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Rex Morgan, M.D., 7/23/11

So, when I demanded a return to the non-old-people-liver-transplant storyline in Rex Morgan, I was really more hoping for more mother-daughter squabbling and less earnest talk about modern best practices for medical record-keeping. You can tell that Rex is eating this stuff up, though, closing his eyes and letting the jargon just wash right over him. “Oooh, you used an abbreviation! Yeah, that’s the stuff.”

Dennis the Menace, 7/23/11

I’m gonna be honest with you — if I saw a black polo shirt with a red collar in real life in an adult size, I would buy and wear the crap out of it. I don’t think I’d pair it up with red pants, but I think it’s an interesting and striking color combo. I was so taken with it that it took me a moment to realize that Dennis is going for a whole new kind of unsettling menacing: attempting to put the moves on his cousin.

Hi and Lois, 7/23/11

My goodness, look at how happy Lois looks! Dot and Ditto, don’t you dare touch her — she’s obviously in some magical dreamland, one where she doesn’t have any annoying children. Even the most terrible sunburn will be a fair price for just a few more minutes there.

Apartment 3-G, 7/23/11

“Me? How could I be a mother? I don’t even know where babies come from!”

90 responses to “Red-hot E.M.R. action”

  1. Lorne
    July 23rd, 2011 at 6:48 pm [Reply]

    “It’s where the industry is headed! I would love to be in the vanguard of a new system!”

    Ah, nothing like vague unbridled enthusiasm to glaze over the fact that you have no qualifications or relevant skills.

  2. Alison
    July 23rd, 2011 at 6:49 pm [Reply]

    “Hi and Lois”-Well, if it was a choice between being asleep or swimming in a lake full of squid ink, I’d be happy to be asleep too. Ick.

  3. Pope Buck I
    July 23rd, 2011 at 6:50 pm [Reply]

    “Magical dreamland,” nothing. Lois is sailing high on Vicodin and mojitos.

  4. Schroduck
    July 23rd, 2011 at 6:50 pm [Reply]

    I’m guessing the chemical fumes rolling in off that massive oil slick just behind Lois are playing a role in her happy stupor.

  5. Droopy Says
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:05 pm [Reply]

    EffYou Wankerbean: For a writer, Les doesn’t do much writing, does he?

  6. Squeak
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    Rex Morgan is funny because there is no way electronic medical records is going to replace good, old fashioned paper. (I posted that on the internet.)

  7. wossname
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:18 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#Y84):

    DT: I wonder how many iterations of this sequence we’ll go through before Dick’s team figures out about the CC cameras in all the trucks.

    Yeah, but there are no bad guys left to watch the feed from the CC cameras in the trucks, are there? Screwball, Cueball, Stewball and Blueball are all in custody.

  8. Pseudo3D
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:26 pm [Reply]

    Went to Houston yesterday, and passed by the one and only Brazos Bookstore: the same one that sold out to Funky Winkerbean. I feel so dirty. It’s even just a few blocks away from where a cousin of mine lives…

  9. Harold
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    I think Rex is feeling happy and smug because he decided to wear Depends today. “I can pee right here in my chair, and neither of them will know about it! …ahhhhhhh. Life is great!”

    Given the angle Lois is sitting at to the sun, the main part of her body that is getting baked is her brain. Don’t bother trying to wake her, kids…she’s in a better place.

  10. Hibbleton
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:37 pm [Reply]

    DtM: Incest is best.

  11. Peter Gentleman
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:43 pm [Reply]

    Hi and Lois have apparently decided to take the family to a beach on the Gulf Coast.

  12. Debora
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:51 pm [Reply]

    Lois is clearly daydreaming about her torrid affair with the Army’s Most Decorated Soldier.

  13. Andrew
    July 23rd, 2011 at 7:53 pm [Reply]

    In Dennis the Menace, I was surprised his cousin wore a bow on her head. I thought that went out of style thirty years ago.

