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Strong Bad Email #189
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"All right, The Cheat. This is gonna be a piece of cake for you."

Strong Bad enters The Cheat in the Cat Mess Inbredtational Pet Show.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, The Cheat, Strong Mad, Strong Sad, The Announcer, Pom Pom, Trivia Time, The King of Town, Marzipan, Old-Timey Strong Bad (Easter egg), The Sneak (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Mad's Room, Laundry Room of the Brothers Strong, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Gymnasium

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Monday, February 4, 2008

Running Time: 3:44

Page Title: Lappy 486

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Six



STRONG BAD: Continue to roast your Strong Bad email until it reaches an internal temperature of 189. {brings up the email}

{reads QLD as "Quick, Look Down"}

STRONG BAD: Look down?!

{Cut to Homestar kneeling at Strong Bad's feet, holding a spoon with relish on it}


STRONG BAD: {Strong Bad kicks Homestar away} Braugh!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {simultaneously} Oof!

{cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! Thanks for the warning, Sarah. Homestar's always trying to give me the old relish foot. {typing} Have I ever entered The Cheat in a pet show? The Cheat? No. But I have entered Saberlord's Scritchascratch Cakemonger The Cheat in plenty! That's his show name acourse. Oh yeah, The Cheat's got papers. He's won Best in Sheen four years in a row!

{Cut to Strong Bad and Strong Mad rubbing The Cheat with "Schlembaugh's skillet-fried Hoosier 'Nuts!" brand doughnuts. The Cheat's eyes are much larger than they usually are.}

STRONG BAD: Just sit still! There's three dozen more where that came from. Last year was way too close a race. This year we need a secret weapon. Strong Mad, hand me the Bavarian Cream!

{Strong Mad holds up a Bavarian Cream doughnut}

THE CHEAT: {sighs}

{cut to Strong Sad brushing The Cheat in the laundry room}

STRONG SAD: And I told him, if he wants to show up thirty minutes late, {The Cheat responds} then he can find someone else. {Strong Sad raises his index finger as The Cheat responds.} Because my time is valuable. Mm-hmm. I'm takin' these night classes, {The Cheat responds} gonna get an education... {The Cheat responds. Strong Sad holds up a mirror} Does the back look okay?

{cut to Strong Bad's basement. Strong Bad and The Cheat are on the couch, with Strong Mad looking over the back.}

STRONG BAD: With a rusty fork and a guitar string. Good response! Me too, actually. All right, what if they ask you about the world situation?


{Strong Mad smiles widely}

STRONG BAD: "Meh"! Classic! That'll really knock 'em dead! {cut to closeup of Strong Bad} Especially that stodgy old Madame Bodewell. That lady's got it in for us. {back to the three on the couch} Just 'cuz you peed on her dress that one time.


{cut to gold plated Cat Mess trophy with bags of Cat Mess along the side}

THE ANNOUNCER: Welcome back to the Cat Mess Inbredtational Pet Show, {fade into the gym where the contest is taking place, panning along the table} where the hotly contested Best In Sheen competition is just getting underway! {camera stops on Marzipan and Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, man, Marzipan. We're gonna clean house this year. {two-shot} We're gonna clean apartment! We're gonna clean dorm room! We're gonna clean time share! {Marzipan puts a leash on Homestar}

{cut Strong Bad and The Cheat}

STRONG BAD: All right, The Cheat. This is gonna be a piece of cake for you. It's gonna be a piece of pie! It's gonna be a piece of cobbler! It's gonna be a piece of novelty dessert pizza! Now get out there and do your thing! {The Cheat dashes off}

{a montage of The Cheat interfering with the show: The Cheat puts a drop of Puke Drops into Mme. Bodewell's water, distracts Pom Pom with a pinup girl and breaks Trivia Time with a toy—a circa 1978 Milton-Bradley Star Bird Space Transport (just the detachable nose section), gnaws on The King Of Town's low fat grill's power cord, and dances in front of a sign that says "Dance Competition?"}

{a wipe with the Pet Show logo reveals Pom Pom and a repaired Trivia Time}

THE ANNOUNCER: And now, for the judges' scores! Pom Pom and Trivia Time: 3.5! Good GPA, {Pom Pom bubbles excitedly} terrible pet show score. {Pom Pom looks at Trivia Time sadly. Wipe with the Pet Show logo to The King Of Town} The King Of Town and an As Seen on TV Low-Fat Cooking Device: Not supposed to be here!

{The King of Town pops his crown up in surprise after hearing the result}

THE KING OF TOWN: {to the low-fat grill} I told you you'd never amount to anything! I'm not even your real father!

{wipe with the Pet Show logo to Homestar Runner on his knees with a leash}

THE ANNOUNCER: And Fluffle's Buffles Scruffle's Truffles Homestar Runner!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: My friends call me Scruffle's.

