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Strong Bad Email #166
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"It's a giant Bubs from outer space!"

Bubs has grown to 100 feet tall! What are the other characters to do?

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

Places: Computer Room, Strong Badia, The King of Town's Castle, The Field, The Classroom, The Island, Bathroom of the Brothers Strong (Easter Egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: February 5, 2007

Running Time: 4:10

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: I am Strong Bad, and I am not making an "I approve this email" joke.

{Strong Bad enunciates "'Sup, man", "wonderin'", and "'n stuff" and reads the lack of a name as "From, Nobody".}

STRONG BAD: {dodges around} Hey! Whoa! Heh! Watch where you're flinging those apostrophes nobody. You could hurt somebody. You could hurt... yourself.

{Strong Bad turns away from his Lappy as quiet music begins to play.}

STRONG BAD: {speaking as if in a public service announcement} Hi. I'm regular Strong Bad. If you or someone you love is an anonymous apostrophe flinger, please call our hot, free number. {waves his hand as 1-800-APOSTROHOLIC appears in yellow lettering} Or give them a charlie horse right away.

{Strong Bad turns back to his computer.}

STRONG BAD: As for H.R. Hurricanesnstuf, we've dealt with disasters, but mainly those of a decidedly UNnatural s-s-s-sort.

{Cut to Strong Bad and The Cheat having a tea party in Strong Badia.}

STRONG BAD: —and that's when I tampered with the DNA evidence.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{The ground shakes as the table bounces and the dishes clatter.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa. {a second shake} What the—

{Cut to a long shot as the ground bounces a third time.}

STRONG BAD: Uh-oh. The King of Town must be getting a mega-physical.

{An enormous gray foot crashes down from the sky, destroying a section of the fence and sending everything flying.}

STRONG BAD: WHA!

THE CHEAT: {simultaneously} {very startled The Cheat noises}

{Asian music plays as a pan upwards reveals the giant to be Bubs, dubbed "King Bubsgonzola Supreme".}

SINGERS: King Bubsgonzola! King- King Bubsgonzola, Supreme!

BUBS: {roars}

STRONG BAD: {terrified, as the camera zooms in} It's a giant Bubs from outer space! {the camera jumps back and starts zooming in again} Or... mutated by radiation! {the camera jumps back and starts zooming in yet again} Or... from the depths of the ocean! {the camera jumps back and starts zooming in one more time} Or... flushed down the toilet!

{Homestar appears a few feet from Bubs' giant foot.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh my crap! Bubs turned us all into ants! That fortune cookie knew what he was talking about! C'mon, everyone. Let's go steal a slice of chocolate cake from that picnic table over there.

{Wipe to a silhouette of Bubs as the background flashes orange with every crushing step as he stomps to The King of Towns castle.}

{Cut to The King of Town sitting at a table with a few bites taken out of it as the ceiling of the castle begins to fall.}

THE KING OF TOWN: Ooh! Whoo! What am I, getting my mega-physical?

{Transition to Marzipan and Strong Sad at a "Free Art Classes for Losers" seminar. Oriental music and Bubs' footsteps can be heard in the background.}

MARZIPAN: See? The apple's not giant. It's just in the foreground.

{Bubs' giant foot crashes away the sign as Strong Sad runs away screaming.}

BUBS: {roars}

MARZIPAN: {unfazed} See? Bubs' foot isn't giant. It's just in the foreground.

{Cut back to Strong Bad at his computer.}

STRONG BAD: Things were looking grim, so we called an emergency town meeting. We needed an organized forum for people to shout out their ideas all at the same time!

{Cut to a slow pan of characters at a Town Meeting.}

STRONG BAD: I think we should kill it! I think we should kill it!

STRONG SAD: {overlapping} We must try and understand these creatures! We must try and understand these creatures!

THE CHEAT: {overlapping} {angry The Cheat noises}

COACH Z: {overlapping} I say we try to run the picket fence, at him. A box in one!

