Yup, Holly sure was something back in high school. Her whatever Dinkle exploding baton trick was the capper to many a 1970s FW football arc way back in the day. I can see why she needs to keep talking about it and displaying her old high school trophies in her living room for thirty-five years, as it really was just that hilarious and compelling. Back then Sundays were kind of dull, what with the gas crisis and blue laws and all, but Holly’s antics in the Sunday funnies really lifted the nation’s spirits after Watergate and Vietman. The tall ships during the Bicentennial helped too, as did the Fonz. But I digress.
This one would be a lot less odd if they were just going through an old box labeled “band awards” instead of treating us to the unlikely and time-warping sight of Melinda appearing to notice Holly’s living room baton shrine for the first time, which seems pretty implausible at best. That Holly would maintain a living room high school baton shrine is no surprise, as she is after all a Westviewian. But given how it’s all they appear to have in common, how could her mother not have noticed it before?
IMO Holly would have been the perfect wife for Bull, as they both peaked in high school and both sort of blither their way through the strip in a stupid and annoying yet sort of relatively inoffensive manner that makes them slightly more difficult to despise in the same way we despise Les and Darin and Dinkle and Lisa and Funky and you get the idea. And Linda would have been a perfect Mrs. Winkerbean, as her obnoxious brand of wry defeated cynicism and spiteful condescension would be a perfect foil for Funky’s all-encompassing sad-sackery. That’s always been one of BatNom’s problems, his refusal or inability to think this shit through before he felt-tips it out.