Loose lips sink ships, and may pulverize planets!
Give Brandi a break, She works in the truth department. Being human is hard enough for human beings. She’s still learning. She will have to hurt someone she loves before she figures it out. It’s the human way of learning.
I’m going to say Brandi knows exactly what she’s doing here. Even if she dosen’t know Justin and Shelly are an item, she’s forcing Bud to get her feelings out in the open. Sort of kicking the baby bird out of the nest as it were.
On another note, I’ve been waiting to see a discussion between Brandi and Shelly. They were both working the Calander Machine problem from opposite directions. Multiple Brandis tried to fix it, while Shelly might well have been assuring that every disaster and reset that needed to happen actualy happened. They’ll probably both see it as nessesary, but I wouldn’t be suprised if there might be some hard feelings lingering.
Of course, I could be misreading the whole thing.
I think Brandi *has* figured it out, and is doing it on purpose… 🙂
Annd Brandi drops the secret on Bud to Shelly and OTB (Justin)…
well neither of them knew anything about him and Shelly so far as we know, so at worst it’s going to cause a hiccup between Shelly and Justin. Can’t blame her for something she didn’t know about.
Keep in mind: We do not know to whom Brandi was speaking! Shelly and Brandy could have been chatting after yoga class, or some such. Yes, I know that Brandi doesn’t need an exercise class, but she does those kind of things anyway (think the wheat grass “drink” she tried to foister on Bud)
So, for comedic effect, we will assume that BOTH of them think Brandi is talking to HER.
For the record, I expected one of two possible entry situations for the Big B:
1. Brandi was one of Justin’s former paramours. As such, we would get to see her kinky side (apposed to her back side, well OK, not so much apposed as simultaneous with).
2. Brandi would be clad in a towel, or less.
3. Both of the above.
But we did get to see Brand full-frontal without the bubbles!:-)
I’m not sure why some people think Brandi is talking about Shelly.
– She said OFFICER Friendly. Justin is the only officer here.
– It was already established that Bud has been telling Brandi about this particular police officer she’s been playing tricks on. Brandi is asking, “Hey is this the one you were telling me about?”
– Brandi already knows Shelly. They’ve interacted several times. Brandi’s line of dialogue is clearly referring to the new person in the room.
So why would that comment be directed towards Shelly? I just don’t see any possible connection.
Not *about* Shelly. Just possibly *to* Shelly. About Justin.
Not about Shelly, to Shelly about Justin.
Ah, that makes more sense than what I understood earlier.
But still not much.
Bud is the one that’s been telling Brandi regularly about a certain police officer that she likes and that she’s been playing jokes on for a while.
Shelly and Brandi have interacted with each other, but it’s rare. Like Boxilar said above, it’ll be interesting to actually see a conversation between them since I believe that last real conversation they had was Brandi pinning Shelly down in giant lion form and scolding her for hurting Bud’s feelings.
SINCE they’ve never really interacted and it’s very unlikely that Shelly has been pouring out her feelings about Justin to Brandi, we’ve got to assume she’s talking to Bud, who HAS been telling Brandi about Justin.
Actually now that I think about it, I’m not sure Shelly has really let ANY of her friends meet Justin before. So yeah, I’m pretty sure Brandi is talking to Bud.
Now, what would have been funny is if both did think Brandi is speaking to her and both said “Yes” simultaneously in response.
Nah…I think Brandi has to be talking to Bud here. She called him “Officer Friendly”. Shelly used to refer to Justin as “Officer Tight Buns” I believe…or did we come up with that on our own in the comments?? 🙂
It doesn’t truly matter WHO Brandi was talking to.
Bud’s reaction has removed ALL doubts about how she feels Brandi’s statement relates to her feeling about the officer in question.
Bud’s reaction has probably started all sorts of interesting thoughts running around (and colliding violently) in both Shelly’s and Justin’s heads.
Another good reason not to have a roomate.
Invite him in. Why don’t you and tell him how “cute” you think he is.