MARZIPAN: {overlapping} It's just in the foreground! People, it's just in the foreground!

THE CHEAT: {inexplicably passing by again} {angry The Cheat noises}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {overlapping} We must protect the queen! I have six legs!

{Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: So of course, the nerdy scientist-type had it all figured out.

{Cut to Strong Sad standing next to a chalkboard and a Boombox.}

STRONG SAD: I knew we had to try and understand this poor creature. So I recorded his roars and played them back at high-speed. Listen to my extremely scientific findings! {presses play}

BUBS: {from the tape, very slowly, almost incoherently} Don't eat my chicken wa!

{Strong Sad presses fast-forward.}

BUBS: {slightly faster} Chicken wa!

{Strong Sad presses fast-forward.}

BUBS: {slightly faster} Chicken wa!

{Strong Sad presses fast-forward}

BUBS: {in normal tone} Don't eat my chicken wings!

{Strong Sad presses stop.}

STRONG SAD: Something in Bubs' chicken wings must have caused him to mutate and he's been trying to warn us all alon—

STRONG BAD: Cut to the chase. How do we kill it?

STRONG SAD: We don't. I was able to mix-up an anti-chicken-wing... which is really just a bowl of Kashi. It's the culinary opposite of chicken wings.

{Drums play during a pan to the chalkboard, then the chalkboard fades into reality as silhouettes of Coach Z with a catapult, The Cheat, Marzipan, Strong Bad, Strong Sad, and giant Bubs stand at the ready. Coach Z lets fly the catapult of Kashi. Bubs can be heard swallowing it.}

BUBS: {roars as he suddenly shrinks back to normal size} ...don't eat my chicken wings!

STRONG SAD: We know! The chicken wings will make us grow a hundred feet tall!

BUBS: No they won't!

STRONG BAD: Then why didn't you want us to eat your chicken wings?

BUBS: 'Cause they mine! And they good!

MARZIPAN: Then how did you grow a hundred feet tall?

BUBS: Oh, that. Well, it's kind of embarrassing, but I accidentally flushed myself down the toilet while I was shaving.

STRONG BAD: You have to shave?

COACH Z: You have a terlet?!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {running up with a leaf above his head} C'mon, you guys! Let's all go jump in somebody's pants! Everybody, single file! {drops leaf and marches away} Hup-two-three-four!...

BUBS: Well, I better mosey on.

{Oriental music plays as Bubs walks out to sea.}

SINGERS: King Bubsgonzola! King- King Bubsgonzola, Supreme!

{A Japanese symbol in gold appears as the screen fades to black. Cut to Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: {heartily} But Strong Badinians are a strong people. We will recover. We will rebuild. We will reduce, reuse, recycle!

{The Paper comes down. After a while, Strong Bad says the following.}

STRONG BAD: We will be kind. We will rewind!

Easter Eggs

Huge in Japan
  • Click on H.R. Hurricanesnstuff (prior to the cutaway to The Field) to see a variant of the Homestar Puppet resembling H.R. Pufnstuf.
  • Click on Homestar's star after he mentions the fortune cookie to see what it said.
  • At the end, click on "reduce" to see Strong Bad trying to flush himself down the toilet.
    {Strong Bad spins around in the toilet, grinning, while The Cheat watches. It stops}
    STRONG BAD: Try it again. I think I'm starting to mutate.
    THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}
    {The Cheat flushes the toilet}
    STRONG BAD: Wheeeeee!
  • At the end, click on "reuse" to see a poster of King Bubsgonzola Supreme.
  • At the end, click on "recycle" to see Marzipan making Strong Bad recycle.
    MARZIPAN: No, I heard you say it!
    STRONG BAD: Marzipan, I was just saying other things that start with R E.
    MARZIPAN: I don't care. You said it. Now let me see your cans.
    STRONG BAD: What?

