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Strong Bad Email #200
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"Your email?! I'm in the middle of checkin' my email!"

In his big bicennten-email, Strong Bad learns Homestar has his own email show and attempts to thwart it.

Cast (in order of appearance): The Cheat, Strong Bad, The Poopsmith, Marzipan, Coach Z, Bubs, The King of Town, Strong Sad, New Paper, Homestar Runner, The Paper, Limozeen (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Homestar's Computer Room, The Field, the Review Revue (Easter egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Running Time: 5:10

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

{The email begins with a red curtain with "sbemail 200" on it. Then, the curtain opens to show the Lappy with a pixelated bugle on it. Trumpets begin to play. Pan out to the Computer Room with roses on its floor. The Cheat appears and plays a trill on a flute.}

SINGER: Two hundred sbemails, exhausting just to think about.

{During the song, "200" appears in the fonts of the Tandy, Compy, and Lappy sequentially, followed by "strongbad_email.exe" typed out. Strong Bad enters the computer room on the red carpet while roses are thrown. Marzipan and Coach Z are seen watching him enter}

SINGER: How can we face two hundred sbemails?

{Strong Bad continues to approach the computer, showing that the King of Town and Bubs are also in the room. We then cut to the singer, who is revealed to be the Poopsmith, wearing a bowtie and holding a microphone, as he finishes his song.}

THE POOPSMITH: The thought of all those sbemails makes me weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeak!

{Cut to Strong Bad standing on his stool. Strong Sad can be seen among the audience.}

STRONG BAD: {finishing the song} Puke! {echoing} Please be seated. {The audience sits down.} {normally} How about that Poopsmith, huh? Breaking his vow of silence to perform my two hundredth sbemail intro song! {Close shot of Strong Bad} I'm almost sniff {voice wavers} not totally disgusted!

{Cut to the Poopsmith, surrounded by flies. He gives Strong Bad the thumbs up, and whatsit drips from his glove. Cut to Strong Bad sitting down at the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, I take that back. {types out "strongbad_email.exe"} Okay, here we go!

{pulls up the email, but doesn't read it}

STRONG BAD: Duh-duh-duh-Dear HOMESTAR!? {extreme close-up on Homestar's name} W.T.C.? {Camera zooms out} New Paper, print me out a hard copy. {It does and he grabs it.} I'll teach Homestar to steal my 200th email thunder. {Thunder booms} B'oyah! {Strong Bad gets up and leaves}

{Cut to Homestar at a table, typing on his Happy 8600}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {typing} —a protected landmark with surprisingly clean restrooms!

STRONG BAD: Hey, Homejob! Some stupid girls that are probably really guys accidentally emailed me—

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ugh. Strong Bad, how do you keep gettin' in here?

STRONG BAD: What? What are you talking about? I just—

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'm in the middle of checking my email.

STRONG BAD: Whaddaya mean, your email? I'm in the middle of checking my email!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: You're not the only one around here {Close shot of Homestar} that answers emails from fans with humorous results.

{Cut back to show the two characters}

STRONG BAD: Since the crap when?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I dunno. Since forever. {Close shot of Homestar} Don't you remember? You're in a bunch of 'em. Like that old classic when they asked {Camera zooms out} about burglars {thumping his feet} breaking into my house.

{Cut to Homestar in his darkened living room, in a Homestar Runner shirt, white robe and sleeping cap}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: If I act all sleepy and throw a bunch of {holds up a cinnamon dispenser} cinnamon on my face, it's usually enough to throw 'em off. {opens the lid and throws cinnamon on his face} Poo, poo. Poo, poo.

{The light turns on as he walks into living room to find Strong Bad and The Cheat having broken the cow lamp, from the email caper}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {yawns} Hey Strong Sad. Batman. What are you guys doing in my house?

{Screen dims}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Whaaaaaat?

{Cut to the scene from long pants, where Homestar is wearing Daisy Dukes in front of Strong Bad.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {voiceover} And who can forget when I accidentally took some of Strong Sad's pills?

STRONG BAD: {overlapped by Homestar} Okay, calm down, I didn't mean to--

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Long pants, Strong Bad! The longest pants! Everybody everybody! Longest pants!

{Homestar teleports around the room to a different place after each word he says. He first appears in front of Strong Bad, then leaning in behind him, then hanging upside down from the ceiling, then pixellated on the Lappy's screen as Atari Homestar, then blurred in the scene's foreground, then upside down under the desk, then back to his original position, looking exhausted and out of breath, all while chanting the following.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Long long long long long long pants!