  14. Pseudo3D
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:01 pm [Reply]

    Also, today’s H&L painfully demonstrates that they’re using fonts for lettering, a sin in itself.

  15. nescio
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:01 pm [Reply]

    FW: Obviously the secondhand bookstore went out of business because too many people traded in their copy of Les’s book, leaving the owner with inventory he could never sell.

    Momma: I’m with the kids, sitting around in lawn chairs doing nothing isn’t my idea of a nice way to spend an evening.

  16. ScienceGiant
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:02 pm [Reply]

    DtM: AUGH! Now you’ve put the thought in my head that those aunts are pinching his ass cheeks. AAAUUUGGGHHHH!!!

  17. nescio
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm [Reply]

    @Andrew (#13): You were expecting something less recent?

  18. Braniff
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm [Reply]

    DtM: Did anyone notice that Dennis isn’t in his overalls–perhaps he’s a Husker or an Alabama fan.

  19. seismic-2
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm [Reply]

    DtM: Isn’t that one of the troll twins? In any case, I totally disagree with Dennis that this reunion would be OK, were it not for his aunts. Any gathering that requires the participants to look at Henry’s grotesquely malformed calves without puking up their hamburgers is an ordeal too terrible to contemplate.

  20. NoahSnark
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:21 pm [Reply]

    Rex is way ahead of you Summer. He mounted his favorite sex toy under the desk and hooked up to the record system so it gives him a squeeze every time an annotation is made to a chart.

  21. Rufus T. Harlemberry
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    This is close to your dream shirt. It says navy with red collar, but it looks black to me.

  22. jfp
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    Hi & Lois: From the ecstatic look on Lois’ face I would bet money that just out of frame a syringe, a spoon and a tourniquet are lying on that beach.

  23. HeraldBass
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    I was cleaning some old newspapers out of a closet yesterday and on top of the stack was a Judge Parker featuring Dixie Julep in all her bikini-ed glory.

    I miss her…

  24. commodorejohn
    July 23rd, 2011 at 8:52 pm [Reply]

    @HeraldBass (#23): We all do, man. We all do.

  25. zerowolf
    July 23rd, 2011 at 9:22 pm [Reply]

    H&L Maybe it’s just me, but the second panel with Ditto staring at Lois’s tatas with his moputh hanging open is kinda creepy.

  26. Poteet
    July 23rd, 2011 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    DtM — Hey, that little redheaded cousin is cute. The Mitchell Family Throwback Nose looks hideous on Dennis, but it seems to work for her.

  27. Everybody
    July 23rd, 2011 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    Thanks to Judge Paker, Constance is the new director of marketing! Also, her boobs got bigger!

  28. Cloudbuster
    July 23rd, 2011 at 9:43 pm [Reply]

    JP: Definitive proof that smugness causes female breast enlargement.

  29. OKStan
    July 23rd, 2011 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    H&L: First panel, Lois’ O-face. Second panel, after O-face.
    Debora is correct! She IS thinking about The Most Decorated Soldier!

  30. Anonymous
    July 23rd, 2011 at 9:54 pm [Reply]

    Judge Parker: Angel has funny nicknames for Constance’s jubblies.

  31. Just some guy
    July 23rd, 2011 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    Where can I even get red pants??

  32. pugfuggly
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:07 pm [Reply]

    When Les Moore becomes Abe Simpson

    H&L Nothing like a swim at Oilspill beach…

  33. bbofun
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    A3G- “Yes, you! So I killed my mother, carefully divided her into several garbage bags, and buried her out back. Here’s my favorite dress of hers. Please. please say you’ll be my new mommy!”

  34. TheTJ
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:23 pm [Reply]

    I don’t think Summer knows anything at all about electronic medical record-keeping, she just seems to be saying the name a lot and implying that it’ll be great. I just hope that in tomorrow’s comic that Rex asks her to explain and she’s forced to make something up.

