So, the last two strips were entirely superfluous–weirdly superfluous, as if Batiuk did have some purpose–“Say, no one’s mentioned Lisa lately, how can I fix that? I know, I’ll just push Monday’s strip to Wednesday, that gives me two whole strips to shoehorn her in. Now, where’s my thinking crap?”
Now, credit where it’s due, I guess–Batiuk just straight out has Cindy outline her entire purpose, when he could have stretched this out for days. (“Oh, you knew someone named Lisa, too?”) Oh, don’t get me wrong, he’ll still stretch the whole premise out for days, but at least we get the preliminary bit right out, center stage. So we’re at least somewhat on track.
Of course, I would not put it past him to run the following script in tomorrow’s episode–
Panel One: Cliff: So let me get this straight–
Panel Two: Cliff: You want to make a documentary about Butter Brinkel, the biggest screen comedian of his day,
Panel Three: Cliff: And how he went to prison for the murder of actress Valerie Pond, despite protesting his innocence?
Panel Four: Cindy: Well, let me put it another way–
And the next day, Cindy restates it all again. Repetition, it’s what all the cool kids are doing, and it’s a surefire way to make it to that fiftieth! Less than three years to go!