Cataract Walt

Yesterday Dinkle got around to thinking of a name for Bedside Manor’s band; today Batiuk deigns to ascribe a name to one of the musicians. What the author neglected to do was offer anything in the way of humor or plot development. Can you find the point to this strip? I can’t.



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16 responses to “Cataract Walt

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    The point is this is Dinkle talking about music, so shut the hell up and bask in the glow.

  2. jp

    The point is: old people are so durn poignant, what with the aging and the bodily deterioration. Let’s all smirk about it!

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Nope, not a single point to be found here, except an excuse to reference some sort of health woe. I realize he likes to keep his stories unresolved but really, this is ridiculous. He has an entire other strip devoted to senior citizen gags, please, keep them over there.

  4. Because…cataracts affect how fast he can play? Even though that makes zero sense?


    You know, seeing these strips makes me appreciate the show “Golden Girls”. Granted it was an 80’s sitcom, but it really did a good job of showing senior citizens still having active lives and having a positive outlook on the age.

    This,,,this just makes old people pitiful. I’m not inspired by these elderly folks. I’m actually wishing that a angel of death nurse puts these decrepit people out of their misery via a comfy pillow. I know that sounds dark, but that’s what the tone of this strip brings out in the reader. This is yet again an example of how Batiuk aims for something and completely fails.

  6. billytheskink

    I’m just thankful his name isn’t Clair Annett.

  7. sgtsaunders

    What the hell is even going on here. The “punchline” makes no sense. At first, I though Dinks was referring to the drummer, and my brain was burning trying to decide whether the old broad on the skins was “Walt”. After some studious effort, I now think that the clarinetist is the ever-effervescent Walt. Maybe there’s a missing panel.

  8. Spacemanspiff85

    @Westview Oncologist:
    Golden Girls was great in that regard. Batiuk can’t even write people in their early fifties with active, interesting lives. If Batiuk wrote Golden Girls, every episode would’ve been like the one where Sophia’s new friend had Alzheimer’s, only with a ton of puns about his name being Al Z. Heimer.

  9. A HREF

    We’d like to welcome Dinkle back from being deaf.

    Why doesn’t TB have Becky just sprout a new arm?

  10. Great. Six days of “It’s funny because old people are decrepit and have almost nothing to live for.” Someone is letting having to take care of his dying father leak through into his strip.

  11. Rusty Shackleford

    Well he is dealing with a contemporary issue in a thought provoking manner. See Batty, I can make stuff up too.

  12. Rusty

    My best guess is that Christmas Concerts are often rushed through because they are children playing christmas pop music. This joke slayed at the last Ohio Band Director’s Convention.

  13. Is that the tip of a baton in panel 1? He’s conducting a quintet?!?

  14. Professor Fate

    I can only assume that the joke such as it is, is that he’ll be a much better player now he can see the notes on the page…or something. Honestly I got nothing – this is pure non-narrative.

  15. Smirks 'R Us

    every friend and family member I know that has had cataract surgery comes out of it seeing clearer than they have in years, usually with no prescription lenses necessary. So there is good ‘ol Walt with his coke bottle glasses, defying conventional medical results. Apparently I need ‘beady-eyed nitpicker’ surgery.

  16. Merry Pookster

    Is Dinkle and Harriet (w/violin) now living there?