THE ANNOUNCER: 8.5! {wipe with Pet Show logo to Strong Bad and The Cheat} And Saberlord's {unintelligible mumbling} The Cheat! {the text "Saberlord's (Unintelligible) The Cheat" appears beneath them} Disqualified for flagrant use of relish foot! {buzzer as "DISQUALIFIED!!" is stamped in red over the text}

{cut to Strong Bad's feet, one of which has relish on it}


THE ANNOUNCER: Scruffle's wins!

{cut back to Strong Bad and The Cheat, Homestar enters from the left with the leash still on and holding the trophy}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, well, Strong Bad. Looks like you finally got a taste of your own medicine. A taste of your own potion. A taste of your own elixir! A taste of your own— {The Cheat throws a toy at Homestar and he falls down}

{cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Don't worry, we're currently appealing the decision of the judges. We're also currently a-peeling {pull back to a wider shot with The Cheat peeling in a pile of...} POTATOES! {Strong Bad jumps headfirst into the pile and a banner and confetti comes down}

{The New Paper comes down and the screen darkens}

{after a short pause}

STRONG BAD: Hey, The Cheat. Do you think we successfully glossed over the fact we lost the competition?

THE CHEAT: {affirmative The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Man, is there anything potatoes can't do?

Easter Eggs

  • After the final bit of dialogue, click on the floppy disk container to see a series of takes on Strong Bad's other interpretations of QLD.
    STRONG BAD: {reading} Have fun, Sarah. Quarter leg, dark. Are you trying to order fried chicken? {beep; scene restarts} Sarah. Quiet loser dork. Well, it's very big of you to admit that. {beep} Quivering Live Dwarves! Uh... That's my new album name. {beep} Quit lumbering down. Hey, I'm not lumbering down! {beep} Quickly losing dignity. Yes... Yes, you are.
  • At the end, click on Strong Bad's legs to see Sir Strong Bad and The Sneak's 'plague show'.
    OLD TIMEY STRONG BAD: Yesss, good show, The Sneak! You've got more infectious diseases than any other vermin here!

Fun Facts


  • QLD is the abbreviation for Queensland, a state in Australia.
  • The Cheat having "papers" means that he has proof of being a purebred.
  • The pet show seems to be a cross between Miss America contest and American Kennel Club National Championship.
  • Long names, like those given to The Cheat and Homestar, are commonly given to show animals as a way of showing lineage and to distinguish them as unique animals.
  • Relish foot is a play on hotfoot.
  • The exclamation "meh" stands for one of indifference, neutrality, or just plain uncaring.
  • GPA stands for Grade Point Average, a discreet evaluation system used in education in the United States. Since the maximum possible score is generally 4.0, 3.5 is considered a good score.


  • The label on the Floppy Disk Container reads "monkey island".
  • Strong Mad smiles, and so does Strong Bad.
  • The text on the pinup girl poster reads "XOXOXO, Trina".
  • The summary of the Podstar Runner RSS feed reads, "Strong Bad and The Cheat compete for another Best in Sheen award at the Cat Mess Inbredtational Pet Show."
  • This email is number 189, which is the temperature that Strong Bad says to roast your Strong Bad email to.
  • The YouTube description for this email is "The Cheat gets entered in the Cat Mess Inbredtational Pet Show."


  • Strong Sad deposits the hairbrush into and retrieves the mirror from Hammerspace.
  • When Pom Pom looks at the girl picture, his eyes go off his head. This could just be a common cartoon action, though. But when they are being judged, his eyes are much farther apart than usual.
  • Strong Bad starts reading the email even before it's on the screen.
  • The potato The Cheat is peeling at the end never runs out of peelings.


Lemme turn around real quick...
  • When Strong Bad looks down at his "relish foot", he is facing the table. When the screen moves down so that the viewer can see the relish foot, we can see from his thumbs that he's facing away from the table. When Homestar arrives, Strong Bad is suddenly facing the table again.
    • Also, his arms aren't at the correct angle and position shown to be connected where they usually are. If you view the frame shown in the picture, showing outside-the-frame action, this becomes apparent, as his arms are connected at about his shoulders.
  • While The Cheat is chewing on the power cord, two different swirls are visible under The Cheat's mouth.

Fixed Goofs

Run Homestar, you're free!
  • "Unintelligible" during The Cheat's score announcement was misspelled "Unitntelligible". This was fixed the next day.
  • At the end where Strong Bad jumps into the pile of potatoes, the text on the Lappy was displayed upside down.
  • For the first few seconds right when the toon went to Homestar's and Marzipan's score announcement, the rope on Homestar's leash was not connected to the collar and was folded upward.
  • When the camera first panned to Homestar and Marzipan, the wooden floor remained stationary.

Inside References

Real-World References

DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman)

MIKE: Hi, Matt.

MATT: Hi, Mike.

MIKE: How—

MATT: {interrupting} Jonathan Howe really likes Cat Mess.