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • Strong Bad's breaking of the fourth wall is likely in reference to very special episodes, wherein an actor from the TV show will speak directly to the audience at the end of the episode.
  • "Bubsgonzola" is a portmanteau of "Bubs" and gorgonzola.
  • The idea of mutating after being flushed down a toilet is a reference to things mutating in sewers, a notion popularized by Futurama, the Alligator films, and other creative works.
  • Coach Z suggests sports defensive plays, "box in one" and the picket fence. The picket fence is used many different sports and denotes three or more people in a line defending.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a slogan used by conservationists to promote consumers to save resources.
  • "We will be kind. We will rewind" is a reference to "Be kind, rewind", a slogan formerly used by video rental stores to remind the customer to rewind the VHS tapes they rented prior to returning them.
  • 1-800-APOSTROHOLIC refers to addiction centers such as those that help people with alcoholism.
  • "I am not making an "I approve this email" joke" is a reference to American campaign ads as candidates are legally required to state their name and approval of the ad.
  • Homestar's suggestion for everyone to "go jump in somebody's pants" is a reference to the expression "ants in the pants", used to describe someone who is restless or anxious.
  • Homestar refers to ants when he says "We must save the Queen! I have six legs!"

Trivia

  • The floppy disk container reads "dune 2".
  • The Japanese symbol when Bubs walks into the water resembles "端", which can mean "end" (however, this character means the end of a physical object like a street, or an edge; end in the sense intended here should be "終").
  • The Japanese on the King Bubsgonzola Supreme poster reads "譲歩の人" Jōho no Hito, roughly meaning "person of concession" (though the meaning of "concession" is not that of "Concession Stand", rather a synonym for "compromise"). A better translation would be "売店の人" Baiten no Hito.
  • The line "We will be kind. We will rewind." was added shortly after the email was released.
  • When the email was first released, Marzipan's recycle bucket was empty. Cold Ones and Coldson Lite cans were later put inside it.
  • Marzipan's recycling bin has a design on the side that consists of several arrows making a star shape. The universally recognized recycling symbol commonly found on recycling bins has a similar design where three arrows form a Möbius strip.

Remarks

  • In the scene with everyone talking in the meeting, as the camera pans to the right, two The Cheats are seen.
  • When Strong Bad is doing the public service announcement he is breaking the Fourth Wall.
  • The King of Town appears to be eating his table.
  • The "reduce" and "recycle" Easter eggs stated above do not work while Strong Bad is saying "We will be kind. We will rewind!". This is probably to make the easter eggs jump back to the appropriate place when clicked.

Inside References

  • Marzipan also said something about the DNA evidence being tampered with while at a tea party in the previous email, strong badathlon.
    • Homestar mentioning chocolate cake is also a reference to strong badathlon in which Homsar mistakes The Cheat covered in Whatsit for a chocolate cake when he lands on the picnic table.
  • The fortune cookie Easter egg is in the style of the old game of the same name.
  • Strong Sad's patting his belly makes the same dodgeball noise it made in modeling and Cool Things
  • The music during the apostrophe public service announcement is from CGNU.
  • The Easter egg also contains Strong Bad Smiling.
  • Homestar makes a reference to pants.

Real-World References

  • King Bubsgonzola Supreme is an obvious reference to kaiju monsters such as Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and Mothra.
    • Furthermore, the methods that Strong Bad suggests how King Bubsgonzola Supreme got big are common plot devices in kaiju films.
  • H.R. Hurricanesnstuff is a reference to H.R. Pufnstuf, an infamously surreal kids' show with a brightly colored dragon as the star which began running in 1969.
  • Kashi is a natural foods producer owned By Kellogg's, Inc.
    • Kasha, on the other hand, is a grey/brown grain, which is probably what was actually in the bowl.
  • Strong Bad's line "Cut to the chase. How do we kill it?" is taken from the movie "Hellboy".

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