April 9, 2009
Panel 1: Can anyone identify the tense the sheriff is using to talk about the Elf? Larry (aka Stringy) and Moe (aka T-neck) have not yet been captured. So while most of us English speakers would use “may have helped” to refer to causation of past events, the sheriff is using it to refer to future events. Weird.
Panel 2: I keep thinking that the sheriff looks familiar. It nagged and nagged at me yesterday. Today, when I opened the paper, though, I had an epiphany. Fred Gwynne. He looks a lot like Fred Gwynne. It’s like the Jackelrod Sphere decided to have a Car 54, Where Are You? reunion so we could see what an aging Fred Gwynne looks like dressed up in his old uniform.
Panel 3: Again with the tenses! The two men are not in the restaurant. You saw those two men in the restaurant. Big difference. And the two words “we saw” would not make your speech bubble unmanageable. Sheesh.