The Brain Scan Revealed Nothing

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The CTE arc originally began in late summer 2016. After talking to Les about her concerns regarding Bull’s recent behavior, Linda convinces Bull to see a doctor, who diagnoses him with an incurable brain disorder caused by football. Bull retires and goes home to forget things and die.

Two and a half years and one insufferable new character (Buck) later, it’s March 2019. After talking to Les about her concerns regarding Bull’s recent behavior, Linda informs Bull that she’s arranged for him to see a doctor. Not only hasn’t the CTE story progressed in any way, it’s actually managed to loop all the way around itself and come up on itself from behind, only to stop slightly short of where it began in the first place. So, the introduction of that Buck asshole aside, LITERALLY less than nothing has happened in the Bull CTE story. Bull has already experienced inexplicable tantrums and he’s already seen a doctor, yet here we are again, right before where we were when we started.

Beady-Eyed Nitpicker’s Corner: Why has Linda waited for two and a half years to get the permanent disability ball rolling for Bull? BatYak never really explained it but Bull retired immediately after being diagnosed, thus one could assume he was already ill enough to not be able to work anymore, yet according to today’s strip he hasn’t even been officially declared disabled by a doctor yet, all of which seems somewhat, uh, incongruous, let’s say.

Coming in September 2020: After talking to Les about her concerns regarding Bull’s recent behavior, Linda convinces Bull to see a doctor. Linda finally calls the state disability hotline to see what forms she’ll need to fill out.


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21 responses to “The Brain Scan Revealed Nothing

  1. I’d love to see the CTE brain scan for BatYak. Wait. Just move along. Nothing to see here….Egads, Doctor, there’s nothing in there!

  2. Charles

    Again Batiuk shows that when something doesn’t actually happen in the strip, it doesn’t happen. Nothing ever happens off-panel. Bull is no further along in his treatment or the condition of his CTE in 2019 than he was in 2016. The next time Cory appears, either no progress will have been made with his wedding, or there will be news which will be the only thing that’s happened regarding his wedding in something like three years. The Starbuck Jones movie took about nine times as long to make as a typical blockbuster because they’d have consistent three month pauses where nothing happened. Les is still touring for his book anthology as if it hasn’t already been out for two years.

    That’s one way of running out the clock, I guess.

    • Epicus Doomus

      He has to break up his long-term story arcs with months/years-long pauses, otherwise the fact that they’re all just premises would be too obvious. This one is just absurd. At this point Linda should be saying “I’m bringing in a full-time nurse” or “it might be time to look into assisted living”, not “gee, you’re not yourself these days Bull, let’s get you to a doctor post-haste!”. It’s almost as if he doesn’t trust his readers to assume that time has passed, which is really weird considering how he once jumped the entire strip ahead ten years to avoid dwelling on a topic he then proceeded to dwell on anyway. Like you said, if you don’t see it, it didn’t happen, which works remarkably poorly when you only revisit a story for a few weeks a year, if that.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Tomorrow’s poignant, one-panel space-filler strip:
    Bull: (sniffles) “Will . . . will the nerdologists know where my Brownie Point DVD is?”

  4. spacemanspiff85

    Also, this is a fantastic time to spring this on Bull. I mean, I doubt she “arranged” for this to happen right now, at 3 AM, so she’s apparently been keeping this to herself for hours if not days. And she apparently decided the best time to tell him is in the middle of a violent, angry episode.

  5. billytheskink

    Note how Linda says “apply for disability benefits” instead of “get you help”. Points for transparency, I guess…

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      She needs the cash. “Work Husband” Les makes her go Dutch Treat when they go out together.

  6. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Brooo hoooo… I’m finally taking you to a doctor.”

    “Okay. Now find my video before I put your Brillo head through the TV screen.”

  7. Max Power

    Think about the scenes of Westview over the last few weeks: Funky grimly shoveling an endless sidewalk, staving off a massive heart attack by sheer force of will; Fred Fairgood slumped over squinting at a TV trying to grasp at some link to his past life from a news report about history’s lamest social protest; and now brain damaged Bull, facing his mortality with videos of his endless sports failures strewn about. Funky Winkerbean is setting new standards in dystopian fiction.

  8. comicbookharriet

    Linda literally looks like she’s about to vomit in panel 2. Though the nuance in Bull’s face is a little better. Ugh. I don’t know if I prefer pointless and bland Funkyverse or unrelentingly grim Funkyverse.

  9. Paul Jones

    Another thing that bothers me is his just shutting off his anger and going okey-dokey the instant she tells him. That doesn’t happen in real life.

  10. louder

    WTF???? What’s all this CTE talk if This Fool hasn’t already been to a neurologist, and been told he has CTE? Was it a self diagnosis? Because if a doctor has not already made this official, the is sounds like it’s all personal opinion. Maybe the real diagnosis is that he’s just some bitchy old man, living in the past, and can’t deal with today.

  11. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    She’s breaking this news to him like she just called the doctor between getting out of bed and finding him watching his dumb videos.

    “Yeah, I was on the fence about whether or not to have your head examined, then when I saw you acting like a lunatic down here, I figured what the hay.”

    “Didn’t I already see a noggin doctor? We’ve already done this!”

    “Well, yeah, but you were…”


  12. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Next week:

    “Hello, and welcome to my doctors office. I am the doctor, and I am here to diagnose whatever problem you seem to be having here in my doctors office.”

    “My short, squat husband here was a football player, and got his melon thwacked around a lot. A year or two ago, we went to another doctor, who told us he (my husband) has the CTE. We just want a second opinion.”

    “Okay, he’s ugly too.”


  13. Rusty Shackleford

    I never thought I would be praising Lynn Johnston, but yesterday Iwent to her website to look something up and I was impressed by all the content there. Unlike Batty’s page where he does nothing but brag, Johnston has full character details, story arcs, her commentary on some of the strips and where she got the inspiration for some of the stories.

    I suppose Batty couldn’t do this if he wanted to cause he is all over the place and inconsistent with every one of his characters, save perhaps for Les.

    • Paul Jones

      You can thank her daughter Kate and her IT person Stephanie for that. Lynn doesn’t ‘do’ computers because she doesn’t want to be mistaken for a secretary.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Ha, yeah, she probably would say that. Either way, it’s a nice website.

        I remember her whining about her ex husband giving her a hard time for constantly getting up and pulling things out of the overhead bin when traveling. She must be on every flight of mine. Idiot.

  14. Don

    “Coming in September 2020″…Bull notices the goal posts are missing – because the new AD, Summer (fresh with her Masters degree in PE from Kent State), cancelled the football program

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Yeah she will instead have a women’s powerlifting team…they will lose every match. Ha ha ha….so funny.