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Strong Bad Email #182
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"I think I heard a bear rustling in the woods!"

Strong Bad is asked if he ever does anything serious, so he and Homestar go on a business trip.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, The Cheat, Strong Sad, The King of Town, Strong Mad (voice-only)

Places: Computer Room, The Field, The Bar, The King of Town's Castle

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: October 15, 2007

Running Time: 3:41

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} When I was sixteen I sold all my emails and hit the road.

{pronounces "sbmail" as written. The "~" is accompanied by the sound like a cassette tape playing unevenly}

STRONG BAD: {typing} I think we should seriously talk about your name, Roxy. I'm afraid your career choices may be limited to a Limozeen groupie or maybe an American Gladiator. {clears screen} Something involving you wearing scantily clothes. You don't meet too many Professors of Women Studies named Roxy. As for business trips, The Cheat and I are being sent to a conference in a just a few seconds here. {stops typing} The Cheat, you ready to ro'?

{cut to wider shot of Homestar Runner standing next to Strong Bad's computer}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Sure am, Sam!

STRONG BAD: Hey, you're not The Cheat.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Nah, not any more. The Cheat got promoted to {cut to a portrait of The Cheat in a business suit} Junior Executive Of Not Having To Go On Pointless Business Trips.

{Cut back to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: What! I've been trying to get that job for years.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: So, it just going to be me and you. Sleepin' out underneath the stars. Roasting some marshmallows.

STRONG BAD: Homestar, this is a business trip, not a camping trip.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh. Oh, I see. I guess I shouldn't brought these, then. {Pan over to a stack of cans marked "Pork b/w Beans"}

{Diamond iris out to The Field, next to a sign that reads "Annual Symposium Conference Lecture Seminar Series Registration"}

STRONG BAD: All right, Homestar. We got to start talking loudly about our business trip, so that everyone around us knows we're on a business trip. {speaking a little louder} Uh, continental breakfast? More like, in-continential bleck-fast.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {angrily} Yeah, seal the deal! {wider shot with Homestar wearing the pork b/w beans cans on his feet} Seal the deal!

STRONG BAD: Homestar, what are those jangles? {Close up of the cans}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, airport security. You know how it is these days. Roll my eyes. {Homestar's eye highlights rotate}

STRONG BAD: Well, hurry up. We've got to get there before the keynote starts so we can ditch out five minutes after the keynote starts.

{push wipe to Strong Sad wearing glasses and holding a clip board}

STRONG SAD: {flatly} Welcome to Reducing Your Business's Carbon Footprint Is Not A Matter of Buying Everyone Smaller Shoes. Please allow me to begin.

{Reverse shot to Strong Bad and Homestar}

STRONG BAD: That's our cue.

{Cut back to Strong Sad}

STRONG SAD: And we'll go ahead and break for lunch.

{Diamond iris out to The Bar, medium shot of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Man, there's nothing like a couple of ice cold Expen$e Account Ones while on a business trip.

{Cut to a wide shot of Homestar and Strong Bad. Homestar is wearing multiple lanyards.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Boy, I'll say. I've been going nuts with our lanyard per diem.

STRONG BAD: Let's see what's next on the itinerary. {Cut to the itinerary. As items are checked off, check marks appear.} Take off wedding rings, check. Complain about hotel mattress, check. Talk about how our dogs are killing us...{squiggly line appears} we're not quite there yet. Collect dry twigs for kindling?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {off-screen} That's a check.

STRONG BAD: Meet hot female executives for drinks. {Cut back to Homestar and Strong Bad. Strong Bad looks around.} Um.. mostly check? Oh crap, we've got to seal the deal with the foreign conglomerate in ten minutes!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Homestar has leapt into Strong Bad's arms} And not a moment too soon! I think I heard a bear rustling in the woods!

{Iris out to The King Of Town's castle. A gong is heard. The King Of Town is wearing a tag saying "Foreign Conglomerate"}

THE KING OF TOWN: Alright, gentlemen, this is how this is going to go down. I'm going to write a number on this piece of paper.

{Reverse shot to Homestar and Strong Bad. The King Of Town slides the paper with an obvious bulge to the pair.}

STRONG BAD: Uh, King, you wrote a piece of lasagna on this piece of paper.

{Cut back to The King Of Town.}

THE KING OF TOWN: And, I ain't budging! Now, where are those units?

{Reverse shot}

STRONG BAD: What units? I thought we just here to seal the deal.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, Strong Bad wouldn't let me bring all of them. But I did manage to smuggle these two {holds up the Pork b/w Beans cans} past airport security.

STRONG BAD: What the sense make?

THE KING OF TOWN: Alright, I'll take it! You boys drive a soft bargain. Poopsmith! Prepare the bathtub!

STRONG BAD: Well, cramp my style. We sealed the deal! Go ahead Homestar, you— you've earned it.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Homestar puts his feet up on the table} My dogs are killing me!

{Cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} But the real reason for business trips is to buy last minute peanut brittle and crappy souvenirs from airport gift shops for your kids!

{Cut to the Cheat on the computer table, with a windup airplane floating in a fish bowl}

THE CHEAT: {annoyed The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: No, see, it's an airplane! That swims! And loves St. Louis!

THE CHEAT: {annoyed The Cheat noises and then walks off}

STRONG BAD: Fine, then. Strong Mad will appreciate it.

STRONG MAD: {off-screen} NO I WON'T!

{The airplane sinks and New Paper comes down}

STRONG BAD: The peanut brittle could've swam better than that.

Easter Eggs

  • Click on the "mostly check" checkmark to see an assorment of hockey player trading cards, the first of which has the last name "mostlycheck".
  • Click on "peanut brittle" as Strong Bad types it to see a box of "Last Minit Peanut Brittle".
  • Click on the airplane at the end to see an advertisement for "Expen$e Account Ones".
    ANNOUNCER: Cool, refreshing Expen$e Account Ones make everything go down smooth. Including that moron from Delivery Receivables they stuck you on the road with. Yeah, that's right, he just made a "You Go Girl" joke.

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted by a product or service, or in this case, a company.
  • "Per diem", a Latin term meaning "for each day", is the amount of money a business allows their employees to spend each day to cover work-related living and traveling expenses.
  • "My dogs are killing me" is American slang for "My feet hurt."
  • "Take off wedding rings" is a reference to the tendency of some male businesspeople on the road to remove their wedding rings to hide the fact that they are married from women they might meet.

Trivia

Goofs

  • The indentations usually caused by clicking on the Lappy's screen are missing in this email.
  • The @ sign on New Paper is off center on its key.
    • It's possible that this is not a goof, but simply another way that the New Paper messes up.

Inside References

  • Homestar states that he isn't The Cheat anymore, referring to do over.
  • The soapbox now reads: "Fifteen Types"
  • Homestar mentions eating "pork b/w beans" in both helium and Arcade Game.
  • One of Homestar's passes read LEMKE. Also, the pennant reading "LEMKE!" is also just visible on the wall of The Bar.
  • The "Last Minit Peanut Brittle" box mirrors the "Not-So-Thin Mints" box seen in rough copy.
  • The hat and briefcase in the Expense Account Ones Easter egg were previously seen in montage.
  • The way Homestar says "marshmallows" echoes the way he says it in No Hands on Deck.

Real-World References

  • American Gladiators, one of Strong Bad's suggestions for Roxy's career path, is a competition-type television show, where contestants compete in various athletic contests.

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