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An ominous shadow of threatening portent hovered over baby Summer Moore’s stay in the NICU.
The story seemed to be headed toward a topical fable about sharing too much online, especially when you’ve just had a violent drunken interaction with a potential stalker.
Naw, it’s just Lisa’s stupid parents. Over the long history of Funky Winkerbean criticism, I’ve seen a few Mandela Effects pop up in regards to continuity and lore. One oft repeated is that Lisa’s parents didn’t attempt a reconciliation with her until she was on her death bed. Mr. Crawford did give a dying Lisa a big weepy apology for the way he’d treated her when she got teen pregnant, but they’d been back in her life for years at that point. Like all grandparents in the Funkyverse they provided a convenient baby dumping place when kids were going to get in the way of the adults doing whatever they wanted.
This isn’t the last time Frankie was used as a threat, only for the reader to get bait and switched. Back in June 2020, Epicus was foaming at the mouth in excitement when this strip dropped.
YES! That Sleazebag Frankie is back and not a f*cking moment too soon. Finish the job, Frankie, let’s WASTE these m*therf*ckers!Epicus Doomus, June 1st, 2020
So what’s all this then? That Sleazebag Jerk Frankie is going to break in to stately Moore Manor? Seriously? I can’t wait to find out how stupid this is going to get. It’s also nice to have a genuine protagonist in FW again.Epicus Doomus, June 2nd, 2020
By this point, even Epicus was losing hope in seeing his gallant hero again.
Charles called it yesterday, that’s definitely Mason, not (sigh) Frankie. He’s killing a week with a pointless fake-out designed to get us Frankie fans all riled up over nothing. What a dick move.Epicus Doomus, June 4, 2020.
Poor Epicus, that week in June, he went through all the stages of grief in just a few days.
Coming tomorrow: after breaking into Moore Manor, Frankie steals Les’ piece of the One True Park Bench from its sacred vestibule, then films himself using it to pick his teeth while moaning Lisa’s name over and over.June 2nd
Typical Batom, you finally learn what the story will be about and it’s so incomprehensibly dumb you never could have imagined it yourself. Like I always say (and frequently forget), even the stupidest fan theories are way, way too well thought-out and complicated for FW.June 4th
In a way I suppose the Frankie dream does make a bit of (unintentional) sense. Les is worried about Hollywood violating the purity of his cancer book just like Frankie violated Lisa back in (sigh) high school. And in that context “Lust For Lisa” becomes even creepier.June 4th
There was a time when I started to think that maybe (at least for the most part) he was finally putting Lisa and the cancer book behind him somewhat. But it was just a lull, like when you have a few mild winters in a row then it snows forty inches in December.June 5th
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.June 7th, 2020
Epicus, tomorrow, I promise you we’ll go back in time and we’ll see Frankie again.
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