Isn’t it amazing how every time these characters hear a joke that they did not concoct, the reaction is always anger, weariness, or in the case of Dullard here, utter befuddlement? And yet when they tell a joke, the entire earth should fall off its axis from everyone laughing.
Look at Dullard’s utterly doltish face in panel 3. There’s a clod who knows he’s just been insulted, he just can’t figure out in what way. Is…is someone else Skyler’s dad?
That’s the face of someone without the slightest hint of a sense of humor (or intelligence), who does not know a joke when he comes across one.
It’s kind of the opposite of Tom Batiuk, who finds jokes all the time, when they actually aren’t anywhere in the area. Or at least that’s what I see happen.
One thing here that begs a look at the continuity is the fact that the Fairgoods live in Westview. Skyler was (presumably) conceived and born in Westview. And yet…the US Postal Service closed the Westview PO some years back. Remember how Harry had to scramble to find a job?
Westview has no mailman. Think about that for a moment.