and uncertainty. Brother pitted against brother; babies havin' babies. Then one day, from the right side of the screen, {Strong Bad walks on from the right, carrying the folded-up Lappy} came a man. {sits down at the desk and places the Lappy on it} A man with a plastic rectangle. I MEAN LAPTOP COMPUTER! {unfolds the Lappy; the words "Lappy 486" appear on the screen with an accompanying note, then the Lappy's logo appears above; the screen becomes a black screen with a square bracket in the top left} Now that is a classy start-up noise! {imitating the start-up noise} Dum… ding! And check out all these speculations!

{Some music starts playing. Cut to the set of The Show, with a silhouetted Lappy on the pedestal. As Strong Bad speaks, the camera zooms in and the Lappy becomes visible.}

STRONG BAD: The Lappy 486 weighs in at an extremely portable forty-two pounds {the words "42 POUNDS!!! (LBS.) appear in the top right} and features an impressive battery life {the words ""Several" color monitor" and "2 MB Hard Drive!" appear at the top of the screen} of one half of ten minutes. {the words "WARNING: +/- FIVE MINUTE BATTERY LIFE" appear under the first slogan} The Lappy 486 {"512k RAM" appears next to the battery life warning} by Compy.

{The slogan "Finally, a computer for your lap!" appears at the bottom of the screen next to a Compy logo. An applause accompanies the scene. Cut back to the computer room.}

STRONG BAD: Let's see if this bad boy can check some emails. {types in "strongbad_email.exe" as with the Compy}

subject: made up animal
Dear Strong Bad,
What would you like as if you were your own made up
Spud Jr.

STRONG BAD: {typing} Come now, Spud Jr. What would Spud Sr. think of such nightmarish grammar and punctuation? And poor Spudmom. "What would you like as if…" I at least hope you're good at sports, for their sake. {stops typing} All right, I'm done. {clears the screen and resumes typing} Well Stu-Pud Jr., If I was my own made up animal I would probably like as the coolest made up animal ever made up. I would have all the cool animal options and accessories:

Power Doors
15 Year Drivetrain Warranty
Proboscis {pronounced "pro-boss-kiss" throughout}
Segmented Eyes

{Cut to the field, where Strong Bad stands with three segmented eyes, two antlers, two tusks, a proboscis, four claws on each hand and four tentacles. Homestar Runner is also present.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I say there, monstrosity. Do you know the times?

{Strong Bad attempts to respond, but can only garble while foaming at the mouth. Homestar steps back, looking surprised. Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Oh. I guess I couldn't really talk with that proboscis. Not that I'd have much of an answer for "Do you know the times," anyway. Hmmm. Maybe I could be one of those deep-sea fangly fishes.

{Cut to the sea, rendered in Powered by The Cheat style.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} You know, the kind that have Christmas lights all over them, and those custom lures hanging over their heads.

{An anglerfish with flashing lights adorning its body and Homestar's head for a lure appears.}

HOMESTAR LURE: Right this way, everybody! Free puppies, ginger snaps {a fish version of The Cheat swims past} Pocket PCs…

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} 'Cept I'd also have an awesome back deck on me for dinner and dancing!

{A deck appears on the fish's back. Zoom in to see a woman dancing on it with Strong Bad, with some typical Powered-by-the-Cheat techno-ish music playing.}

STRONG BAD: Hey there, lady-style, do you want to watch me bench-press a lot... of weights?

HOMESTAR LURE: {lowers onto the deck} Turn it out, Strong Bad, turn it out!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Oh, wait. {The Strong Bad on the deck disappears.} How could I enjoy the dinner and dancing if I'm already the fanglyfish?

