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Strong Bad Email #109
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"Don't cry for me, The Cheatentina..."
This article is about the Strong Bad Email. For the running gag, see Crying.

DJ Solerous asks Strong Bad if he had ever made Homestar cry. All weep when they see Li'l Brudder.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Li'l Brudder (Pictured), Homestar Runner, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Tendafoot (Pictured)

Places: Computer Room, The Field

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Monday, July 26, 2004

Running Time: 3:26

Page Title: Compy 386!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Four, Sbemails' 50 Greatest Hits DVD


[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: {Rapping} I'm not gonna sing an email song this week e—{realizes mistake, talking} Oh. Never mind.

{Pulls up email} {Reading}

{After "Hey Strongbad" he stops mid-sentence and says: "Well, which is it? 'Yo yo' or 'Hey' Strong Bad? I mean, the outcome of the rest of this whole email hinges on the decision made—" Without skipping a beat, as if it no longer matters, he finishes reading the email.}

STRONG BAD: {Typing} Whoa! THE DJ Solerous? What an honor! I saw you spin in a warehouse in Canberra {He pronounces it as can-BEAR-uh.} a few years back! Uh, no wait. I lied. I, nor anyone else, have ever heard of DJ Smoldyface.

{clears screen}

STRONG BAD: {Typing} So, have I ever made Homestar cry? Uh, yes. Yes, I have. A lot. I can pretty much make anybody cry just by showing them this drawing I invented of a one-legged puppy named "Li'l Brudder."

{Strong Bad holds up a picture of a one-legged puppy saying "I can make it on my own."}

STRONG BAD: {says} I mean, {types} it cracks me up, but {says} uh, {types} Homestar just falls apart when he sees him. A-like so... {Gets up and exits.}

{Cut to The Field. Homestar is standing there, looking angrily offscreen right. Enter Strong Bad.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yeah, you stay over there.

STRONG BAD: Hey, Homestar. I've got something for you.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Thanks, Strong Bad! What is it what is it what is it what is it what is it?

STRONG BAD: It's just this drawing I made...

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {uneasy} Oh, no. Don't do it. You know the storm that will unleash!

STRONG BAD: No, I think you'll like it!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {on the verge of tears} Strong Bad, no! I can't handle it!

STRONG BAD: Ta-daaah! {Holds the Li'l Brudder drawing in front of his face.}

{Homestar breaks down crying, falls to his knees}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No-ho-hooo... LIDD'L BRUDDOR! That little guy... He's got the heart of a champion! You're gonna make it, Li'l Brudder! You just keep scrapin' along!

{Strong Bad looks on in disbelief; Homestar is lying on the ground, sobbing hysterically and kicking at the air}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Li'l Brudder... I... I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING WITH MY LIFE! I-I'm thinking of getting into male modeling—o-or maybe high finance... I JUST DON'T KNOW!!

STRONG BAD: {As Li'l Brudder, shaking the drawing like a crude hand puppet.} I'm gonna be all right, Homestar. {Homestar is heard sobbing hysterically} I can make it on my own!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {sobs} It's like I said—the heart of a champion!

{Enter The Cheat, from offscreen left.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{Strong Bad turns to The Cheat and does his Li'l Brudder act.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, The Cheat, I'm gonna be a quarterback when I grow up! I'm gonna throw for 2,000 yards! {The Cheat begins sobbing.} Don't cry for me, The Cheatentina...

{Enter Strong Sad, his eyes red around the edges and all watery, apparently trying not to cry.}

STRONG SAD: Oh, Strong Bad, is Li'l Brudder named after me? Do you think of me as a... one-legged puppy?

STRONG BAD: Uhh, no. I think of you as a two-legged elephant... named "Tendafoot." {Pronounces name as "Tenderfoot."}

{He holds up a picture of this, with "Tendafoot" saying "I'm tops!"}

STRONG BAD: {Speaking as Tendafoot/Strong Sad} I could power a small city with my whining!

STRONG SAD: {dejected} I probably could.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {still sobbing} Oh-h-h-h, Tendafoot, can you tell me how to get the most out of life?

{Cut to the Compy 386. Strong Bad enters and sits down.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} There ya go. Homestar crying. Not a problem. I bet all a ya'lls are prob'ly crying all over the place. That Li'l Brudder sure knows how to tug at your heartstrings. {begins to choke up as he speaks} {not typed} He's... {typing} He's just such a trooper. Got such a strong... one leg. {recovers} Um, yeah. I think I've got a {hesitates} food in the oven. {begins to choke up again} I gotta go.

{Strong Bad gets up and hurries out.}

{The Paper comes down.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • Click on "YO Yo" to see a Strong Bad yo-yo.
  • Click on "The DJ Solerous" to see a flyer for a DJ event.
Perfectly Legal WAREHOUSE RAVE
DJ Solerous
DJ Stank
and DJ from Roseanne
Don't tell the cops!!
  • Click on "Homestar crying" at the end to see more of him crying:
{Homestar is still bawling.}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ohh, Tendafoot! Can you tell me what to do with myself? I feel like I'm at a crossroads, and there's like, a Denny's on one corner, and an IHOP on the other!
{Homestar is kneeling over the Tendafoot drawing.}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Can you give me some sound financial advice?
{Homestar is lying on the ground again.}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Tendafoot, can you help advise me on my future?
  • Click on "Li'l Brudder" at the end to see Li'l Brudder falling off his one leg.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Trivia

  • The summary on the Podstar Runner RSS feed for this video says "Strong Bad invents a 1-legged puppy and the tears flow."
  • The YouTube description for this email is "Strong Bad makes Homestar cry with his drawing of a one legged puppy with an indomitable spirit! Enter Li'l Brudder!"

