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Strong Bad Email #144
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"...until a dorky chef's hat threatened to tear them apart."

Strong Bad dramatically narrates other people's lives.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Strong Badman (Easter egg), Strong Sad, Bubs, Coach Z, Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Homsar, The Poopsmith, The Cheat, Strong Mad, Nebulon (Easter egg), Marzipan Alien Cow (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Sad's Room, Bubs' Concession Stand, Marzipan's House, The Field, King of Town's Castle, Strong Mad's Room, Brothers' Strong Bathroom, Strong Bad's Basement, Strong Bad's Laundry Room, The Moon (Easter egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: February 6, 2006

Running Time: 3:00

Page Title: Lappy 486



{Strong Bad types "strongbad_email.exe".}

STRONG BAD: {singing} I met this email on a north-bound train. We had some dinner, then we danced in the rain. {Presses enter.}

{Strong Bad says "Minnesota" slightly slower than the rest.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} No Grossman, I have not. But you know what's way better than narrating movies? Narrating peoples' pathetic everyday lives like they're movie trailers. Ready? Let's try it!

{Cut to Strong Sad's room. Strong Sad is sitting at his table eating a small pie. Strong Bad leans in through the doorway.}

STRONG BAD: {dramatically} Meet Strong Sad.

STRONG SAD: What? Who are you talking to?

STRONG BAD: All he ever wanted was to eat his grody ethnic food in peace.

STRONG SAD: Hey man, this a Rogan Josh pot pie!

STRONG BAD: Until one day, fate threw him a curveball.

{A small blue octopus flies across the screen, hits Strong Sad in the face with a slap and sticks to him.}


STRONG BAD: Lump of Dump Pictures proudly presents:

{Cut to logo splash. Words appear as Strong Bad says them.}

STRONG BAD: "Whined & Dined". In the game of life, may the best man {slight pause} whine. {grumbles}

{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand. Coach Z is talking to Bubs. Strong Bad quickly peers out around the corner of the stand. All the while, dramatic music with drums is heard.}

STRONG BAD: In a post-apocalyptic world where {cut to a closeup of Strong Bad} weird old men survive on boring conversations...

{Cut to wide shot outside the stand.}

BUBS: I suppose we could talk about my napkin friend for another couple hours. {holds up a napkin}

{Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: ...a line will be drawn.

{Cut to the inside of the stand.}

COACH Z: YOUR napkin?! Well, it's got my snot balls on it!

{Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: A hero will rise.

{Cut back to outside the stand.}

BUBS: Man, you don't even have a nose!

{Cut back to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: And an empire will fall.

{Cut back to outside the stand. Bubs slams the metal gate to his concession stand shut, revealing "4actor Z" graffiti}


{Cut to Marzipan's House. Marzipan and Homestar are inside; Homestar is wearing an apron and a strange chef's hat. Strong Bad peeks in from the left.}

STRONG BAD: They were a couple in love.

MARZIPAN: Homestar, you look like a dork with that on.

STRONG BAD: Until a dorky chef's hat threatened to tear them apart.

{Close-up of Homestar's head. Homestar shakes his head, making the hat's 'googly eyes' jiggle.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, yeah? Well maybe you look like some type of enormous... alien... cow!

MARZIPAN: {gasp}

STRONG BAD: {as music begins to play} This summer,—

{Cut to the field, where Homsar is levitating on his stomach while his hat rises}

STRONG BAD: —this holiday season,—

{Cut to the side of The King of Town's castle. The Poopsmith is shoveling whatsit in the background. Slow zoom in on him}

STRONG BAD: —this Arbor Day, some smelly French studio invites YOU {points at camera} to sit through a four hour film with no dialogue and no plot. "Whatsit {slight pause} All About"

{Title appears on the screen with the subtitle "Whatzeet All Aboot?" Cut to Strong Mad's room. Strong Mad and The Cheat are playing Battleship. Piano music begins as Strong Bad appears in the center}

STRONG BAD: Two unlikely partners...


STRONG BAD: brain between them.

THE CHEAT: {shrugs and sighs}

STRONG BAD: From the creators of "I'm Surprised Strong Mad Hasn't Eaten The Cheat by Now"

STRONG MAD: {upset} Awww!

STRONG BAD: get ready to—

{The words fly on screen as he says them.}


{Title appears at top of screen.}

STRONG BAD: "Lugnut {gestures toward Strong Mad, who grins} & Squeak" {pats The Cheat on the head}

THE CHEAT: {makes a The Cheat noise}

{Cut to bathroom. We are just behind Strong Sad as he brushes his teeth. We can see his reflection in the mirror. Strong Bad pops up just over his shoulder.}

STRONG BAD: For hundreds of years it has {flickers lights on and off} haunted mankind.

