Flooding the Head

Link to today’s strip.

Not much that I can say about this one…we all figured it out, thanks to Charles.  Seriously, it’s the most idiotic development I can imagine.  In order to portray a husband devastated by his wife’s terminal cancer, Mason has to memorize traffic patterns and driving habits.  It’s a whole new level of stupid, something this strip can, perhaps, take pride in at last (“I had the dumbest development ever!  Give me prizes!”)

I’m reminded of the (perhaps apocryphal) story about the film “Marathon Man.”  Dustin Hoffman went to extraordinary lengths to portray his character (which was far more interesting than Les), and Lawrence Olivier said, “My dear boy, why don’t you try acting?”

My dear Batiuk, why don’t you try writing?

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20 responses to “Flooding the Head

  1. William Thompson

    Oh, Cayla, don’t try to make Les sound interesting and mysterious! Tell Mason to get into his head and bring his vacuum cleaner.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Hey, look, it’s an actual gag and it’s not that terrible by FW standards. On a more troubling note, however, is the fact that BatScam is goofing on his own story here, which means he’s very well aware of how stupid, terrible and terribly stupid it is. It’s more evidence against this being some sort of weird savant thing and for it being a huge scam where he gets the last laugh on everyone. I kind of knew it, as there’s no possible way someone that unintentionally dumb could have TWO daily comic strips that have been running for hundreds of years. That diabolical rapscallion, he has the entire global comic strip industry fooled. He should do a fictional comic book about it. He could be “Puff Man”, the superhero who does puff-piece interviews in the local Sunday supplement where he makes things seem far more significant and important than they actually are.

    • Doghouse Reilly (Philadelphia)

      I thought “Puff Man” was an enemy of “Bluntman and Chronic” in Kevin Smith’s movies.

  3. bigd1992

    I love Caucayla‘s crack at Les.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Too bad she’ll never act on it. Like everyone else in this den of misery, Cayla acts like she has no say in her own life, and can only passive-aggressively smirk at things. In reality, Les’ marriage would be well into the “say the word ‘Lisa’ one more time and I’m leaving you” stage.

  4. Doghouse Reilly (Philadelphia)

    “I want to experience the rhythm of your life and get into your head”? Sounds like lyrics from an unreleased Dave Matthews Band song.

    Awfully decent of Wife #2, Who Is Not Dead St. Lisa, to try to warn Masonne about what a dreary and dangerous place the inside of Les’s skull is, and how no sane human being would want to spend any time there.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    “BatScam is goofing on his own story here, which means he’s very well aware of how stupid, terrible and terribly stupid it is. It’s more evidence against this being some sort of weird savant thing and for it being a huge scam where he gets the last laugh on everyone.”

    I’d actually be kind of okay if it turned out that TomBa is consciously trying do to self-parody. That would imply effort and some degree of not taking himself seriously, traits completely absent from behavior he’s exhibited overall thus far-

    • Epicus Doomus

      I never really know what the hell that nut’s gonna do next but this really was a peculiar arc by FW standards. First he invokes the strip’s number one villain, then he mentions WHS’ most troubled-ever student, then he caps it with a revelation so stupid that he himself can’t avoid pointing it out. AND not only does this arc contain a very rare Sunday wrap-up, CAYLA delivers the punch line!

      It’s a weird confluence of events, like seeing a leprechaun riding by on a unicorn during an eclipse, only a lot more boring and far, far more forgettable. I will assume he got into the Dayquil again before he blasted this one out. Maybe marker fumes or Liquid Paper, I don’t know.

  6. billytheskink

    I imagine the rhythm of Les’ life sounding like a 325 loose pots and pans falling out the back of a moving vehicle.

    • Epicus Doomus

      And the soundtrack of Les’ life would be The Shaggs covering “Alone Again, Naturally”.

  7. comicbookharriet

    There as half a strip of actual complexish characterization at the beginning of the week. Les was dreaming about Frankie because he fears the new movie will ‘violate’ and ‘bully’ Lisa. Man, I wish we were still dealing with that.

    Remember when Masone had a personality that wasn’t instantly interchangeable with everyone else in this strip? Good times.

  8. Paul Jones

    Good call, Cayla. There’s the danger that Mason could end up being a condescending and incompetent dick Freshman Comp teacher to be averted.

  9. Hitorque

    1. The really dumb irony is if Masone is that obsessed with getting the story right, all Les has to do say “Here, Masone… Take this hard drive which contains 200+ hours of home movies and 50 bonus hours of Lisa’s videos from beyond the grave…

    2. Once again I have to ask why Les is hell-bent on making a sappy hollywood tragi-drama when he easily has enough raw material for a documentary instead…

    3. So why isn’t Marianne Winters digging up Lisa’s corpse to get a sample of the last perfume she wore? I’m beginning to doubt her dedication to her craft…

  10. Count of Tower Grove

    Jesus Christ, after several trips to Worstview, New York, and Los Angeles with Less, Masone doesn’t know Less. I guess Caucayla is demanding a kill fee.

  11. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Years ago, there was a dorky little Maryland TV weatherman who was arrested while soliciting a “lady of the evening” who was actually an undercover cop. The cop lady asked him what he wanted, and he said “head.” That was the magic word, I guess, because he was busted on the spot.

    At his trial, this guy tried to tell the judge that, oh heavens no, he wasn’t looking to purchase hanky panky. He was (brace yourself!) DOING A STORY FOR THE TV STATION (heeyeah, right!) and wanted to interview her and “get into her head.” Not – OH MY GOD – You didn’t think I was asking for THAT, did you??

    Nah, judge didn’t buy it either.

    Besides, TV Weathermen don’t do undercover stories on street walkers. You can’t lie your way out of everything.

    Maybe Masoon wanted a little of that too.

  12. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Oh, come on! Just stop this idiocy, BatWit! At this point, Crayola isn’t asking “Who is it?” She’s screaming “Les, you fucking idiot! GET BACK IN THE CAR NOW!!!!” Nobody in their right mind aggressively approaches another car and rips open the driver door – Least of all, the weakest, wimpiest little Twinkie in All Of Ohio.

    And by now, there would have been a half dozen people, also out of their cars, taking cell phone videos of the “confrontation.” YouTube is chock full of road rage videos just like this, except they also feature baseball bats, tire irons, and good old fashioned fists.

    And the wife screaming “GET BACK IN THE CAR! STOP IT!! GET BACK IN THE FUCKING CAR!!!”

    Either BatBoy is yet again clueless about life outside his mom’s attic, or he fancies himself/Les the kind of tough guy hero who could pull off an insane stunt like this.

    Too forced and contrived for words.

  13. I don’t think Cayla’s remark is a dig a Les. I think she’s telling Mason that Les’s suffering and grieving is so profound that anyone weaker than Les would be driven insane by the burden. Why, Les is a hero just for getting out of bed in the morning.