Break a Wish

Link to today’s strip.

Not much to say about this one…it’s okay, but the fact that Rachel’s wish was for Wally to become a night manager at a pizza place–well.  It’s hard to think of anything sadder.  Although I’m sure Batiuk regards that as a challenge and will get right to work on that.

I have to say, that’s the most unappetizing pizza I’ve ever seen.  It looks cold and damp.  This might be a testament to Chuck Ayers’ drawing skills, but I think he’s going in the wrong direction.

Charles made an interesting observation in yesterday’s comments, to wit: “H-1B visas are temporary work permits for foreigners who have specialty skills. Washing dishes at or assistant managing a pizza place is not one of those skills. Adeela’s literally taking a job a local American could do.’

That got me to thinking…why was Adeela here in the first place?  I have to assume that H-1B visas are given to foreigners whose skills are pre-existing.  In other words, they’ve already been trained in a specialty that few Americans have.

Adeela, though, was going to school here in the US to acquire her architecture degree…in other words, she was given an H-1B based on a skill she did not already possess.

Could it possibly work that way?  “Oh, here’s a Muslim woman who wants an H-1B visa.  What?  She doesn’t have a specialty skill?  Oh, well, I’m sure she’ll go to college here and get one.  Next!”

Batiuk should really stick to things he knows about, or at least learn to use Google.


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22 responses to “Break a Wish

  1. Epicus Doomus

    This is just gross. I’ve had plenty of mediocre-to-bad pizzas in my day but none that defy the laws of Mozzarella physics quite like this. I’d send it back, but apparently in Westview it’s some sort of demented courtship ritual or something. F*cking weirdos.

    “I know! I’ll create a new character…a female Muslim character! She will be one of Wally’s college classmates and they’ll bond over the shared PTSD the picked up back in Iraqistan! They will become friends and then they’ll have Thanksgiving dinner together and she’ll graduate with Wally and have trouble finding a job and…(yawn)…wow, look at the time. The snow sure is coming down out there today. I’m just gonna rest my eyes for a few…..(zzzzz).

    (zzzzz) Whoa, wow…(yawn)…where was I? Oh yeah, Adeela…job…hmmmm. Eh, waitress at Montoni’s…and done!”

    I have to believe that was the extent of BatYak’s research into the plight of today’s morose and extremely downbeat immigrant college student. In a few months she’ll pop up again, serving coffee to Les and exchanging wry wordplay based around the word “hijab”. If she’s lucky he’ll eventually just get rid of her like he did with Khan and Susan Smith, if not she’ll join Rana and Jinx and Donna and Owen and Cody and Summer in the “whatever happened to?” file.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    And thus Wally was never seen or spoken of in this strip again.
    Seriously, I would not be shocked at all if this is the last Batiuk uses Wally. Rachel’s dream has come true-he’s a functional adult who’s graduated college and now gets along with Muslims. I can totally see this as the last strip in a (very silly and self-contradictory) book about Wally in a year or two. Entitled something pretentious like “Homecoming: A Soldier’s Tale”.

    • The Nelson Puppet

      YES! spacemanspiff85 is right.

    • Charles

      I’m more inclined to believe that Wally no longer has any stories that focus on him. I suspect he’ll show up in the background whenever there’s some dumb story set at Montoni’s. Tony comes back and says some inane stuff to Funky and there’s Wally standing in the background looking like an idiot as usual.

      Or maybe it’ll be Adeela now. We’ll see I guess!

  3. louder

    Guess we’re supposed to forget the fact that he had a major PTSD attack just a couple of weeks ago, he’s even got rid of Buddy! Why, Oh why, do the women of Cancerville settle for the fools and live with them forever? I’m sure we’ll see Cindy interviewing Wally & Adeela on her hot internet newscast — Must See TV at its best.

  4. billytheskink

    Rachel’s wish was to be able to quit working at Montoni’s, right?

  5. Paul Jones

    If eating horrible pizza to celebrate the fact that her husband will be selling horrible pizza is her dream come true, I think that Rachel’s tragedy is upon us: she’s what the American Psychiatric Association calls “motherfucking psycho bugfuck crazy.”

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    The artwork gets an A+ today as it accurately captures the essence of a Montoni’s pizza.

    But of course the writing is horrible. Another new character added and nothing interesting is done. He could have had Adeela struggle to keep her religion in modern America. Or maybe she becomes more devout in the face of modern feminism. There are lots interesting stories to tell, but we will get to read none of them.

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Crankshaft: Batty sure is a master at dragging out a story. Surprised we didn’t get 3 panels of a snow shovel laying atop a pile of snow.


    Stop trying to make wishpizza happen. It’s not going to happen!

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Hi, I’m Walleye Wankerbean. I used to wash dishes at a greasy spoon, hole-in-the-wall pizza joint in Ohio. I made up my mind to work hard and spend 11 years getting a degree from K*nt State – one course per semester. It took a lot of time, and was a lot of work, and with my Shell Shock, it was a real pain in the ass every time a siren went off, but it was worth it!”

    “That’s great, Walleye! So where do you work now?”

    “Uh, oh…Umm, well, same place.”

    “Okay… great… Have your responsibilities changed, now that you have earned your degree?”

    “Yes! You are looking at the new Night Manager at Moroni’s Pizza!”

    “Uh, hey, that’s … great. What do you do there now?”

    “Wash dishes! But at NIGHT.”

    “Oooookay. Thanks, uh, Walleye.”

    “Coming up next on K*nt State Today we’ll talk to the detective who’s searching for the missing girls ladies women’s basketball team, which vanished without a trace a few years ago…”

  10. Merry Pookster

    So niether of Wally’s kids showed up for his graduation?

  11. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Carpet McDrapey always dreamed of being the skankiest ho in town.

    And it came to pass!