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Eric: I think "Fonzie" and "Shark" should be added to "Monkey, Ninja, Pirate, Robot Deluxe."

(From Basil Flint, P.I.! Click on the thumbnail for full sized multiple panel nudity!)

I have phlegm and little voice to speak of. I cough, I spit, I snort. I drink peppermint and lemon teas by the gallon at the moment.

But my head is clear, my body doesn't hurt, and at any given time I feel like I might actually be awake instead of asleep, given my druthers.

I'm back, and ready to eat some fucking babies, kids!

Now, sure -- I went into today's Basil Flint thinking "Oh cool! Breasts!" Because hey -- breasts! But the sheer moment of actually having Fonzie actually jumping the shark in the actual hurricane that's blowing them to the side, with Fonzie actually saying "Ayyyyyy!" while the shark says -- and I quote -- "Grrr, Argh" elevates the overused clich» into high art.

I'm reminded of the Simpsons. Which isn't a surprise. Meaningless pop culture references and trivia have mostly displaced what social life I once had in Ithaca or Seattle. But to get back to the point, Homer and Marge are getting remarried and Reverend Lovejoy is reading the vow that Homer wrote for Marge:

I will now read the special vows which Homer has prepared for this occasion. Do you, Marge, take Homer... in richness and in poorness? Poorness is underlined. In impotence and in potence? In quiet solitude or... blasting across the alkali flats in a jet-power, monkey navigated -- and it goes on like this!

My point is, I love things that go vastly over the top. It wasn't enough that Homer wrote an overblown vow to Marge -- he went vastly beyond all sanity. It's not enough that Troutman decided to go with a "Jump the Shark" joke in reference to Flint and Amanda kissing. (Wouldn't a Moonlighting David/Maddie having sex bit be more apropos?) Instead, he actually puts in Fonzie jumping over the shark, both of them being blown around in a freaking hurricane, Fonzie saying "Ayyyy" all the while. If you're going to do it, drastically over do it, God damn it!

Anyway. I'm always glad to read the Troutman files, and today's no exception. Plus, nudity!

Posted by Eric Burns-White at January 31, 2005 3:25 PM


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