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Look out for Number 1!

Strong Bad Email #121

Strong Bad proves he does more than just check e-mails, by showing everyone his part-time job!

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad/Tragic Clown Dog, Homestar Runner, The Cheat/Tito, Bubs, Coach Z, Pom Pom, Mrs. Bennedetto

Places: Marzipan's House, Bubs' Concession Stand, The Stage (Easter egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: January 3, 2005

Running Time: 3:29



{As usual, Strong Bad is in front of his Lappy, checking his e-mail. Judging from the view of the room we can see around the Lappy, however, he does not seem to be at his desk, as he usually would be.}

STRONG BAD: A lot of ladies and a lot of girls... some healthy ladies and some healthy girls!

STRONG BAD: {typing} Waudju- gighi- ikuh... What do you mean do I do anything else besides checking e-mails. 'Course I freakin' do! I do everything! Always! {clears the screen} Nature walks, Meet N' Greets, Bus Chucker Club, The League of Me and The Cheat Ice Cream Socials. Shut up! I even have a part-part-part-part-very part-time job, to which I am currently 15 minutes late.

{Cut to the lower area of Marzipan's kitchen. Strong Bad has apparently been checking this e-mail under Marzipan's kitchen table. Homestar walks in, and is holding a tennis ball.}

{Strong Bad looks around in a panicked way.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: This is perfect! Just perfect! I couldn't be happier with my new invention! I'll call it... the Super Question Machine!!

STRONG BAD: {whispering} I gotta try to sneak out of here without Homestar noticing me.

{Homestar sets his tennis ball down on the table.}


STRONG BAD: Gonna need a diversion of some kind...

{The Cheat walks in, humming to himself, wearing a top hat entitled "Tito" and a bowtie, and holding a cane. Homestar turns around to look at him. The camera pans left. The Cheat begins doing a dance.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, wow! What a great new invention!

{Strong Bad crawls out from under the table, and gives The Cheat the thumbs up.}

STRONG BAD: Nice work, The Cheat!

{He proceeds to crawl away, while The Cheat's still humming.}

{Cut to Bubs' empty concession stand.}

STRONG BAD: {quietly while peeking out from behind the black} Perfect! Bubs must be passed out on the floor again.

{Strong Bad disappears behind the screen, and begins walking toward the Stand.}

STRONG BAD: {singing} Comin' in to work on time..

{Bubs pops up from under the counter. Strong Bad lets out a short yell.}

BUBS: Aha!

STRONG BAD: {Yells, then stutters a little.}

BUBS: Late again, Strong Bad. I'm not running a country club, you know.

STRONG BAD: {Quickly} But Mr. Bubs, I was just-

BUBS: {Interrupts} Wastin' time with that email show of yours again. That mess'll never get you anywhere!

STRONG BAD: Yes it will! You'll see! I'm gonna be big one day. I'm gonna be a famous email checker.

BUBS: And I'm gonna be two times two. Now put on your uniform and get to work!

STRONG BAD: You're gonna be what?

{The screen fades out and resumes to Strong Bad wearing a combination of a sad clown and a hotdog costume in front of Bubs' stand. Strong Bad is holding a paper, and a stack of papers sits next to him.}

The papers all say:


STRONG BAD: That's right! Come on down to Bubs' and get you a free cup of ice with purchase of deluxe cup of ice of equal or lesser value.

BUBS: No, no. Work it, son, work it!

{Strong Bad begins dancing and humming.}

BUBS: That's it, that's it! Look out for Number 1!

{Coach Z walks in.}

COACH Z: Hey, it's the hot dog clown! What fun!

{Pom Pom's silhouette merges in.}

COACH Z: Pom Pom, take a picture of me with the hot dog clown. It'll be classic!

