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Strong Bad Email #197
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"Look at this arsenal of edge-havery!"

Gee Tee is worried that Strong Bad might be losing his edge.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Strong Mad (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, The Field, Strong Sad's Room, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Living Room of the Brothers Strong

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Monday, July 21, 2008

Running Time: 4:00

Page Title: Lappy 486

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Six

Contents

[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} Another freakin' email, another freakin' email song.

{Strong Bad pronounces the hyphen as "minus", "heven't" as spelled, and "shennanigans" as "she-ne-ne-nanigans". He expands "yours etc" as "yours, his, hers, mine, ours". He also pronounces the name and place of the sender in a very rushed voice.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Losing our edge?! That's ridiculous. Our shenanigans make the cover of Have Edge Times Magazine like every month! Like the other day. Me and The Cheat—

{scene cuts to The Field. We see Strong Bad and The Cheat approaching a deflated basketball lying on the ground}

STRONG BAD: {as voiceover} —walked past this deflated basketball and consciously decided not to re-inflate it!

STRONG BAD: So what do you think, man?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: OK, now we're talkin'. {Dances nervously} Let's get out of here before the cops come!

{Strong Bad and The Cheat run off to the right. Scene cuts back to Strong Bad in front of computer.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} And then yesterday, we feathered—

{scene cuts to Strong Sad's bedroom, where Strong Bad and The Cheat are standing on the bed and throwing feathers from a torn pillow at Strong Sad, whose right side is only just visible at the right of the screen. The Cheat makes little excited noises, and Strong Sad produces quiet, bored-sounding "ow"s.}

STRONG BAD: {as voiceover} —the living crap out of Strong Sad!

STRONG BAD: You said it The Cheat! Tar is prohibitively expensive!

{Scene cuts back to Strong Bad in front of computer}

STRONG BAD: {typing} But edgiest of all, THIS MORNING, we spread mayonnaise—

{scene cuts to Strong Bad and The Cheat in the Basement, spreading Fluffy Puff Mayonnaise onto the tops of cardboard boxes}

STRONG BAD: {as voiceover} —on all these cardboard boxes, man. And then waited like, thirty minutes to clean it all up,—

{clockwise-wipe reveals basement with mayonnaise gone, Strong Bad vacuuming, and The Cheat spraying air-freshener. Room twinkles occasionally.}

STRONG BAD: —vacuum, and use air-freshener to get rid of any undesirable odors left by the mayonnaise!

{cut to a rear view of the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: Thirty whole minutes! Can you be— {quickly loses his jubilation} yeah, okay, we're losing our edge. The Cheat, get in here!

{cut to a full shot of the computer room as The Cheat appears, wearing an apron}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises, with a melodic tone}

STRONG BAD: Take that thing off!

THE CHEAT: {disappointed The Cheat noise}

STRONG BAD: No, it is not "pretend-we're-grandmas-baking" time! {close up of Strong Bad} And it'll never be again! {zoom out} {sotto voce} See me after this email.

{The Cheat removes apron}

STRONG BAD: No, it's time to do some real damage, The Cheat! It's time to get our shenan on! Again!

THE CHEAT: {enthusiastic The Cheat noise}

{left wipe reveals Strong Bad and The Cheat in a room with stacks of eggs in cartons, several battle-axes, a stack of toilet paper rolls, and two bottles of "Lite Em Up Dan"-brand lighter fluid near the wall, and a saw, a casserole, and gasoline can on the floor.}

STRONG BAD: Oh yeah, look at this arsenal of edge-haver-y right here, man. {close up of Strong Bad} We can't go wrong!

{zoom out}

THE CHEAT: {questioning The Cheat noise}

STRONG BAD: You know, shenanigans! Like, uh, you start sawin' a hole in the floor, and I'll stomp on this casserole.

