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Strong Bad Email #54
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"So I got a lot of eggs, and I keep 'em in the couch."

Strong Bad details his morning routine, but keeps getting interrupted by Strong Sad.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Strong Sad, The Cheat, Strong Mad

Places: Computer Room, Basement of the Brothers Strong

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Monday, December 9, 2002

Running Time: 2:09

Page Title: Compy 386!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Two



STRONG BAD: Augh. {smacks mouth} My mouth tastes like... emails.


{Strong Bad says "routine" as "Ha-routine," and says "Pa" as "P-A"}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Mike, as you know, the morning routine is the most important routine of the day.

{cut to Strong Bad sleeping on the couch, mumbling}

STRONG BAD: {mumbles}

{Strong Sad walks up}

STRONG SAD: Hey Strong Bad.

STRONG BAD: {mumbles}

STRONG SAD: Wake up!

STRONG BAD: {mumbles}

STRONG SAD: I wanna watch that show on public broadcasting hosted by that British guy.

STRONG BAD: {mumbles}

STRONG SAD: You told me not to let you sleep past noon!

STRONG BAD: Super Bomberman...

STRONG SAD: Wake up!

{Strong Bad gets up from the couch, and we see that one of his hands is inside a bag of Potate brand potato chips. He starts walking off, slouching. He walks up to the computer and sits down.}

STRONG BAD: Augh. {smacks mouth} My mouth tastes like...emails.


{Strong Bad says "routine" as "Ha-routine," and says "Pa" as "P-A."}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Mike, as you know, the morning routine is the most important routine of the day. The "R" in routine stands for r (says "rrrrrrrrrr" then gets interrupted)

STRONG SAD: {offscreen} Hey Strong Bad! {Strong Bad turns to see Strong Sad standing there} I found this egg in the couch. Is this yours?

STRONG BAD: Yes, it's very fragile. Put it down.

{Strong Sad puts down the egg and walks off. Strong Bad resumes typing.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So anyways, Mike, as I was saying, The "R" in routine stands for (types "r", but doesn't say anything)

STRONG SAD: Strong Bad, I found what I believe to be a goose egg in the couch.

STRONG BAD: Thank you, Interrupter Jones. That is also my egg. Now put it down.

{Strong Sad puts it down, and Strong Bad resumes typing again}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Sorry about that, Mike. So, the "R"

STRONG SAD: Here's a duck egg, a nuthatch egg, ostrich egg, maybe a dinosaur egg, one of those brown eggs...

STRONG BAD: What are you trying to say, Strong Sad? So I got a lotta eggs. And I keep 'em in the couch.

STRONG SAD: There needs to be a better word for "weird".

{The Cheat runs onscreen with underwear on his head and Strong Mad in pursuit}


{they run off}

STRONG SAD: Okay. I'm moving out.

{Strong Sad walks off, Strong Bad resumes typing}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Fine with me, Strong Sad. I mean Mike. I mean whatever.

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • At the end, you can click on where it says "COMPY 386" to see some of Strong Bad's "eggs". The box of Strong Bad's "eggs" has the following phrases on it.
    • Strong Bad's EGGS brand type cereal
    • "nut-hatch" eggs
    • "goose" eggs
    • "brown" eggs
    • "duck" eggs
    • A nutritious part of your morning routine.
    • side words
    • 0 mg (listed seven times as the only content of the nutritional table)
    • Ingredients: eggs, eggs, eggs, two more eggs

Fun Facts



  • Strong Bad manages to type wearing not only boxing gloves, but also the potato chip bag. He may have typed one handed like he did in tape leg, though in that email he typed with just his right hand (for a short while). If he wasn't typing with the potate bag, he must have been using his left hand. It is possible Strong Bad is ambidextrous.
  • Strong Sad mentions seven eggs, but finds nine.
  • Apparently Strong Bad's computer room was supposed to be in the basement next to the couch; this concept seems to have been abandoned (see Arcade Game).
    • It is also possible that Strong Bad may have used the Basement's second exit to reach the computer room.
  • When the singers on the TV stop singing, you can hear Matt Chapman saying, "That's enough, Mike."


  • When Strong Bad sits down at the computer to answer his email, the reflection of his face can be seen outside of the monitor on the right side momentarily.
  • As Strong Bad is shown walking to the Compy after waking up, the underscore at the end of "a>_" isn't flashing like it usually would.
  • When Strong Sad is done placing the eggs on the table next to Strong Bad, the text on the Compy looks different. Half of it is not shown, because it is behind Strong Bad's head. (When Strong Bad types it, the "a>" is gone, and the word first paragraph is spaced differently; the second "routine" and the word "stands" are on the previous lines, there's no underscore after the lowercase "r", "rountine" is spelled correctly, and there's a period and the word "So" after the last "Mike".)
  • The ostrich egg should be much larger in relation to the others, as the ostrich lays the largest eggs of any living bird species. It should also be white.
  • The "nut-hatch" egg should be written as "nuthatch," without the hyphen.
  • When Strong Bad is talking to Strong Sad for the last time, the left side of the monitor appears to be slightly jagged.

Inside References

  • This email makes numerous references to eggs.
  • This email has an appearance of the couch mumbling gag.
  • This is the first appearance of Potate chips.

Real-World References

  • Super Bomberman is a game for the SNES from the early '90s.
  • The tune playing on the TV set while Strong Bad is waking up is the theme song from Voyage of the Mimi, an educational TV show from the 1980s featuring Ben Affleck. This is probably what Strong Sad wanted to watch.
  • Interrupter Jones is a play on Indiana Jones, the main character of a popular series of adventure films created by George Lucas.

Fast Forward

  • Strong Bad's line at the beginning, "My mouth tastes like... emails," is later reused during the CGI sequence on the first disc of the Strong Bad Email DVD, but instead, says, "My mouth tastes like... DVDs." He says "My mouth tastes like... backwards" in mini-golf.
  • The phrase "the R in routine" is used later in a book title in the email rampage.
  • Strong Mad chases The Cheat again in a rampage Easter egg.
  • Strong Bad sells the eggs for $54 in garage sale which also happens to be the number of this email.
  • The term "Two more eggs" (which is in the ingredients on the Easter Egg cereal box) is on a post-it on a fridge later in pop-up.
  • Strong Bad would discover an additional egg six years later in Rotten Eggs.

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