{Pom Pom bubbles, and takes out a camera. A huge flash is seen, and a camera shutter sound is heard. Coach Z falls over, leaning on Strong Bad.}

{The camera zooms in to Bubs.}

BUBS: Pictures with the tragic clown dog ain't free! Fifty bucks! Sixty bucks! Get back here and let me confiscate y'all film! {The camera zooms back out to the four of them.}

COACH Z: {running} Chorce, forsh! {He and Pom Pom run off screen.}

STRONG BAD: It's a great day at Bubs' Concession Stand! Sign up now for giving us money!

BUBS: Now isn't this better than sitting at your desk answerin' emails?

STRONG BAD: Actually I was sitting under a kitchen table this week and.. uh oh! The Lappy's probably almost out of juice! I gotta get back and end this email! Uhh.. say Bubs, I'm gonna need now off. Is that cool?

BUBS: Is Strong Sad cool?

STRONG BAD: Oh come on.

BUBS: You know all my policies! I'm not running a country club, you know.

STRONG BAD: Okay then I quit.

BUBS: Fine! But don't even think about swiping that costume!

STRONG BAD: You made me buy this costume, remember?

BUBS: Oh. Right. Well then pleasure doing business with you.

{Strong Bad runs off in the costume.}

{We cut back to the kitchen, where The Cheat has fallen over, still humming, and Homestar is standing over him. Strong Bad, now without costume, crawls back in.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: This is the most amazing undersea epic ever filmed.

STRONG BAD: {typing} See, Hunter? I got all types of stuff going on. I've got so many facets, you don't even know what facets are. I'm like a hundredaire socialite out on the sce-

{The Lappy powers down.}

STRONG BAD: Oh great. The battery ran out. I gotta figure out a way to end this email.


{Cut to Mrs. Bennedetto. Strong Bad slaps a paper on it with some text and a picture of him on it.}

yeah buddy,
i have muscles!

ps: preeeeow

{The Paper DOES NOT come down on its own!}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "Bus Chucker Club" to see a post-it of Strong Bad's member badge.
  • Click on "preeeeow" to make The Paper come down.
  • Click on the microwave's "Broast" button to see Hundredaire Socialite magazine, featuring "The Brains Behind Videlectrix."
  • Click on the "Power" button to watch an extra scene with Strong Bad and Bubs.

Easter Egg Transcript

{Cut to Bubs on the Stage from A Decemberween Pageant. We see a pamphlet:}

       T H E A T E R

      A Sweet 3-Acter
   Directed by Strong Bad
Strong Bad and Buh-Hubs, man

{The pamphlet zooms out. We see Bubs is standing in front of a cut-out of his stand reading MR LEGARM'S Bubs Stand. Strong Bad walks in.}

BUBS AS MR. LEGARM: Well look who decided to show up. Fifth time this week, Johnny.

STRONG BAD AS JOHNNY: Oh I'm sorry Mr. Legarm. Honest I am! I just-

MR. LEGARM: {interrupting} You just what? Lost track of time?

JOHNNY: Yes sir. Only I wouldn't have to worry about that if I could just get the Johnny-Tron working.

MR. LEGARM: You still wastin' time workin' on that time machine, Johnny? That's a pipe dream, son! Your future's here at the shop. Now sweep up! I got customers to tend to.

JOHNNY: You'll see. Someday... someday...

{Music starts, and a spotlight goes over to Strong Bad.}

JOHNNY: {singing} When all my dreams come.. truuuuuuuuue.

{As he sings the word "true" the orchestra hits a climactic chord. The audience claps; the curtain closes.}

Fun Facts


  • The clock on Mrs. Bennedetto is stuck on 9:48.
  • This email is the first to show the back of the Lappy clearly. (It was obscured by Strong Bad's arm in animal) It is the 3rd time Strong Bad has checked his email in an unusual place; he has also checked his e-mail on Pom-Pom's Pom Pilot in the bird and later on Tangerine Dreams in weird dream.
  • In the picture of himself that Strong Bad puts on Mrs. Bennedetto at the end of the email, his left hand does not have a boxing glove on it and you can see three fingers. This is the first time we have seen Strong Bad's fingers or hand without the boxing gloves on. Also, his mouth has teeth, instead of just a gap in his mask.
  • This is only the fourth email where Strong Bad's email song does not include the word "email".
  • This is the only email where you manually have to make the paper come down at the end of it.
  • This is the second time Bubs criticized Strong Bad about his "email show". the first time was in the email the process.
  • This is the first time Strong Bad answers an email in a house where he is unwelcome but Homestar is. Usually Strong Bad answers emails in his house and Homestar is the unwelcome guest.