Sorry about the double post, I put the wrong name on the first one…
Nothing more embarassing than having Your crushes laid bare by someone else, while the crush him/herself is in front of You..
Brandi, Brandi.. Another bit of proof of her inability to understand certain hunan interaction do’s- and dont’s
Next: I..I..I gottago! *doorslam and sound of lock*
or some “Shelling” from an easily irritated Shellinx.
Well, despite her bravado about sex when drunk, Bud is SO much a pre-teen with her first real crush…
Now all together:”D’Aaaawwww..”
Maybe “Igottagogetdressed”. It must be rattling her even more, standing there in only a robe with Justin right there…
Brandi… who can breathe secrets, totally clueless, and capable of generating an interpersonal faux pas that could destroy a solar system’s worth of friendships.
Brandi does have a tendency to say the wrong thing and get yelled at by Bud:
Bud can still pull out of this power dive into faux pas wasteland. At least Brandi didn’t say officer beef cake or directly allude to her crush.
I think Bud’s hearing the impact of a jolly old elf and eight tiny reindeer replaying in Justin’s head.
Been a long dive.
Anime eyes! Too cute!
More like, “Little Orphan Annie” eyes.
This is the “pinprick” eye look, taken to the extreme. You need a scanning tunneling microscope to see her pupils at this point.
Monday someone mentioned her ‘deer in the headlights’ look. THIS is her ‘deer in the headlights’ look.
These eyes are on the same level as Jin’s when Bud accused her of having a crush on Tepoz (hers’ were snakey, though). I loved that one and I love this one too.
I think her Glyphs are preparing her for being turned to clay as a defense mechanism.
Better yet, offer him a banana.
If only Bud still had that portal in her… well… portal.
Wow… that blank face on Bud really says it! Total and absolute emotional shock.
♫Come on knock on our door.♪ Yeah we’re getting all silly Sit-Com here aren’t we? So when does Monica poit in?
Love the “Anime-eyes” on Acacia in the second panel.
In the second panel, I imagine Bud to be roughly the same color as a stop sign. Most people only see someone turn that particular shade of red once in their lifetime.
I once saw a girl blush all the way to her hands. It was hilarious. 😛
in my household, its considered a sporting event. “see who can make mama blush the hardest”. *eyeroll*
Poor Bud. Despite a horrible abduction, torture, death, golemizing, and thousands of years, she really still is (emotionally) that same vulnerable late-teen from her Lanthis days… she seems to have been the one of the GG’s least altered by all that has happened.
She wanted to experience the youth that was stolen from her… well, sweet lass, you’re getting what you asked for. Sorry it hurts so acutely, sometimes… it’s the price of having feelings.
Least altered, maybe, but most damaged.
At least Bud still has a little deniability to deny the crush since Brandi only called him Officer Friendly and not something more straight forward like Officer Tight Buns. Probably won’t last for long though.
Bud lost all chance of deniability (at least, about the crush) with her reaction.
It’s slightly possible that Shelly will misunderstand and think Brandi was talking to her and not Bud. I’m still waiting for Justin to say something like “Why are all your friends named after adult beverages?”
I doubt that. For one she said OFFICER Friendly, and Justin is the only officer here. And her language indicated that she was referring to someone she’d never met before, and she knows Shelly.
I think Shelly’s still fairly terrified of Brandi, so there isn’t much dialogue between the two. In fact, even when the group meets as a whole, Shelly and Brandi barely ever talk to one another.
And even if Officer TB may have thought Brandi was talking to Shelly “Is this officer friendly that you’ve (Shelly) been telling me about”, Bud’s reaction probably killed any chance of that. Officer TB is supposed to be smarter than the average Wapsi-male, after all.
We haven’t seen Shelly and Brandi together since Shelly came back from the time forrest. It could have happened off camera, but I think it’s too important a moment to miss. The last time they saw each other, niether knew that Shellinix was part of the small group manipulating events to resolve the calender crisis and fix Jin.
Brandi is a chess master of the highest order and Shelly had the advantage of foreknowledge, especialy at the end of her stay in the time forrest. I’m kind of hoping to see them compare notes. Then again, Shelly’s trying to get back to the life she remembers and Brandi has deliberatly kept herself out of the loop so she dosen’t get caught up in all the goings on. I guess there’s a reason they don’t hang out together.
Not sure that alcohol is the first thing a cop would think of when he heard the name ‘Bud’.
This is really not her night.
It looks like this is happening in the morning whilst everyone is just getting ready for the day. Bud’s not a morning person and can’t think straight before coffee.
You know those rare days where you’re glad it ISN’T Friday? This is an example.
I know! 😀
Sweetest individual she knows? Jacqui may be disappointed to hear that.
I think we’re supposed to forget Jacqui exists.
We are talking about paranormals here, with a person who has been used and abused by them being introduced to someone who has destroyed the world once already and could do it again. I too would say Bud was the nicest person in the world to set them at ease as much as possible even if Jackie was truly nicer.(which is debatable)
Jacqui also has the additional disadvantage of being Shelly’s boss.
Poor Bud. Her day is off to a rotten start.
and still no coffee in sight.
And now Brandi has come in and thrown a zinger into the mix. And now all of Buds shenanigans as the resident nut job have come back to haunt her.
I think Brandi did it deliberately.
Quick, Bud, defuse the situation — show him your trick!
I gotta admit, if I had to choose between Shelly and Bud, I would pick Bud. Much cuter, better personality, smarter (usually). I like Bud.
But you’re not Justin.
And Shelly’s got her own appeal. While I agree that Bud is more interesting and attractive (imo), I also think she’d be difficult to deal with in a relationship just because there could be more “walking on eggshells” moments.
Then again, Shelly still has her issues. 🙂 Maybe it’s one of those lesser-of-two-evils kind of choices.
If you “had” to choose between Shelly and Bud, you might find yourself torn in two. Cf. Paris of Ilium, who at least got to make a run for it.
Wait a minute. If Justin were torn in two, say by rival lovers, and the halves were separated by enough space, would they both grow back into two Justins?
One… for each of them…
THIS IS BRANDI’S MASTER PLAN.
His last name is Planarium??
Oh, BRANDI… Really?
I’m not mad at her, but that was just tactless… Poor Bud.
*crosses fingers* PLEASE let this not be too bad for her!!
I guess like people have mentioned, she COULD squirm out of this one still. But I’m still trying to figure out if Shelly has picked up on the fact that the two have met already.
Well if she didn’t, then she knows now.
I think it has been mentioned that Brandi might have Asberger’s which means she truly cannot comprehend tact and isn’t malicious even when it seems to be.
I have Asperger’s. But I know not to blurt out potentially embarrassing things like that.
Than again, I’m a high-function case.
But then again, AGAIN Brandi also seems high-functioning. Maybe tact is just harder for her to grasp.
That’s not a matter of Aspergher’s, it’s simply that Brandi tends to speak what she’s thinking before fully taking in the situation and thinking how what she says might be received. Here, she’s just walking in, and seeing Bud with the cop she’s heard Bud talk about flirting with teasing, and she speaks before noting the awkwardness of the situation.
It’s not that she doesn’t comprehend tact, it’s that her tongue is faster than her brain. Same with the Star Trek reference SoWhyMe mentioned above.
A friends sibling is autistic, but I don’t know much about asbergers, but here’s this. Sorry if I offended anyone, it was not intentional.
Oh, she’s picked up the fact Bud and Justin have a history.
She simply isn’t sure exactly what that history is. She now has a hint from Bud’s attempt to establish she is intelligent; so Shelly has decided to confirm it.
Another GREAT ‘Ackward Situation of the Moment for Bud’ picture.
Grab it quick … for your second choise for an Avatar.
This puts a whole new twist on “walk of shame”.
I dunno. I think Shelly might be in a position to think it’s pretty funny, really. Remember, she’s had 80,000 years to grow up. Funny, sweet, and a little sad, but I think Shelly will know a crush when she sees one.
