Yes, I know this is a "comic" strip, but must every conversation serve as setup for a wry riposte? For starters, Jessica's is sort of a loaded question; asking about old Fred's chances of a "full recovery" from an obviously severe health episode. The guy's lucky even to be alive. Then Darin goes into the windup: "We-e-e-l-l-l, hope isn't dead, dot dot dot…" The "punchline"—and I always feel the need to put that word in quotes when talking about FW—is confusing as well: so is Fred on life support? Hope is on life support? Way to stay positive, "son".
On a side note, the Westview P.O. Bombing Arc page has been updated, and is more or less complete.