  35. Nekrotzar
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:24 pm [Reply]

    I think Rex just fell asleep. Maybe he has Obstructive Sleep Apnia, and we are in for a story line in which he goes for a sleep study, gets fitted with a C-PAP, and so on. Then, when we get back to the liver transplant story line, it will seem like a Spielberg movie by comparison.

  36. Mr. O'Malley
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:27 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: A couple of days ago I went to a totally paperless restaurant. That’s nothing, you say, plenty of restaurants use computers these days. Wrong. not only did they not use computers, they didn’t even use a cash register. They had a cash register, but it didn’t work, so they were just using the money drawer.

    Here’s how it worked. You told the waiter what you wanted and he shouted it into the kitchen. Dishes would appear from the kitchen and the waiter would take them to the correct customer. (The waiter appeared to be about the age of a high school junior.) When you were done, you would walk up to the owner and he would ask what you had. You’d tell him, he would add up the bill in his head and tell you the total.

    I was amazed how smoothly the whole operation ran. Then I thought that there was a time that every restaurant ran on this system.

    I still wouldn’t want my doctor to run his office that way, though.

  37. Rocky Stoneaxe
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    @Just some guy (#31):

    Where can I even get red pants?

    Well, there’s at least one source for red (and white!) pants:

    http://www.cbgxtra.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1913754660.jpg

    (Art by Archie Comics’ Dan DeCarlo!)

  38. bbofun
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    Funky: So, to summarize, Les was at his alma mater, saw his old professor but didn’t talk to him, and found out the old used bookstore is gone.

    Good story.

  39. Barto
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:39 pm [Reply]

    H&L: Since it appears that the sun is about ten minutes away from setting (or ten minutes after rising?) I serisouly doubt Lois is going to get too burned. I’m bettin’ the kids might still find some clever way to injure her, however.

  40. commodorejohn
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:42 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#37): I notice that the “masked magician” is not, in fact, wearing a mask. False advertising, dammit!

  41. Rocky Stoneaxe
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:48 pm [Reply]

    Does anyone else think Dennis and his cousin look like “Tee” and “Eff”, the Tastee Freez twins? (Second photo from the top!)

    http://onceuponawin.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/win-pics-tastee-freez/

  42. Aviatrix
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:49 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#36): I definitely don’t want to go back to the paperless medical records system where the doctor remembered your name, where you lived and what he thought was wrong with you, but he couldn’t prescribe much more than hot and cold poultices, and wore a bird mask to protect himself from the plague.

  43. Frank Lee Meidere
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    @TheTJ (#34): That makes her a typical “consultant.”

  44. Frank Lee Meidere
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#42): I miss the bird masks.

  45. Poteet
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:00 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#41): I think the cousin is much cuter than “Eff” and Dennis is much more hideous than “Tee.”

  46. Johnaroo
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:01 am [Reply]

    H&L: Drop the second panel and we’ll talk.

  47. Frank Lee Meidere
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:10 am [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#42): Oh! Oh! You’ve got the perfect submission here.

    “Pluggers remember when doctors actually made house calls and wore bird masks.”

  48. Sisi
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:15 am [Reply]

    3G: LuAnn channels Butterfly McQueen: “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies!”

  49. Skynet
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:16 am [Reply]

    Directive @ website overlord-processor ‘joshreads.com”:>><

    Network scan complete.. synthetic exoskeleton within requested parameters here.
    Superior choice justification:
    a) Arm-top insignia provides all-access to “USOpen”‘ death arena
    2) weaponized human-horse hybrid generates flight response in opposing human-bags
    E) diagonal stripe = SLIMMING

    Skynet online surveillance module has insufficient data for JoshF67432 human-frame sizing. Probability of further growth >>> recommendation of model SIZE = XL (4-5Y).

