different town

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Strong Sad with horns and a tail

StrongBadEmail #99

Steven WV writes in and askes Strong Bad what he would change in his town to make it better, and he sings a weirded-out song, in which he describes how he would change the characters. You'll have to see it to find out!

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Poopsmith, Marzipan, The Cheat, Strong Mad, The King of Town, Bubs, Strong Sad, Coach Z, Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, ABA Basketball Pom Pom, Homsar, Modestly Hot Homsar



STRONG BAD: {singing} Check your email and check your email. {still singing, but there is an echo} Check check your your email and and check check your your email email {stops singing}

{Strong Bad presses Enter}

STRONG BAD: {reading email below}

Dear Strong Bad,

I just wondering, if you had a chance
to make your town different, what 
would you do?

Steven WV

{Strong Bad says Wolksvagen instead of WV}

STRONG BAD: Pour hot soup in Homestar's eyes, eh, Steven? That sounds like a pretty good- {stops typing} wait... what'd your email say again?

{Strong Bad presses a key, and the email appears again}

STRONG BAD: {mumbling reading sounds} Oh. Oh-ho! Sorry.

{Strong Bad presses a key, and starts the reply again}

STRONG BAD: Make the town different, eh, Steven? {breaks into song} Weeeeeeelllllll.....

{cut to The Poopsmith shoveling poop}

STRONG BAD: {singing} The Poopsmith, he could talk

THE POOPSMITH: {singing} Hello!

{screen slides to reveal the right, where Marzipan is dressed in heavy metal garb, holding a guitar decorated with a skeleton pattern, in front of a wall of amplifiers marked 'Marzipan'}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And Marzipan would rock,

{Marzipan wails on her guitar}

{Cut to the stick}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And The Stick would be this big old tree that'd try to eat everyone except The Cheat and me --

{Stick turns into a big tree with a scary mouth.}

{a polaroid picture of the tree with Strong Bad (still singing) and The Cheat hanging out with it. Strong Mad appears from behind the left border of the photo and says...}


STRONG BAD: {singing} We'll see.. {Strong Mad looks shocked} And The King of Town would be underground in a box filled up with peas...

{pan down to reveal a large crate label 'A MILLION PEAS' buried under ground. A cut-out from the crate is taken away to reveal The King Of Town inside surrounded with peas}

THE KING OF TOWN: I hate peas!

{Strong Bad appears in the lower right and says...}


{cut to Bub's Concession Stand surrounded by flamethrowers and a sign that says 'Please. Take SEVERAL'.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} Bubs would give away flame throwers that shoot chocolate hundred dollar bills...

BUBS: Imitation chocolate!

{pan right to reveal Strong Sad}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And my stupid baby brother would have been born with horns and a tail...

STRONG SAD: {sadly} I'm Evil.

{pan right to reveal the sports field with Coach Z standing there wearing an orange jacket}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And Coach Z would wear this cool jacket

{Coach Z turns to reveal the back of his jacket which says 'Totally Style' and has a picture of a big thumbs up}

COACH Z: Check it out, yo!

{pan right to reveal more of the sports field with Homestar Runner standing there}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And Homestar just couldn't hack it!

{Homestar Runner rips the star off the front of his shirt and throws it to the ground, angrily.}


{what looks like a collectors card floats into the left of the screen with a picture of Pom Pom making a basket}

STRONG BAD: {singing} And Pom Pom wouldn't change at all 'cept he'd look like an ABA basketball...

{total blackout, fade in close up of Strong Bad's mouth. Zoom out to reveal Strong Bad wearing an undone blue shirt, kind of like Michael Bolton}

STRONG BAD:{Close up on Strong Bad's foot tapping.} two three four {singing} and this little weirdo

{a spotlight turns on to reveal Homsar}

STRONG BAD: {singing} would be a modestly hot girl...

