24 responses to “Test of Patience.

  1. William Thompson

    Chez Francoise? Is this another one-shot feature that’s going to vanish after this story collection of panels, or is it going to develop a style that makes it at home in the Funkyverse? Is it an eatery so bad that you have to bring your own salad dressing? Will Crazy Harry have to use his beard to filter the insect parts and rat hairs out of the house wine? Do you tip the waiter by saying “Pro tip, kid: quit the day job before it gives you cancer?”

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Only Westview would have a trashy French restaurant.

      • Epicus Doomus

        “The lady will have le pizza with le pepperoni. I shall have le pizza with le sausage. And a liter of your finest le Diet Pepsi, monsieur.”

        “Oui, oui, excellent le choice, monsieur.”

        “And please, extra le napkins for the table, my good man.”

    • billytheskink

      It may be a one shot, but it’s a shout out to a real restaurant in nearby Vermilion, Ohio.

      I’m sure the folks at Chez Francoise consider today’s strip to be up there with that time they were name-checked in an article on Vermilion in The Atlantic… I’m sure.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        It is a very nice restaurant. I finally made it up there last summer. The food was outstanding.

        Batty is plugging for a free meal.

      • Banana Jr. 6000

        Oh goody, another northeast Ohio product placement. Indulge Tom Batiuk’s ego once, get free mentions in Funky Winkerbean for a lifetime. I wondered why the restaurant’s name wasn’t a stupid joke like “The French Connection.”

    • Saturnino

      “Is it an eatery so bad that you have to bring your own salad dressing? ”

      Are you kidding? Why, it’s the latest thing now that so many places are getting limited liquor licenses!

      BYOB is dead, now it’s BYOSD!

  2. J.J. O'Malley

    Saturday: Crazy and Mrs. Crazy get kicked out of Chez Francoise when Mrs. Crazy insists on using her bottle of Montoni’s on Francoise’s special Salade Lyonnaise. “But the sign in the window says ‘B.Y.O.B.!’ That’s what we did!,” exclaims a shocked Crazy.

    This week-long attempt at whimsy was…just sad.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    LOL I knew it. Having this end with Donna merely thanking Crazy for his shitty gift would have been too much of a downer given the “light-hearted slice of zany marital life” theme he’s trying for here. So really the entire salad dressing gag was a set-up for nothing. Sigh. Lord knows I’ve seen that before.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    So what was TomBa’s concept going into this? “I’ll make everyone think that Harry is a clueless jerk giving Donna salad dressing as an anniversary present and then give the surprise ending that he’s actually taking her to a fancy French restaurant. That’ll show them!” (Runs imaginary bases).

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Real Cayla: “ oh Tom, the NYT is on the phone, they want to interview you”

      Tom: Yesss!

      Real Cayla: “Oh sorry, it’s the New York Post”

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      TomBa’s concept is what it always is: fill 7 days worth of strips and get paid for it.

  5. Banana Jr. 6000

    Today’s strip further supports my theory that Donna is being over-the-top sarcastic because Harry is too dumb to notice it.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    Here’s the weird and/or stupid part: why couldn’t Harry have let Funky in on the gag? “Yeah, I’m gonna pretend this is her gift, then take her someplace nice”. What was the purpose of making his pal Funky the straight man here? Right now, wherever he is, Funky thinks his “friend” is some sort of weirdo cheapskate, all for no reason at all. It’s not like Funky would have ruined the surprise, as when was the last time he even spoke to Donna?

  7. Count of Tower Grove

    Chez Francoise? “In Frankie’s?” Sounds like hot dogs at Tony Packo’s.

    • Gerard Plourde

      I realize that the gender is wrong, but I can’t help wondering if Darren’s bio-dad moved his food truck back from Hollywood.

  8. You just know that Crazy Harry pronounces it “Chezz Fran-coy-zee.”

  9. Dood

    Does this mean Chez Francoise has a counter and pours an endless cup of joe? Why else would Crazy go there?

  10. Banana Jr. 6000

    You want to see a good comic strip story about an unwanted gift?


    There’s so much affection in this little scene. Dilbert annoys Dogbert by telling him he’s getting a cheap gift, but it turns out to be something substantial and heartfelt. Dogbert is so shocked he can’t even snark back at Dilbert about it. Dilbert declines to rub it in, and just lets this sweet moment happen. It shows us that their friendship is genuine, despite their constant sniping. A very nice comic strip for Christmas day.

    Funky Winkerbean lacks any of this. This week’s arc has no affection, warmth, emotion, subtext or anything at all. Like everything else in Westview, it’s a pointless ritual that must be performed. Harry must give a gift, and Donna must pretend to like it. The end.

    • Mr. A

      The Dilbert strips do something else that I think this week’s strips should have done: it conceals the “twist” until the recipient actually opens the lame-seeming gift. Imagine if we saw the “salad days” pun at the same time Donna did, instead of reading it two days beforehand. That would have given it a hair more dramatic tension, right?

      • Banana Jr. 6000

        It probably would. But was Donna reading the card SUPPOSED to be the dramatic moment? Was that supposed to be the funny moment? Was Harry meant to be the focus of the story? This arc is so badly written I can’t even tell what story it’s trying to tell. It’s what scientists call “not even wrong.”