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Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

So, does this mean that the Hunter is now the Hunted?  Will Tip be able to adjust to having a secret government agent, who might be a Mad Scientist, stalking him?

Rob (rrreed) says:

"Take evasive action! Green group, stick close to holding section MV-7!"
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: "Randomly push some buttons" ... isn't that what Tip just did to her?  Oh, wait, that wasn't random, that was a carefully controlled pattern ... (aw, crud, now my libido is wondering if Tip knows the alphabet trick)
Indigo C (indigo) says: Of course Tip knows the Alphabet trick. 
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

Well, she did say she had been looking for Unity in a prevoius strip. It might not be that Tip's the reason she wants them to stay. I mean, if she's actually had trouble finding Unity before, of course she wouldn't want this opportunity to slip out of her fingers.

...I'm kidding myself. It's so totally about not wanting Tip to leave.

Philippa Fearn (pippaf) says: Tip probably invented the alphabet trick.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: What's the alphabet trick?
Rob (rrreed) says:

"Admiral! We have enemy ships in sector 47!"
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

So It Begins says: "What's the alphabet trick?" 

"Everything from A to Z." If you know what I mean...

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: "Randomly push buttons"? What poorly socialized undead psychopath could resist such an invitation? And yet, there sits Unity, pouting because she can't kill Ginny Lee. 
Kenneth Raymond (nerrin) says:

She's like... Well, it seems like she is someone who stumbled across her estranged... daughter, for lack of a better word... and is now really, really eager to show her around and get the kid back into her life.

 "Look! Look! I want you to be intrigued by what I do! I want you to be interested in me and like me again!"

Mark Orr (agentoracle) says:

tip doesn't just know the alphabet trick...

He knows the *chinese* alphabet trick... Everything from (ling) to (zhé)

He also apparently has a very strong grasp on modern linguistics... you could almost say cunning...

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: And he knows what places feel good after you get out of a bra. ;)
Rob (rrreed) says:

<Admiral Akbar>
"It's a trap!"
</Admiral Akbar>
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Hmm, did Tip even hear the control phrase? How long has he been gone? Off to see Nick Chopper? Off to rendezvous with Ginny Lee? Carried off by Flying Monkeys? Or just airmen of the female sort?
Rockphed (rockphed) says: Why can't it be all three?  At once.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

What is the matter with Unity?

She can't get along with Virginia Lee

Who's offered her blueberry waffles for tea-

What is the matter with Unity?

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Maybe Tip's making General Sal feel young again. :-)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Tiff: Now I'm going to be late for work because that comment of your conjured up a mental image that had me curled up under my bed in the fetal position, crying and whimpering for 20 minutes.  Eeeeuuuuaaaiiiiaaaeeeuuuuaaaggghhhhh ....

Well done.

Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

...huh. Virginia Lee can't possibly be bastardized into General Jinjur, can it? 

(Apologies if someone else figured this out weeks ago, I'm not great about reading all the comments)


Stephen Granade (sgranade) says:

Poor Sweetheart. She really was born to look sad and dejected.

It must be the ears.

William Hostman (aramis) says:

 And Sweetheart 

Tip will be fine, little transvestite man-whore that he is. It makes me wonder, tho' if he's psionic, as his attractiveness to women is bizarre.


Drew (pseudowolf) says: @aramis: Not so bizarre. It's all about self-confidence, which Tip practically embodies.
Rob (rrreed) says: Based on Tip's last appearance in the strip and his conversation with Sweetheart, my guess would be that he's gone off to chat with Nick.
Ray Dillinger (bear) says: Um, based on my limited experience with transvestites, lack of attractiveness to women does *NOT* seem to be a problem they face. In fact I've had a couple of guys tell me they cross-dress specifically because it makes it far easier to pick up women for casual sex.
Ray Dillinger (bear) says: Also? Sweden has just decided that cross-dressing is not a disease. Here's a link: URL] [/URL]
Drew (pseudowolf) says: @bear: Really? Well then, looks like it's time I went to see the softer side of Sears! >_>
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

The ant actually works for the United Nations Center for Law Enforcement.  That's right, it's ... "The Ant From U.N.C.L.E."  (How many people under 40 will get this joke?)

Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: I'm 30!
Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: And, to clarify, I also got it.
Rob (rrreed) says:

<Sandy Descher>
</Sandy Descher>
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: What's Dr. Lee up to? She's got Unity "contained" already. I wonder if her skin is green?
William Hostman (aramis) says:

"(How many people under 40 will get this joke?)"

<raises hand> Wish I didn't...

As for Tip... he goes after equally self-confident women. And they don't get why...

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:


Apparently, the UN is no longer happy to be associated with fictional military organisations. UNIT (from Doctor Who) has had to be renamed as the UNified Intelligence Taskforce.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Huh.
Mikhail Borg (mikhailborg) says:


 I don't buy that for a second. Heck, the U.N. is happy to be part of Left Behind, for goodness sake. I think Russell Davies just wanted to change it and that was his excuse.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

The U.N. probably wasn't happy with U.N.C.L.E, either. At the end of the show, there was always a little banner thanking "the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, without whose assistance this program would be impossible."

Even with that, the UN reportedly had people occasionally apply, looking for jobs at UNCLE.

Drew (pseudowolf) says: I'm 29 and I got the pun. And it made my brainmeats hurt, just so you know.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

I would have worked there if there had been openings.

