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Airdate: Part A released Monday, October 2, 2006; Part B released Tuesday, October 3, 2006, both cartoons combined into one Monday, October 9, 2006

Sender(s): josh oakland; Luke S.

Still reeling from the abduction of the Lappy (and annoyed that Fluffy Puff Marshmallows is "tryin' to make a buck-or-nine off my heart-drooping loss" with their "My Lappy Got Stole!" sweepstakes), Strong Bad decides to slink on down to Bubs' for more "antidepressants". There, he makes a startling discovery: the Lappy's being held on the roof of the concession stand!

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Strong Bad: The Lappy's tail! I'll save you, Lappy-pie... poo... Just keep your pixels on. Strong Bad's got everything under control-alt-delete!

On climbing to the roof, Strong Bad is horrified to see that his crappy computer has been Lappy-napped by his "crappier and crappiest computers": the Compy 386 and the Tandy 400! They've got a magnet on a fishing pole aimed at the Lappy, and aren't in the mood for Strong Bad's smooth talk... or hush-puppies. With some translation work by the Paper, the old computers reveal that they want to come out of retirement ("They didn't retire, I threw them away! Ask them if they want to come out of thrown-awayment.") and check one last e-mail. With the Lappy facing the "Teal Screen of Near Death", Strong Bad reluctantly agrees.

Strong Bad: Okay, okay, okay! I'll do my best. If it'll save the orphanage... I mean, my Lappy, I'll do it. Now, let's check emails like it was the deuce double-aught dweice!
(The Compy and Tandy start chattering in annoyance)
Strong Bad: It just means 2002... I... thought it was slick... slick-rick... way to talk...
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First up is the Tandy, who brings up an e-mail from "Josho Kland" asking "do you remember the email that you deleted the hardest". Strong Bad takes one look at the un-punctuated, un-captialized mess that is Josho's e-mail, and replies "I do remember the email I deleted the hardest! And I'm remembering it right now!" With the addition of Homestar's Mountain Dew, the King of Town's denture cleaning tablets ("Thems is my after-dinner mints!"), and a pick-ax, Strong Bad blows the offending e-mail (and the Tandy) to low-res smithereens.

Strong Bad: Goodbye, old girl. They'll always say you went out in a blaze of green rectangular glory!

Despite having a big ol' hole in it, the Compy is able to bring up an e-mail from "Luke South" asking "very seriously" for some "amazing feats of wonder" from Strong Bad.

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Strong Bad: Well, I am very serious too. Serious about the most incredible, tantalizing, pants-defying, mind-googling sights in the whole world!! Lalalalalalaaaa!

Strong Bad launches into an over-the-top impression of a circus barker as he shows off "Strong Bad's Amazing Feats of Wonder", which include:

  • Marzipan as "The Human, Wo-Man Rotini", twisting her neck into a series of loops.
    Strong Bad: Behold! An ocean of pesto!
    (Marzipan gets splashed with pesto sauce)
    Marzipan: Hey, this wasn't part of my act!
    King of Town: I know! It's a part of mine, lalalalalalala!
  • The Cheat's "Flea Prison Riot", where "The flea circus has left town, and the inmates are restless!"
  • Strong Sad's "Feet of Wonder" (AKA "Stupid's Stupid Crap That I Hate"), which involves Strong Sad showing off his elephantine legs.
    Strong Sad: I call them soolnds!
  • Strong Mad as "House Mouth", a "land-locked leviathan" who eats outdated electronics... including, in this case, the Compy.

With his old computers laid to rest and the cliffhangers "for reallysolved", Strong Bad finishes his up his previous e-mail and takes the Lappy out for hush-puppies.

Lappy: But Strong Bad, I'm hate hush-puppies.
Strong Bad: Man, I coulda sworn one of you guys liked hush-puppies...
The Paper: It was me. I like hush-puppies.

Tropes:

  • Back from the Dead: The Compy and the Tandy, so to speak.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: During the commercial for the "My Lappy Got Stole!" sweepstakes:
    Marshie: Just email who you think done it on a 3x5 note card, stick a Fluffy Puff on each corner, and just walk away, Mother...
  • Comfort Food: Strong Bad's "antidepressants" consist of several bags of assorted flavors of chips.
  • Easter Egg: Clicking on Strong Bad after he mentions the Lappy's "important documents" will bring up a preview of one of them, which can be clicked on to reveal a few more documents.
  • Everything Makes a Mushroom: The Tandy makes a pixel mushroom cloud after being blown up.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Strong Mad as "House-Mouth", who "conveniently subsists only on outdated electronics" and is fed the Compy.
  • Long List:
    • Strong Bad rattling off the varieties of chips he's consumed while mourning the loss of the Lappy.
      Strong Bad: Nothing dulls the pain quite like several dozen half-full bags of Italian-herb-chipotle-buffalo-ranch-guacamole-Thai-peanut-style chippety-chomps.
    • An Easter egg shows the "important files" on the Lappy include a list of self-chosen nicknames for Strong Bad and his "Cloud Shape Spotting Log".
  • Motor Mouth: Strong Bad talks much faster than normal when promoting his "Feats of Wonder" show.
    Strong Bad: Gawk and squawk as I walk and talk like an old-timey sideshow caller, and add "la-la-la-la-la" to the end of everything I say, la-la-la-la-la-la!
  • One Last Job: The Tandy and Compy hold the Lappy hostage in order to get Strong Bad to check one last e-mail on each of them.
  • Record Needle Scratch: Appears twice during the epilogue, once when Lappy points out she doesn't actually like hushpuppies, and again when she asks if Strong Bad could help find her "toe".
  • Rubber Man: Marzipan stretches (and twists) her neck out as "The Human Wo-Man Rotini".
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Strong Bad mutters "Sliiink" as he literally slinks off to Bubs to get more chips.
  • Shout-Out: The Parody Commercial for the "My Lappy Got Stole!" Sweepstakes is a parody of the sweepstakes associated with The Simpsons two-parter "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The Tandy, thanks to Strong Bad filling it with denture tablets and Mountain Dew, then hitting the keyboard with a pick-ax.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: The Paper just so happens to speak "extravagantly broken computer", and translates the demands of the Tandy and Compy for Strong Bad.
  • That Cloud Looks Like...: Strong Bad keeps a "Cloud Shape Spotting Log" on the Lappy. Some of the entries include "Michigan with 2 bites taken out", "Strong Sad's ghost", and "Strong Sad's corpse".
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Strong Bad, describing Marzipan as "the Human Wo-Man Rotini", rolls the R in "rotini".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Strong Sad is inexplicably dressed as a bearded lady during his segment of the Amazing Feats of Wonder.
  • You Make Me Sic: Strong Bad points out all the spelling and grammar mistakes Josh makes in his email before announcing that this is the one he will delete the hardest.

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