This might do it:
Tools -> Options -> Read [tab] -> Read all messages in plain text
If you are worried about scripts in your email or about them displaying pictures, you can fix that problem easily using a firewall and Outlook Express settings.
To keep scripts from running.
goto: Tools -> Options -> Security [tab] -> and check "Restricted sites zone (More secure). Then open up Internet Explorer and configure to restricted zone to not allow anything.
To keep the email from accessing the internet such as displaying an image, just tell your firewall to block port 80, 20, 21, and 23 (just to be safe) for Outlook Express.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS