Passing The Batom

Funky’s succession plan is coming together in today’s strip, which is a good thing I think, seeing as he lately can’t remember that Wally already works for him.

Rachel, frankly, should be furious with this nepotism. She has worked at Montoni’s since the Clinton administration, surely she knows nearly everything there is to know about the place. Shouldn’t she be considered for a management position? Is it because she doesn’t have a college degree and Wally is about to receive one? Perhaps that is why Funky ultimately ignored Wally’s request to apply for the manager position that Durwood vacated in 2015.

But Funky had no real qualms about letting Cory and Rocky run Montoni’s back in August, when he and Holly drove to Florida. Cory has no college degree, he joined the military right out of high school (where he struggled) and his only experience at Montoni’s was busing tables and dressing up in a pizza costume. Rocky’s experience is likely similar, sans pizza costume.

This is especially galling because Funky, even armed with his business degree, worked his way up to being co-owner of Montoni’s by starting as… a delivery boy. Rachel facing down Funky’s nepotistic patriarchy is a much better female-focused awards-fishing story arc than last week’s bit with Mindy critiquing comic book character clothing. It is almost amazing that TB didn’t realize it… almost as in not really.  Because comical books.

Also, Cory and Rocky are moving to Seattle after their wedding, as the young people do, so we have that to look forward to come 2022.

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16 responses to “Passing The Batom

  1. The Dreamer

    let me guess. Cory and Rocky move to Seattle and Cindy and Maaon move there too– and we have the young couple vs older couple storylines. sounds like a spinoff strip

    • billytheskink

      More likely this will be the first time since Khahn went back to Afghanistan that we get an explanation for a character’s disappearance. Maybe Seattle is this strip’s cornfield; and Summer, Keisha, Maddie, Crazy’s other kids, Wally Jr., Rachel’s kid, all of Act III’s other graduated high schoolers, Mooch, and the like have been wished away there.

  2. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    A tip of the drunken beard to BTS and VS for their contributions to today’s strip. How many of you sang the jingle in your head when you read it?

  3. Paul Jones

    I wonder what kind of incoherent mess blog post we’d get if Batiuk finally realized that most people think Rachel should run the place.

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    Meh, this all too boring. What do the other strips offer us today?

    Crankshaft: this has to be how he ends up in a wheelchair and a nursing home.

    Mary Worth: And you thought Batty’s portrayal of women was pathetic. Check out how a female author portrays them. Here’s a tip. You can always tell who the bad girl is, she will be the one smoking.

  5. Rusty

    Funky has a business degree? I always assumed he went straight from high school to Montoni’s. I think I didn’t read the strip during the Act I and II changeover years.

    • billytheskink

      It was only briefly mentioned right after the first time jump, mostly for laughs and a little the pathos that marked much of Act II as he struggled to get a job in the slumping economy in the early 90s.

  6. The Nelson Puppet

    Thanks for pointing out the horrid continuity errors. Good to know there are others minding the store even if Batiuk is not.

  7. timbuys

    Moving to Seattle? On whose income? First thing first about Seattle is that it is right next to a huge volcano so, uh, good luck with that… maybe aim to live on the north side of town. Second is that you have to pay an exorbitant amount to live next to said volcano. Don’t get me wrong, that area is one of my favorite places in the country to visit but I’m not seeing it for these two mopes from Northeast Ahia.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      They are going to work for Amazon…not at HQ, but in a warehouse.

      Wait, there already is one in Northeast Ohio… ah well.

  8. Apparently Atomik Komix is going to branch out into children’s comics.

    • Gerard Plourde

      “Way Back Wendy” and “Miss American” are at least infinitesimally marginal improvements on “The Inedible Pulp”.

  9. Epicus Doomus

    Uh no Rachel, he wasn’t serious, he just wanted to f*ck with Wally for no good reason. Next he’ll throw some firecrackers at him just for giggles.

    Seattle, huh? That’s where all the “kids these days” are going, what with the vibrant grunge scene and all. Although it’ll be kind of interesting to see a FW character actually leave, as so few ever really do.

  10. The Dreamer

    And why is Max Montoni in this strip when its snowing outside? Montoni winters in Florida!

    • Rusty Shackleford

      And it is obvious he has no money…you can tell because he is always schleping his own bag around.