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Strong Bad Email #78
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The Neverending Soda

Strong Bad gets the week off while Homestar fills in. Homestar discusses the finer points of frying computer parts with carbonated beverages.

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

Places: Computer Room, The Field

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Monday, June 30, 2003

Running Time: 2:13

Page Title: Compy 386!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Two



{Open to Compy 386; Strong Bad is absent. Homestar Runner strolls in and sits down at the computer.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hello, class. Strong Bad could not be here today, so I will be filling in. My name is {slowly} Homestar Runner.

{He writes his name on the screen with a piece of chalk, then erases it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Everyone please take out paper and a number 2 pencil, and we'll begin.

{Homestar types "", rather than the usual "strongbad_email.exe", to run the e-mail program, and strangely enough, it works.}



{After reading "Strong Bad," Homestar angrily regards the screen and says, "Um, I do believe I just told you my name is Homestar Runner. But I'll let it slide this time." He then continues reading and pronounces "FL" as the letters "F" and "L".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {typing} FL? {again as "F" and "L"} Far-off Lands? Foreign Leadership Camp? Fish Lake? {stops typing} Oh, I got it. He's from Fish Lake. {clears screen, resumes typing} Well, Jerome, I once made a birthday present for Marzipan out of some of my old CD's I didn't like anymore and placed them in a decorative bag. {stops typing, clears screen} And then {resumes typing} I once made breakfast out of cold pizza and half and half. Oh! And one time I made a whole set of coasters out of—

{cut to some glasses of melonade sitting on game cartridges}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {voiceover} —some old Sega tapes. And I made a pair of shoes—

{Cut to Coach Z and Strong Sad out in the field talking. Strong Sad has a Foreign Leadership Camp '91 T-shirt on. Homestar walks on wearing shoe-boxes for shoes.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {continues in voiceover} —out of a pair of shoe boxes.

COACH Z: Whoa, those are some fresh kicks there, Homestar!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Thanks, I know! {walks off}

COACH Z: So anyways, Reg had the ball at the top o' the key.

{Cut back to the Compy}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {typing} But this week, I will instruct you on how to make a wet computer out of Strong Bad's computer.

{The Cheat walks on in a red outfit, but is instantly knocked offscreen when Homestar stands up.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: First, you need a 2-liter bottle of Mountain Dew. {produces a bottle of Mountain Dew from behind his back} Then get Strong Bad's computer. Apply liberally.

{Homestar starts pouring Mountain Dew on Strong Bad's keyboard, a ringing noise is heard.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oops, we're out of time.

STRONG SAD: {offscreen} That's just my egg-timer!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Class dismissed! {glaring at the screen angrily} Except for you, Jerome!

{The Paper comes down. Homestar twitches a little. The Mountain Dew continues to be poured onto Strong Bad's keyboard. After about 13 seconds, Homestar resumes talking.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Dang. This thing's like... the never-ending soda. {sings} Never-ending so-oda! A-a-a, a-a-a, a-a-a...

{The sound fades out, but the soda continues pouring from the bottle indefinitely.}

Easter Eggs

Home of this fish
  • Click on the words "Fish Lake" to see a postcard from there.
  • To see the CD collection Homestar gave Marzipan, click on "CD." The CD covers are labeled "Really Slow Old People Music", "Pretty Slow Old People Music", and "Very Slow Old People Music".

Fun Facts


  • .com is one of the filename extensions for MS-DOS programs (a slightly different format from the .exe used by the usual strongbad_email.exe).
  • On a basic QWERTY keyboard the "M" key is to the right of the "N" key which is probably the reason Homestar typed "enail" instead of "email"


  • This is the only email in which Strong Bad is not seen.
  • This is the first appearance of Mountain Dew. It had been previously mentioned, but not seen, in techno.
  • The label on the disk in the floppy disk container reads "7th guest".


