Dec 27, 2010 – Jan. 2, 2011
Les hosts a New Year’s Eve party. Susan announces that her divorce is final. At the stroke of midnight, Les is smooching Lisa’s Ghost.
Jan. 3-9, 2011
During a little one-on-one, Keisha pesters Summer over whether Les is “serious” about Cayla. Sunday we witness a montage of asshole behavior by Les on his book tour.
Jan. 10-23, 2011
Wally travels to Colorado to train with and take ownership of Buddy, his new companion dog.
Jan. 24-30, 2011
The Westview High School Band travels to a performance in Cincinnati. Owen the soloist forgets his trumpet, but the day is saved by a band mom and her cellphone.
Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2011
At yet another book signing, Les is reunited with Ronnie, an old friend from his student teaching days.
Feb. 6-Feb. 19, 2011
Les returns home from the book tour to find that Summer has injured her knee in a basketball tournament. As the story unfolds in flashback style, we learn that after Summer went down at the end of the first half, Keisha and the rest of the team decided to forfeit the game in order to be with Summer in the emergency room. The next day, in the knee specialist’s waiting room, Summer receives a Tweet (?) from Keisha: the other team has refused the forfeit. Summer is told that she will require surgery. That night, Summer attends the game on crutches, but her mere presence is not enough to get her team to the next round.
Feb. 20-Feb. 26, 2011
In Sunday’s strip, Bull pressures Jim to give Big Mac a passing grade so he can play in the “tournaments”. Summer undergoes knee surgery and Susan and Cayla naturally both show up to lend moral support to Les.
Feb. 27-Mar. 5, 2011
Wally and Buddy bond with Wally Jr.; Wally and Becky have coffee; Wally “comes home” to Rachel.
Mar. 6-13, 2011
Pete’s creative drought is relieved by a visit from imaginary supervillians Deadline Doom and Writer’s Block. Sunday 3/14: the seniors are too lazy to paint over Spirit Rock, so they merely tag a smaller, adjacent rock.
Mar. 14-20, 2011
Harry Dinkle hangs around the band room and pesters band director Becky for a solid week.
Mar. 21-27, 2011
Linda Bushka teaches Cody and Owen, in a “Family Living” course.
Mar. 28-April 2, 2011
More high school madness involving Cody and Owen.
April 3-10, 2011
Sunday’s strip is Les reading the obituary of Westview’s former football coach John “Jack” Stropp, who succumbed to–what else? Cancer! The weekly strip reveals that Bull only pretended to pick on Les in high school.
April 11-May 1, 2011
Unemployed MBA Darin and Aspiring Documentary Filmmaker Jessica return to Westview, and take up residence in Les’ home. Les gets Darin a manager’s job at Montoni’s. Darin whips up an “I-Phone” “app” that lets people order pizzas via mobile.
May 2-7, 2011
Les finally bangs Cayla.
May 8-21, 2011
Ann Apple calls Les to tell him that “Hollywood” wants to option Lisa’s Story. This sends Les into a panic as he imagines how “Hollywood” will desecrate his work. After a park bench consult with the ghost of his late wife, Les reluctantly agrees. Ann dismisses Les’ fears by telling him there’s virtually no chance the movie will ever get made.
May 22-29, 2011
Les and Cayla on the porch swing. Cayla interrupts Les’ “long thoughts” by uttering the words “I love you”. Les is unable to respond in kind, and after a long, awkward pause the two decide to “take a break”.
May 30-June 4, 2011
Cayla tells Linda that she and Les are through; Linda tells Bull, and Bull lets slip to Susan, who marches directly to Les’ classroom and blurts out the dreaded “I love you”. When Les (again) fails to respond in kind, Susan flees the scene.
June 5-12, 2011
Les confides in Funky and Crazy Harry about his love life. The friends react with disbelief that Les, whose inability to get a girl in high school is retold in a series of flashback vignettes, now has two women vying for his affection. Les takes umbrage at their teasing and storms out of Montoni’s. Funky shows up at Les’ porch to seek forgiveness.
