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Strong Bad Email #179
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"Uh... The Pizz? Thanks for calling?"

To attract girls, Strong Bad "opens" a pizza joint, which accidentally becomes a success.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Daphne, Cheerleader, So and So, What's Her Face, The Ugly One, Homestar Runner, The King of Town, Strong Sad

Places: Computer Room, Strong Badia, The King of Town's Castle, The Pizz, the Review Revue, The King of Town's Grill

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Monday, September 24, 2007

Running Time: 4:09

Page Title: Lappy 486

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Six

this is bubkuss! sewiously

Contents

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "girls" at the end to see an extra scene with Strong Sad.
{Strong Sad at the Review Revue}
STRONG SAD: Strong Bad phones this one in with {pointing upwards} Strong Bad Email 179. {sbemail179.html slides at the bottom-right of the screen} Despite a strong showing from fan favorite Strong Sad, {slaps his stomach} the email ultimately fizzles due to a heavy reliance on what can only be called "internet pizza jokes". {a red X and the text "MISS!" appears on top of sbemail179.html}
  • Click on "pizza joint" at the end to see an extra scene with Homestar.
{Homestar is dressed in his "The Pizz" uniform, dancing on a blue background}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} Party! Cheatsa Party!

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • A calzone consists of pizza toppings and ricotta or mozzarella cheese wrapped inside a large piece of pizza dough.
  • A flame war is a common message board term for a heated (and hateful) argument.
  • A Troll is a common message board term used for people who flame other users and incite arguments and flame wars.
  • "UI" stands for user interface, the design of a program (or web page) and how users can interact with it.
  • An "avatar" is an Internet user's representation of himself or herself, in this case, a model used in the social networking site of Virtual Pizz.
  • Strong Bad's "We gotta strike while the girl is still hot" is a play on the expression regarding needing to "strike while the iron is still hot".

Trivia

  • www.virtualpizz.biz is a real fan-created website (by Matt Howell, as noted in an HTML comment) that was registered about half an hour after this email debuted. The site features the login page from the email, and clicking the login button brings you to this email. An Easter egg, accessed by clicking on the dot in .biz, reveals a link to an about page, notably titled "No Probalo!".
  • The Floppy Disk Container reads "D".
  • This is the first email since the debut of New Paper with no complaint about it from Strong Bad. This is also the first email with the New Paper printing out without any problems or setbacks.
  • The bushes in The Field are rendered in a previously unseen style.
  • The "Pizz Points" for each item are: $50 for TROGDOR! $150 for the Couch, $50 for the stand, $1 for the Cow Lamp, and $150 for each wallpaper. The total Pizz Points for all items is $551 — leaving Strong Bad $51 in debt.
  • This is another instance of Strong Sad smiling, which occurs while he's reviewing The Pizz.
  • The Podstar Runner description for this email reads, "Strong Bad opens a pizza joint to score some chicks."

Remarks

  • Strong Bad complained about not getting emails from college girls in hygiene. This is the second email in a row to be sent by a female college student.
  • The Teen Girl Squad segment is written on an older style sheet of paper, while this email debuted months after TGS Issue 13 was released. The newer sheet has been used since Issue 11.
  • While in his The Pizz uniform, Homestar appears to have hair.
  • In the scene in Strong Badia, the Tire and Fence is much closer to the left edge of the dirt than normal.
  • This is the first Strong Bad Email with the Lappy 486 where the laptop displays a screen that contains a full-color UI with a visible mouse pointer (the Lappy normally appears to have an DOS style operating system).

Goofs

  • Two black dots can be briefly seen below Homestar's eyes when he squints them.
  • When the left slice of pizza enters the online world, the tire overlaps it.
  • In the Strong Sad review Easter egg, part of the Sbemail179.html shadow is missing until Strong Sad pats his belly.
  • When Strong Bad is talking on the phone with the King of Town, and Homestar is standing next to him, Homestar's head is not quite in line with his body.

Fixed Goofs

  • When this e-mail was first released, black dots flashed on Homestar's face when the camera zoomed in on him talking.
  • When virtual Strong Bad spends his pizz points, the polkadot fence wallpaper used to overlap the tire. This was quickly fixed.

Inside References

  • This email prominently features pizza.
  • Strong Bad again says competition in his Mexican accent.
  • Credenza is seen in the background of the Review Revue.
  • The background of the Review Revue is from pizzaz.
  • The King of Town uses "Light 'Em Up Dan" brand lighter fluid.
  • The music playing on Review Revue is from portrait.
  • "Cheatsa parties" were previously mentioned in mile, and Homestar's Easter egg dance is identical to the broken animation of a headless Homestar dancing found at the end of the Flash file. This may be a clue that the Easter egg was originally going to be used in "mile" when you clicked on "pizza parties", but was later replaced.
  • The sides of the pizza boxes read "Pizza Box" / "Neighborhood Style".
  • The "CHEATSA PiZZA" sign is a use of lowercase i's.
  • P-roni, t-sauce, m-rooms, p-loaf and m-cheese are examples of abbreviations that might be used around The Office (similar to p-nade).
  • Homestar was previously a pizza delivery boy in privileges.

Real-World References

  • The King of Town ordering "Thanksgiving Lover's" pizzas is a reference to pizza shops that sell "Meat Lover's" or "Veggie Lover's" pizzas, particularly Pizza Hut.
  • VirtualPizz.biz spoofs commercial social massively multi-player online games such as Habbo Hotel, Club Penguin, and Coke Music.
  • Homestar's Easter egg song is based on a commercial for the Pizza Party board game.
  • Strong Bad's nickname for Strong Sad, "Thelonious Dump", is a reference to famous jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.
  • "Internet pizza jokes" are actually a type of humor. Some web sites actually offer virtual imaginary pizza.
  • The Cheat having a restaurant in the grill is similar to the Looney Tunes cartoon Rabbit Every Monday where Bugs Bunny convinces Yosemite Sam that there is a party going on in a wood burning oven.

Fast Forward

DVD Version

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

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