{Screen dims}

{Cut to a dimmed shot of the basement. Strong Bad is sitting on the couch. Coach Z is standing to the left wearing a fondue pot on his head and a Tigger tail.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {voiceover} And that one where I dressed up real good like Coach Z. {Screen brightens up}

COACH Z: Hey, Strong Bad, I think I ruined your fondue part!

STRONG BAD: My fondue part?

{Cut back to Homestar's computer room. Strong Bad is standing on the table.}

STRONG BAD: {now frustrated} Hang! On! Shut! Face! Those were my emails and you squeazeled your way into them.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'm glad you believe that, Strong Bad. Anyways, Let me see that email. {takes the email from Strong Bad and looks at it} {Zoom in on Homestar.} Oh, come on! Another pillow fight? Haven't they seen hremail #49?

{Cut back to show the two characters. Strong Bad is sitting on the edge of the table}

STRONG BAD: Hr-what mail?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hremail. You've got sbemails, I've got hremails.

{As he says "sbemails" and "hremails", they appear over his head as text, as if someone typed them}

STRONG BAD: Do you even have an email address?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Of course I do. Everybody knows it's {close shot of the Happy 8600 as Homestar types his email address} DJmankiewicz@homestarrunner.com.

{Cut back to to show the two characters. Strong Bad is leaning off the table and standing on his head.}

STRONG BAD: There's a good chance my brain is about to explode right now.

{Zoom in on Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aww, come on, old timer. It's not so bad. You want to help me check this email?

STRONG BAD: {gets in Homestar's face and pokes him as he speaks} I'm not gonna help you check your email! I'm gonna help myself ruin your email! {Camera zooms out} Whooyaa!

{Strong Bad exits to the left, and then reappears holding three ice cream sandwiches.}

STRONG BAD: And help myself to your ice cream sammies. Whooyaa.

{Strong Bad runs off, leaving behind one of the sandwiches, which spins in midair.}

{Cut back to Strong Bad's computer room. The subject/to line and screen are inexplicably blank. The Lappy's cursor is on the subject/to line. Strong Bad sits down at the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: I'll teach Homestar to retroactively steal my email thunder! {thunder booms}

{Strong Bad types out the following email.}

{As he types, he pronounces "wandering" with a short "A" sound as in "ham", and "sewiously" exactly as typed.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Send!

{The Lappy's screen clears and the camera whips to the opposite side of the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {mumbling} Let's see now, a few seconds for the DNS to resolve, server, SMTP, now he's reading it, and... ding! He's taken the bait! {leaps away} Hooyah!

{Cut to The Field. Homestar walks in to the left, carrying a clipboard, approaching a wooden sign that reads "Historic Not-In-Front-Of-My-Computer."}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, and if you look to your left, you'll see Historic Not-In-Front-Of-My-Computer: a protected landmark with surprisingly clean restrooms.

{In the background, Strong Bad is seen running to the right.}

STRONG BAD: Tee hee hee!

{Cut to the Happy 8600. Strong Bad runs in from the left as rock music begins to play.}

STRONG BAD: Oh hello, idiot-proof computer! You look a little thirsty. Time for some long overdue allegedly citrus-flavored payback!

{Strong Bad produces a giant bottle of Mountain Dew. Zoom in on Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: {rubs chin} How does that old adage go? Ah, yes. {mimicking Homestar} "Apply libewally!" {Camera zooms out} Hooyah!

{Strong Bad pours the Mountain Dew on the Happy 8600. Within seconds, it begins to spark and smoke.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! {smiles} Ha ha!

{New Paper comes down, but instead of showing Strong Bad's email address, it says "Click here to email Homestar Runner", with Homestar's email address. The two images of the "@" key and Strong Bad's head in an envelope are also missing.}

STRONG BAD: {looks up} Hey! Whose side are you on, anyway?

{New Paper is pulled back off-screen. Some blows are exchanged, and The Paper comes down.}

STRONG BAD: {smiles again} The Paper! You came back!!

{A spark catches The Paper, and it burns to a crisp.}

STRONG BAD: Oops.

