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Recap / Strong Bad Email E 154 Keep Cool

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Airdate: Monday, July 31, 2006

Sender: Tom B, Sunnyvale CA

Tom from "Sunnyvale, Cactus Area" wants to know how hot it is in Strongbadia ("Note to viewers, this [cut to Strong Badia] is Strong Badia. Not this [shows Bubs' Concession Stand], this [shows Strong Bad's TV room], or this [shows The Field].") and what Strong Bad and friends do to keep cool. Strong Bad apparently determines the weather by balancing a spoon of hoisin sauce on Strong Sad's "disturbing soft-serve flip"... and then just asking him.


Strong Bad: Hey, Trundle Bed! How hot it is right now?
Strong Sad: Current temperature: ninety-seven, ninety-eight degrees... humidity, twenty-five percent... barometric pressure's 30.05 inches mercury... I'm gonna eat this spoonful of hoisin sauce...

According to Strong Bad's handy chart, temperatures in the high nineties means it's "Cool Time, Pool Time!" ("In the pool that we've always had... that we use all the time... and the school has always had an elevator!") The news that it's "cool time, pool time" spreads fast among the citizens of Free Country USA, and soon everyone is relaxing at the pool.

Lifeguard Strong Bad makes sure to lay down the pool rules "just so I never have to use this weird foamy thing":

Strong Bad: Welcome to our 'ool. Notice there is no "take a crap in it" in it. Please keep it that way.
(Cut to the Poopsmith, wearing a Nebulon floatie and testing the water with his foot)
Strong Bad: Poopsmith, don't even try it. Also, no rough-horsing, no house-rousing, no butt-patting.
Coach Z: Aw, nuts!

Strong Bad's life-guarding is somewhat questionable: his idea of putting pool chemicals is using "whatever was under the sink" (which leaves Marzipan's hair green and smoldering), he orders everyone out of the pool during a lightning storm except the characters he doesn't like (Homestar, Coach Z, and the King of Town), and he makes the mistake of forgetting to keep Strong Mad off the high dive. The ensuing "Mannon Ball" sends all the water (and all the swimmers) flying out of the pool, with Strong Bad getting knocked all the way back to the computer room.

Strong Bad: I should really just stop patching that hole. Well, it looks like pool season's over. Guess I have to start Back2School shopping. Get some new pencil holders... (Homestar can be faintly heard screaming in the background) Stencil folders... (Homestar crashes through the roof and lands on Strong Bad)
Homestar: Uh, Strong Bad, I think that total wave ruined your 'ool.
Strong Bad: Ah... I... breaky... spiney...


  • The Bait: The pool's lightning procedure involves everyone vacating the pool except Homestar, Coach Z and the King of Town, all holding metallic objects meant to attract the lightning.
  • Beach Episode: A variant, the gang visits the public pool to keep cool.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Strong Bad asks if anyone wants to get together a game of Sharks and Minnows, Einstein and Kreskin, or Pregnant and Seventeen.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Delayed Reaction: There's a beat right between when Strong Mad's "Mannon Ball" hits the water and when it empties the pool of its contents.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Strong Bad addresses Strong Sad as "Trundle Bed".
  • Geographic Flexibility: This is the first time the pool's appeared or even been mentioned since "Theme Song Video" way back in spring of 2000. Lampshaded when Strong Bad insists that they've always had this pool and they use it all the time.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Addressed In-Universe. Strong Bad feels the need to point out that "Strong Badia" only refers to the vacant lot that Strong Bad calls his own kingdom, not the general setting where the characters all live; the actual name of the setting is Free Country, USA (though this name isn't often brought up, not even in this e-mail).
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Apparently, balancing a spoonful of hoisin sauce on Strong Sad's head gives him the power to predict the weather.
  • Long List: Strong Bad's pool safety advice includes "After you eat, wait three full days, get a complete physical, have an ear candling, and press UP, A, and START before re-entering the pool."
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: This email debuted during an actual heat wave in the United States, Canada, and much of Europe. Sunnyvale itself, where the email sender resides, had just suffered a two-week period of unusually hot weather, responsible for 83 heat-related deaths in California.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Strong Bad has a whole list of rhyming activity suggestions, including not only "Cool time, pool time," but "Nose time, hose time" and "Tinkler time, sprinkler time".
  • Tan Lines: Strong Bad has a farmer's tan while acting as a lifeguard, despite not normally wearing a shirt.
  • Toilet Humor: Strong Bad has his own take on a classic humorous pool safety sign:
    Strong Bad: Welcome to our 'ool. Notice there is no "take a crap in it" in it. Please keep it that way.
    (He sees the Poopsmith testing the water)
    Strong Bad: Poopsmith, don't even try it.
    (The Poopsmith hangs his head)


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