{Zoom out to see the full view of the "fanglyfish". Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Maybe I'm overthinking this. I should just come up with a cool name and the rest will like as itself. I would be called {considers} da huuuuuudge. {pronounces each letter of huuuuudge, as if to say "huh-duh-juh"}

{Cut to the field, where there is an enclosure. A sign on the front of the enclosure reads:}

Please, for the love of Pete,
  DO NOT feed Da Huuuuuudge

STRONG BAD: Da huuuuuudge! {Pronounced as "hudge."} {a large, pus-colored, gelatinous, blobby creature with Strong Bad's face lands in the enclosure} Eew! No. No huuuuuudge. {Pronounced as "hudge" again.}

MARZIPAN: {enters from right, silhouetted, outside the enclosure} Oh, wow! Look at the huuuuuudge! {Pronounced as "hudge" again.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Um… how about… the red steckled elbermung? {An open book descends into the frame with a picture of a red gastropod with a pattern like Strong Bad's mask around its eyes and huge lips. The text in the book reads:}

      R is for
Red steckled elbermung

STRONG BAD: No no no. {the lips, the eyes and the tail become annotated with the word "No" each time Strong Bad says the word} Um… the pardack? {some yellow lined paper descends into the frame. On it is a picture of a large blobby creature with Strong Bad's eyes, horns, one of Strong Bad's arms and Strong Sad's leg for the other arm. Text under it reads: "el pardack"} What the? {the pardack gains a speech bubble with the text "what the?"} Why do these keep coming out as nasty blob things?

{Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Okay, okay, okay. Gotta look good for the Lappy. My made up animal would be called

{Cut to Strongbadia.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Sterrance. {a blue creature with stick arms and legs, wings and a pattern like Strong Bad's mask around its eyes appears. Some music starts playing} Hey, I did it! {Sterrance starts dancing} Look at Sterrance. Aw, Sterrance! I want one! Sterrance is way cuter than that stupid ugly old washed-up The Cheat I used to have.

{Cut back to the computer room. The Cheat is standing by Strong Bad, looking angry.}

THE CHEAT: {angry Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Oh, Captain Past-His-Prime himself.

THE CHEAT: {angry Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, I know you heard me. And I stand by it.

THE CHEAT: {angry Cheat noises; walks away}

STRONG BAD: {turns back to the Lappy} Don't worry about him, Lappy. That's just The Cheat. He uses {dismissively} new computers. Psssh! The Paper, come on down and meet your new brother! {The Paper begins to edge down} Come on! {he edges down a bit more} It's okay! {he edges back a bit} No, ah! Come on! {he edges down a bit} Lappy's not going to bite you or tear at your perforated edges! {he comes down a bit more} That's it! {he comes all the way down} Lappy, this is The Paper. He lets me know when I've stopped being funny! {The Paper comes down even more so that it now reads:}

   Enough already, Strong Bad
Click here to e-mail Strong Bad

STRONG BAD: Oops! Sorry. Bye, everybody.

Easter Eggs

  • Click on the word 'cuter' to show a small movie of Homestar's head on a lure next to the dancing girl in a dance club.
{The Homestar lure and the dancing woman are at a disco, Powered by The Cheat style. Two disco balls hang from the ceiling and a rough approximation of music is playing.}
HOMESTAR LURE: Hey there, baby-style. This is a nice dancing club, right? Do you have a phone at your house?
    • If you put your mouse pointer on the flashing disco lights, the area around it will change differently from the rest of the lights.
  • Click on the words 'The Cheat' to see what the runners-up get.
{Cut to the pedestal of The Show again. The fanglyfish is on it.}
VOICEOVER: Second-place contestants receive deep sea fanglyfish. Promotional considerations by Sterrance. Strong Bad's wardrobe furnished by Styles Upon Styles. {Some text appears on the screen reading:}

HOMESTAR LURE: Steep prices and trees! {these words appear on the bottom of the screen as he says them}

