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===Real-World References===
===Real-World References===
*The mention of Garth Brooks is a reference to his alter-ego, [[Wikipedia:Chris Gaines|Chris Gaines]].
*The mention of Garth Brooks is a reference to his alter-ego, [[Wikipedia:Chris Gaines|Chris Gaines]].
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*On that same note, both "Strongbad_email.wad" and "Initiate sbemail-refresh daemon." is a shout-out to the old PC computer game, ''Doom''. WAD files level, graphical, and sound-replacement files for the game. As for "Initiate sbemail-refresh daemon," this is almost the exact same line first seen as ''Doom'' and ''Doom II'' load.  The original line is "Init DOOM refresh daemon" followed by brackets that filled with 26 dots.  This was the text-based load progress bar.
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*On that same note, both "Strongbad_email.wad" and "Initiate sbemail-refresh daemon." is a shout-out to the old PC computer game, ''[[Wikipedia:Doom|Doom]]''. WAD files contain level, graphical, and sound-replacement files for the game. As for "Initiate sbemail-refresh daemon," this is almost the exact same line first seen as ''Doom'' and ''Doom II'' load: the original line is "Init DOOM refresh daemon" followed by brackets that filled with 26 dots, which served as the text-based load progress bar.
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*The disk on Strong Bad's desk says ''Sam & Max'', which was a fairly popular point-and-click adventure game(''Sam & MaxHit the Road'') by LucasFilms based on the comic strip of similar name(''Sam & MaxFreelance Police'').
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*The disk on Strong Bad's desk says ''[[Wikipedia:Sam and Max|Sam and Max]]'', which was a fairly popular point-and-click adventure game (''[[Wikipedia:Sam & Max Hit the Road|Sam & Max Hit the Road]]'') by [[Wikipedia:LucasGames|LucasGames]] based on the comic strip of similar name (''Sam and Max Freelance Police'').
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Revision as of 12:28, 25 January 2006

Strong Bad Email #142
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Chris from Laramie, Wyoming, asks Strong Bad if he has any secret identities. Strong Bad discusses several options.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Poopsmith, Homestar Runner, The King of Town, Bubs, Marzipan

Places: Computer Room, Bubs' Concession Stand, Trailer Home, Smoky Office, Marzipan's House

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: January 25, 2006

Running Time: 3:42

Contents

Transcript

{Strong Bad types "strongbad_email.wad" and presses enter.}

STRONG BAD: Initiate sbemail-refresh daemon.

{Strong Bad sings "Wy" as "why" in a soft high-pitched voice.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Chris, let me be frank. The term "rockin' cool" is so uncool it makes my face hurt.

{clears screen}

STRONG BAD: Okay, now all the "rockin' cool"s are off the screen.

{He shrieks as he realizes what he's typed, and clears the screen again.}

STRONG BAD: They're gone. Those things are vicious. Anyway Frank, I believe your question was about my secret identity. Well, let me ask you this: have you ever seen The Poopsmith and I in the same place at the same time?

{Cut to a wide shot of the computer room. The Poopsmith is standing behind Strong Bad and to his right.}

STRONG BAD: Dun dun DUUUNH! That's right! It is I who dons the crappy orange gloves and shovels—

{The Poopsmith jabs Strong Bad a couple of times with his shovel. Strong Bad stops typing and turns to face him.}

STRONG BAD: What the?! What are you doing here? {shakes his fist a little as he talks} You ruined my scam, man! I was gonna have all of everyone believing that I was you and that the teeming pile of whatsit was really a smoldering pile of money covered in whatsit. How'd you get in here anyways?

{Homestar Runner approaches from the left side of the computer, holding a hamburger.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I let him in. {to The Poopsmith} Here you go. {hands him the hamburger} Oh, {angrily turns to face Strong Bad} and you're out of mayo.

{Homestar and The Poopsmith exit toward the left. Strong Bad turns and addresses the camera.}

STRONG BAD: Is there like a sign on my door that says {makes a sweeping gesture} "Wanted: Everyone I hate. Inquire within"?

{The King of Town approaches from the right side of the computer.}

THE KING OF TOWN: I didn't see one.

{Strong Bad utters some frustrated gibberish and turns back to the computer.}

STRONG BAD: {resumes typing} So apparently I'm not The Poopsmith. But I got lots of secret identities. Lately, I've been using this one: Tip Tappers: Expensive Briefcase Carrier. I use Mr. Tappers when I'm on tour and I want to check into a hotel and not be bothered by legions of fans.

{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand—make that Bubs' Motor Lodge—at night. On the sign is a neon caricature of Bubs' head with three neon Z's next to it, each of which light up in cascading fashon. Bubs is wearing a nametag and Strong Bad has with him a briefcase. A sign-in book is on the counter.}

BUBS: And what name will this room be under?

STRONG BAD: Uh, Tip Tappers, please. Unless some girl asks what room Strong Bad's in. And she's at least a seven out of ten. Or uh {thinks} six if she's naked.