{The screen clears to black, and the words "Strong Bad Emails" appear. The names of the first two hundred Strong Bad Emails scroll up from the bottom in the background.}

Easter Eggs

  • Rolling over some of the email names at the end brings up a photo of a character (or characters) that debuted from that email.
  • At the end, click on "legends" to see a scene about The Poopsmith's singing abilities.
    {a tattered scrap of brown paper appears, with The Poopsmith drawn on it, along with the words "200 email curse", "legend tells...", "The Poopsmith", and "old parchment"}
    NARRATOR: Legend tells that every 200 sbemails The Poopsmith will break his vow of silence—
    {the drawing changes to The Poopsmith holding a microphone and wearing a bowtie. The words "Well, well, well, my Michelle..." are added.}
    NARRATOR: —and croon anew.
  • At the end, click on the "O" in "Strong" to see a scene with Limozeen.
    LIMOZEEN: Congratulations, Strong Bad, on your {Matt's voice interrupts, loudly saying:} 200th {voice ends} email!
    {slight pause}
    LARRY: {startling the other bandmembers} WE'RE FROM {Matt cuts in again} THE YEAR 2008!
    PERRY: Uh, I think it says that at the top of the screen, Larry.
    {the words "it is 2008!" appear over the Limozeen logo)
    LARRY: WELL, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT!
    {The band members strike various poses and the frame freezes, as the ending riff from "Brain Sister" plays.}
  • At the end, click on the "A" in "Bad", to see more with Strong Bad's soda.
    {Strong Bad continues to pour Mountain Dew on the Happy. Homestar walks in.}
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ooh, cool. How did you get it to do that? USB? Four pin? Eight pin? Firewire? Was it Firewire? I bet it was Firewire. {walks out again}
  • At the end, click on the "A" in "Emails" to bring up a pop-up to download the "200 Sbemails" song by They Might Be Giants.
  • At the end, click on the "S" in "Emails" to see a scene with Strong Sad.
    {Strong Sad is giving a review on his review show, "Review Revue"}
    STRONG SAD: In his shocking 200th episode, Strong Bad turns the entire series on its ear. Will we ever see a 201? Is the reign of HREmails {rolls the R} at hand? For the answers to these questions, be sure and not check out my blog. I haven't updated that thing in years!
  • Open hremail49.html to see an excerpt from that email.
  • Open hremail24.html as referenced in the previous hremail.
  • If you send an email to djmankiewicz@homestarrunner.com, you receive an auto reply message saying:
From: djmankiewicz@homestarrunner.com
Subject: My Inbox Runneth Ova!

Oh, hello everyone! For some unknown reason I'm getting this big cavalcanche of emails all of the sudden. They're filling up the basement and I'm running out of paper towels!

Just sit tight and hremails will be back to normal before you know it.

And thanks again to everyone who participated in Bacon Pretend Week! Ron Staple you are a GENIUS!

Okay bye,
Homestar Runner
-------- Original Message --------

> Your original message

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • The term "Stealing One's Thunder" (from which the title is derived) is used in situations wherein one person is associated with hoopla stemming from the efforts of another person. In this case, sbemail #200 was intended to be for Strong Bad, but the email itself was addressed to Homestar Runner, who would therefore be recognized as the recipient of the 200th email.
  • When Strong Bad sends his email, he mentions several technical terms:
    • DNS Resolving is a process done by a DNS (Domain Name System) server in which it identifies the IP address of a domain name.
    • SMTP, or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, is a standard for servers sending email.
  • USB and FireWire are modern types of serial connections. Older serial connectors were defined by the number of connectors or "pins" they have. Therefore, a 4-pin or an 8-pin would have 4 or 8 pins, respectively, though no such standard connections existed. Serial ports were traditionally 9-pin and 25-pin.

Trivia

  • The label on the Floppy Disk Container reads "duck pond".
  • John Linnell as the voice of the Poopsmith marks the only main character who is not voiced by the Brothers Chaps or Missy.
  • This is the only time we unambiguously hear the Poopsmith talk.
  • The Cheat is playing a left-handed flute at the beginning.
  • When this toon was first released, the thunder sound effects and the flashing were not there when Strong Bad said "email thunder". These were added later.

Remarks

  • In the flashbacks to caper and long pants, Strong Bad's design is the newest one, rather than the one he had at that time, which was the sixth.
  • When The Paper comes down, it is clickable and will let you email Strong Bad until he accidentally burns it up.
  • Strong Bad pulls the giant bottle of Mountain Dew from Hammerspace.
  • Strong Bad has no idea Homestar has an Email address, yet he knew exactly what it was in credit card.
  • Strong Bad is surprised at the email, but in the process he says he picks the email beforehand.
  • The Strong Sad Easter egg simply said "sbemail200" on the corner of the screen without the ".html" at the end, as opposed to "sbemail179.html" in pizza joint. This may be because this email's URL is not "sbemail200.html" but "sbemailtwohundred.html".
  • Rolling over "kind of cool" to show Senor Cardgage doesn't work on the word "cool", which is located at the beginning of the next line.
  • Strong Bad never actually answers an email in this cartoon.
  • During the closeup of "Dear Homestar", the following text is visible on the Lappy with a decompiler:
Oh...Steven! I think this may finally be it you guys! After
200 emails I'm finally gonna get
to make out with D-D-D
This is most likely a scrapped intro for the initial email, and was later featured in the Quote of the Week.