Now that’s a deer in the headlights.
The look on Bud’s face in panel two. That’s not ‘deer in the head lights’. That’s ‘deer’s eyes have become headlights’.
Also, I am amused at the ‘perfect pattern’ of Bud’s robe in all three panels. I think it’s neat.
Then there’s the look on Justin’s face as he’s trying to equate what Shelly is saying to his own beliefs about Bud.
“She’s WHAT?”, “And WHAT?”, “She can WHAT?”, “and WHAT?”, “but she is WHAT?”
“Damn girl… HER?”
I’ve been chased by a deer with headlight-eyes. I was in my car. He thought I was trespassing and chased me down the road at about 25mph. Seeing a deer in your rearview mirror with his antlers pointed at you is at least as scary as seeing one standing in your headlights.
Boy, Justin’s day started off well enough. He had a strong girlfriend, a good job that enables him to help and safeguard people (and gets VERY interesting on occasion).
He has an ability most people would envy (rapid healing) which enables him to survive many problems without serious physical trauma.
Then, with just a playful slap on his girlfriend’s bottom, his world is turned topsy-turvy… and it’s been in a supersonic power dive ever since.
Tomorrow’s comic: Shelly: “…And this is Brandi. Same description as Bud, but change ‘sweetest’ to ‘scariest’…”
With the addendum “Which reminds me. NEVER. Make. Bud. Cry. Trust me.”
And what if Brandi makes Bud cry? Does Brandi not warning her clearly enough get chalked up as Bud’s self-inflicted wound?
Brandi gets Bud upset all the time. Then Brandi talks her down from it. Happens almost every time we see the duo alone since they got their own place.
But this is only initial introductions. Give OfficerTB some time to form his own opinions before you dump the relationship dynamics on him. After all, he’s a male, so he’s fairly likely to fade into oblivious boytoy land alongside Kevin and Allan.
Ah, justice is sweet. There are few things more satisfying than a practical joker’s joke turning around and biting her.
The cha is being balanced with a vengeance! Welcome to the world of consequences, Bud!
snerk snerk snerk
not unlike a mother embarassing her teen daughter.
Brandi and her usual perfect timing. 🙂
Poor Bud. She may be physically invulnerable, but as we’ve seen emotionally she is SO easy to hurt… 🙁
Funny how the old “sticks and stones” adage is untrue in every possible respect when it comes to Bud.
Poor little sweetheart.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words hurt more than anything.
In Bud’s case it’s “Sticks and Stone (or thermal-nuclear detonations) won’t even scratch my skin; but words scorch me to the core”.
You know, the “Damn Girl” at the end may indicate approval from Brandi on Officer TB’s appearance. He’s now 3 for 3 when it comes to supernaturals finding him attractive.
Guess he’s right about being a magnet to the wrong crowd.
That was how I read it. I suspect Thursday will see even more embarrassment for Bud.
If he’s under a curse, that might be part of it. “You will be ABSOLUTELY IRRESISTIBLE to women! The wrong kind of women. The kind that scare even their fellow paranormals…”
well, that’s not quite right.
The ONLY paranormal Justin has confirmed he has met (before meeting Shelly) was a werewolf.
Sorry, as powerful as werewolves are compared to humans; they are rather low on the power scale when other paranormals are considered.
As for the ‘wrong types’, I wouldn’t so any of the three he is with at the moment would be such (though he may have serious doubts about one who answered her door wearing an open robe).
notice i never put doubt about it actually being part of his ‘curse’.
Cat. Out. Of. Bag. 3…2…1
Only your closest friends, or your siblings, can get away with saying something like that. The Golem Girls have been pretty much like sisters for a long time.
Not been a good couple of strips for Bud. Poor girl, second time she’s had a crush on someone else’s boy toy.
Yes. Poor Bud. But if Justin stays, we know he’s gonna stay through just about anything they can fling at him.
