Point, Les

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Man, that post title just wrote itself. I’ve been waiting years to use that one. Anyhow, Lisa’s sainted ashes (sigh) are still the main focus, as Mason (who just promised to respect Les’ Lisa boundaries a few months ago) is poking and prodding him to give up the EXACT SPOT where Les dumped Her ashes, as if anyone would actually care. It’s so weird when Les isn’t the sickest and most morally repugnant character in a story, you know? I mean how long is this movie going to be? How many downer endings will it have? Ten? Twenty? Does it start when they meet? When they get married? I KNOW I definitely don’t want to relive THAT wedding (look it up). Is there an intermission after she dies? Sigh.

Coming soon: “Lisa’s Story Part II…The Re-Lisaning”, the follow-up to Mason Jarre’s 2020 smash hit film. Watch as Les blithely ignores his new still-living wife…again. With forty-three hours of never-before-seen “behind the scenes” footage.


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22 responses to “Point, Les

  1. billytheskink

    The great thing about scattering ashes is just that, they scatter. You don’t need a spot more exact than “some part of Central Park Masone and Les walked through.” The viewer will never know and Les gets the satisfaction of knowing the movie is not 100% authentic and therefore the spawn of Satn himself. Win-win!

    I have to say though, that if the movie closes with the scattering of Lisa’s ashes then the ending will feel a bit un-urned.

    • William Thompson

      But will the audience care? That cremains to be seen.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Plus Batty gets to blow off (ha ha) another week by stretching the story. We have days of watching Mason pointing, was it there? There? There?

      I envision a sideways strip….

  2. What a sentence construction Batiuk has used in the panel where, since it’s first, Les speaks.

  3. William Thompson

    Keep nagging him, Masonry. Les is about to reveal some shocking fact that he kept out of the book. He did something with Lisa’s ashes . . . probably profane and despicable . . . and when he announces it, the furor will bring audiences streaming into the theaters to watch “Lisa’s Story.” Either that or Les will sacrifice Mason’s life to restore life to Lisa’s ashes. It’s hard to tell with this strip.

    • Hannibal's Lectern

      I expect whatever Less did with Lisa’s ashes has left the ground permanently sterile.

  4. Banana Jr. 6000

    Les is still the morally repugnant one, and I’ll prove it.

    What does Les constantly demand of Mason? That Lisa’s story be told “correctly.” And, Les has just been showing Mason precise locations where unimportant things happened in Lisa’s life. Under these circumstances, Mason’s question where the scattering of the ashes happened is reasonable, because he’s trying to do what Les wants. But Les, out of nowhere, rudely accuses him of violating his privacy.

    This is Psychological Manipulation 101. Specifically, the Double Bind. Les is giving contradictory instructions, and will act out when Mason inevitably gets them wrong. Mason can’t be accurate to the hyper degree Les demands, without asking the particulars of some difficult moments.

    Look at Les in panel 2. Is that a man who’s accepting an apology from a friend who inadvertently crossed a line, or a manipulative sociopath who’s pleased how well his gambit is working? And by the way, since when was there any aspect of Lisa’s life Les didn’t want to talk about??!!

    • Epicus Doomus

      I know, Les is always the most repugnant one. But in today’s strip Mason is equally objectionable. I mean he already knows how pissy Les is about this crap yet he’s prodding him over his dead wife’s remains, which indicates that he’s either an insincere jerk and a shitty friend or a total idiot. And it’s all in the book anyway, thus Mason could just read the f*cking thing and he wouldn’t need Les around at all. So essentially he dragged Les to NYC just to dredge up bad memories. And FW readers pay the price.

      • Banana Jr. 6000

        Yes, normally this would all be a bit ghoulish. But Les has been throwing tantrums for months that nobody is telling his precious Lisa’s story correctly. Mason’s just trying to give Les what he wants, and Les refuses to clarify what that is, forcing Mason to guess. Les is manipulating Mason into cancelling the movie again. Which we know Les wants, because his inner monologue told us. Twice.

        And again, this is Funky Winkerbean, which is nothing but ghoulish. Lisa’s ashes are just another souvenir of a dead person for the story to fixate on, like Bull’s football helmet an all the others. Shouldn’t the movie be about things Les did with Lisa when she was alive?

        • William Thompson

          I don’t want to know what Les did with Lisa while she was alive. Knowing this strip, it’s far worse than my “rigor-mortis fetish” guess.

          • billytheskink

            When Lisa was alive Les was self-absorbed hack who mostly talked about himself, same as now. Also, this sex-but-not-really gag happened:

  5. spacemanspiff85

    Hey, does anyone remember a super hilarious gag involving spreading ashes in this strip? Where someone tripped and spilled them and felt awful about it? I can’t tell you how badly I want to be revealed that Les tripped and spilled Lisa’s ashes down into the sewer. But of course when it comes to Les and Lisa ashes are sacrosanct, unlike Bull where it was yet another vehicle to make fun of dumb jocks.

  6. Paul Jones

    The truly repugnant one ifs Batiuk himself. This is because we’re probably in for a pointless and contradictory flashback that hammers home the fact that it was always all about Les’s pain.

    • William Thompson

      Batiuk will reveal some new aspect of Leslie’s private agonies, caused by an event that has been too unbearably painful for him to mention–until now. It won’t matter that the event was Louse’s fault, and that his suffering didn’t come at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition. But it will be stupid. Maybe the spot was changed by landscapers, destroying its former sanctity and denying him a chance to remember it properly.

  7. sgtsaunders

    Yeah, like once it’s in the movies, it will inspire pilgrimages by thousands upon thousands of Dead Lisa fans that will overrun Central Park

  8. Count of Tower Grove

    It doesn’t matter. Less started pouring the ashes as a stiff breeze came along and blew them into his face.

  9. CRM114

    Les won’t tell because the area he so lovingly deposited the Precious Ashes is now a dog park.

  10. Gerard Plourde

    While Mason is being a jerk about the location where Les scattered Lisa’s ashes, it is weird that Les is being so secretive about it. After all, he wrote a nonfiction memoir that he actively peddles. If he scattered her ashes in Central Park the spot has certainly been intruded upon. So what’s the big deal? If it is a big secret, is it even a secret to Summer and Darin?

  11. Hitorque

    What the fuckin’ hell does it even matter anyway? Isn’t this movie supposed to celebrate how she lived and loved instead of being a three hour cinematic funeral dirge??

    Do I have this correct? Les scattered her ashes in Central Park but he still had a burial service at the graveyard back in Westview? He double dipped?

    Talk about misery porn…

    • He buried part of the ashes, see? Then he felt the need to actually smuggle the rest on a flight to New York (even though they may be carried on board in an x-rayable container and with a Certificate of Cremation). Then he “honored” Lisa’s wishes by dumping her ashes in the pouring rain. Yuck!

      • Gerard Plourde

        It appears that the tree Les is kneeling next to in the pouring rain is visible in the last panel of today’s strip. If I’m right it’s the black tree in the background with the weird black growth around its base.(Lisa’s ghost maybe?)