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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 (Toons Menu) 4:10 (actual)

Page Title: Lappy 486



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

{pronounces "sbmail" as written. The "~" is accompanied by a 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}


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 under 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 blech-fast. {As he says "blech," the top and bottom of his mouth wiggle}

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. He is standing on the soapbox, but one of his feet has punched through the top.}

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. {they sneak out}

{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 five 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? {This is written in blue ink, with a silly picture of Homestar drawn next to it}

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! {Cut back to the checklist. "Mostly check" is a check made from a dotted line} 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: All right, 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: All right, 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 that says "I ♥ St. Louis" 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" check mark to see an assortment of hockey player trading cards for Jeu'realo Mostlycheck, Claudglaun Sortacheck, and Reneejeue Kindacheck.
  • 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 delivereceivables they sent you on the road with. Yes, that's right, he just made a "You Go Girl" joke.

Fun Facts


  • A continental breakfast typically consists of juice, coffee, tea, pastries and fruit. Many hotels frequented by business travelers have such breakfasts available at no charge for guests.
  • Incontinence is the inability to control urination or defecation
  • 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 slang for "My feet hurt."


Off-center @ symbol


  • 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.

Inside References

  • Homestar states that he isn't The Cheat anymore, referring to do over.
    • Additionally, the exclamation Homestar uses, "Sure am, Sam!", is a reference to i she be, where The Cheat used the same phrase in an online chat.
  • During the scene with Strong Sad, music from slumber party is playing.
  • 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.

Real-World References

  • American Gladiators, one of Strong Bad's suggestions for Roxy's career path, was a television show where contestants would compete against each other in various athletic contests while muscle-bound "Gladiators" attempted to frustrate their progress. The gladiators were known by one-word names that often rose to the level of "Remarkably Cheesy." Some notable examples are: Blaze, Bronco, Diamond, Ice, Thunder, Turbo, Storm, Tower, Viper, Elektra, Havoc, Tank and Thor.
  • The Expen$e Account Ones commercial is a parody of Miller High Life commercials.

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