THE CHEAT: {affirmative The Cheat noise}

{Cut to a close up of the casserole. Strong Bad stomps on it while The Cheat saws a hole in the floor around him}

STRONG BAD: Ah ha ha! Sorry, casserole, your crusty layer of fried onions is no match for my— {zoom out} {screams}

{Strong Bad, The Cheat, and the gasoline can fall through the hole in the floor}

{Cut to a pitch-black room with faint light appearing above. Nothing can be seen besides Strong Bad's and The Cheat's eyes, which appear white with black pupils.}

STRONG BAD: {moan, followed by "yugga-da-yugga" noise of lips flapping while head is shaken vigorously} Whoa, where are we? I suddenly feel so... easy to animate.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noise}

STRONG BAD: I dunno man, but we gotta stay edgy. We can't let this deep, dark hole get us down in a deep, dark hole. Here, lemme kick you. That's a classic shenani-move. {grunts}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noise}

{Strong Bad's eyes move in a way consistent with him winding up to kick The Cheat. The Cheat's eyes move in a way consistent with him backing up slightly. Strong Bad's eyes then flip around and lower in a way consistent with him flipping over and then falling to the floor.}

STRONG BAD: Aaaaa-oof. Geez, Lucy, hold still! {a hitting sound is heard}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noise} {another hitting sound and a popping sound are heard}

{Strong Bad's left eye disappears; in its place a round white ball appears of roughly the same size. It falls from Strong Bad's face level and rolls away on the floor.}

STRONG BAD: Ow, my eye!

THE CHEAT: {screaming The Cheat noise}

{Strong Bad's left eye reappears, opening}

STRONG BAD: Naw, just kiddin'. It's a ping-pong ball.

{Another white ball appears from the level of Strong Bad's pants}

STRONG BAD: I always keep a spare pack {a cluster of similar balls appears from Strong Bad's hip-level} in my pants. {Throws the balls.} Some would say "pocket", I say, "in my pants".

STRONG SAD: {offscreen} Hello? Is somebody down there?

{cut to Strong Sad looking at the hole from above}

STRONG BAD: Go away, Strong Sad! The Cheat and I are down here shenanigan-ing each other in the dark alone by ourselves.

STRONG SAD: Uh, are you sure you wanna go on record with that explanation?

{cut back to dark hole}

STRONG BAD: Of course! I don't see how that could possibly be taken out of context! Now either violently throw yourself in here, or scram-oose!

{cut back to Strong Sad}

STRONG SAD: Fine! But I wasn't the one who—

STRONG BAD: Hey wait! Could you get on the internet and look up if cutting a hole in your own floor is edgy?

STRONG SAD: Ah, sure. {mimes typing} Tappity-tappity-tap. Yeah, I just checked. It is.

STRONG BAD: Awesome, I thought so!

{cut back to dark hole}

STRONG BAD: Where'd you check, like "Have Most Edge Guy" or edgetangle.com, one o' those?

{cut back to Strong Sad}

STRONG SAD: Yup, all the most popular sites. Uh, they recommend staying in the hole for a few days too. So I can finish my novellique.

{cut back to dark hole}

STRONG BAD: Oh, cool! I mean, we've got foot-stomp casserole down here, so we should be good! Could you toss down something to drink though?

{cut back to Strong Sad, who walks away to the left}

STRONG BAD: Strong Sad? Ah, never mind, {cut back to dark hole} we'll just drink that gasoline. Doesn't get edgier than that, right?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noise}

STRONG BAD: High-five, The Cheat!

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noise}

{The Cheat's eyes move in a manner consistent with him jumping up to slap Strong Bad's raised hand}

STRONG BAD: {grumbles} Thinks we're losing our edge. Pfft!

