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Local News in Strongbadia

Strong Bad Email #89

Dan asks Strong Bad if Strongbadia has a local news channel. Strong Bad rushes off to make one with the help of Bubs, Strong Mad, The Cheat, The Poopsmith and the Tire.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Mad, Tire, Bubs, Homestar Runner, Strong Sad, The Poopsmith, The King of Town, Marzipan



STRONG BAD: {Singing} It's email time again! Doot doodle-ooh-doo, Doot doodle-ooh-doo, Doot doodle-ooh-doo.


Dear Strong Bad, 
Does Strongbadia have its' own local
news even?  If so, I hope it's better
than my local news.

Dan D. Tallahassee, FL

{Strong Bad says "Tallaha-... Tasalan-.. Gainesville, Florida" instead of "Tallahassee, FL"}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Okay, Dan, I'm only going to sing this one more time: {singing} Ohhhhhhh {types while singing}If you want it to be possessive, it's just "ITS." But, if it's supposed to be a contraction then it's "I-T-apostrophe-S," scalawag. {stops typing} Ahem. Um, {Clears screen, resumes typing} Of course we've got local news. It's the- It's the greatest! Um... But I- I have to go now... and... do something... completely unrelated to me... throwing together... the aforementioned local news. Hoight!

{Strong Bad holds a sign reading "Strongbadia Action Cool News 5" in front of the camera. We can hear The Cheat making noises in the background}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Strong Badia Action Cool News 5!

{Cut to Strong Bad standing in Strong Badia.}

STRONG BAD: Top Stories with anchorperson Strong Bad!

{Strong Bad gives a thumbs-up to the camera, as The Cheat holds up an index card reading "Strong Bad with Top Stories." Cut to Strong Mad standing in front of a blackboard holding a football, a tennis racquet, and twirling a cinder block on his right index finger as if it were a basketball}

STRONG BAD: Strong Mad with the sports!

{The Cheat holds up an index card reading "Sportscarster Strong Mad". Cut to the Tire with an index card propped up next to it reading "Meteorologist TIRE"}

STRONG BAD: Local weather with Tire!

{Cut to The Cheat standing in the field.}

STRONG BAD: And The Cheat with SkyCheat Traffic!

{The Cheat grins at the camera and holds up an index card reading "THE FRIGGIN CHEAT" as the SkyCheat logo appears in the lower right-hand corner. Cut to Strong Bad sitting behind a desk situated in front of the fence}

STRONG BAD: Good evening and tonight. I'm Strong Bad with today's top stories.

{Cut to a side view of the desk (which now looks more like a cardboard box). The Cheat holds up a sign saying "World Crisis"}

STRONG BAD: The World in Crisis! More on that later.

{The Cheat withdraws the World Crisis sign, and we switch to a frontal angle of the desk again} Now let's check in with The Cheat with SkyCheat Traffic.

{Cut to Strong Mad and The Cheat standing in the field. Strong Mad throws The Cheat high into the air. Strong Bad makes helicopter sounds.}

THE CHEAT: {keeps getting thrown up and down, and his speech is subtitled} Thanks Strong Bad...This is The Cheat... with SkyCheat Traffic...There appears to be...some congestion...around Bubs' Concession Stand.

{cuts to the concession stand. Homestar, Marzipan and the King of Town are standing in line. There is a sign that says "Wait in Line: $5"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Best five bucks I ever spent.

{Cuts back to Strong Bad behind the news desk}

STRONG BAD: Thank you, The Cheat. I guess those roads should not be rode upon, eh?

{Cut back to The Cheat, who is still being thrown into the air}

THE CHEAT: {subtitled} Not funny...I didn't even mention...any roads.

{Cut back to Strong Bad behind the news desk}

STRONG BAD: Yes, well, thank you, goodnight. Now on to our top story: The World in Crisis.

{Bubs holds up the "World Crisis sign." Cut to side angle of the desk again. You can see Bubs, but he quickly runs away, dropping the sign}

STRONG BAD: But first, Strong Mad with the sports.

{Cut to the Classroom. The words "SCORE A POINT" are written on the board. Strong Mad is bouncing a football on the floor with a tennis raquet}


{Strong Mad swats the football at the camera. You can hear Strong Sad saying "ow." Cut back to Strong Bad behind the news desk.}

STRONG BAD: Well, it looks like our sportscaster isn't being a very good sport, eh?

{Cut to The Cheat still being thrown in the air}

THE CHEAT: {subtitled} Pathetic.

{Cut back to the news desk}

STRONG BAD: Will the winter weather chill your cheeks?

{The Poopsmith holds up a sign reading "Winter Weather"}

STRONG BAD: What's the word, Tire?

{Cuts to the tire on a desk with a weather map propped up agains the fence. The map slowly slides down and falls off the desk, causing the tire to roll away and fall off the desk itself. Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: You heard it folks. Bundle up, but keep your swimsuit on outside your pants.

{Cut to side angle of desk}

STRONG BAD: Tonight folks, and have a great job. Remember to turn in tomorrow for our special investigative report expose: The World in Crisis.

{The Cheat's sound effects start up again}

STRONG BAD: Strong Badia Action Cool News 5: "We're investiga-awesome".

{The Cheat holds up a sign saying this. The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • At the very end you can click on the little Trogdor-style beefy arm to bring up Strong Bad's educational CD, "Strong Bad's Rhythm 'n' Grammar." Be sure to click on it to hear him sing the "ITS" song and several others!

Fun Facts

  • The arm on the S in the sign is a reference to Trogdor.
  • At the beginning when Strong Bad sings "it's email time again," it's a reference to the KISS song "Cold Gin" ("It's cold gin time again...").
  • In the beginning the email is from Tallahassee, FL. Strong Bad says it's from Gainesville. Any college sports fans know that the Florida State Seminoles are from Tallahassee, and the University of Florida Gators are from Gainesville, and they are major rivals.

Side note - Ska/Punk band Less Than Jake did a song called 'Gainesville Rock City' in 'tribute' to the band KISS

  • The sportscaster card says "sportscarster," and spelling mistakes are atypical for Strong Bad. Perhaps Coach Z made it.
  • The cards that say the titles and names of Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, and the Tire are from the sb email band names.
  • The "ITS" song has a tune similar to The Ballad of The Sneak; both are very similar to "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall."
  • This is the second e-mail from someone named Dan who lives in Florida (the first being anything).
  • When The Cheat's says that he didn't mention any roads. It may be true that there are no roads in Free Country USA.
  • "The World in Crisis" may be making fun of the fact that most news stations always tell you about an interesting news story and keep you waiting to see it for a long time.

DVD Version

  • All 5 Grammar songs have been incorporated into one long Easter Egg.
  • The DVD version features hidden commentary by Mike and Strong Bad. To acccess it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

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