The Atomik Komix team, including “new” artist Ruby Lith, spend the New Year’s holiday working on their latest title, Wayback Wendy.
Mason flies Les and Cayla out to California to discuss his plans for finally turning Lisa’a Story into a movie, including casting his Starbuck Jones leading lady Marianne Winters in the title role. While the men discuss the movie’s casting, Cindy and Cayla walk along the beach talking girl stuff.
January 19-February 2
Dinkle and Becky at the Ohio Music Educators Association convention.
Kitch Swoon visits the offices of Atomik Komix with “a niced-sized check for one of your artists.” Jess, who is in the office to take Darin to lunch, thinks the check is meant for her hubby, but it turns out to be for Ruby. Darin does get a check, which he blurts out is about how much he’d already spent on other artists’ work. Chester realizes that he already owns the rights to Miss American, and it is decided that Atomik will reboot the comic, with art by the original artist, Ruby. Chester returns to Ruby the Miss American cover art he’d purchased at the Dibbs Gallery.
Funky and Holly are watching basketball on TV. Funky goes into the kitchen to make hot chocolate, and misses the game-winning shot.
Dinkle shares with Becky that he has been reading a book about squirrels.
Buck Bedlow visits the widow Bushka, who presents him with the tiny, battered football helmet that Bull wore when he took his own life.
Summer arrives home to learn that Les is in New York with Mason, scouting locations for the Lisa’s Story movie.
March 30-April 4
Funky at the gym with a different trainer.
Buck helps Linda get rid of the last of Bull’s stuff. After she treats him to lunch at Montoni’s, Linda rejects Buck’s inept romantic overture and sends him on his way to die alone.
Mr. Moore’s journalism class gets a visit from cartoonist Batton Thomas, creater of the comic strip Three O’Clock High.
Mason summons lackadaisical Les to Hollywood for “pitch meetings” for the Lisa’s Story movie.
April 27-May 3
Mason drags Les to their first pitch meeting, with two hoodie-clad Hollywood hipsters who turn down the project because it won’t “bank in China.”
Next stop on the pitch meeting trail is with mogul Alan Silver, who also passes on the project.
Over lunch at the Chateau Marmont, their pitch is enthusiastically received by Cassidy Kerr from Pink Entertainment.
While running laps at the high school track on a hot day, Funky imagines a conversation with a jogging robot.
Ruby brings her phonograph to the Atomik Komix studio, and a Hoagy Carmichael record inspires Pete to create a new title to be called “The Stardusters.”
Les is followed from home to school and back again by a black car driven by a mysterious figure. Les angrily confronts the driver, who turns out to be Mason, studying Les’ routine in preparation for his role in the Lisa’s Story movie. Cayla invites Mason to stay for dinner; Mason sees the Lisa tapes on a bookshelf, but Les refuses to allow Mason to use them for the movie.
Back in Hollywood, Mason and movie lady Cassidy Kerr conduct “chemistry reads for the Lisa role” (even though Mason’s already cast Marianne Winters). Cindy and Les sit in director chairs and look on.
June 29-July 4
Dinkle and some other old fart talk about retirement.