{New Paper is heard coming down, but it is too dark to see it. However, hovering the mouse over where the new Paper should be reveals the text normally printed by New Paper.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

Edge-Losers or Edge-Havers?
  • Clicking "Have Edge Times Magazine" at the beginning shows Strong Bad and The Cheat on the cover of Have Edge Times magazine.
  • At the end, click Strong Bad's right eye to see what happens 3 hours later.
    {a cross-stitch title card with the text "THREE HOURS LATER" appears}
    THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises, in an imitation of a grandmother}
    STRONG BAD: {Also in an imitation of a grandmother} Oh, Adelaide, you devil! Substituting bacon grease for butter? If my Wilbur only knew...
    {Lights turn on, revealing the basement of the Brothers Strong with the circle of floor sitting on Strong Mad's head. The Cheat is again wearing his apron}
    STRONG MAD: WILL YOU PLEASE KEEP IT DOWN?
    {Lights turn back off.}
  • At the end, click The Cheat's eyes to see Strong Sad on the cover of Have Edge Times magazine.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

[edit] Trivia

  • The label on the Floppy Disk Container reads "flash-back".
  • As of this email, Strong Bad has checked seventy-nine emails on the Lappy — one more than on the Compy.
  • The text on the first magazine reads:
HAVE EDGE TIMES
MAGAZINE
Strong Bad & The Cheat -
Edge-Losers or
Edge-Havers
YOU Decide
{image of The Cheat peeking over Strong Bad's head}
PLUS:
A Knife
A Dead Rat
Two matches
and much more
edgy stuff
on the cutting edge of edge-having
  • The text on the second magazine reads:
HAVE EDGE TIMES
MAGAZINE
The NEW FACE of Edgy?
{image of Strong Sad}
AND:
Old Bread
Rusty Pipe
Smashed Tape
and THAT IS ALL
on the cutting edge of edge-having

[edit] Remarks

  • The sender's city of Los Burbankos, CA doesn't exist, but probably refers to Burbank.
  • Strong Bad breaks the fourth wall when he says, "I suddenly feel so... easy to animate".
  • When Strong Bad and The Cheat are in the hole, the same Flash object that is used for Bubs's smaller eye is used for both of their pupils.
  • If you click the Easter egg to show Strong Sad's Have Edge Times cover, the New Paper's mouseover will appear on top of it rather than under it.
  • In the Strong Mad Easter egg, both Strong Bad's and The Cheat's eyes are higher up in the frame after the lights come on than before.
  • When The Cheat falls down the hole, he does not have his Grandma apron on or with him, but he is wearing it in the Strong Mad Easter egg.
  • In the Strong Sad Easter egg, the outline around his head is lighter than usual.
  • Although the same sound effect is used, the invisible New Paper prints out nearly twice as fast as in previous emails.
  • During Strong Bad's close-up in his living room, his right hand is animated in the flash, but is obscured by the layer that the blurry background occupies. This can only be observed by viewing below the flash's border.
  • When Strong Bad tosses his handful of ping-pong balls, all of them make a bouncing sound, except for the ball that was tossed straight up. It comes down and apparently falls through the floor.
  • The basement's echo disappears when Strong Mad turns on the lights. Also, no echo is heard in any other toons with scenes in the basement.
  • Strong Bad commits a common grammatical error by saying, "Like the other day. Me and The Cheat—" The phrase should be "The Cheat and I." Interestingly, he gets it right later in the email.
  • When Strong Bad is in the hole, he has white eyes with distinct pupils.
  • When Strong Sad is pretending to type, the actual typing sound effect can be heard, faintly.

[edit] Fixed Goofs

Three-to-one arm-y?
  • When the camera cut to the back of the Lappy, part of Strong Bad's fist went through it.
  • Before scratching his eye while listening to Strong Bad, Strong Sad had two right arms for a single frame. Twelve frames later, he then had no right arm at all.
  • After Strong Bad told The Cheat to take off his apron, the apron was already on the floor for a split-second before it reappeared on The Cheat's body. The Cheat then took it off again.
  • Strong Bad said that they had the "foot-stomp casserole" and the gasoline in the hole, but in the Strong Mad Easter egg, only the gasoline was there.

[edit] Glitches

  • When the camera zooms out to show Strong Bad yelling at The Cheat, several dark pixels appear along the edge of the Lappy's screen.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • Lucy, a character from the Peanuts comic strip, famously held a football to be kicked by Charlie Brown only to pull it away at the last second in many strips in the series.

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] DVD Version

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

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