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*Every statement made by Homestar in this email ends with the word "face."
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*Although Strong Bad claims Marzipan's first scroll button song to be "the worst song [he'd] ever heard", he actually wound up using it himself during the Lappy era!
===Inside References===
===Inside References===

Revision as of 19:23, 10 August 2005

Please don't dig up the grave.

Strong Bad Email #105

Strong Bad looks for a replacement for when he retires.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Strong Mad, Bubs, Coach Z, Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Homsar

Places: Computer Room, The Field, Strong Bad's Basement, Marzipan's House, The Stage

Computer: Compy 386

Date: June 8, 2004

Running Time: 3:16

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: Our next show is a family show. It...is...the email.

{reading}

{typing} You've got a good point there, Jeffy. I suppose I can't keep checking these e-mails forever. I never really thought about finding an heir to my throne before. Come to think of it, what ever happened to my throne? {stops typing, picks up a phone, and talks into it, making a sound like a loudspeaker in a supermarket} Attention The Cheat. Customer needs assistance in e-mail. Customer needs assistance in e-mail. {puts down the phone, which is not attached to anything. The Cheat arrives in a blue employee's vest with his name on it} The Cheat, didn't I use to have a throne of some kind?

THE CHEAT: {He points at the stool and makes The Cheat noises that sound like "it's right there."}

STRONG BAD: No, no, no, this is my stool. I'm talking about a throne. You know, it had, like...gold nuggets on it, and...a hundred cupholders...some of them velvety cushions...you know, a throne. And I think I had a motorcycle, too. See if you can find those.

THE CHEAT: Okay.

STRONG BAD: {typing} I guess the best way to find a replacement is to subject a bunch of applicants to the same rigorous screening process that I subjected myself to {begins to sound unsure of what he is saying} when I started checking these emails?

{Cut to the field. Strong Bad and Homestar are there.}

I'm gonna hold up a last name, and you make fun of it. {He holds up a cue card with the word "Gargleman" written on it.} Gargleman.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Crapface.

STRONG BAD: {He holds up a cue card with the word "Dumweiner" written on it.} Dumweiner.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Um, crapface.

STRONG BAD: {He holds up a cue card with the word "Butkus" written on it.} Butkus.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Crapface.

STRONG BAD: {He holds up a cue card with the word "Crambert" written on it.} Crambert.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Crapface?

STRONG BAD: {He holds up a cue card with the word "Desterhoft" written on it.} Desterhoft.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Let me think about it, {without hesitation} crapface.

STRONG BAD: Whoa! Perfect score!

{Cut to the computer room. Strong Bad and Coach Z are there.}

STRONG BAD: Let's hear your best "deleted." {He presses a button on the keyboard and the Compy displays DELETED on a blue background, making the standard DELETED sound.}

COACH Z: DELORTED!

{Compy flashes DELORTED with a yellow background and we hear a distorted version of the DELETED sound. Strong Bad is in shock. Cut to the basement with Strong Bad and Bubs and a cardboard box with Strong Sad drawn on it sitting on the couch.}

STRONG BAD: Strong Sad's on the couch, watching TV. What do you do?

BUBS: Kick him in the teeth!

STRONG BAD: That's good, that's good, even though he might not have any teeth. What else?

BUBS: Kick him in the grill!

STRONG BAD: Yeah, yeah! Keep going!

BUBS: Kick you in the grill! {He approaches Strong Bad yelling menacingly.}

STRONG BAD: {nervously} No, no, Bubs, calm down, this is only a drill!

BUBS: {He is currently yelling obscurely.}

{Cut to Marzipan's house with Strong Bad and Marzipan holding Carol.}

STRONG BAD: Let's see your best "scroll buttons" song.

MARZIPAN: {singing} And that's why I like to scroll, with scroll buttons!

STRONG BAD: {sarcastically} Oh, right, right, the worst song I ever heard. Play another one!

MARZIPAN: {singing} Scroll buttons are good, they move you up and down...

{Strong Bad groans. Cut to the basement, with Strong Bad, Strong Sad, and the same cardboard box with Strong Sad on it.}

STRONG BAD: Okay, Strong Sad, Strong Sad's on the couch, watching TV. What do you do?

STRONG SAD: Go make him some hummus.

STRONG BAD: Hummus?! No, try something else.

STRONG SAD: Uh... Give him a foot massage.

STRONG BAD: {He looks at Strong Sad's feet.} Those are not feet!

{Cut to the field with Homestar, Strong Bad, and a cardboard box with The Cheat drawn on. Underneath the box, you can see the feet of the real The Cheat.}

STRONG BAD: Now I want you to pretend this is The Cheat, and give him a good, swift, kick in The Cheat!

{Homestar bends one of his legs back, and then pauses.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Umm... Crapface.

{Cut to Strong Bad in front of his computer}

STRONG BAD: Ugh. {typing} This screening process is neither processing nor screening very well. I suppose I should cut to the chase and haul out the big guns...DANCE CONTEST!

{Cut to a stage. Music is playing. We see the top part of Strong Bad's head watching each contestant. First up is Marzipan, who spins her ponytail around while moving her head left and right. Next is Coach Z, who taps his right foot while waving his arms. Then we see Strong Sad simply twitching his fingers, Bubs shaking his arms while jumping up and down, Strong Mad just standing there, not dancing, simply yelling:}

STRONG MAD: I'M STRONG MAD! I'M STRONG MAD!!!

{...Homsar is shuffling his feet all along the stage, and finally Homestar, lit by a spotlight. The music changes to what sounds like the tune of "Strangers in the night."}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} And then I put it on my faaaaace...

{Cut to Strong Bad at his computer.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Uh, this dance contest is neither contesting nor dancing very well. Looks like I'm gonna be checking e-mails and kicking Cheats 'til the day I die. {stops typing} Whoa, that'd make an awesome tattoo! Or an even better epitaph!

{Cut to the field at night. We hear crickets chirping, we see a crescent moon. A blank tombstone is on the foreground and as we hear Strong Bad's voice, his words are carved on the slab.}

STRONG BAD: {voice-over} Here lies Strong Bad {underneath, in slightly smaller letters} "Checking e-mails and kicking Cheats in the hereafter" {underneath} Buried with his hundred girlfriends {underneath} And like, a jillion dollars {underneath, in even smaller letters} Please don't dig up the grave.

{The Paper comes down}

Easter Eggs

  • At the end, click on "Cheats":

Transcript

{Cut to The Cheat near his lightswitch, still wearing his uniform.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen, into speakerphone} A-ttention The Cheat!

THE CHEAT: Meh!

STRONG BAD: Have you found that motorcycle yet? {slight pause} Maybe check in our...stock room.

THE CHEAT: Okay.

STRONG BAD: And Dana needs more quarters on register three.

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • Hummus is a paste of pureed chickpeas usually mixed with sesame oil or sesame paste and eaten as a dip or sandwich spread.

Remarks

  • The phone's cord isn't connected to anything, but it still seems to work.
  • This is yet another incidence where the "The Cheat rule" has been broken. Strong Bad says he will be "kicking Cheats in the hereafter." No "The" is found before "Cheat."
  • When Marzipan is playing Carol, nothing appears to be in the picture above the couch, but it still is the same "Thank You" sign from Where's The Cheat? and Strong Bad Is In Jail Cartoon. That picture has an inordinate amount of empty space above and below "Thank you" and we're just seeing a lot of that.
  • Every statement made by Homestar in this email ends with the word "face."
  • On the gravestone, the beginning quotation mark is backwards.
  • Although Strong Bad claims Marzipan's first scroll button song to be "the worst song [he'd] ever heard", he actually wound up using it himself during the Lappy era!

Inside References

Real-World References

  • The Cheat is wearing a blue uniform, typical of Wal-Mart employees, but Strong Bad uses a red phone, typical of Target stores.
  • The name "Butkus" refers to Chicago Bears Hall-Of-Fame linebacker Dick Butkus.

Fast Forward

  • Marzipan's first scroll button song was later used on the Strong Bad Email Menu, despite him saying that it was the worst song he ever heard.

DVD Version

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

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman)

MATT: What's he's saying right now is from an old audio recording that I made.

MIKE: Yeah, Matt, before we had a video camera, he and his friend, you know, would just make movies and...

MATT: Radio plays!

MIKE: On, aha, on audio cassette! He had a bad tape recorder.

MATT: And our friend TJ said that, and he could, he was like four or something and couldn't talk very well, or at least couldn't re-memorize lines at the time 'cuz he was so young, and it was called "The Hostess Cake": "Our next show is a family show. It is... The Hostess Cake"... Mike, how did he do that with his voice?! That phone's clearly not plugged in!

MIKE: It's like Coach Z's phone from another cartoon. I dunno. I dunno, Matt. I just make the cartoons.

MATT: That's clearly a Wal-Mart vest that The Cheat is wearing there, I think, Mike.

MIKE: Also, there's "Alone in the Dark" back there. Is that... this is, okay, this is before that horrible "Alone in the Dark" movie that just came out.

MATT: Oh, yeah, did that already come out?

MIKE: Yeah! It was just in the theater for, like, two days.

MATT: Yeah. Bad idea.

{pause}

MIKE: So, what are we— Which one is this? Replacements?

MATT: Yeah, he's trying to find an heir to the throne!

MATT: Oooooh.

{pause until Strong Bad holds up the "Desterhoft" card}

MIKE: Hey, that's the name of the guy that sent the email!

MATT: That's a funny name.

MIKE: {imitates the "Deleted" buzzer, then again as Strong Bad DELETEs the email}

MATT: {of "DELORTED"} Oof. That brown screen is gross. I like it. Now this is our friend Craig Zobel, who... you all know. His favorite thing ever on our website is right here where Bubs attacks Strong Bad.

MIKE: That's just me being ba— being a lazy animator. It wasn't supposed to be funny.

MATT: {partially over the last line} No, that was you being a genius.

MIKE: It wasn't supposed to be funny.

MATT: It's hilarious.

MIKE: Didn't you record Strong Bad singing one of these scroll buttons songs for the scroll button menu?

MATT: Mm-hmm. I did.

MIKE: We oughtta use that.

MATT: Never have. Maybe we should. It's been the same one for a while now.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: {of the box with Strong Sad's image} That Strong Sad drawing is pretty great. The Cheat clearly drew that for him. {after Strong Bad's "Those are not feet.} What are they called, Mike?

MIKE: Soolnds?

MATT: Soolnd.

{pause}

MATT: Um...

MIKE: So we got a dance party coming up where Coach Z is doing our friend Claire's dance.

MATT: Mm-hmm. I remember... that's a good dance.

MIKE: It is.

MATT: The Claire dance. I don't know if Claire knows that we have Coach Z doing her dance.

MIKE: Does she know we have a name for her dance?

MATT: I don't know if she knows that either. I hope she doesn't get mad.

MIKE: I did all this. That's why the dances are pretty lame.

MATT: Homestar is singing in a dance contest, Mike. He doesn't, he obviously doesn't know what's going on.

MIKE: Even if it was a singing contest, it was a pretty bad song.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: I dunno what he's talking about, but I dunno what he just put on his face.

{they laugh}

MATT: It's a great song, I think. It's very interesting. It makes you wonder. What did— and what happened that spawned that?

MIKE: I don't wanna know.

{pause until The Paper}

MIKE: That's it.

MATT: Preeow.

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