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Strong Bad Email #186
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"Are you guys picketing my computer?"

Strong Bad explains how he is helping the environment.

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

Places: Computer Room, Marzipan's House, The Field, Homestar's House, Coach Z's Locker Room

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Monday, January 7, 2008

Running Time: 3:28

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} Checkin' checkin' emails in 2008! Checkin' checkin' Strong Bad fit to regulate! {brings up the email}

{reads ID as "idiot" and MO as "moron"}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well...ladies? I do plenty to help the environment. Nobody ever gives me credit for my most significant contribution. {clears the screen} Every day I wake up and the first thing I do is NOT drop a piano on Marzipan's head. Who knows how many greenhouse gases I've rescued as a result of not mortally wounding ol' Marzipole. And don't forget my New Year's resolution to stop watering her plants with bleach. Now I water them strictly with {cut to Marzipan's house and a close up on her flowers} recycled cigarette butts.

{Cigarette butts are dumped on one of the flowers.}

FLOWER: {coughing} Oh, that's good stuff.

{cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So, there ya go possibly ladies. My boat take—
STRONG SAD and MARZIPAN: {faintly, chanting} Scrappy the Lappy! We think it's really crappy! Scrappy the Lappy!

{cut to The Computer Room's window where the silhouette of two pickets signs are seen. Strong Sad and Marzipan continue underneath}

STRONG BAD: What the—?

{cut to The Field. Strong Sad holds up a sign that says "Scrappy the Lappy". Marzipan holds a sign saying "Lappy, Take the Dirt Nappy!". Strong Bad enters from the right.}

STRONG SAD and MARZIPAN: We think it's really crappy!

STRONG BAD: Are you guys picketing my computer?

{medium shot of Marzipan}

MARZIPAN: Yes we are! That Lappy is energy sappy!

{close up of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: That's very clever. How long did it take you to think up—

{cut back to shot of all three}

STRONG SAD: Three days.

MARZIPAN: Just look at your power bill from last month.

STRONG SAD: The bill itself uses eight trees' worth of paper

{pan over to reveal a stack of paper marked "BILLS!"}

{close up of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Are you trying to tell me that 70,000 dollar power bills aren't the norm?

{medium shot of Marzipan}

MARZIPAN: Strong Bad, every time you press enter on the Lappy, the rest of us lose power.

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} For real?

{Push wipe back to the Lappy. There is a list labeled "Okay for Mom" on the screen with various euphemisms for buttocks within it.}

STRONG BAD: {typing in the list} tuckus {presses enter} hinders {presses enter} bwathom {presses enter} boontockle {presses enter}

{Push wipe to Homestar Runner with an Atari 2600 joystick.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'm about to win! {room darkens} Awww... {lights come on} I'm about to win! {room darkens} Awww.... {reverse shot of the TV that reads "PLEASE INSERT GAME PAK, KID!"} I'm really about to win! {room darkens} Again with the awww....

{cut to close up of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Fine! I'll just start using the Lappy's battery instead.

{cut back to The Field}

STRONG SAD: Uh, sorry. {medium shot of Strong Sad} Every time you use that battery, 45 acres of rain forest are burned to the ground!

{close up of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! I knew the Lappy was awesome, but I had no idea of her destructive power! {cut to shot of all three} I gotta get Bubs to help me to overclock it and see if we can't get that up to an even 50 acres.

{medium shot of Marzipan}

MARZIPAN: You really have to do something, Strong Bad. Even Coach Z does all of his cooking with hydroelectric.

{cut to a close up of Coach Z's hand in the shower, holding a soggy hot dog.}

COACH Z: Ah, the world famous Coach Z Sog Dog. {words appear on the screen as he says it} Mmmm... Drink In That Bun!

{cut back to The Field, close up of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Wait. So, alls I got to do is take something I already do and word it differently so it sounds eco-friendly?

{cut back to all three}

MARZIPAN: Yeah, that's what we do mostly.

{medium shot of Strong Sad}

STRONG SAD: Check out my sustainable MP3 player.

{medium shot of Marzipan}

MARZIPAN: And my organic Thelma and Louise DVD.

{close up of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, yeah, okay. And say hello to my 65 mile per gallon hybrid piano!

{long shot in silhouette of The Field. A piano is seen dropping and Strong Sad and Marzipan scatter}

STRONG SAD and MARZIPAN: Al Gore's beard!

{the piano is seen smashed in the field next to Strong Bad. Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So there, there, THERE we go, maybe ladies. Strong Bad and the environment are now making out in the parent's basement of a solar-powered house. Take a look at the Lappy's new environmentally compliant sticker compliance sticker! {close up of the sticker next to the Lappy 486 logo} And it's got a picture of a little leaf on it, so you know it's good for the environment. {zoom out to the Lappy; resumes typing} So until next week, my boat take—

{The Cheat noises are heard and the Lappy's screen goes dark. Zoom out to see a panting The Cheat (painted green) in a hamster wheel hooked up the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: Come on green The Cheat! {The Cheat resumes running in the wheel} That's good, that's good! Only 17 more hours and I can press send.

{New Paper comes down reading:
"Click gently to eco-mail Strong Bad.
printed on 100% post-consumer brown paper with green ink"}

{pause for a little while, as the hamster wheel sound effect fades out}

STRONG BAD: Wow. That is one whisper quiet hamster wheel.

Easter Eggs

"Idiot and Moron"
  • When Strong Bad says "Idiot and Moron, respectively," click on "ID and MO" to see an image of the states Idaho and Montana dancing with goofy faces.
  • At the end, click on The Cheat to see a button extolling the virtues of GreenCheat.
  • At the end, after Strong Bad comments on the hamster wheel, click on the wall outlet.
STRONG BAD: {still typing his "Okay for Mom" list on the Lappy} Boat take... {hits Enter}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: {still trying to play his Atari 2600 game} This is the easiest video game I've ever played.

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • Game Pak is the official name for a cartridge for any of Nintendo's video game consoles.

Trivia

  • Strong Bad's list reads:
  • Strong Bad claims that his monthly power bill is $70,000. Assuming that he pays the US national average price of 9.86¢/kWh, that would mean that he uses approximately 709,939.14 kWh/month. This would be roughly 799 times more than the average usage of 888 kWh/month per US household.

Remarks

  • Though the email senders say they are from Idaho and Missouri (ID and MO), the Easter egg shows the states Idaho and Montana (ID and MT).
  • The only hybrid car to achieve 65 miles per gallon was the Honda Insight (61/70 mpg);it is no longer produced. Currently, the most efficient hybrid car is the Toyota Prius (48/45 mpg)
  • Just like Strong Sad in concert, Homestar is either playing with a left handed Atari 2600 joystick or is playing with the joystick sideways. The standard joystick has its button in the upper left hand corner.

Goofs

  • After the close-up on it, Lappy's "Environmentally Compliant Sticker" sticker disappears, and does not reappear.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • Strong Sad's MP3 player strongly resembles either an iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Thelma & Louise is a 1991 film starring Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise.
  • GreenCheat's logo resembles that of Greenpeace.
  • The "Environmentally Compliant" sticker is a play on Energy Star and similar certifications used on electronics devices to rate their electricity consumption.
  • The exclamation "Al Gore's beard!" is reference to 45th Vice President of the United States and noted environmental activist Al Gore, who after losing the 2000 presidential campaign famously grew a beard and went into seclusion for a short period of time before refocusing on the environment.

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