Goofs

  • When Homestar puts cinnamon on his face, his eyes are the wrong size. They're quite noticeably squished and placed too high on his face.
Blurry blurry blurry blurry blurry blurry pants!
  • In the clip from long pants, when Homestar is blurred in the foreground, the table and carpet within the image of blurred Homestar are not in their proper places.
    • Additionally, the first line of words on the screen are not there.
  • On the end screen, there is no space between cheatday and pom pom.
  • The back button sends you to the Toons page rather than the Sbemail page.
  • It's hard to tell if Strong Bad is standing on his head or leaning over the top of Homestar's desk, as his head produces no shadow.

Fixed Goofs

  • Originally on the end screen, highlighting ghosts would bring up a picture of Sterrance, who never appeared in that email. This has since been corrected; the Bad Graphics Ghost now appears when that email is highlighted.
  • Also originally on the end screen, sibbie was spelled "sibby".

Glitches

  • If the Limozeen Easter egg is activated, followed by another Easter egg, Limozeen will continue to play over the other one.

Inside References

  • Coach Z returning Strong Bad's fondue pot is a reference to 50 emails.
  • Strong Bad signs his message to Homestar "Abdi", based on Abdi LaRue, the sender of the very first email, some kinda robot.
  • This is another email featuring Mountain Dew.
    • Strong Bad pours Mountain Dew on the Happy like Homestar did to the Compy in anything. He also quotes Homestar's "apply liberally", imitating Homestar's impediment. He then smiles twice while he pours it; once when sparks start to appear, and once when The Paper comes down.
  • The Easter egg with Limozeen is lifted directly from flashback.
  • The Easter egg with Strong Sad refers to Strong Sad's Lament, which, true to Strong Sad's words, hasn't been updated since September 9, 2005.
  • In this email, The Cheat plays the flute.
  • The Easter egg with Strong Sad uses the same theme as in the Strong Sad Easter egg in pizza joint.
  • Homestar's laptop Happy 8600 is manufactured by Tandy.
  • Strong Bad apparently interrupts a Homestar Runner Email when he enters the room.
  • The fonts used to write "200" in the intro are the fonts from each of Strong Bad's computers.
  • Homestar once again uses cinnamon for stubble.
  • Homestar's disdain for the "repeat" pillow-fight topic seems to reflect the "topics the Brothers' Chap aren't likely to answer," most notably requests to "draw Trogdor again."
  • Strong Bad's signs his email to Homestar with the catchphrase "Sewiously", in the same vein as emails he received signed "Crapfully yours".
  • "Squeazeled" and "cavalanche" are portmanteaus.
  • The Paper returns to beat up New Paper, making it the first appearance of the original on the site since the email the paper.
  • Strong Bad's exclamation, "WTC?" appears to be an initialism for "What the Crap?".
  • There are three instances of Not X in this email: Strong Bad is "almost not totally disgusted" by The Poopsmith's singing; he asks Homestar for "a tour of your not-in-front-of-your-computer"; and in an Easter egg, Strong Sad tells viewers to "be sure and not check out my blog."
  • Homestar's list of hremails is similar to the one in personal favorites, in that they both have narration that says "like the one when... wrote in..." and "and the one where...", as well as the first two emails being real and the rest being fake.
  • Homestar claims to have taken some of Strong Sad's pills when remembering the email long pants. Strong Sad's pills are also mentioned in funny.

Real-World References

  • The Poopsmith Easter egg refers to the song "My Michelle" by Guns N' Roses.
  • Homestar's laptop is modeled after an XO-1, an inexpensive model distributed as part of the One Laptop Per Child project. The laptop was made available to North American consumers during the 2007 holiday season in a "Give 1 Get 1" offer. Interestingly, the XO-1 keyboard is designed to resist liquids.
  • The menu page description for this toon says, "Homestar will flip you. He will flip you for real." This is a reference to a memorable line spoken by Benicio Del Toro's character in The Usual Suspects.

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