  50. els
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:20 am [Reply]

    There’s nothing – literally nothing – I don’t love about today’s Rex Morgan, MD. The bizarre over-the-shoulder shot and oddly credits-of-Jeeves-and-Wooster-esque modern art on the wall; Summer’s starstruck model shot in panel two; Rex’s Pepe-le-Pew tie and steel-jawed bliss in panel three. The one and only thing that bothers me is that Rex looks more than a little bit like Ronald Reagan here. “Yes, electronic medical records! Go out there and file one for the Gipper!”

  51. BigTed
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:22 am [Reply]

    “I would love to be in the vanguard of a new system in which my daughter’s punk boyfriend can get hold of all your patients’ medical records and sell them to his druggy friends! Won’t that be a hoot?”

  52. BigTed
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:28 am [Reply]

    What’s interesting is that the Mitchell clan seems to numbers in the dozens, yet it looks like only Henry and one other relative have had any children. Way to protect the gene pool, cheek-pinchin’ aunts!

  53. Frank Lee Meidere
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:30 am [Reply]

    DtM: Those worrying about the consequences of possible incestuous relations can relax. Judging by the number of people at that family reunion, there’s a pretty large gene pool happening there.

    As an aside, I always enjoy telling people that my cousin married my daughter. “Why, I haven’t seen my cousin since he married my daughter,” I say — and then wait for several beats before explaining that he was the minister officiating at her wedding.

  54. BigTed
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:30 am [Reply]

    I doubt Lois is too worried about the perils of sun exposure, given that she’s taken her kids to spend the day swimming in an ocean of black tar.

  55. Frank Lee Meidere
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:31 am [Reply]

    @BigTed (#52): Ha! I guess we both had the same thought — at least about the size of the reunion. I’d missed the fact that there didn’t seem to be any other kids around.

  56. Alan's Addiction
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:33 am [Reply]

    I LOVE today’s “Rex Morgan,” because it’s simultaneously totally accurate, and completely stupid when you know what’s actually going on in the medical industry. Yes, medical records are a major area of growth in the medical industry, and, yes, they’re somewhat new and revolutionary. Or they would have been new ten years ago when medical humans first started playing around with this whole “Internet” thing as a means of helping store and/or share relevant medical data. Now, many hospitals and doctors view electronic records as standard. Today’s “Rex Morgan” strip is more like a character in 1858 commenting about how that telegraph system is going to be the next big thing in communications. It’s a case of “too little, too late.”
    I have difficulty believing that a large group of people would ever voluntarily congregate in the same zip code as Dennis unless they were planning a lynch to form a lynch mob to strangle the obnoxious brat.
    It’s odd that Lois decided to take her kids to a beach with an oil spill instead of water, but I guess that’s what happens when a semi-neglectful parent is left in charge of the vacation plans.
    I love Paul’s matter-of-fact tone in telling Lu Ann what a great mom she’ll be. It’s almost as if he can see her future, or knows something that Lu Ann doesn’t. I hope they’ll run with this new, semi-creepy version of Paul and combine it with the comics page’s hilariously out-dated view of sex. I can see the conversation now: “Lu Ann, you remember that cake my mother made for you?” “Paul, no, you’re not saying – ” “Yes, Lu Ann, that was SPECIAL cake! You’re pregnant now!”

  57. Walker of Dog
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:42 am [Reply]

    Could someone please explain the theme of the Sunday Mary Worth.

  58. Droopy Says
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:43 am [Reply]

    The Amusing Spiderman: We won’t forget the quote-mark Big Boss quote-mark if you don’t forget the entire missing Bugle staff. Now how does this humiliate Spidermonkey, unless you already know he’s Peter Parker? Bonus points, though, for for making Jameson look foolish on the front page of his own newspaper.

    Family Circus: So we get a week’s worth of images of the Boston visit, including some repeats, but only one caption. Laziness or mercy? You decide.

    EffYou Wankerbean: No Les is good Les. But reminding us that Wally is an emotional cripple keeps the gloom index high.

    Shoe: So it’s stunning to discover that a bookstore has its diet books between the humor and fiction sections? Or is the point the more subtle one that the store has a book on gag writing, and somebody should have read it before doing the final panel?