BUBS: That'll be nine hundred dollars Mr. {clears his throat loudly} Tappers.

{Homestar emerges from behind the building, carrying an empty ice bucket and dressed in a robe, a gold shirt, and pink bunny slippers.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Is there an ice machine around here?

BUBS: Certainly, Mr. Dee Williams.

{Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} And then there's Vance Mudgeman. I use that identity when I drop in on my secret second family over in Broiter Grove. Ahh, those kids love Daddy Mudgeman.

{Cut to the trailer home. Strong Bad is sitting in a green armchair watching TV. He is wearing a grease-stained wife-beater T-shirt and has a couple of days' growth of beard stubble on his face. Kids' laughter can be heard in the background.}

STRONG BAD: {to someone off screen} You get back here with that remote, Jeffrey Peppry Mudgeman. I'm not afraid to smack— {holds up his glove menacingly}

{Cut abruptly back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Yes, well, you gotta be firm. {clears his throat} And then there's the secret identity I use to write my advice column for a popular women's magazine.

{An issue of Scarfgirl appears from the bottom of the screen.}

STRONG BAD: Using the pseudoname Cara Carabowditbowdit, I'm slowly but surely making the girls of the world cooler for all us dudes.

{Cut to the journalist's office. Strong Bad sits at an old typewriter, wearing a brown wig with a skull and bone on it.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Dear Buttless in Bedstuy, Sounds like YOU need to play more video games, galpal. And not those girly ones where you pretend to be a dog nor a frog neither. I'm talkin' about the explodey ones. The kind that make you dizzy when you play 'em. Then maybe your guy will stop taling about his ex. Eat a Steak, Cara Carabowditbowdit. {He finishes by typing "XOXOXO".}

{Cut to Marzipan's house. Marzipan and Homestar are sitting together on her couch, and Marzipan is reading Scarfgirl.}

MARZIPAN: {angrily} This lady doesn't know what she's talking about. And I don't like her pseudoname.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aw, you're probably just jealous 'cause she gets all the hot boys.

{A crumpled ball of paper flies in from off screen and hits Homestar in the face.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Marzipan, mail's here.

{He reaches down and picks it up.}

MARZIPAN: What's it say?

{Homestar uncrumples it and reads the following. Strong Bad has scribbled over his own name.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No I don't. Strong Bad. I mean, Cara Carabowditbowdit.

MARZIPAN: See, I told you.

{Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So you see? Secret identities aren't just for superheroes and Garth Brooks anymore. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have several butts to jettison from my home.

{He gets up and goes off to the left.}

STRONG BAD: {grunts from off screen as he throws Homestar}

{Homestar flies across the screen and lands with a thud.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Thanks for having me overrrrr!

STRONG BAD: {grunts from off screen as he throws the King.}

{The King, too, flies across the screen and lands with a thud.}

THE KING OF TOWN: Worst mayonnaise party everrrr!

{The Poopsmith walks across while being prodded all the while by Strong Bad using a fondue fork.}

STRONG BAD: Get out. Get out. Get out. Get out. Get out. Get out. Get out. Get out. Get out. Get out. Get out. Get out.

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • After Strong Bad says "Laramie.....Why?", click on the phrase to get a book of the same name, written by Beverly and Lem Sportsinterviews.
  • After Strong Bad types "So apparently I'm not The Poopsmith," click on the phrase to see a picture of the Poopsmith with Strong Bad's head, feet, and hands.
  • While Strong Bad is checking in to Bubs' Motor Lodge, click on the reservations book to see it up close.

Fun Facts

Trivia

  • Bubs' marquee reads:
BUBS' MOTOR
   LODGE
(in small lettering:)
FORMERLY BUBSO'S CONCES5ION STAND
  • Bubs' nametag reads:
My Name
BUBS
  • Homestar's shirt reads:
I (heart)
TOXIC
WASTE

Remarks

  • Strong Bad does not type his customary filename (Strongbad_email.exe) to launch his email client.

Inside References

  • The room in which Vance Mudgeman is sitting (with the moose lamp and "Born to be Danged" poster) is in a double-wide trailer, first seen in the email portrait.
  • "BUBSO'S CONCE5SION STAND" is a reference to geddup noise.
  • "Laramie.....Why?" is a referece to the book "Eww...Claire! Why?" from origins.

Real-World References

  • The mention of Garth Brooks is a reference to his alter-ego, Chris Gaines.
  • On that same note, both "Strongbad_email.wad" and "Initiate sbemail-refresh daemon." is a shout-out to the old PC computer game, Doom. WAD files contain level, graphical, and sound-replacement files for the game. As for "Initiate sbemail-refresh daemon," this is almost the exact same line first seen as Doom and Doom II load: the original line is "Init DOOM refresh daemon" followed by brackets that filled with 26 dots, which served as the text-based load progress bar.
  • The disk on Strong Bad's desk says Sam and Max, which was a fairly popular point-and-click adventure game (Sam & Max Hit the Road) by LucasGames based on the comic strip of similar name (Sam and Max Freelance Police).

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