The Wearying

Link to today’s strip.

Wow, just look at that expression on Ann’s face in panel two.  That’s the face of someone who has had it up to here with her step-son, and is about to use her step-grandson as a bludgeon.

Wow, so your “wife” is going all California on you.  What a terrible dilemma for you.  Sure wish I had your problems, jack-off.  I’ve got to look after the obviously unwanted product of your sham marriage, as well as my disintegrating husband, so you can play with your Flash dollies. 

There’s a definitely an unseen third panel here, with Skyler cowering in a corner while Dullard lies on the floor, his neck bent at an unnatural angle, and Ann standing over him, fists clenched white with rage.

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13 responses to “The Wearying

  1. spacemanspiff85

    The kid is referring to his mom as “she” when he’s apparently talking to her. That’s healthy.

    • Gerard Plourde

      As does Darin in panel 2. And, leaving aside the three-hour time difference, what job does Jessica have that’s paying her California rent? Is she filming documentaries on her Betacam for anyone besides Cindy?

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    She’s got a lot of California in her….no she’s an idiot working on a documentary about an idiot by an idiot.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    At first I thought Jessica was saying “okee dokee, artichokie” but then I realized it’s “okey doke, artichoke” which is somehow much stupider, although I’ll be damned if I can explain why. And are artichokes really that identifiable with California?

    If handed the Boy Lisa/Jessica story arc, your “typical” writer might have chosen this week to have the characters engage in a normal conversation, one that elaborates on recent events and establishes a bit of a future timeline, just to help nudge the story along a little bit.

    But our friend BatHack is no typical writer, not by a stretch. Instead of some boring droning dialog that neatly explains the character’s actions and motivations, he did what he does best and dropped a child on its head. In hindsight it’s the only logical thing that could have happened but, as always, we just didn’t SEE it. And, on top of that, the injury happened off-screen, thus ensuring that the reader wouldn’t be hampered or distracted by, you know, stuff happening and whatever.

  4. billytheskink

    “Okie-Doke Artichoke”?
    Something that even the dad-est of midwestern dads would be embarrassed to say = quite a lot of California?

    Sheesh.

  5. Jimmy

    Point of order: having an adopted son does not make that person a step-son. Darin is her son.

    • You are absolutely right, and I stand corrected; I will leave the entry as it stands, though.

      In my defense, I was bored to death with this arc, and it took more and more electricity to revive me each time.

  6. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    A tip of the drunken beard to Charles Schulz. I miss him.

  7. ComicTrek

    ER milestone confirmed, look how much Skyler’s grown since we last saw him!

  8. Ray

    Oh trust me Darrin…she’s not just “starting”, and the word you really want to use is ‘Californians’.

  9. Can I ask a question: Where the hell was Fred when all of this stuff was going down?

  10. William Thompson

    Messica signs off by telling Dullard “You’re a joker, chicken-choker!”