Fun Facts

  • This, obviously, is the end of the Compy 386 era and the beginning of the Lappy 486 era.
  • The disks read "Future Wars", an old DOS point-and-click adventure game.
  • The Lappy was mentioned in the commentary on the DVD for the email invisibility when the Tandy was replaced by the Compy.
  • You can't play with contrast anymore, but if you click your cursor on the screen, you can move the liquid inside it, the same as real LCD screens when you touch them with your finger.
  • Strictly speaking, we shouldn't be able to see Strong Bad's reflection in Lappy's screen, because laptop screens aren't shiny like CRT screens are.
  • Strong Bad urges viewers to check out the Lappy's "speculations" rather than "specifications." this is a reference to Senor Cardgage's bizarre usage of common words.
    • This very well may be due to the fact that Strong Bad has a limited vocabulary. This is most likely not a reference.
    • It's also probably Strong Bad revealing (in a Malapropism) that he doesn't really know anything about his new computer.
  • One of Strong Bad's picks of animal accessories and options is listed as "Segmented Eyes," although he evidently meant "Compound Eyes" in his trademark lingo.
  • Since the proboscis where the monstrositie's nose should be, it shouldn't prevent the monstrosity from speaking at all, but it does anyway.
  • The deep-sea sequence is animated by The Cheat despite the fact that Strong Bad and The Cheat are clearly at odds with one another in this email.
  • The Cheat swimming around in the sea looks like the yellow submarine from the classic animated movie Yellow Submarine.
  • The Cheat fish also looks like a black swallower, as far as deep-sea fishes go.
  • The deep-sea fangly fish looks like an Anglerfish.
  • The name "fangly fish" may be a combination of the words "fang" and "anglerfish."
    • Again, could be due to the fact that Strong Bad has a small vocabulary, and as he struggles to come up with words to describe his made up animal, adds -ly to fang.
  • The Christmas lights he mentioned on the fish refer to bioluminescence, which is used by various deep sea creatures to attract prey, among other functions.
  • Strong Bad's pronunciation of "lure" when envisioning the fangly fish comes from lures & jigs.
  • The table has been re-drawn by TBC, with thinner lines and no shadow along the back edge. You can see the obvious difference between this and virus.
  • The eerie, breezy sound at the beginning originated in ghosts. It is re-used in The System Is Down and Not the 100th Email!!!
    • This time it's a reference to the Western movie cliché of the stranger from other parts drifting in to dispense frontier justice.
  • The new email client bears a strong resemblance to a Unix/Linux email client, PINE.
    • However, it is probably not running on a Unix-type OS, because Strong Bad uses the "strongbad_email.exe" filename, rather than "./strongbad_email", or, more appropriately, "./strongbad-email".
  • It looks like all Strong Bad has to do for an email to be "DELETED!" is type "ALT-D" -- as it shows on the bottom of his screen.
  • The wall behind the computer had been expertly mended, leaving no seams or cracks. It is impossible to tell where the shot entered the wall after destroying Compy in virus.
  • The new page title is a reference to the facts in which Homestar says "not no more."
    • Very no. It's a common fact that TBC likes to word things differently.
      • Uh, very yes. It's the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw the page title.
  • The techno song played by the fangly fish seems to be a speedier version of the song from New Boots, in which The Cheat "does a hip-hop dance" on Homestar's face.
    • Not really. They are different tunes, but made the same way, so they sound kinda the same. This tune is much more like a House or Techno beat.
  • The Lappy's classic startup noise sounds somewhat like the startup tone on the older Macintoshes. It also sounds like the beginning to "Fanfare to a Common Man" --a previous Olympic theme song.
    • No, not really, since it's missing the middle note of the three opening notes required to resemble Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" which opens with three notes, the first and third of which are an octave apart--the Lappy's start-up sound is only two notes, exactly an octave apart in pitch.
  • Despite its supposed portability, the Lappy is plugged into the same socket that both Tandy and Compy used to occupy -- which is good, since well over 75% of its battery life would have been exhausted during the email. However, we never see Strong Bad plug in the Lappy. The outlet is empty when he arrives, then occupied as he closes the e-mail with The Cheat. Possibly the Lappy was plugged in while Strong Bad cut away to a different scene.
  • In the deep sea fangly fish part, Strongbad adds a back deck for dinner and dancing. However, this is not on the back of the deep sea fangly fish in the Easter Egg.
  • If you watch closely at sterrance, you can see that he is moving to the beat of the music playing in the backround.

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