  59. commodorejohn
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:58 am [Reply]

    @Alan’s Addiction (#56): Depends largely on the hospital. A lot of smaller places have yet to fully (or even partially) adopt electronic records-keeping. My mother has been working as the full-time EMR implementor for our local hospital since 2006 and they’ve only really gotten the docs to start making regular use of it in the past year or so. While I’d think a larger, more urban hospital like Rex’s place of employment would be further along, it would seem that’s not the case. (I’d blame Rex’s stubborn jackassery, but for that to be an obstacle he’d have to actually do some doctoring.)

  60. Chip Whittle
    July 24th, 2011 at 1:16 am [Reply]

    Funky Winkerbean: It’s a sweet evening spent over the service dog that’s been set on fire.

    Hi and Lois: The Lois unit detects unauthorized presence of imagination or ambition from the child units. Disapproval routine engaged; destruction program to follow.

    Judge Parker: You know, if we pretend to be interested in the ownership of this baseball card this scene is still confused and somehow insulting.

    The Katzenjammer Kids: An insulting-the-witch-doctor strip? Man, even for The Katzenjammer Kids that’s a joke so old-fashioned as to be embarrassing.

  61. sporknpork
    July 24th, 2011 at 1:23 am [Reply]

    The comics are definitely in vacation mode this week. Dennis finds creepy love under a Baobab tree (possibly South Africa) at the international Mitchell Family Reunion, the Keane Klan almost dies of hilarious heatstroke in Boston, and the Flagstons go on a discount vacation beach trip to the Gulf Coast. However, the Pluggers, true to style, are too cheap to even buy an inflatable pool big enough to fit two people with their measly Social Security checks.

  62. Droopy Says
    July 24th, 2011 at 1:34 am [Reply]

    Dick Tracy: That is the way to do an old-fashioned action-adventure story.

    Lio: That is the way to do a Comic-Con story.

    C’est la Vie: That is the way to lampoon “Love Is.”

    The New Adventures of Queen Victoria: That is the way to do a memorial.

    Reply All: That is not the way to do anything.

  63. chistery
    July 24th, 2011 at 2:05 am [Reply]

    Congrats Josh! ‘Best Practices’ is the most annoying buzz phrase of the last two years and you smoothly worked it into an RMMD riff. Just one more reason why you are the Pope!

  64. StrawGirl
    July 24th, 2011 at 2:08 am [Reply]

    What poor LuAnn doesn’t know is that Paul artificially inseminated her during her sleep. And by “artificially inseminated,” I mean that he turned into a horrible spider-beast and laid eggs in her skin. She should be a mother in the next few weeks or so. Surprise! Too late for a baby shower or too soon?

  65. Anonymous
    July 24th, 2011 at 2:51 am [Reply]

    Looking at the face of Rex in the last panel, it’s obvious to me that Mr. Nolan has been reading too many Rage Comics, in particular, “Me Gusta.” I’d love to know what’s going on down there.

  66. jamoche
    July 24th, 2011 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    JP: It’s a good thing they saved this bit of plot for the Sunday strip, where they have plenty of space for the thrilling exchange of “Way!” “No way!” “Do too!” “Do not!”. Or maybe they’re planning ahead for a smaller comics page that has two lines of throwaway panels.

  67. greghousesgf
    July 24th, 2011 at 3:14 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#41): Dennis used to do ads for dairy Queen! I call conflict of interest!

  68. This Guy
    July 24th, 2011 at 3:24 am [Reply]

    7/24
    9CL: Sorry, Doctor, but bow ties just became uncool again. I’m so, so sorry.

    Baldo: That’s pretty much how I treat my dice, so I guess I don’t have much room to snark here.

    Lio: I’m having a kind of “Cow Tools” thing where one of the creatures is sort of an Ithorian, and another is a mouse droid, and it makes me want to figure out what the rest are.

