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E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

Someone should link to the TVtropes page, "Even Unknowable Hive Minds Want Him".

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: I love the wrongswear, I wonder if she learned that from Nick. Also I love that she called Tip as winner.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I just realized ... assuming Tip took off his designer pumps before walking into the mud, last Saturday would have been a perfect opportunity for him to proclaim, "I am a shoeless sexy god of war!!"

Too late now.

(TUNE: "Brown Sugar", The Rolling Stones)

Two guys fighting by the riverside,
Poor ol' Konstantin gotta save his pride!
Ladies coming just to watch them fight ...
Kickin' Russian butt in afternoon sunlight!

     Well, sugar!
     I missed him getting served!
     Well, sugar!
     He got what he deserved!

Zombie pushes Wendy, makes her fall!
Holy crud, we got a muddy free-for-all!
Tip's the boss of ev'ryone ... not quite!
Shoeless sexy war god, afternoon sunlight!

     Well, sugar!
     Her language is reserved ...
     Well, sugar!
     They got what they deserved!

Richard Bidencope (cope) says:

Not only the dog and the lesbian, but the bee hivemind is hot for Tip too? Damn.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Richard: Well, in a sort of buzzy busybody sort of way, yes.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Sigh...
Gordon Douglas (albertanerd) says:


Extra Kudos to Ed for the OotS reference!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Wasn't there a song that was called, "Sugar...Honey, Honey?"

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Also, does this mean in the throes of passion, Gavorette will say, "Splenda! Equal! Sucrose!"

Peni Griffin (penig) says:

"Sugar" is a standard substitute for the excrementory expletive beginning with "sh" among those who consider swearing unladylike, ugly, or coarse; like "dang" for "damn," "dagnab" for "goddam," and "fiddlesticks" for the f-bomb.

I used to have an office manager who, when annoyed at a piece of malfunctioning equipment, would refer to it as a "piece of shoe leather."

Mason Kramer (masonk) says:

Also, a honey-producer might not like that other sweetener very much.

Josh Shepherd (bergerjacques) says:

@ Andrew - There certainly was a pop song from the 60s called "Sugar Sugar" performed by The Archies. This was a group which, I think, was based on the long running comic magazine about the gang from Riverdale.

Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

I first read that as "Hardly the cleverest Hockey Players", and my brain filled in: "You forgot your sticks and this ice has all melted into mud!  What are you, simple?"

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Andrew - Yes, I am familiar with The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar".  My cousin had the old vinyl 45 and used to play it all the mocha-fudgey time ...

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

...even Gavotte?!?  Huh; oh well, if he can affect talking dogs, why not? GO TIP!

Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

Oh, now that's just mean.  Poor Sweetheart!

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

Imagine. Years of mad scientist's research, painstakingly engineered sapiece, and civil service training, and all of that goes away with a little mud.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: You know in panel 2 Gavotte's drones actually look kind of adorable.
Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

**stares** They have STINGERS. Nothing with stingers looks adorable.  Pardon me while I go hide under my bed... Um, sorry, confirmed apiphobic here.  Gavotte fascinates me, but she'd have me totally, totally whipped in about two seconds if that long.

Joseph Charneskie (mutantsentry) says:

At least Sweetheart is smart enough to learn that the consiquence for rolling in mud is a bath... my little dog, Penny, never seems to quite work that out...

Joseph Charneskie (mutantsentry) says:

Actually I need to get a picture online for you guys... Penny looks like mini-Sweetheart (imho)

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: but they are adorable stingers.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: That is kinda mean.
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

I wonder if she gets a cut for this soap business from Burt's Bees?

Wayne (wayne) says:

We know Gavotte is a hive mind.  How much intelligence does one single bee have and how far can it transmit images?  What if G is a bi-curious voyeur?  It wouldn't be difficult for one little bee to sneak in to the bathroom of everyone involved in the grapple-making.

Just sayin'...

Michael Kimmitt (punditusmaximus) says: I think bees would be the opposite of those dried up hardcore Protestants. She'd approve of sex, because it leads to dancing. (ba-dum-bum)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Bad", Michael Jackson)

We had two guys ... working out their hate ...
To our surprise ... all the girls spectate!
Start throwing mud ... and everyone ...
Grabbed a muddy stud ... for some dirty fun!

This affair got out of hand, true!
But I really don't care how,
I'm just making one demand, you
Get yourself on home right now

And take a BATH!  (Bath!)
A bath! (Bath!)
With soap!  (Scrubby-dubby bath!)
Yes take a bath!  (Bath!)
A bath! (Bath!)
You can cope!  (Keen an' cleanin' bath!)
So take a bath!  (Bath!)
A bath! (Bath!)
With hotter water! (Soggy doggy bath!)
And Gavotte is tough, but totally fair,
But it's such a dirty word!
Ooo, bath!

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@Ed: I'm sorry, but I can't see your version without Weird Al doing it in a fake Michael Jackson outfit.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Diane: Try picturing Tip in the leather jacket ... and a matching leather miniskirt.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Ed & Diane: Actually, I can't help but picture thousands of fuzzy little bumblebees in tiny leather jackets doing that dance in perfect synch...