He may actually be in the habit of standing fast during a confrontation like this considering his profession and innate talent.
This might actually be amusing him, but he is also in the habit of keeping a straight face.
The straight face is part the uniform. If he were to smile at these antics; he’d be out of uniform.
Besides, I suspect his curiosity is climbing the walls of his mind by now.
Think seriously about this.
Up until the second Justin swatted Shelly’s bottom; he had no idea there was an actual culture of paranormals.
Now, judging from the strips since Shelly discovered his healing ability; I’d say she gave him quite a low down of the culture as she knows it.
This group would obviously be a support system Justin would want to be part of (as opposed to what he has experienced when involved with other paranormals).
Justin had no idea who Shelly was talking about when she spoke about Bud and Brandi; but I am sure he was definitely interested in meeting them (until Bud opened the door, that is).
Now, he’s probably wondering if he truly wants to meet any of the others.
Another thing, too. Aren’t the golem girls or Shelly able to mentally call Monica, Tina, Phix, and/or the little blue alcohol god?
if anybody were to realize that’s what the situation needs, it would very soon be Brandi.
Monica can make commands to the 3 clay goddesses. This presumably includes “listen to this”. Tepoz also can apparently send messages to them, but I’m not sure if they are obliged to obey him the way they are obliged to obey her. And I think the 3 girls are interconnected, but can’t recall any supporting evidence. May have made that up.
No communication between the archeologist and the bartender, to my knowledge.
Oh, and I forgot! All five can already just poit whoever to their presence, should they need to.
Though Jin and/or Tepoz may know anti-surprise-poiting techniques, I guess.
Wait, wait, wait.
Brandi was just in the shower, not two minutes ago, and now she’s downstairs and dressed and her hair is dry??
I didn’t think she could poit clothes and all too…
Actually her hair looks kinda droopy and perhaps still somewhat wet.
If she’s capable of tossing a whole container full of golf balls into orbit in one sudden thooming batch, she’s probably capable of a jolt of high-speed running which would instantly evaporate all of the water from her skin and hair.
Would be an interesting sight for the neighbors, I suppose.
poit to the center of death valley, run a few seconds at 200+kph, poit back, dry as a… a… very dry thing. No neighbors in sight at any poit, er, “point”.
For that matter, if she has the same powers as Bud, she should be able to generate plenty enough heat to dry herself in seconds. If not nanoseconds. (See Bud and the popcorn, or Bud vaporizing the ceramic cup.)
Unless she poited out of the shower and left the water and soap hanging in the air?
Oh, just the mental image of those suds hanging in mid-air with tiny “?” going in all directions…
Which just raises the question of why she doesn’t just poit wherever and leave the dirt and sweat and whatnot behind.
Because then we wouldn’t get to see her in the shower?…
More seriously, it’s probably just a sensual pleasure, like her wheat grass juice. Well, not just like wheat grass juice….
Monica can poit her bra off (though she has trouble getting it on). The GG have had much more experience poiting than she has. Water/soap are on the surface of the skin, just like clothes. Dirt, sweat, oil, etc are stuck to the skin, perhaps too closely attached to poit out of? Or maybe they just like the feel of hot water flowing over them.
As for Tepoz knowing some anti-surprise-poiting technique, he has already been surprised at least once when the girls brought him in while he was taking a shower. Hmmm, interesting that so many things seem to happen in the shower…
I’m guessing hair is still damp and the humidity is low.
Nope, it’s what tight frizz does.
It fluffs up, while still wet. If Paul wold be really detail-cinscious, he’d draw some drips still coming out. Type 3 hair has a peculiar spunge-like quality to retain water….
Darnit! Nót the ska-guy! i meant “sponge” -like quality. Grr.. Clumsy fingers.
I love this show!
And we encounter the Thursday delay again.
Must be one of those unintentional side effects from the placement of the vimana cells.
or Paul was up late watching Mobbed.
While I feel a little sorry for Bud she was overdue for the Karma train. You can’t play the doof indefinitely without getting runover.
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