MIKE: {chuckles}

MIKE: I remember that from the "lady fan" email.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Um... I remember watching the... Westminster Dog Show on USA. A good bit— growing up. Being down in the basement, by myself, watching it.

MATT: {surprised} Really?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: Wow, good job, Mike.

MIKE: Playing, uh, shooting hoops on that little miniature basketball goal we had in the basement?

MATT: Mm-hm. Maybe making a montage movie and play some, uh, Guns 'n' Roses {Mike laughs} or maybe Wild Side?

MIKE: Montage of our dunks? On a four foot goal?

{Both laugh}

MIKE: We actually had to jump down to dunk.

MATT: So do you think that the glaze from those doughnuts made The Cheat's eyes bigger and shinier, too? {Mike laughs} {unintelligible} wipe his eyes down? And made his little curl curlier too, right?

MIKE: Mm-hmm. Yeah, it has more swirl to it. {Matt chuckles} who do you think Strong Sad's talking about?

MATT: Oh, I don't know. {Mike starts to talk} He probably had an appointment.

MIKE: {simultaneously} {unintelligible} Strong Bad.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: Oh, I don't know that it's— I don't think they're making him wait for an appointment.

MIKE: Oh, is it {unintelligible} or something?

MATT: No— like, you know, just making him wait, like out in the car. Strong Bad was like, "Hey wait in the car." Poor Strong Sad— {pause} Strong Sad's, you know, time is valuable, Mike.

MIKE: Mm-hmm, it's valuable.

MATT: Yeah.

{Pause. The Cheat is practicing his lines with Strong Bad and Strong Mad on the couch.}

MATT: Things do not bode well for Madame Bodewell.

MIKE: {unintelligible}{the email cuts from the scene in the basement to the competition introduction} Oh. {pause} I like that logo.

MATT: Yeah, it's a good logo. {pause} So is there...

MIKE: So really... {one of them chuckles}

MATT: The Cheat is the only actual {chuckling injected into "actual"} pet at in this whole— this is the worst pet show {Mike laughs} I've ever seen, Mike.

{Pause. Strong Bad is now talking to The Cheat before the competition.}

MATT: {regarding The Cheat} He is... looking creepy.

MIKE: He reminds me of somebody, and I've been trying to figure out who he—

MATT: {interrupting} A human?

MIKE: Yeah, {chuckle} I think so, maybe a celebrity of some kind?

MATT: Joan Rivers?

MIKE: I think that's who {Matt chuckles, Mike loses breath} I— just gonna say!

MATT: {The Cheat is poisoning Madame Bodewell's water} Woah, look at those puke drops! It looks like a poisonous bottle of drippy Tortan. {Mike lets out a chuckle; the camera now pans to the pin-up poster}

MATT: {impressed tone} Oooh! I was {slight chuckle in his voice} particularly proud of that— it's definitely a Droopy— Droopy cartoon— hot dame. {Mike chuckles} Nice gams.

{Pause. The award ceremony begins.}

MATT: Uhhh, oh, Trivia—

MIKE: {interrupting} I like the—

MATT: —Time, Trivia Time got busted with a Star Bird.

{The two begin a "rev-up" noise in unison until they hold a pitch. After a few seconds, they both "rev-down."}

MIKE: So when you is— this toy— our older brother had— and when— and if you would tip it up, and it would kind of do this little, like, it's accelerating, going up, and if you tilt it down it would descend.

MATT: Yeah. And—

MIKE: {simultaneously; stops} We still have it.

MATT: —the box. On the box, it makes a big deal about how there's "electronical sounds." I think—

MIKE: {interrupting; laughing} Electronic!

{Short pause. In the email, the announcer is skipping around The Cheat's show name. Both laugh.}

MATT: Come on, announcer man!

MIKE: Gave no effort.

{The camera pans to Strong Bad's relish foot that has just disqualified The Cheat.}

MATT: {emphatically} Oh, Dang! {short pause} Look, Homestar actually won a competition in this one.

MIKE: Mm-hmm. And I like that The Cheat sort of... went back to cheating.

MATT: Yeah!

MIKE: Which was... it kind of had some old-school flavor to it.

MATT: Yeah. Except, instead of being depressed, Strong Sad was acting like he ran a hair salon.

MIKE: {laughs}

MATT: A sassy hair salon!

{Strong Bad jumps into the pile of potatoes.}

MATT: Wait, why did that happen?

MIKE: Uh, he was trying to distract everyone. He was trying to distract the viewer from— saying, "The Cheat, do you think that they'd noticed that... {quiet voice; quickly} we didn't actually win?"

MATT: Op, there you go.

MIKE: {short pause} I— see, it worked on you!

MATT: It did!

{Both laugh and talk simultaneously.}

MATT: And I had no idea what was going on.

MIKE: {unintelligible} {Matt is finished} —a pile of potatoes!

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