Well, not the kind of openings left by .38 bullets.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: While I wouldn't be surprised by Them being the problem, we're probably talking an ant that's not even that big by normal standards. Although it may be able to shoot energy beams from its eyes.
Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says: And again, the possibility of a Nukees crossover rears its giant, nuclear-powered head.  They did say it was a really big ant, after all.
Drew (pseudowolf) says: You know, given what we've seen of bugs in this comic, I'm guessing the ant is either a Buddhist-type monk or a blues singer. With a Texas drawl.
Philippa Fearn (pippaf) says: Who wouldn't want a job with UNCLE.  Those pens were cool and as for Napolian Solo  grrrrr :)
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: Every time I watch "NCIS" I have to fight the urge to shout at the TV' "Hey, Ducky! Your U.N.C.L.E. called! Napoleon's tired of going Solo and wants you to open Channel D!"
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

They actually made a reference to that in one NCIS ep.

Kate "What did Ducky look like when he was younger?"
Gibbs (smiling) "...Illya Kuryakin."

Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says: I'm 20 and I HAVE heard of The Man from U.N.C.L.E..  I know next to nothing about it, but I have heard of it.
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: I send Christmas cards to all my nuclear missiles!
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Hmm. You suppose Nick is more displeased about being called "the Whirligig", or about being called "Biscuit"?
The Blue Ladies (blueladies) says: A New Year's card?  Dr. Lee sounds like my mother.  Give her a couple more years and she'll be sending Flag Day cards.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Dr. Lee: "Here, Nick, I got you a card.  Happy New Year!"
Nick: "Thanks, I'll just open it and read it, except I don't have any FINGERED hands!!"

Rob (rrreed) says:

"Bomb, this is Lt. Doolittle. You are not to detonate in the bomb bay. I repeat, you are NOT to detonate in the bomb bay!"
M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says: @Rob:  Somehow I can't see Nick deciding that he is god and then exploding.  ;)
Rob (rrreed) says: Okay, how about…

Now the world has gone to bed
Darkness won't engulf my head
I can see by infra-red
How I hate the night

Now I lay me down to sleep
Try to count electric sheep
Sweet dream wishes you can keep
How I hate the night
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

Intriguing. Is that a bit of a maternal streak I see in Dr. Lee?

At the very least, she seems to care about the monsterosities she creates.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Rob: Marvin's Lullaby from Hitchhikers Guide, come on, give us a tough one.  Besides, Nick's version would be more like ...

Now they've left me by myself,
Stuck me on some ****ing shelf,
They can can all go **** themself,
**** the ****ing night.

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I think you mean:

Now they've left me by myself,
Stuck me on some wiccan shelf,
They can can all go narc themself,
flick the figgin night.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Did anyone else notice that "byproducts" is plural!???!?
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Seems to me that maintaining good relations with one's monstrosities is an excellent idea. After all, it worked for Doctor Frankenstein. 

Oh, wait... 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: @John:  If he start setting off his air-to-air missles, will his figgin be toasted?
D. Connolly (theogrin) says: I'm sorry we didn't get to see that.  The contents of that drawer must have been smoking hot.
Martin Weld (ikari_gendo) says: No wonder Tip is wearing sexier underwear.
Rob (rrreed) says: Now, if Anasigma vaporized her underwear from orbit without vaporizing the underwear drawer (or bureau, room, building, etc.), color me truly impressed. Otherwise, meh.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Forum is down for about the next two days or so, while the forum staff upgrades to PHPBB3. Thanks!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Bloody Mary" from the musical "South Pacific" by Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Anasigma used their ... orbit ray!
Dr. Lee is out of ... lingerie!
Now she goes commando ... what the hey,
I say that that's OK!

Mary Potts (queenofcapes) says: But can they make her underwear jump a foot to the left?
Drew (pseudowolf) says: @mary: Isn't that Tip's job?
Rob (rrreed) says: @Mary: That's it, no more hot tea for you!
Terry Volkirch (terry) says: Virginia's got "it". Only she can cure my ills. Can a mixed dimensional relationship work? Please tell me it can work. I've only got one more dimension than she does. *sigh*
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Always be sure to check the extirpation date on your walnuts.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Mona Lisa" by Nat King Cole)

Anasigma, Anasigma Central Office?
You don't listen to a single word I say ...
You ignore when I implore you for support troops,
But it's vital that you torch my lingerie ...
You're quite good at giving orders, Anasigma,
But when I need help, you're nowhere to be found ...
It's insane; please explain "extirpation"
Using walnuts;
Man, you're all nuts ...
Are you there, do you care, Anasigma?
Or do you get your kicks by jerking me around?

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Well, from the drawing, she still has her thumbs.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

Joyce Melton Do folks still get that joke?

I hope so but I'm not sure.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Basil: Here's a LINK to Mark Evanier's blog to help explain it.

Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says:

I've had "Bastards Of Young" by The Replacements stuck in my head all week long, so you'll all now be submitted to the following drivel:

We are the Ana



We are no fun

Threaten with extir



Nuts, not a gun

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Walnuts... oh, no... don't tell me... it isn't... it can't be... the Room with the Moose?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

Joyce Melton thanks for the link but I saw the show when it was first shown. I'm OLD. I was wondering how many others knew what your joke was about.

This is one of the classic Sitcom shows. Chuckles bites the Dust is one of the others.


Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:


 Unfortunately, that link is almost useless to those of us outside the US. While I may have seen the episode in question (in syndication – I'm not quite as old as Basil) the article text doesn't give enough information for me to know. :-(

Rockphed (rockphed) says: It is about them watching some movie on TV where everybody loses their thumbs from touching some bizaar stuff.
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