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Strong Bad Email #170
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"Hooray! The orders are violently flying in!"

Strong Bad attempts to sue Malinko for using him and The Cheat in a comic, Homestar makes a not-fortune in flavored water, and Strong Sad gets his revenge.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Senor Cardgage (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, The Field, The Athletic Field, Marzipan's House (Easter Egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: April 16, 2007

Running Time: 3:33

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: {in a singsong voice} Sweetheart, get dressed and brush your teeth! It's time for email!

{Strong Bad reads "promblems" and "I hope you interested" as written.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well Malinko, I hope you interested in getting sued into the middle ages by The Cheat and me. Cause that's what would happen if you drew a few comics about us. {clears screen} Just like that time Homestar started selling Strong Bad flavored water. {pronounces "flavored water" queasily, types in wavy blue-green font} We shut that mess down on the quickfast.

{Cut to Homestar Runner in The Field with a stack of bottles labeled "SB2O"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I got your Strong Bad water right here! S-B-two-oh. Bottled at the source. Pure as a mountain goat.

{Strong Bad and The Cheat approach; The Cheat is wearing a suit and tie and dragging a briefcase.}

STRONG BAD: All right, The Cheat, let's sue him!

{The Cheat opens the briefcase, which is filled with colored water balloons. Strong Bad and The Cheat start pegging Homestar with the balloons.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hooray! The orders are violently flying in!

{Cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Man, I've got the best lawyer soft tacos can buy. And his aim with those waterbombs is crazy good! He can hit Strong Sad from like three football fields away.

{Cut to Strong Sad taking notes on a notepad at the athletic field, which has the Jolly Dumple painted in an end zone and a sign next to the sideline reading "FIELD 3".}

STRONG SAD: {taking notes} Note to self: {flips page} get—big—ger— {flips page} note—boo— {flips page} —k.

{Water balloons come flying from behind the trees in the distance, hitting Strong Sad and knocking him on his face.}

STRONG SAD: Mercy me!

{Cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} I think we were suing him for custody of his not-so-thin mints that day.

{Zoom out to reveal The Cheat standing next to Strong Bad, holding up a manila envelope.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Ahoy! An unmarked manila envelope. Must be that weaselly Malinko's comic.

{The Cheat snaps the envelope open. Strong Bad pulls a white piece of paper out of the envelope and looks at it.}

STRONG BAD: Oh my!

{Close-up of the paper, which has two scribbles labeled "Strong Bad" and "the Cheat", a few stains, and the signature "-m"}

STRONG BAD: Rough copy is right! {turns the paper from side to side} Uh, you don't need my help finding promblems for these guys, Malinko.

{Close-up of The Cheat}

THE CHEAT: {angry The Cheat noises}

{Close-up of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: These don't look anything like us! Man, that kid was going to have so few pants on after we got done suing them off him. And now he's gonna strut around all on-panted waving his pant-covered legs in our faces.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: {throws paper up in the air} You're a genius, The Cheat! Now that's what I pay you for. Open up. {holds up a taco and The Cheat opens his mouth wide} Up. Ah! Ah! Ah! {throws the taco in The Cheat's mouth, who gulps it down} There you go.

{The Cheat opens his mouth again and claps his paws together, imitating a seal.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Okay, okay. One more. {throws another taco in The Cheat's mouth, who gulps it down}

{Cut to silhouettes of Strong Bad and The Cheat as Malinko drew them, walking in front of a cloudy sky.}

STRONG BAD: Utz. Eetz. Ahtz. Atch.

{Cut to Strong Bad and The Cheat standing in The Field, now revealed to be wearing barbed wire.}

STRONG BAD: Now we look just like Malinko's cat-scratchings. Our case is air-tight. Why stop at pants? We could probably sue that black zip-up hoodie off him now too!

THE CHEAT: {turns around and makes The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, this stuff does make me feel pretty tough. Ooh, in fact... we should star in own action-packed credit sequence called, "Rough Copy!".

{A "ROUGH COPY!" title screen appears with Strong Bad and The Cheat wearing barbed wire and holding revolvers. Big band music plays. Cut to Strong Bad, who runs across a row of 2-D silhouetted buildings. The screen reads, "with STRONG BAD" in the corner. Cut to the Cheat, who fires two rounds from his revolver. The screen reads, "and THE CHEAT" in the corner.}

{Two strips of video appear on the screen, one with Strong Bad walking down a sidewalk, and one with the Cheat tossing a taco in his mouth. Cut to a horizontally split screen with Strong Bad pointing his revolver in each one. Cut to Strong Bad and The Cheat riding down a highway in the Gremlin. Strong Bad is hanging out the passenger-side window with his revolver drawn, and The Cheat is standing on the roof of the car.}

{Cut to white silhouettes of Strong Bad and The Cheat holding their guns, with the text "ROUGH COPY!" above them and "Promblem-Packed Action!" below them. The music ends.}

{Cut to Strong Sad speaking to Strong Bad and The Cheat at The Field. Strong Bad and The Cheat are still wearing barbed wire, and Strong Sad is wearing reading glasses and carrying a very large "Bigger Noootebook".}

STRONG SAD: Oh, hello, gentlemen. I'm here representing my client, Malinko. {zoom in on Strong Sad} It would seem you are infringing on his highly intellectual property. {points upward on "highly"}

STRONG BAD: You gotta be joking! There's nothing intellectual abou—

{Strong Sad begins pegging Strong Bad with snowballs, and Strong Bad yelps in surprise and tries to cover his face.}

STRONG BAD: Where did you get snowballs this time of year?! {Strong Sad continues hitting him with snowballs} How did you fit them in that notebook?

