Closet Case

Feigned sentimentality aside, Les can’t wait to dump the girls and their belongings in the dorm room, and then get the hell back to Moore Manor and enjoy being semi-alone at last. “A-ha! A closet shelf, I’ll just shove these up here and…” Not so fast, mister! Cayla, being a woman and all, knows that there’s a place for everything, and here and now is the place for her paying Les back for that time he got all anal about the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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  1. Epicus Doomus

    Blech, I’d throw that stuff out after Les got his dribblings all over it. What a dick.

  2. John

    Les’ “going away to college” gift for his daughter: Mildew!

    Yeesh, louish. My nephew is only seven, and even -he- knows that wet fabric needs to be hung and spread in order to properly dry! You don’t just wad up wet things and toss ’em into a dark space, Les.

    I’d ask if you were born in a barn, but that would be an insult to farm animals!

  3. Well Les, I’m no delicate genius best-selling author or anything, but it looks like you’re carrying bed linens, which tend to go, oh I don’t know, on the bed. But then again I’m a woman, and everybody knows we have the innate Martha Stewartian instinct to decorate and organize and make houses pretty for our menfolk, who stand aside and scratch their heads in befuddlement.

  4. BeckoningChasm

    “Well, Les, I guess you can put the frozen pizzas in the closet if you want to…”

    I sure hope that’s rainwater flying from his forehead, and not the sweaty result of having to lift linens up to a high shelf.

    Finally and quite frankly, the more I see (in the linked archive strip) of Les’ pathological devotion to his keeping his dead wife in everyone’s face, the creepier and never-could-be-sweet it becomes. The Kilimanjaro trip was a turning point for me regarding Les as a character.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    BeckoningChasm: You must have missed that New Year’s Eve strip from a few years back. Anyone with even a speck of sympathy for Les lost it that night.

  6. firedmyass

    In the real world, Cayla’s expression in the last panel would signify the precise moment a woman decides to dump a dude. 

  7. billytheskink

    Beginning college is such a monumental time Summer and Keisha’s lives that TB chooses to focus on Les…

  8. Jimmy

    @firedmyass: that’s why I call her Doormat. The ladies can’t get enough vitamin L.

  9. S.P. Charles

    Add “college freshpersons” to the list of things Batiuk knows nothing about: Summer and Keisha aren’t going to want their dysfunctional parents hanging around setting up their dorm room.

  10. Rusty

    Batiuk resisted the urge to have Cayla smirk in the last panel. Something’s going down.

  11. bayoustu

    Check out that look of sheer, unbridled joy on Cayla’s face in the last panel; it’s the same look she’ll be sporting when she and Less are wed beneath the Golden Canopy of Love soon…

  12. BeckoningChasm

    @Epicus – yes, I do remember that (although I wasn’t around here then). But Les wasn’t actually engaged to marry someone else at that time, was he? For me, leaving your REAL wife’s picture on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, while your future concubine plans your wedding just crossed the line for me.

    Had he left Cayla’s picture there, it would have been nauseatingly maudlin, but at least it wouldn’t have been narcissistic and sociopathic.

  13. Merry Pookster

    Who was that Black gal making those P&J sandwiches?

  14. Señor Tortilla

    Wait, Les actually did the “Lisa did it this way” excuse? Man, I thought you guys were kidding about the whole St. Lisa thing.

  15. Until other snarkers reminded me, I’d forgotten that we were moving the girls into their dorm. Because, you know, no girls in this strip!

    I. Can’t. Believe. We’re. Meant. To. Like. Les. Moore.

  16. Randy

    Not sure if anyone already mentioned this, but the link that Señor Tortilla provided also can be used to peek at the rest of the week’s strips.

  17. AM

    OKay, I’m confused. Didn’t the strip on the 18th tell us that Keisha and Summer had already gone off to school? Is this some sort of reverse time jump or is it customary at Kent State for students to move into their dorms a week after classes start?

  18. Helskor

    Les looks downright terrified in the last two panels, while Cayla has the blank stare of a guard in the Stanford prison experiment after two days as she slowly and deliberately brings the cattle prod out of her purse with her unseen left hand. “No, Mistress, we just got here, I’ll be good! I’ll never smirk again!”

  19. Epicus Doomus

    BeckoningChasm: That’s true. Also remember that he mentioned Lisa DURING his marriage proposal, another low-water mark for the king of all low-water marks. TB never did resolve that whole “Les can’t get over Lisa” arc, did he?

  20. Charles

    Also remember that he mentioned Lisa DURING his marriage proposal,

    That doesn’t really address the full horror of it. He blabbed only about Lisa leading up to the marriage proposal. He was just talking about memories surrounding the bench and the park where the bench was located, and they all had to do with his and Lisa’s history of misery; nothing about any of the good things in their life together. It was all about discovering cancer and teen pregnancy and cancer and cancer.

    And proposing to Cayla was just going to be one more mention in his life history concerning that bench and the park.

  21. Flummoxicated

    I am really surprised Les isn’t saying something like – “But that’s where Lisa kept her wadded up bed linens when she was a student here!” Perhaps there is a missing fourth panel?