  • Bubs has apparently discontinued his "free weekly spamvertisements" from unused emails, from which Strong Bad was making $1250 (5000 emails x a quarter each) every time he sold a disk of addresses.
  • Notice Bubs' promotion is the opposite of what would be sensible: You can get two cups of ice while paying only for the one that costs less or the same. This is the same kind of logic which allows The King of Town to have "earned a free combo meal by purchasing one of equal or lesser value".
  • When Strong Bad is late to work, he grabs the frame of the cartoon, another confusion as to whether he knows he's in a cartoon or not.
  • Apparently the Lappy 486 also comes with a wireless Internet card. Either that or Strong Bad downloaded his emails before heading to Marzipan's.
  • The Lappy has a battery life of 5 minutes, but this email lasts only 3 minutes 9 seconds and the Lappy cuts off. However, it's explainable by the fact that not every moment is accounted for, such as Strong Bad going to and returning from Bubs' Concession Stand, and Strong Bad putting on his costume, not to mention the time it took for the Lappy to boot up.
  • Strong Bad also has an unspecified job at The Office.
  • Hunter's question was effectively answered just 10 emails ago in other days.


  • You can also make the circles appear when the scene switches to the microwave at the end really quickly.
  • The paper's "preeeow" sound starts but gets cut off after less than a second when it cuts to the microwave.
  • When Strongbad turns around the teardrop on his hot dog clown suit switches sides.


  • After watching the "Power easter egg," the paper is down even if you haven't clicked on "preeeow".
  • On some earlier versions of Flash, you can hear the printer's scratching noise even before you click on "preeeow".

Inside References

  • The Hundredaire Socialite Magazine Easter egg features the familiar faces of Mike and Matt Chapman; the photo is from Peasant's Quest Preview.
  • The Cheat wearing the top hat may be a reference to theme park. (also see Real-World References)
  • Buh-Hubs was a filename in big white face.
  • "Hundredaire" was also used in the email "suntan".
  • "preeeeow" is what Strong Bad says in autobiography and haircut, when attempting to prompt the printer to print out The Paper. It is the accepted onomatopoeia for The Paper's sound.
  • The confused sounds Strong Bad makes at the beginning of the cartoon are almost identical to the ones he utters near the end of Everybody to the Limit.
  • When Strong Bad says "I've got so many facets, you don't even know what facets are," he is referring to his description of Senor Cardgage in the email kind of cool.
  • The sound the Lappy makes when shutting down is the same sound from gimmicks (when the Tandy's display goes blank), caffeine (when Strong Sad no longer was caffeinated), and dangeresque 3 when Strong Bad changed the signature (john newell, on) to john newell, off.
  • The cup of ice is first referenced in no loafing, as part of Bubs' Thirty Cent Lunch Special.
  • When Strong Bad sings "I'm like a hundredaire socialite out on the sce-", it is in the same tune as the first Lappy e-mail rap ("Scroll buttons and The Lappy together at last...")
  • Strong Bad previously appeared as a hot dog in island.

Real-World References

  • The Tragic Clown Dog's necktie bends upwards like Dilbert's.
  • Homestar doesn't demonstrate how his Super Question Machine works (which is just a tennis ball), but it could be a reference to the Magic 8-ball.
  • The pamphlet reading "Theater" in the Easter Egg is a reference to the ubiquitous Playbill in Broadway shows.
  • The name "Mr. Legarm" is probably a reference to the old saying of "... will cost you an arm and a leg", since Bubs is known to charge more for something than it's worth (such as when he charges $10 for severe pummelings in pom pom).

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