{Cut to The Basement. Strong Sad is watching TV. Strong Bad is standing off to the side.}

STRONG BAD: From the master of teenagers-on-a-camping-trip-esque horror. {flickers lights again and leaves them off}

STRONG SAD: Are you gonna throw a dead goose at me or something?

STRONG BAD: Comes the remake no one was waiting for: {another title splash} "Things That Go Dump in The Night".

{Cut to the laundry room. Strong Sad opens the dryer. Cut to a view of Strong Sad from inside it. A dead goose flies out, and Strong Sad screams as it knocks him over. The screen immediately goes black except for the words "Your goose is cooked."}

{Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} The critics agree! "A triumph!" "A cinematic breakfast snack of some kind!" "It {very slight pause} sure was a movie!" {quickly} Now playing in select cities. {rapidly, in the manner of a disclaimer} This Strong Bad Email has been rated P for The Poopsmith and a graphic scene of The Paper.

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "grossman" after Strong Bad types it to see a Strong Badman comic book cover illustrating him.
  • Click on "critics" at the end of the email to see a scene with Strong Bad and Strong Sad.
STRONG SAD: (still with the blue octopus on his face) Look, all I'm saying is it felt more like a change-up than a curveball.
STRONG BAD: What are you, the SBEmail police now? This is like three weeks in a row!
  • Click on "rated P" at the end to see a scene with a Powered by the Cheat-style Marzipan Alien Cow and Nebulon.
MARZIPAN ALIEN: (in a Powered by the Cheat-style voice) You know, Nebulon, I've always admired your styles.
{Nebulon makes a sad face and slides away.}

Fun Facts


  • Rogan Josh is a tomato/red pepper based lamb curry dish, created in Northern India. It is normally served over rice, not in a pot pie.
  • This Email is a reference to Schenkerian analysis.


  • The Strong Badman Easter egg was not in the email at first, but was added later on in the day.


  • Strong Bad emphasizes the word "gross" when he says the name "Gossman" as "Grossman". A "gross" is a term for 144 of anything, and this is the 144th email.
  • "4actor Z" is another example of Leetspeak.
  • Strong Bad refers to Bubs and Coach Z as "old men" in this toon. Their ages relative to the other characters are rarely mentioned, although Coach Z called himself an "old man" in caffeine.
  • Strong Sad appears to be the only one aware of Strong Bad's presence in this e-mail. The Cheat is most likely reacting to Strong Mad's "I ate my battleship!" as opposed to Strong Bad's compliment in his favour.
  • Strong Bad could not flick the light switch in the basement, as there are no switches within his arm's reach.
  • Bubs and Coach Z apparently have a history with napkins. In the email cheatday, they sing about them in the demo tape they make.


  • During the Lugnut and Squeak scene, the Battleship images on the playing boards are slightly disproportionate when the camera zooms in on Strong Bad.

Inside References

  • Strong Mad's role as Lugnut is likely a reference to his Yearbook Character Page, which described him as a "big lug."
  • Strong Bad's line about boring conversations between Bubs and Coach Z is another Yearbook Character Page reference.
  • When Strong Bad says "three weeks in a row", he is referring to the previous 2 emails: technology, in which Strong Sad corrected Strong Bad for calling a floppy disk a "hard disk", and secret identity, when Hyperactive Strong Sad corrected Homestar's mispronunciation of "pseudonym". All of these three corrections occurred during Easter eggs.
  • Even though Marzipan Alien Cow says she likes his style (unlike Strong Bad and 1-Up), Nebulon mopes away just as he did in New Boots.
  • The movie title "THiNGS THAT GO DUMP iN THE NiGHT" is another appearance of lowercase i's.
  • Coach Z and Bubs arguing over who owns the napkin is a reference to the Easter egg rap from cheatday, specifically Bubs' line (to Coach Z), "But don't you steal my napkins."
  • The "four hour film with no dialogue" is a nod to The Poopsmith's vow of silence.
  • There is another reference to pie.

Real-World References

  • The game Strong Mad and The Cheat are playing is Battleship. Strong Mad's line "I ate my battleship!" is a take off from the old Battleship commercials, where one player would cry at the end "You sank my battleship!"
  • The "battleship" icon depicted on the game is a silhouette of the Civil War-era Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia.
  • The title "Things That Go Dump in the Night" is a reference to the better known phrase "Things that go Bump in the Night".
  • Mismatched protagonists like Lugnut & Squeak are a staple concept of many movies and TV shows.
  • "Teenagers on a camping trip" likely refers to the movie Friday the 13th and its sequels, which primarily featured such characters.
  • The song Strong Bad sings at the beginning is similar to the song "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum or "Hungry Heart" by Bruce Springsteen.
  • "Ready? Let's try it!" is a reference to Pee-Wee's Playhouse, in which Pee-Wee Herman would use this line in every show following the announcement of the "secret word of the day."

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