STRONG SAD: {holds a snowball aloft} I've been saving these in the freezer since I was eight! {throws snowball at Strong Bad, who yells}

{The screen dims, and Homestar Runner pops in front, holding a bottle of "Malinko Drinko".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Drinko some Malinko! Crystal clear like domestic beer.

{Cut back to the Lappy. Strong Bad shakes snow off his head and grumbles.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Can't you see Malinko? All this hot legal action is tearing our non-existent friendship apart! Looks like we'll just have to settle out of court.

{Strong Bad turns away from the Lappy and starts eating a candy bar.}

STRONG BAD: Mmm. That's some good settlement. {chews}

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • When Strong Bad turns away from the computer to respond to The Cheat, click the text on the screen to see a box of Not So Thin Mints.
  • At the end of the email, click the candy bar to see Senor Cardgage talk to Strong Bad.
SENOR CARDGAGE: {leaning in from the right} Hey, Grendolyn! Don't bogart that settlement now!
  • At the end of the email, click the wall plug to see a clip of Homestar Runner sitting on the couch.
{Homestar is sitting on Marzipan's couch looking sad. Windy noises.}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: {after quite some time, sighs} DNA evidence.

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • SB2O is a play on H2O, the molecular formula for water.
  • Domestic beer is beer made in one's own country. This is most likely a disparaging comment referring to hugely mass-produced American beers which have a reputation for being watery and bland.
  • The Cheat's clapping his hands together indicating he wants another taco is the manner in which trained seals clap their flippers together to indicate to their trainer that they want more food.
  • To "bogart" means "to hold on to something for longer than one's turn". The phrase is coined after Humphrey Bogart.

Trivia

  • The floppy disk container reads "LHX attack chopper".
  • This is the first time The Cheat's teeth were visible when he fully opened his mouth. The only other 'toon where he fully opened it was The House That Gave Sucky Treats.
  • If you view the Flash file, you can see a little bit of the No Loafing sign in the scene where Strong Bad is complaining about Malinko's pants.

Remarks

  • Strong Bad and The Cheat seemingly pulled the soft tacos out of nowhere.
  • This is the first time Strong Sad has been physically violent toward Strong Bad.
  • When Strong Bad and The Cheat first walk across the field, only the barbed wire they are carrying and the parts of them sticking out from above and beneath it are silhouetted against the sky, whereas the rest of their bodies are clearly visible in all the other shots with them holding the wire.
  • According to record book, Strong Sad actually can actually write using extremely small letters.

Goofs

  • During the second Lappy scene (just after Strong Bad and The Cheat waterbomb Homestar), the ripple effect from clicking on the Lappy's screen can be seen outside the screen area.
  • At the end of the Senor Cardgage Easter egg, Strong Bad's glove moves independently of his arm. Right at the end, the arm snaps into position.
  • At the end of the Senor Cardgage Easter egg, Strong Bad's left cheek doesn't move with his head.
  • At the end, the cheek changes sizes before snapping back into place.
    • This is a glitch of Flash tweening, as an object that is not a symbol (i.e. Strong Bad's mask design without the head or mouth) sometimes does not get recognized as a moveable object, so all that can be done is to scale it bigger or smaller.

Inside References

  • This is the sixth Strong Bad Email in a row to mention DNA evidence. Unlike the previous occurrences, the gag appears in an Easter egg rather than the main cartoon.
  • This email makes reference to pants, goats, guns, and alcohol.
  • The Jolly Dumple can be seen on the football field.
  • The scene of Strong Bad and The Cheat silhouetted against the sky is similar in appearance to the scene of Strong Bad marching down to Bubs' in isp.
  • Strong Bad's reaction to Homestar's "flavored water" is similar to his reaction to Homestar's bread sing alongs in origins. In each case, he types "flavored water" and "bread sing alongs" in moving green text.
  • The song at the beginning is similar to Homestar Quiz, specifically when you get 7 answers correct.
  • The Cheat's attorney outfit is from sb_email 22.
  • Strong Bad is eating a Zagnut bar, seen previously in 3 Times Halloween Funjob, kind of cool, and flashback. Senor Cardgage is known to carry a bag full of them.

Real-World References

  • "Not-so-thin mints" are a reference to Thin Mints, a type of Girl Scout cookie.
  • "Crazy good" could be a reference to Pop-Tarts, as the phrase is shouted by a cartoon figure at the end of every television commercial.

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