Doctor Who and UNIT

Link to today’s strip.

Well, Funky certainly looks cheerful for someone who may have just been handed a death sentence.  Of course, such a sentence would mean his eternal suffering is finally about to end; if I were a character in this strip, I’d probably find it a relief as well.  The only question would be, How much time do I have left?  Meaning, Do I have time to buy a gun and kill Les, Dinkle, Dead Comic Book John, Darrin and a good half-dozen others?

Up until a few months ago, it was pretty rare when I couldn’t see a vague punchline in the strip.  In other words, I would think, Well, that’s not funny, but I can see how someone could construct that as a remark relevant to the situation.  It made sense.

Lately, though, it seems as if every strip is trying to outdo its predecessors in being baffling and nonsensical.  I mean, I understand what Holly is saying–I just can’t imagine how it could be seen as “funny” or “romantic” or “poignant.”  It’s presented as the sort of thing a person might say and think, I was very clever to phrase my answer like that.  It just isn’t clever.  It’s like it’s missing some kind of follow-up.   “We’re a unit.”  “Just like a ward in a mental hospital!” {smirk} {smirk}

Any joke fails when you leave out the punchline:

A: Why does a fireman wear red suspenders?

B: I dunno, why?

A: (shrugs) I guess he just likes them.  Maybe they’re a gift from his wife.

B: …huh.

I will add this:  at least in today’s episode, the professional person is being pleasant to them.  I’m pretty sure that’s the first time in a while that this has happened.



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14 responses to “Doctor Who and UNIT

  1. Epicus Doomus

    So Funky and Holly are married and invested in each others’ well-being, eh? How very novel. What purpose does this serve other than to kill another day? When Batiuk gets this lazy you can’t help but wonder what FW will be like in a few years as he plods toward fifty. I figure the characters will all just be attending funerals and standing around smirking at one another by 2019 at the latest.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    These strips have to be out of order. Why is Funky back out at the desk, ready to go see the doctor, even though he’d already gone back yesterday? And why is he happy and smiling, after being told there’s a spot on his kidney?
    I really don’t think I’d trust a “Super Clinic” that has a handwritten sign with its name posted on the wall. At least it’s not crappily taped to the wall, I guess.

  3. Gerard Plourde

    Maybe I’m thinking from too much of a legal standpoint, but aren’t there issues of confidentiality that have to be addressed? A HIPPA waiver form at minimum?

  4. billytheskink

    This is a baseline Funky Winkerbean strip, an inexplicable but ultimately digestible stab at wordplay featuring some of the strip’s less despicable characters, and it thus establishes Funky and Holly as a unit of measure for other Funky Winkerbean strips.

    Therefore, today’s strip measures 1 FunkyHolly. Strips featuring Kablichnick despising his students usually measure 2-3 FunkyHollys. Owen and Cody, typically 5-19 FunkyHollys. Tony popping into town, 8-24 FunkyHollys. Sunday comic book covers, 25-43 FunkyHollys. Crazy and DSH doing anything, 30-82 FunkyHollys. Starbuck Jones, insecure Cindy, TB lashing out at readers or playing Job with Funky, Dinkle’s megalomania, anything Les, 10,000 FunkyHollys and up.

  5. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Um, seriously, WTF here? Holleeeee could have said yes, uh huh, okay, sure, or Ten Four Good Buddy, and the comedic value would have been just the same. No doubt there’s a pun in “unit,” but nothing set it up. Totally out of left field. Whatever.

    More baffling is how after sitting in a hospital gown with his bare butt on the chair yesterday, Flunky looks like he just arrived. Still wearing his jacket. No trace of anxiety about his CT scan. It’s almost like Batty got these episodes out of order.

    Other than that, I’ve got nothing. Today, we learn they want to meet with the doctor together. That’s it. Big whup. Throw me a bone, Batty. Gimme something I could maybe work with.

    Tomorrow, they’re offered a magazine to read in the waiting room. They declare they’ll read the same magazine together. After all, they’re — wait for it — a unit.

  6. The Dreamer

    See Batiuk is going to kill off Funky, and Les & Co. all leave Westview after burying Funky (next to Lisa of course) and they move to Hollywood. The strip is renamed “Mason Jarr” with Mason as the new lead

  7. Rusty

    So we finally know what they have in common: cancer survivors who eagerly look forward to getting a clean bill of health every year by flying to Dallas. And hating Les, everyone in town shares that trait.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    I agree, somebody goofed and put the strips out of order. We are the only ones who will notice as Batty is away on his annual Disney trip.

  9. bobanero

    OK, so Funky and Holly are a unit. So where the fuck was Holly yesterday when Ms. Golden-Ray-of-Sunshine delivered the news about the growth on his kidney? As for the kidney spot, are we going to hear anything more about that, or will it be forgotten the same way it was when Cayla told Les she was pregnant a few years ago?


    Either this is a goof by editors or Batiuk’s been watching Tarrantino movies and is experimenting in non-linear narrative.

    I’ll forgive everything if turns out that Montoni’s is run by Mr. Marcellus.

  11. Either this is a goof by editors or Batiuk’s been watching Tarrantino movies and is experimenting in non-linear narrative.

    I’ll forgive everything if turns out that Montoni’s is run by Mr. Marcellus.

    I’m thinking more Maynard and Zed, with the Gimp in the basement with the Space Invaders machine.

  12. As I said on Disqus, the two of them are a unit that’s about to be told that they need a kidney. Or to pick out what colour urn they would like to be in. Or something stupid so that Batiuk can hit back at the evils of friendly, supportive people who were more socially active than he was and also doctors.

  13. Saturnino

    “OK, so Funky and Holly are a unit. ”

    Well, they could drop their drawers, bend over, and then they could be Moon Unit Winkerbean.

  14. WWFD! (What would Frank do!)