June 13-July 2, 2011
Les calls Cayla to try to mend their relationship, but she is already on his sidewalk when he calls. She apologizes to Les (!). No sooner do the two exchange “I love you’s” than Keisha “crazies things up” by sending a pic of Susan kissing Les to her mom’s cell phone. Cayla buys Les’ explanation that it was not his fault. Back at Westview HS, the “kiss” photo has gone viral among the students. Principal Nate calls Les and Susan into his office, where Susan immediately takes the blame and voluntarily resigns. As she cleans out her belongings, Les halfheartedly attempts to talk Susan out of resigning, but she tells him she’s decided to make a “clean break from Westview”.
July 3-9, 2011
The Westview Community Band’s Fourth of July concert, conducted by Harry Dinkle (in John Philip Sousa drag) and featuring Wally on trombone.
July 11-16, 2011
The Summer 2011 leg of Les’ endless book tour. Les returns from said tour to share with Cayla how he resisted the impulse to flaunt his success to a former professor of his who told Les he’d never be a writer.
July 25-31, 2011
Wally and Buddy visit the Akron VA Clinic.
August 1-7, 2011
Les nitpicks his option contract on the phone with Ann Apple. On Sunday, Harry Dinkle is seen authoring his memoirs.
August 8-14, 2011
Bull introduces “vlogger” Jinx to documentrix Jessica, who immediately takes on Jinx as her (unpaid) assistant on The Film about the Murder of John Darling (that no one will see). Sunday: a look at registering for classes at Westview, then and now.
August 15-21, 2011
Cayla and Les “enjoy” a meal at Montoni’s, followed by a walk in the park to “Lisa’s bench”, where Les proposes to Cayla.
August 22-28, 2011
Darin’s latest bright idea: Montoni’s begins serving “breakfast pizza”.
August 29 – Sept. 4, 2011
Les meets Cayla’s family, and fouls a ball off his own face during a softball game.
Sept. 5 – 11, 2011
The Westview school year begins with a commentary on the school’s “pay to participate” policy; Sunday is an apparently “ghost drawn” (by John Byrne) September 11 tribute featuring Becky and Wally.
Sept. 12 – 18, 2011
Random hijinks in and around Westview HS: Cayla shows off her ring, Maddie and Bull say quirky things; Sunday, Dead Skunk Head John and Crazy Harry talk about Komix.
Sept. 19 – 25, 2011
Maddie submits a paper which she bought online for her assignment; Les goes easy on her.
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2011
The fourth annual Lisa’s Legacy race is marred by rain and lame gags.
Oct. 3 – 9, 2011
New school meets old as Darin and Tony compare and contrast electronic vs. paper-based personal management.
Oct. 10 – 16, 2011
Crazy Harry laments the closing of a neighborhood bookstore that readers have never seen. On Sunday he and Maddie attend the Westview Oktoberfest; daughter ignores Dad all day.
Oct. 17 – 23, 2011
Les and his fellow faculty members canvass door to door in support of the upcoming school levy.
Oct. 24 – 29, 2011
Cody, Owen and Mr. Moore suck every bit of cool out of Halloween.
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5, 2011
Sunday’s Rembrandt “tribute” kicks off a Komix Korner-centric week dealing with the effects of video games (and comic books) on da yout’.
Nov. 6 – 19, 2011
The Westview voters fail to pass the school levy. The faculty bitches about losing their raises. It gets worse: the high school sports programs are eliminated due to lack of funding, jeopardizing Summer’s (and Les’) futures.
Nov. 20 – Dec. 4, 2011
Turns out that the president of the chamber of commerce is none other than Funky. He proposes a “Save the Sports” raffle, in which local businesses contribute prizes, that will raise enough money to keep the sports programs afloat. Naturally, it’s a huge success.
Dec. 5 – 10, 2011
Les has won a prize in the “Save the Sports” raffle: a trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro. He doesn’t want to go. Coach Bull takes credit for rehabbing Summer’s knee but it turns out he’s just “needling” her.
Dec. 11 – 17, 2011
It’s Darin’s birthday. Everyone gathers to watch a videotaped birthday greeting from St. Lisa.
Dec. 19 – 25, 2011
Girls’ basketball gets off to a shaky start; Funky celebrates Christmas with his dad and his AA sponsor Wade.
Dec. 26 – 31, 2011
Cayla inexplicably seems to think the girls’ team is destined to lose. Which they do, to a nasty Blue Valley team. Bull is depressed by his team’s lousy start.