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If we do not get enough votes, I will do nothing but post current Crankshaft strips and describe what is happening in each panel in mind numbing detail! This is a very real threat I am more than prepared to follow through on.
In panel one, Rocky Rhodes, wearing sunglasses and a teal salad bowl, asks a hitherto unseen new Caucasian character “Sup, Dawg?” They appear to be sitting in the all-white, repurposed set from the famous 1985 children’s video ‘In Search of the Wow Wow Wibble Woggle Wazzie Woodle Woo.’
In panel two, the new Caucasian character, let’s call him Dany, gives Rocky the hard facts about the illicit trade they’re in. And in panel three Crankshaft, feeling blue, shovels piles of ‘white powder’ out of his vehicle.
I would like to take this moment to commend Universal Press Syndicate for providing important job opportunities to the disabled by hiring a color-blind artist to put the finishing touches on their newly acquired strip, it compliments greatly Dan Davis’ impeccable stolen artwork.
Do you want more of this? DO YOU!? Or would you rather learn more about this entire community’s new favorite hero, Frankie Pierce?
Nice timing on that “I’m a big-shot dot-com salesman” bit. April 2000 is almost exactly when that bubble started to burst. Lisa actually had the more stable employment at that point.Banana Jr. 6000, literally yesterday.
What an astute observation wise Banana Box. Indeed, the next time we see Frankie, in August of 2002, his bubble has definitely burst.
Some background to this next encounter. Lisa Moore, at eight months pregnant, has given Les, Funky, and Crazy the okay to go on a guys camping trip.
This being Act II Les, The Chosen One, with precognitive powers and empathetic reasoning beyond mere mortal senses, he feels that something is rotten in the town of Westview.
I’m pausing this recap of Frankie being AMAZING for one minute to clarify something to the people who haven’t spent hours pointlessly combing the Funky Winkerbean archives. The fact that Fred and Ann Fairgood adopted Lisa’s baby, and thus that Darin Fairgood was Lisa’s biological son, was never a secret from the reader.
Over and over and over again over the course of Act II, the situation is mined for dramatic irony. Sometimes it is done passably well. Sometimes it’s like a brick to the face. Sometimes it goes from one to the other on a dime and it makes the internal editor in me want to scream.
Darin always knew he was adopted. Lisa never made it a huge point to keep her high school pregnancy a hush hush secret. Why didn’t anyone put two and two together?
Lisa, at one point, almost did, but then she learned Darin’s birthday was a week later than her son’s.
Of course, this was just a dramatic fakeout, a Chekov’s monkey wrench to throw Lisa off the scent.
I will say that it puts adult Darin’s fondness for the memory of Dead St. Lisa, and his genuine mourning of her, in a more understandable light when set in the context that he’d known her for years as a mentor, coworker, and family friend. But yes, as we read the rest of this scene, we are supposed to know what the characters don’t.
Now! Back to the Frankie drama!
Now, you may wonder, did Frankie yelling and grabbing Lisa’s wrist cause her to go into early labor? Was he the reason for Summer nearly dying of respiratory arrest as a neonate? (Even though at only 4 weeks early she would barely be considered a preemie.)
Lisa Moore made the tragic mistake of entering the Montoni’s Pizza building in her eighth month of pregnancy. Though the pattern was not yet clear, we now know that labor for the Westview female invariably begins in the Montoni’s pizza building: basement, main floor, upstairs, it doesn’t matter.
Frankie fleeing from the scene of Lisa’s labor was the last time he would ever see Lisa in the flesh…but not the last time we’ll see him.
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