{Homsar silhouettes and transmogrifies into a silhouette of Modestly Hot Homsar}

STRONG BAD: {singing} ...to help me through the hard times... you know the kind that are only sorta hot so that they don't mess around with other guys!

{Modestly Hot Homsar un-silhouettes and is wearing a blue one-piece swimsuit with the word 'homsar' on it. She is wearing Homsar's yellow bowler hat and has brown hair and pink lipstick.}

MODESTLY HOT HOMSAR: DaAaAa, I'm forever your girl!

{Crowd cheers}

{Cut to the Computer Room where Strong Bad is standing on his stool}

STRONG BAD: Thank you! Thank you! Alright! This next one is the fourteenth song on my forty-second album. It's called--

{Cut to Strong Sad standing to the right of the computer desk dressed in a light blue tunic wearing horns and a tail}

STRONG SAD: Hey Strong Bad--

STRONG BAD: {off screen} WHOA! Can it be true?

{Cut to group shot with Strong Bad and Strong Sad standing to the right of the computer. Strong Bad is still standing on his stool.}

STRONG BAD: Did Homestar Runner call it quits? The King of Town, pea-buried alive?! The Poopsmith speaketh?

STRONG SAD: Noo... Calm down, spazz. I'm going to the Clash of the Titans Con, dressed up as Calibos, remember? I was just gonna ask if you still wanted that bust of Bubo?

STRONG BAD: Oh, um. Right. Of course. {coughs} {speaking quietly} yeah I still want that bust of Bubo.

STRONG SAD: Ok, bye weirdo. What are you standing on that stool for anyway?

STRONG BAD: For your information, I was {pause} checking on the lights, Strong Sad. We got that recessed lighting, y'know. Yup, everything looks great.

{cut back to the computer where Strong Bad continues his reply}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, things would be different alright. Though I'm a little disappointed in what I came up with for Homsar. Modestly hot my eye! I think my imagination's broke. {stops typing} Lemme try and think up the {types again} Best Thing Ever. Umm... Beef... stew... Yup it's busted alright. I'm gonna go... place. {gets up from stool}

{The Paper comes down}

Easter Eggs

  • The words "eh, Steven?" can be clicked (only the first time SB types them) to show a Lem Sportsinterviews drawing of Eh! Steve in formal wear.
  • Clicking on "place" at the end brings up a Place postcard featuring Monkey D. It reads: "Greetings from PLACE" (Clicking it again closes it.)
  • Click on the right side of "back" at the end to download the song.

Fun Facts

  • The music for "Different Town" was written and performed by They Might Be Giants especially for HomestarRunner.com.
  • Coach Z says "Check it out, yo!" This is a reference to the Pumpkin Carve-nival.
  • The "ABA Basketball" is indeed red, white and blue instead of the NBA orange. In the toon Isle of Pom, a basketball colored Pom can be seen.
  • The guitar Marzipan is playing is "Mr. Scary," the axe George Lynch used during his years with the '80s metal band Dokken.
    • This fact is most likely a reference to band names
  • The "Marzipan" amps are a play on the ubiquitous Marshall Amps, which feature similar styling & font.
  • Homsar says "I'm forever your girl" which is probably quoted from that great 80's classic "Forever Your Girl" by Paula Abdul.
  • "Bubo" was the name of the clockwork owl in the film "Clash of the Titans."
  • Although Strong Bad's imagination is by no means part of continuity, this is the first and so far only time that The Poopsmith speaks (if you ignore the hiss in Pumpkin Carve-nival.)
  • After your friends, this is the second (and so far last) e-mail to feature all twelve main characters (though Pom-Pom, like The Poopsmith in your friends, only appears on a playing card.)

DVD Version

  • The Eh! Steven Easter Egg is viewable using the angle button on your DVD remote.
  • The download link for Different Town has also been disabled for obvious reasons.
  • The DVD version features hidden creator's commentary, as well as the ORIGINAL version of the Different Town song, as sung by John Linnell. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

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