Clearly there would be such a big audience of people watching a show about people vaguely connected to a woman who died from cancer.
Lenny certainly seems to think so. Meanwhile Darin need to dial it back just a bit, as he's crossed over to making terroristic threats.
Ok, "I've got three different words" sounds a little more natural, but I won't nitpick: today's punchline makes this the funniest FW strip all year! I stand in line.
"…this girl that he had been with"? Do these Hollywood clowns realize that that's no way to talk about Our Lady of Westview? Darin is trying hard, very hard, to keep his cool, but that cocked eyebrow in panel 1 tells me that he's seconds away from losin' his shit. And I've been trying not to imply that their "partnership" is more than "strictly business," but Lenny is practically feeling up "his man" in panel 2. Maybe Lenny is Frankie's "Leon", and whatever loot that they manage to pry from Darin and Les is going towards gender reassignment surgery, like in Dog Day Afternoon…
So how do we know that Frankie (and his partner Lenny) are just no damn good? "Lenny and I have a production company in Hollywood…" If only Les had been around to spot them: Lenny's bald head, glasses, and sportcoat surely would have given him away as one of those vampire-loving Hollywood types.
I love how the documentarian who makes films nobody sees has the nerve to sneer at somebody who's had "a big hit on YouTube."
Is Frankie messing up their names on purpose? "David" from Darin, and "Josie" from Jess? What's happening to Frankie's head? It starts out big and seems to grow bigger in panels 2 and 3.
So are we actually going to ever find out exactly who this Lenny guy is, or is he just going to continue lurking in the first panel of every strip for the rest of this story arc?
Well, at least one of our questions gets answered today: Lenny can talk. Whatever kind of "show" he's talking about, Darin has clearly heard enough. Jess holds on to him as he starts heading for the exit with that curious strutting manner in which all men in the Funkiverse walk.
While TB is clumsy at portraying genuine affection (think of any scene involving Les being romantic toward Cayla), when it comes to smarminess, he's got that down pat. Frankie embraces Darin in panel 3 like a boa wrapping itself around a feral pig. Darin recoils as Frankie's leering mug looms mere inches away from his own, exhaling a vapor of sour coffee, generic cigarettes, and last night's beer.
Take heart, snarkers: at least the pop-cultural reference in today's strip is from only 30 years ago. Compared to Jungle Jim Toppers and Flash and Dale, this is some timely shit indeed. For once, the Sunday strip's "creepy blue twilight" hues are suited to the subject matter. Hey, if Frankie is Vader, then does that make Lenny Lando Calrissian? Or Mace Windu? Discuss.
Filed under Darin, Jessica
So having spent the week hectoring her husband to meet with his absent "bio-dad", Jessica suddenly seems filled with dread at having to come along with him. Perhaps she knows Frankie's history after all? Or maybe she's terrified at the prospect of meeting someone who's escaped from a fictional prison dimension!
PROTIP TO TOM BATIUK: The phrase "talking out of the side of one's mouth" is not meant to be a physical description.
Yeah, Darin's smirking so hard in panel 3 that his mouth appears to be trying to escape to the back of his head.