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The Cheat flips some discs.

Strong Bad Email #124

Strong Bad reveals some secret family recipes.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Coach Z, The King of Town, Marzipan, Homestar Runner

Date: February 14, 2005



STRONG BAD: {singing} Email, na na, na na, na na, nanaNA...

Dear Strong Bad,
When we grow up we want to be chefs. We wanted to know
if you had any secret family recipes that you would want
to share with us so...we can make them!

-Melissa and Hillary (from NJ)

{Strong Bad reads "Dear Strong Bad" as "The usual" and "NJ" as "Nigeria"}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well Mellie, Hillarious, being from Africa I'm sure you guys are used to eating, like, exotic fruits and nectars and, um, lions {clears screen, continues typing} so our recipes may seem a little uncouth. {stops typing} Uncouth. {typing} Can something be just plain couth? I bet freakin' Strong Sad is plain couth. Anyways, Couthy, all our family recipes tend to center around the grossing out of or the making puke of friends and well-wishers.

{The camera cuts back, and we see The Cheat laying on the computer desk flinging floppy disks all over}

STRONG BAD: The Cheat! Let's go try out Great Uncle Pawdabber's Pre-tend Ice Cream Showdown!

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises, possibly an enthusiastic "Okay!"}

{The Cheat stands up. The screen fades to grey and the following text appears}

NARRATOR: Strong Bad may or may not have an actual Great Uncle Pawdabber.

{Cut to the field. Coach Z is standing around holding a basketball}

COACH Z: Man, what is this thing? {bounces it once} A bounce thing?

{Strong Bad and The Cheat enter from the right. Strong Bad is holding what appears to be a bowl of ice cream with yellowish sprinkles, and The Cheat is wearing a towel around his waist}

STRONG BAD: Oh man, The Cheat! Wow! Look at this! It's our best friend, Coach Z. Say there, Coach, would you like to try some of our free ic�d c-cream? It's got toasted coconut!

COACH Z: How could I refuse? {throws the basketball over his shoulder} I can't afford the money-cost variety!

{Coach Z takes the ice cream and starts pigging out on it}

COACH Z: Oooh! Sweet mercy! {eats some more} This is orful! {eats more}

STRONG BAD: Aww, it's OK, Coach. You're the proud new eater of a healthy bowl of sour cream and The Cheat fur.

{Strong Bad pulls away The Cheat's towel to reveal that he's been shaved from the waist down}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises, sounds like "ta-da!"}

COACH Z: {starts making disgusted noises and coughing up fur} Oof! I think I'm going to puke my pants!

STRONG BAD: Ugh! Please don't elaborate on THAT.

COACH Z: Naw, it's easy. I do it all the time! Here, let me show ya's!


{Strong Bad and the Cheat run away as Coach Z continues talking}

COACH Z: You take your pants...

{A recipe card appears on screen reading as follows}

Great Uncle Pawdabber's Pre-tend
Ice Cream Showdown 

3 scoops (really) sour cream
1/2 of shaved The Cheat
1 bowl
1 languagely challenged vaguely coach type person

Mix ingredients until golden brown

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} For best results, dip The Cheat in egg wash before shaving or else he'll get those red shaving bumpies all over him. Ugh.

{Cut to the side of the King of Town's castle}

STRONG BAD: {sotto voce} Alright, we're mixing this next one up on them, The Cheat. I filled this Speed Stick {pulls out some underarm deodorant reading X-treme Glacier} with white chocolate and we'll totally gross out or make puke The King of Town when I start eatin' it in front of him!

THE CHEAT: {affirmative The Cheat noises}

{Cut to inside the castle. The King of Town is watching TV and eating the same type of Speed Stick we saw Strong Bad with. He also has some more underarm deodorants and spray cans in a bowl next to him.}

TV ACTOR: Can you play your guitar, Caleb?

CALEB: I can try!

{Strong Bad and The Cheat enter from the right}

STRONG BAD: Hey Old King Droll! Checka me out! I'm eatin'- oh. Never mind. Ugh, shoulda known...

{Strong Bad and The Cheat walk out}

THE KING OF TOWN: No wait, you guys! Come back! This stuff is strong enough for a man but TASTY enough for a king! Don't you want to try any Forest Rush? Or Tundra Mist?

{A recipe card spins onscreen reading as follows}

Crazy Aunt Eulatherm's Deodorant

6 oz. white chocolate
1/2 of shaved The Cheat (for moral support)
1 kinda cleaned-out De-odor Cake

Mix ingredients. Preheat oven. Add hot sauce
if necessary

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Yeah, how come deodorants and stuff are always named after biomes anyways?

{Cut to Marzipan's house. Marzipan is sitting on the couch reading The Latest News. Homestar walks in carrying one of Strong Bad's Pre-Tend Ice Cream Showdown bowls.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey girlfriend, have you tried any of this free ice cream Strong Bad made?

MARZIPAN: {setting aside her paper, clearly amused} Homestar, didn't anyone tell you? That's, like, cottage cheese and The Cheat hair!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: WHAT?! {does a spit take, producing some fur} Strong Bad told me it was sour CREAM and The Cheat hair! Looks like THIS is a job for Stupid Uncle Egg's Goodtime Diaper Pie!

{Homestar walks offscreen to the left. The screen greys and the following text appears on it}

NARRATOR: Homestar Runner definitely does not have a Stupid Uncle Egg.

{Cut to Strong Bad's computer room. A pinecone and bendy straw are in a bowl with a sign next to it reading "not A pimecone, diaper pie! i mean reg-ular pie." Strong Bad and The Cheat walk in. The Cheat is now wearing yellow post-it notes, some with black dots on them, to try and cover up his shaved area}

STRONG BAD: No, it looks TOTALLY real. I swear, no one will be able to tell! Oh, what's this? {Strong Bad picks up the sign} "Not a pimecone." Well, he's got that right!

{Homestar pokes his head in from the right}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh look, it's my best friends Cheat and The Strong Bad! Hey, I heard you guys been eating some serious regular pie in here!

STRONG BAD: Uh, yeah man! We've even got some left over if you want it.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well if it's anywhere near as good as your free ice cream!

{Homestar puts the pine cone in his mouth and starts crunching it up. The Cheat and Strong Bad look at each other incredulously}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {with his mouth full} Well, so long, suckers!

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} It's like, even when we win, he wins.

{Cut back to Strong Bad at the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: {typing} There you go girls. Recipes for the ages. But if you really want to be chefs when you grow up, we've got a super-secret familiy recipe for cooking the C-H-E-blank-T {types this as "C H E _ T"}

{The Cheat makes a very angry noise from offscreen and chucks a floppy disk reading "YOU JERK!" at Strong Bad's head}

STRONG BAD: Ow! {typing} And of course that blank is for the letter K. The Chekt. My family's got a great recipe for cooking the Chekt. Yeah, yeah. {only types one "yeah"} We're mostly from Bumdumbourge. It's near, uh, Totalslava. "Come down off that smokestack and eat your the Chekt!" my poopaw used to say. Ah, my dear poopaw, I miss you so.

{The Paper comes down}

STRONG BAD: {whispering} I think the Cheat bought it. Let me know if you want that recipe.

Easter Eggs

  • At the end, click on "grow up" to see a few seconds of the television program the King of Town was watching.
{cut back to the King of Town's castle. The TV is still on}
TV ACTOR: Caleb, that hamburger was mine!
CALEB: It's mine now!
  • At the end, click on "C H E _ T" to see the Cheat reading a book entitled "So You Want to Cook a Wrestleman?", with a picture of a pot with Strong Bad in it.
  • At the end, click on "poopaw" to hear what the announcer has to say about a poopaw.
NARRATOR: I, uh, I don't even know what a poopaw is.
  • At the end, click on "the Chekt" to see another recipe.
From the Kitchen of Poopaw
Chicken-fried the CHEKT

3 or 7 medium sized the Chekts
2 salt
40 pancakes

Get down off smokestack. Then cook that
ugly thing.

''{"Bumdumbourge '96" appears as a watermark on the recipe card.}''

Fun Facts


  • Homestar actually calling Marzipan his girlfriend may be because this email came up on Valentine's Day.


  • This is the first reference to any of Strong Bad's (potential) family besides Strong Sad, Strong Mad, and his parents.
  • A "poopaw" may be a reference to his father (or grandfather). A few similar sayings are "meemaw" (or "mamaw") for a grandmother, and a "papaw" for a grandfather.
  • This is the first time that The Cheat has been directly addressed as just "Cheat" without the word "The" preceeding it. And the first time that modern Strong Bad has been directly addressed WITH a "The" preceeding his name!
    • This is simply a result of Homestar's constant unintentional messing-up of words. It should not really be considered anything more than a simple gag.


  • Coach Z must have known what a basketball was when he appeared in anything saying that "Reg had the ball at the top of the key."
  • The sound effect made when the basketball bounces is not the sound of a basketball, but the sound of a playground ball bouncing. Playground balls are a lot softer and more flexible than basketballs.
  • "So long, suckers" is a common phrase on the TV shows The Simpsons (US), Red Dwarf (UK), and Blackadder (UK).


  • When Strong Bad reads the "pimecone" card, the computer screen is almost blank... but still has "and well-wishers." written on it in the same area where Strong Bad typed it before.
  • Homestar has no legs in the pinecone scene.

Inside References

  • The newspaper Marzipan is reading is the exact same one (down to the repeating text) she was reading in Strong Bad Is In Jail Cartoon.
  • The effect used before Strong Bad and Homestar Runner show off their recipes was previously used in radio.
  • The book titled "So You Want to Cook a Wrestleman" is a reference to a cartoonish drawing of Strong Bad labeled "Wrestleman" that appeared in the Sketchbook one week.
    • It may also refer to army, where Homestar is giving a pep-talk to his 'troops' and refers to Strong Bad and the Cheat as "a two-bit wrestleman and his yellow dog!", or to "personal favorites" where one of the easter egg emails reads "R u a real wrestleman?"

Real-World References

  • The King of Town's quip about the deodorants being "strong enough for a man" is a reference to deodorant Secret's ad campaign, which states that it's "strong enough for a man, but pH balanced for a woman." It's an old campaign; the Secret slogan was originally "Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman." They've since changed it to simply, "Strong enough for a woman."
  • Bumdumbourg and Totalslava could be loose references to the country of Luxembourg (and possibly many European cities whose names end in -burg or -bourg) and the city of Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia).
  • "Old King Droll" is a reference to the nursery rhyme "Old King Cole."

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