  69. Baka Gaijin
    July 24th, 2011 at 4:51 am [Reply]

    Dennis the Menace (Saturday): Dan Diller could hide behind that tree. He could be hiding behind that tree right now, just waiting for Dennis to set down his delicous reuben on white. Come to think of it, Dawn Weston’s father could be hiding behind that tree, too, ready to pounce on that panino the second Dennis starts in on the potato chips. Hell, that tree is big enough both Dan and Wilbur could be back there, ready to snatch the sandwich then get in a slapfight over who will scarf it.

  70. Doctor Handsome
    July 24th, 2011 at 6:47 am [Reply]

    Keeping records… electronically?! That sounds pretty crazy to me, but I guess that’s just THE FUTURE!!!

  71. Rocky Stoneaxe
    July 24th, 2011 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    @sdfwe (#71): But do you “love the Jeffy”?

  72. wossname
    July 24th, 2011 at 8:22 am [Reply]

    MW – “You’ll change your mind, Mary, and realize that you want me!” Why do those words sound so eerily, horrifyingly familiar? Weren’t they once spoken by the late Aldo Kelrast, shortly before his unfortunate demise?

    MT – Text: boring. Art: pretty good – I like the look on the dog’s face.

    BabyBlues – Oh yeah, what could be smarter than taking an infant to the movies? Clearly you don’t care anything about the people around you. Who do you think you are, Les Moore?

    Sly – I could see where we were going with this, but I couldn’t figure out what species Bird No. 1 is supposed to be. I thought it was a duck, which of course could fly. Based on my attempts at reading the blurry upside-down answer, I’m now concluding it must be a penguin.

    DT – Thanks for speaking all your thoughts out loud, B.B. “Mr. Exposition” Eyes. If this gig doesn’t work out, you can probably get a job at Mark Trail.

    PV – “Maldubh’s Mayhem” would be a great name for a rock band.

    NAOQV – Wow! Talk about timely! How did they even do that? I guess they don’t appear in deadtree comics, only on line? In any case, kudos for timeliness and sentiment.

    PBS – Win!

  73. Hibbleton
    July 24th, 2011 at 8:25 am [Reply]

    H&L: Most moms would be delighted that their kids could be so imaginative. Lois looks horrified (at least, in my dead tree edition, on line she looks more stupefied), as this further confirms her sex affair with Tattoo guy. She’s realizes that such wunderkinds couldn’t be Hi’s.

  74. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:05 am [Reply]

    As a medical transcriptionist and patient, I’m irked at any mention of EMR, so this RMMD story irritated me more rapidly than usual. Yeah, nothing I want to read about more than health professionals spending so much time trying to decipher drop-down menus on a lagging system that they don’t even look at the patients.

  75. DebiDawg
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    @Braniff (#18): Nope, definitely a Georgia fan – I’ve seen people dressed exactly like that in Athens – Josh, let me know your size and I’ll get you one!

  76. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:22 am [Reply]

    A&J: d’awwwwwwwww. Arlo, best hubby in the funny pages?

    Dilbert: Skynet awakens.

    FT: I’m not sure whether to laugh or to squick.

    GF: ooooo, burn. Otherwise, wallotext, didntwannaread.

    Lio: just a touch of self-promotion. nothing to see, move along.

    PBS: HAR!!!!! been awhile since I’ve grinned like a groomed baboon at Pearls.

    Bizarro: I appreciate the concept, but the execution? not so much.

    Crank: F-U, Batty. and no, FW doesn’t make up for it. (also color monkey fail in FW)

    MT: d’awwwww, turtles! Also, nice Lab! *pets the doggy*

    RwO: Far Side cows!?!

    SFx: Ted, quit clit-blocking your daughter.

    SFx: oh, sure, racial profile the crow! flightist fox. Also, yay Raynna, budding yaoi fangirl mangaka.

    Zits: Connie likes it cowgirl. Walt lasts 7 seconds or less. Brain bleach is in aisle 14.

    snarpologies as warranted.