[edit] Remarks

  • The tears flying off Homestar's face are the same as in A Jorb Well Done. In A Jorb Well Done, the water coming off his face is sweat.
  • The pieces of notebook paper are unusually rigid. Even when Strong Bad is holding the Lil' Brudder picture from the bottom it still stands straight up.
  • When Homestar is rolling on the ground, it seems his shading stays on one side of his body.
  • Homestar's height is different in this email, as he's proportionate to Strong Bad, whereas in most other toons and emails, he's taller than Strong Bad.
  • Although Strong Bad is known to be a stickler for proper grammar, in the sentence "I, nor anyone else, have ever heard of DJ Smoldyface," he misuses the conjunction nor by failing to negate either of the elements it connects, and he also fails to make the subject(s) and verb agree. The sentence should read "Neither I, nor anyone else, has ever heard of DJ Smoldyface."
    • He also puts the apostrophe in between the wrong letters of "y'all", instead spelling it "ya'll".

[edit] Inside References

  • The DJ flyer is a reference to an Easter egg in techno for The Cheat's light-switch rave.
  • "I can make it on my own" might be a reference to the Easter egg in invisibility, where the tossed-out Tandy 400 says it.
  • Li'l Brudder and Tendafoot are both missing body parts.
  • When Li'l Brudder's leg wobbles, it makes the same sound that Homsar makes when he walks.
  • Homestar is left behind in the field in the Easter egg of this email.
  • Strong Bad says that he has "a food" in the oven.

[edit] Real-World References

  • On the DJ flyer, "DJ from Roseanne" is a reference to the television show "Roseanne". Actor Michael Fishman played the role of Roseanne's son D. J. Conner.
  • "Don't cry for me, The Cheatentina" is a reference to the song "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Evita".
  • "Tendafoot" is possibly a reference to the Boy Scouts' rank of "Tenderfoot", which is the first rank a Scout can achieve. The term originated in the American Old West to refer to inexperienced ranchers or miners.
  • Canberra is Australia's capital city. Most Australians pronounce the city's name "CAN-bruh." A minority pronounce it "CAN-buh-ruh" and a few use "can-BEAR-uh," though the latter is generally considered incorrect. The varying pronunciation is to some extent a class-based difference.
  • IHOP and Denny's are restaurant chains that both specialize in breakfast items.

[edit] Fast Forward

  • Li'l Brudder and Tendafoot later star in their own TV show, The Li'l Brudder Show.
  • Homestar cries again from Li'l Brudder in Strong Badia the Free when he is landed on by the Peace Draft wheel. During the scene that follows, Homestar wonders "why I even put that on the board".
  • Despite his claim that he is over it, Homestar once again cries at the image of Li'l Brudder in the 2009 update of Punkin Stencils.

[edit] DVD Version

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

[edit] Commentary Transcript

Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman

MIKE: An email. Hi, guys!

MATT: Strong Bad— You just did that.

MIKE: Ummmm, gah, start us over. Start us over. No, let's keep going. Let's keep going. Let's keep going.

MATT: Are you sure?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: Okay.

MIKE: All I can think to do is, like, start saying the email.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Just recite the lines along with it.

MATT: Mmmhmm.

MIKE: Don't we, don't you mispronounce uh...

MATT: Canberra?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: How are you supposed to say it?

MIKE: I dunno. I think it's supposed to be... Canberra, or something.

MATT: Oh. Have we gotten complaints?

MIKE: I think there was, I think in one of the message boards, there was a...

MATT: I can't imagine Strong Bad being a stickler for, uh...

MIKE: Pronouncing foreign cities.

MATT: Yeah. Even though he is a stickler about a lot of other things. So this is where Little Brudder came from.

MIKE: That's right. He's since gone on to uhh, have his own theme song. Who do you think Homestar was talking to?

MATT: I think he was talking to that pile of, uh, Swiss Cake Rolls that he's friends with.

MIKE: Those things are bad for you!

MATT: They got in a fight and he told them to stay over there. Ober dere. Did you draw those new feet for this one, Mike?

MIKE: No, that was actually for the Cheat Commandos.

MATT: Oh, right.

MIKE: And Homestar's kneeling down, playing Cheat Commandos in the commercial.

MATT: I think the drool, the puddle of drool, is really what does it with Little Brudder.

MIKE: Makes it what?

MATT: Even sadder. {simultaneously with Mike} More pathetic.

MIKE: Those tears, that Homestar has, were originally sweat from, uh, an old cartoon.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Jumping Jacks cartoon.

MATT: That's been around forever, and unchanged, mostly.

MIKE: Yes, not very good.

MATT: No, they're not.

MIKE: They probably, they probably need to be updated.

MATT: Don't look at 'em.

MIKE: {noises, sounds like "thang, thang, thang"}

MIKE: I always wondered about the abbreviation, or the shortening of little to li'l, and where the apostrophe goes. Because there technically should be an apostrophe after both, before and after the l.

MATT: Well, right, because there's an e at the end of...

MIKE: 'Cause sometimes I do lil', and sometimes I do li'l.

MATT: It's back when they spelled little litel.

MIKE: Yes, it's replacing all of those. One of the few times when Strong Sad, these days, is actually sad. He has really not been sad, in a long time.

MATT: Yeah, he's, yeah, it's true. We, our website sucks now.

MIKE: {laughs} No, it's better. He became more um... developed. He used to just say things like, {imitating Strong Sad} "We die a little more every day," or something like that.

MATT: "Each day we die a little more," Mike?

MIKE: Ha! Well, my impression was pretty good. Look at his extensive use of apostrophes, right there.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Prob'ly, and y'alls.

MATT: Um...

MIKE: He used an apostrophe there, in "I've." This is the apostrophe email.

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