How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You’re Not Anywhere at All?

Welcome to the Baldo crossover you never asked for. Behold the Fairgoods’ thought-provoking and sensitive  solution to the contemporary issue of being separated by work: why should Jessica work remotely on Cindy’s documentary, living with her husband and her preschooler, when she can parent remotely, thanks to a telepresence robot? Oh, those wacky fortysomething millennials!

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14 responses to “How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You’re Not Anywhere at All?

  1. Epicus Doomus

    What the hell is that thing? Couldn’t he have just brought the tablet and some sort of easel-like stand? Why are they having a parent-teacher conference during the summer? Why is BatHack going back to this horrible Boy Lisa/Jessica stuff right in the middle of the big Butter Brinkle mega-arc?

  2. Jimmy

    So, is technology good or bad? I can’t tell with this guy.

  3. Wow, this is not only stupid, it’s like double intended stupid.

    And Batiuk cashes those checks. And thinks he’s doing great work.

    WOW.

  4. Charles

    You know, if he’s doing this to try to reestablish that these two really love one another after he sort of lost the thread there for a few years, he’s doing an exceptionally bad job of it.

  5. Paul Jones

    And with Batiuk being Batiuk, no one is going to come to the obvious conclusion that telecommuting works both ways. This is a stupid solution to an unnecessary problem.

  6. Gerard Plourde

    A telepresence robot? Not “tip of the felt tip” to acknowledge Baldo creator Hector Cantù? That strip features a recurring character, Rayna, whose compromised immune system requires her to attend classes through a similar device as shown, for example, in an 11/27/2012 strip.

    And what preschool has formal parent-teacher conferences? And in the summer wouldn’t they be running a camp format?

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Agh, this gag was ripped off of a South Park episode where one of the boys can’t leave the house, so he goes trick or treating virtually.

    https://media1.tenor.com/images/9e208aa877d966f4cc868211f1853744/tenor.gif?itemid=4923595

    • erdmann

      Also, Sheldon created a robot surrogate in an episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” I can attest that in two cases the joke was much, much funnier, and while I have only a passing familiarity with “Baldo,” I think it safe to assume it’s three for three.

  8. spacemanspiff85

    My biggest fear is that Batiuk will incorporate this into the “Darin and Jess are super horny for each other” arc. Like, Darin and the robot will be lying in bed, both smoking cigarettes.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Now that would would be funny, which is why it will never happen. Instead we will hear about how the robot was molested while being assembled or some other sob story.

      • spacemanspiff85

        Here’s a funny alternative-the Jess robot hooks up with Holtron.

        • erdmann

          Then Peat and Dillweed can express their true feelings and marry at the park gazebo while dressed as Flash and Elongated Man.
          Jessibot: Elongated Man? Pffft! If that were true we’d still be together.