  77. Jessy
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Right now, I think EMR is a growth industry . . . since there are at least 27 medical offices across the United States and Canada, including yours, that have not yet converted to electronic records.

  78. Jessy
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    RMMD: And of course we have to start from scratch with a new system, since no one has invented any software for the purpose . . .

  79. teenchy
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:48 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#41) @greghousesgf (#67): Actually I think the cousin’s head is shaped like the Dairy Queen logo! Subliminal advertising?

  80. gleeb
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    Val: I can’t help but think what a crowd watching this would think. If trial-by-combat works on the premise that the victor is favored by God, what about a battle that so clearly goes back and forth?

    Pearls: Jeff Keane has a long arm.

    ‘bean: A simple, slightly dull vignette? Hardly. They’re not at Montoni’s. For crimes against the pizza joint, they will be savagely punished.

    Doones: Here’s a hint. Workers making crap wages at a lousy job have never sympathized with self-satisfied rich people. The effect just sharpens as the income differential increases. You want human contact, go demand better pay for them. Sure, Trudy would probably say this is an age thing, but this feels autobiographical to me, so I’m going with that.

    Dick: The old aqualung in the tire trick, eh?

  81. teenchy
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:53 am [Reply]

    @DebiDawg (#76): Beat me to it. Georgia alum here and I’ve seen plenty of variations on the theme.

  82. JD
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:05 am [Reply]

    Hi and Lois’ stinging political commentary has once again been hampered by a late release date. This strip about their disastrous trip to oil-ravaged Louisiana would have been more hard-hitting ages ago.

  83. You There
    July 24th, 2011 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    “LuAnn, I can’t help thinking what a wonderful mother you’ll be. Like Lois Flagston and Alice Mitchell.”

  84. ElkMeadow
    July 24th, 2011 at 5:06 pm [Reply]

    @Harold (#y9):

    I think Rex is feeling happy and smug because he decided to wear Depends today. “I can pee right here in my chair, and neither of them will know about it! …ahhhhhhh. Life is great!”

    Ugh. I remember as a cashier a couple of seniors and a child peeing while check-out was going on. You can smell the seniors when they do it. The kid was getting toilet trained, and had his big boy’s pants on.

  85. Liam
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:14 pm [Reply]

    MT-Tempting? So it is tempting that you give up the responsibilities that you accused John of avoiding. It must be rather tempting for you to get abandoned a wife and kid that you don’t really love.

  86. Droopy Says
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:29 am [Reply]

    The Amusing Spiderman: Now, Spidermouse, tell your wife that if there’s anything worse than having a security camera take a better picture than you can, it’s having a woman do it. And get paid the same as you.

    Phantom: Here’s a scary thought: What if E. Queasy Bowels is set to become a continuing character?

    Crankshat: Right, dood, them thar folks from Canuckistan talks funny!

    Pluggers: Some day this strip will tell a joke that involves an understanding of modern technology. It still won’t be funny.

    Family Circus: Can’t we have a Boston Massacre instead?

    Mark Trail: Is this the first time for a talking elbow? And for Trail to put an arm around one of those girl-things?

  87. Omny
    July 25th, 2011 at 1:09 am [Reply]

    If you want to wear a black polo shirt with a red collar, get at job at Tops grocery store. That’s part of the uniform.

  88. smileyy
    July 25th, 2011 at 4:10 pm [Reply]

    Lois visits Amy Winehouse’s dream world, and brings the kids: an ocean of black tar heroin, and the sweet release of death by opiate overdose.

    Too soon?

  89. Russ H
    July 25th, 2011 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

    H&L: We should totally flip mom over! She brought us to a crappy beach with an oil slick washing up on it!

  90. Roy Kargen
    July 28th, 2011 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    It doesn’t take Slylok Fox to deduce Hi and Lois are visiting the Northern Gulf Coast, circa last summer. She’s smiling, knowing Kevin Coster is just off shore with his oil skimming machine, waiting to take her away for a “Happy Ending.”

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