  • The area of carpet underneath the keyboard gradually darkens while Mountain Dew drips on it.
  • Homestar shows us his fickle side by first forgiving the email's author for "forgetting" his name then forcing him to stay when "class" is dismissed.
  • When poured onto the keyboard, the Mountain Dew appears to be a green liquid. In real life, Mountain Dew is yellow; it just comes in a green bottle.
  • When Homestar misspells Strong Bad's email command on the computer, it works.
  • Homestar pulls out the Mountain Dew bottle from Hammerspace.


  • When Homestar writes on the Compy's screen, the chalk and eraser have no reflections.
  • While Homestar is introducing himself, in one frame his reflection's mouth is open but the top of his underbite appears closed.
  • When Strong Sad is wearing the "Foreign Leadership Camp '91" shirt, his belly button has disappeared.
  • When Homestar clears the screen after typing "Fish Lake," you can see the "a>" prompt escape from the top of the Compy screen.
  • Homestar's reflection remains the same when the monitor's contrast is adjusted. This is strange, as it adjusts correctly in a previous email (2 emails).
  • The first time Homestar says "Strong Bad," it is spoken without his usual speech impediment. The impediment returns for the rest of the email, however.
  • In the scene where Homestar starts pouring Mountain Dew on the Compy's keyboard, the contrast knob is missing.

Inside References

Real-World References

Sgt. Cheatar

Fast Forward

DVD Version

  • The Fish Lake and "Old People Music" CD eggs are still viewable using the angle button on your DVD remote.
  • The DVD version features hidden audio commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Strong Bad, Mike Chapman)

STRONG BAD: Oh, this one is a travesty.

MIKE: But, you're not even in this e-mail, Strong Bad.

STRONG BAD: I know, which automatically makes it a travesty.

MIKE: It's your arch-nemesis, Homestar Runner.

STRONG BAD: I know, it's hard, aww, look the way he's treating the Compy, like how could you do that to it? Oh.

MIKE: At least he erased it.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, but he screwed up the monitor, there was smudgies on it for a while. I had to buy those special clothies.

MIKE: Yeah.

STRONG BAD: Maybe, you know.

MIKE: I got some special clothies.

{Strong Bad makes a sound effect}

STRONG BAD: That's the sound they make when you're rubbing it down.

MIKE: Uh, okay so where were you when Home— when this was going on?

STRONG BAD: Uh, I mean, I think.

MIKE: I mean Monday mornings, you know Monday mornings.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, but I...

MIKE: Wait, you listen to me. You're supposed to check your e-mail Monday mornings, sometimes Monday afternoons, occasionally Tuesday mornings.

STRONG BAD: One or two times Wednesday.

MIKE: Right, so where were you? Why...what happened to you?

STRONG BAD: This was one of those Wednesday times. Planning on doing it on a Wednesday. Shanghaied.

MIKE: Okay.

STRONG BAD: I got, look at all those Sega tapes.

MIKE: Are those yours?

STRONG BAD: Those are my Sega tapes.

MIKE: I figured they were.

STRONG BAD: Homestar never got to figure out how to work the Genesis.

MIKE: Are those Freshley shoes that you wear? Your wrestling boots?

STRONG BAD: Oh man, Freshleys are aptly named.

{Mike laughs}

MIKE: Yeah?

STRONG BAD: About the freshest shoes you can imagine. They're freshly made. Oh, The Cheat, that was, see The Cheat was coming over, that was practice that day. Cause we were gonna...

MIKE: Why was he dressed up like somebody from Sergeant Pepper's?

STRONG BAD: Cause we were gonna do our Beatles cover band for that Wednesday e-mail, and then it got shanghaied.

MIKE: Look at, look at what's going on here.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, this I have a hard time looking at too. Look at all that wasted soda.

MIKE: So you don't care about your keyboard?

STRONG BAD: Oh, that keyboard was disgusting anyway, man. Have you ever turned your keyboard upside down and like shook it? There's like, I had a rat one time fall out of my keyboard.

MIKE: Oh, really?


MIKE: I should do that, I haven't done that in a while.

STRONG BAD: You should be careful. Get this guy out of here.

MIKE: I think it's almost over.

STRONG BAD: I mean look at him.

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