Re-Moore-seful

The thrilling marital back-and-forth between Les and Cayla continues in today’s strip. I don’t know about you, but I can totally relate to this. In fact, I’ve debated whether or not to take a free vacation offer from a movie star with my wife at least 4 times and I haven’t even been married a year yet!

Interestingly, Cayla tries a play out of her one-time romantic rival Susan Smith’s playbook: Threatening death if Les doesn’t do what she wants. Nice try, Cayla, but Les is an unfeeling inhuman monster. If you die, you die. He cares not, he worries only that he will miss the opportunity to condescend to teenagers.

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  1. Epicus Doomus

    Apparently he’ll be spending an entire week on this ponderous slice of marital bliss, which (as usual) is a clear sign that his little “Lisa’s Story-The Movie” arc is as tissue thin as everything else he’s written since, well, “Lisa’s Story”. And that was no great shakes either, believe you me. I guess being a good-natured doormat is a lot more stressful and exhausting than it looks.

  2. CRM114

    Poor Cayla. What happened? When did her personality die? Thanks for the links @billytheskink. And who was the dead one again?

    • Epicus Doomus

      That was when he GOT HER TO THE HOSPITAL FASTER HIMSELF, I believe. Les Moore…he’s just plain better than us!

      • William Thompson

        Hey, I remember that scene! He picked up his little boy who’d cut his forehead after a playground fall, and ran all the way to the hospital with him–oh. That was Dustin Hoffman in “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Damn, I always get self-absorbed schmucks like Kramer and Moore mixed up.

      • billytheskink

        That’s right, this was the following day’s strip.

        In his attempt to build suspense (Les said “Don’t bother”? Is Susan Smith dead? Tune in tomorrow to find out!) TB wound up making his sainted hero Les look every bit the jerk we know him to be. No feeling person would respond to horrified mother who just discovered her unconscious daughter and is trying to call 911 with “don’t bother”. Appalling.

        • Banana Jr. 6000

          Wow, that is jaw-droppingly awful. Child gets hurt, unknown adult male picks him up, tells people not to call 911, and leaves with the kid? That story usually ends with “the child was never seen again.” By the way, where are the kid’s parents?

          This isn’t just creepy, it’s downright dangerous! Even if Les could get to the hospital faster, the child can’t get treatment on the way. But let me guess, Les was the big hero afterwards?

          • Epicus Doomus

            Correct me if I’m wrong here, but it’s even worse than that, as her unrequited love for Les was why she tried to kill herself in the first place. Act II was just insane.

            Susan survived and continued (sigh) her unrequited love for Les well into adulthood, even going as far as to get a job teaching at WHS. For a while she was actively battling Cayla for (ugh) Les’ affections. Then after Les’ book got published or optioned or something Susan got all overstimulated and kissed Les in his classroom, which was recorded by a student and uploaded to TubeYou or whatever BatHack called it. The resulting hubbub cost Susan her job and she was last seen skulking away from WHS in shame after being cruelly mocked by a sarcastic and sneering Les.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    In the third panel I guarantee Les is thinking to himself “Is it finally time? I wrote the draft of ‘Cayla’s Story’ on our honeymoon and I’ve been waiting to fill in the blanks for her cause of death so I can publish it. Damn, I hope she really means it and isn’t just teasing me.”

  4. William Thompson

    At last, real humor! Or didn’t you laugh when Creepy Les said he could feel guilt?

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      I laughed when Les said he can’t use a personal day because he doesn’t have a death in the family.

  5. billytheskink

    Every day with Les is a sick day.

  6. Gerard Plourde

    He’s only taking one day to fly to Los Angeles, meet with Mason, and return to Westview? Between driving to the airport, giving enough time to check in and go through security, boarding the plane, and flying across the country, he’d need about ten hours, let along throwing in a meeting with Mason.

    We can add cross country travel to the list of things TomBa doesn’t understand.

    • William Thompson

      But if Creepy Les doesn’t go to California, how can he meet bizarre Hollywood stereotypes with punny names? And what would it be without Cayla to stand there in silence with a bewildered look on her face?

  7. Well, Cayla’s fully entered into the Westview spirit. I wonder why she doesn’t find death preferable?

  8. Doghouse Reilly

    Wait a minute…Les Moore, who has milked his relationship with Dead St. Lisa and its aftermath into three “best-selling” novels/graphic memoirs/ad-libs/whatever the heck they are over the past decade or so, is saying “Personal days are supposed to be for things like a death in the family”? Did anybody else’s Irony Meter explode?

  9. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “if you say no to a trip to California in the middle of fucking winter I will fucking kill you! Capisce?”

    “Come on. You know I don’t speak Italian,”

  10. Paul Jones

    And yet we are expected to sympathize with and cheer on this droning, unfeeling, acluistic and self-absorbed imbecile because He Has SUFFERED (from the after-effects of his own stupidity and callousness).

  11. Banana Jr. 6000

    We know where this is going, right? “I didn’t want to go to Los Angeles, but Cayla said she’d die if we didn’t (sigh)….” So Les can continue to be the martyr in the story.

  12. Count of Tower Grove

    I spent twenty-five years in academia. I have some friends who are teachers. The old school types used to say “getting to school is a life and death matter to me,” thus spreading their germs when they sick. Those of my generation and younger are thrilled at the prospect of occasionally playing hooky.
    Working in education has certain perks, unlike waiting tables.

  13. bigd1992

    He cares if she dies; he can write a book about her death!