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Strong Bad Email #177
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Nice eyesight there, Original Bubs!

Strong Bad discusses Original Bubs, and how he came to be the one we know and love.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Original Bubs, The King of Town, The Cheat, Senor Cardgage, Crack Stuntman, Bubs, Marzipan (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Bubs' Concession Stand, The Field

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Monday, September 3, 2007

Running Time: 3:30

Page Title: Lappy 486



STRONG BAD: {singing} Gropin' around in the dark, tryin' ta find an email! Da-da-da-blue-got-a-now! {brings up the email}

{Strong Bad makes a rock-ish scream in place of the emoticon.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Wait, you guys are really asking me that? We do that to you people all the time. There've been like twelve King of Towns. {clears screen} And are you telling me you've already forgotten about the original Bubs?

{Cut to Homestar Runner in front of Bubs' Concession Stand. A silhouette resembling Bubs is seen in the foreground/}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hi, Original Bubs! How's original business?

{Cut to in front of the stand. The character behind the counter only vaguely resembles Bubs; his head is dark blue and shaped as though it has hair, both of his eyes are the same shape and size, and his teeth are straight. His body is solid orange and hunched over. He has visible rectangular hands that are the same color as his face. "BY ORIGINAL BUBS" is seen on the stand's sign. Two papers are taped to the stand that read "CHEAP THRILLS!" and "CHEAPER TRICKS!"}

ORIGINAL BUBS: {his voice is lower-pitched than Bubs' and not as gravelly; openings form in his mouth as he speaks} Hey, Homestar. I can see you from here! {holds his hands apart}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: That's some great eyesight, Original Bubs!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} But it wasn't all good eyesight and cheap prices!

{The screen becomes inverted grayscale and spooky music starts. The camera zooms in on Original Bubs.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Behind the scenes lay a thick bubbling pit of crude turmoil!

{As the colors return to normal, the scene cuts to the King of Town and Original Bubs standing behind a table with an iced tea container, paper cups, a box of Swiss Cake Rolls, and a Tupperware box of a white substance. Original Bubs is pointing at the Tupperware box with an angry expression.}

ORIGINAL BUBS: Who ate all the mayo off of my egg salad?! And how?!

THE KING OF TOWN: It's a proprietary technique I can't reveal!

ORIGINAL BUBS: This is the first and last straw! I'm outta here, you amateurs!

{Original Bubs walks away to music. For the first time, his bottom half is revealed. It is gray and similarly-shaped to Bubs' legs, but with tiny legs and pointed in the wrong direction from his upper body. There is no green stripe. He walks offscreen. Cut to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} With Original Bubs' future uncertain, we had to come up with some pretty creative ways to write him into stories, so that viewers didn't know he was gone.

{Cut to Original Bubs' Concession Stand. Homestar and Strong Bad are standing in front of it wearing leiderhosen. Behind the counter is a large cardboard box that reads "FRIDGERATE AGAIN".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, Original Bubs, who is totally behind that refrigerator box, says I won the yodelling contest.

{Static briefly appears, and the scene cuts to one with Homestar and Strong Bad, dressed like Canadian Mounties, speaking to a box labeled "DEESH WARSH".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, Original Bubs, who is totally behind that dishwasher box...

{More static, cutting to a closeup of Homestar in a poncho and sombrero, with a box that reads "KLEENLOAD" behind him.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: ...behind that washer/dryer box...

{More static. Now Homestar is wearing a black jacket and floppy black hat, and the box reads "HOT2O".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: ...that hot water heater box...

{More static. Homestar wears an African outfit, and the stand has an upside-down shoe box labeled "freshley's" with a tower made out of toothpicks on top.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: ...behind that... {clearly confused} toothpick sculpture?

{More static, cutting to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: Once it became apparent that Original Bubs was gone for good, there was an interim period of rotating guest Bubs. Like when talk show hosts have surgery, or go to jail.

{Cut to the inside of Bubs' Concession Stand. Homestar walks up. The person behind the counter is Senor Cardgage wearing an orange shirt with a greem stripe across it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey there, Senator Cardgage Bubs, lemme get a manilla cheese Coke!


{Cut to the front of the stand.}

SENOR CARDGAGE: I should eat a pony.

{Homestar flinches with surprise. Static cuts to Strong Bad and The Cheat at the stand, with Crack Stuntman playing Bubs. The sign has "CRACK STUNT" posted over the word "ORIGINAL".}

CRACK STUNTMAN: BLAAAAAAAAAAH!! What can I get? For you fine gentlemen?

STRONG BAD: {annoyed} Never mind, Crack Stunt Bubs.

{Cut to a closeup.}

CRACK STUNTMAN: Oh... I should eat a pony.

{Strong Bad flinches with surprise.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And don't forget fan favorite,

{Cut to an onion with Bubs' face drawn on it sitting on the stand's counter.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Onion Bubs.

{A crowd can be heard cheering, with one voice screaming "Onion Bubs!" over and over. Static cuts back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Finally, we had to settle on a little known Bubs with zero experience. And it's been downhill ever since.

BUBS: {from offscreen} Ahem.

{Cut back to show Bubs looking at Strong Bad angrily. He has the ends of his arms curled up as though they are fists and is waving them menacingly.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, hey, New Bubs.

BUBS: We're gonna need a new Strong Bad in about two seconds!

STRONG BAD: {reminiscing} Yeah, Original Bubs used to threaten me like that. It just doesn't sound the same coming out of you.

{Bubs punches Strong Bad in the face four times and puts his hands on his hips.}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, Original Bubs used to pummel me senseless like that. It just doesn't sound—

{Bubs holds up his right "fist" menacingly.}


BUBS: You tell these people I'm the original Buh... b'zuh.

STRONG BAD: All right! You're the original Bubs!

{Cut to a closeup of Bubs. The background turns orange.}

BUBS: That's right! {The following words appear above him:} 100% All Original Bubs! {And the following words appear below him:} If I had thumbs, I'd be sticking 'em up my armpits right now!

{He puts the ends of his arms into his armpits as a demonstration. The camera closes out to encircle Bubs' face with a blue background.}

ANNOUNCER: {voiceover} 100% all original Bubs! If he had thumbs, he'd be sticking 'em up his armpits right now! Uhhh...

{Cut to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} But we really do replace people. Take the New Paper, for instance. Come on, New Paper, disappoint me!

{New Paper comes down and the entire page falls off the top of the screen.}

STRONG BAD: Whoop! And when it comes to disappointment, you never disappoint.

Easter Eggs

  • At the end, click on "replace people" to see a field full of King of Town graves, including one for "Onion King of Town".
  • At the end, click on the word "downhill" to see a short scene with Homestar Runner and Marzipan.
{Open at the Field. Homestar Runner is standing with a can by his feet}
{Homestar Runner kicks the can to the right of screen as Marzipan enters}
MARZIPAN: What's the matter, Homestar?
HOMESTAR RUNNER: I miss Original Bubs.
MARZIPAN: Homestar, Strong Bad made all that stuff up.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: You can't make up eyesight that good. He could always see me {sobbing} from over there.

Fun Facts


  • Onion Bubs has differently-shaped eyes like the real Bubs. However, if the story is to remain consistent, he should resemble Original Bubs, who had two identical eyes.
  • The New Paper's "Click here to email Strong Bad" link is fully functional until it falls off the screen.
  • This is a moment that Strong Bad is beat-up by a character other than Strong Mad, and surrenders. This is a hint to how strong Strong Bad really is.

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