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

@Ed & Diane & Ed; I remember reading about some species of firefly which is kinda like that.  If there are a whole bunch of them sitting on the same tree, after a little while they will all be flashing in perfect synch with each other!

I don't think that they wear leather jackets, though.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Now I have Ed's Bath song in my head as sung by Weird Al Yankovic. Ed really needs to stop winning the internet like this.

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Man, Sweetheart can't get away with nuttin.
lincoln douglas (chumpchange) says:


That never works when I try it.

Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

The only possible way this could have been better would be if Gavotte had said "come along, spit-spot!" n that first panel... :D

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

You guys like swarms of things, right?

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: The Lady I Know ("Choppin' Broccoli"), by Dana Carvey: Saturday Night Live, 10/11/1986, season 12, ep. 1, but the best version is his SNL audition tape: )

There's a lady I know
At least, I think that she's
A lay-tee, but I don't know
She's called Gavotte, she leads the team
The Project Skin Horse team
That works at Annex Wuh-one
But she's a lady made of bees
A lady made of bees
A lady made of behs
A lady made of bay-ays
A lay-duh
Made uh bay-hay-hay-hay-heeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

Somme Boddy (urx) says:

Thanks to Just Here, Gavotte is now played by Julie Andrews in my head.  

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

...Gavotte was always played by Julie Andrews. I mean, I just assumed.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: She just answered her own question.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Well, it's not like they can go up to her and say, "Hey, Gavotte, c'mon, we're all going to Rudy's Bar for vodka stingers".

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "1999", Prince)

There was fighting by the river; it turned into a crazy brawl!
And when Tip came out the winner, he claimed to be the boss of all!
Gavotte said, "Excuse me?", and ev'rybody feared her wrath!
So she told us all to go home, and said we had to take a bath!

Up-up and out, young ladies, I shall order you as I please ...
Because I'm a rather large and angry swarm of bees!

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: I'm with Adam, I think, though Judi Dench was always a close second.
Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

COVERED IN BEES!  (You knew someone had to say it.)

Also, yes, I've always assumed Gavotte was voiced by Julie Andrews.  There were people who /weren't/ assuming that?

Somme Boddy (urx) says:

I think the voice has always been there, I just haven't put a name on it until now.  

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

<Batman tone>My God!  Bees!</Batman tone>

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:


E.T. the Eccentric Type says: "You guys like swarms of things, right?"


Yeah; but we generally prefer to be the ones using the "stinger", so to speak... ;-)


Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

Wouldn't Gavotte need to be played by several Julie Andrewses, speaking in unison?

Daniel Barkalow (iabervon) says:

But Gavotte is more young ladies than the rest of them combined!

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@mr_dave: Oh thanks a lot, now I'm hearing Julie Andrews Of The Borg in my head.

"Resistance is futile.  You will be made to sing in a family group."

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

.........Boy, get your act in gear.

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Of course it is Chris, you've got Stuff to Irradiate!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: HA!
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Hey, she just irradiated herself, no biggie...  witness she's "stopping by the ER" before decontamination....  (Hey, why not share the fun with the hospital staff/patients!)

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Son, you're looking to end up with your brain stuffed into an airplane...

clark brooks (czark) says:

Perhaps meta-attention is exactly what Marcie wants right now... that's hard.

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says: You are an evil, EVIL woman! The Auld Grump
Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

That'll teach Nick to pass up an opportunity to go with a bunch of women to watch guys fight.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

If a helicopter could headdesk, Nick'd be well on the way to a concussion by now.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Unless this actually counts as phone sex, Virginia's a real 'copter-tease.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Given that Nick and Dr Lee's relationship has been shown as more of a psudoparental one than anything this conversation is slightly disturbing.
Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

To quote Tom Leher:

There once lived a man named Oedipus Rex

You may have heard about his odd complex

His name appears in Freud's index '

Cause he loved his mother

Q. Pheevr (q-pheevr) says:

I think Dr. Lee is more Pygmalion than Jocasta.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

And if she's Pygmalion, that makes him Eliza Doolittle.

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 Tv Tropes is going to love this one.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Tiff: Wouldn't Nick be more of a Jimmy Doolittle?  No, wait, he's a pacifist ...

Well, in keeping with the "Pygmalion" theme ...

(TUNE: "Just You Wait" from "My Fair Lady", Lerner & Loewe)

Talk to me, Doc Virginia, talk to me!
Tell me all the stuff I didn't go to see!
Piles of women, ripped-up clothing!
Now I feel so much self-loathing!
Stupid me, Doc Virginia, stupid me!

Tell me more, Doc Virginia, tell me more
Of your afternoon down by the river's shore ...
Muddy fights and girly kissing,
All the good stuff I was missing!
I implore, Doc Virginia, tell me more!

Oooh, Doc Virginia!
All this teasing is just meanness and abuse!
Oooh, Doc Virginia!
'Cause I haven't got a penis I can use!

Dirty thoughts of dirty fights
Keeping me awake at nights!
I can't sleep, Doc Virginia!
Holy [bleep], Doc Virginia!
Talk ... to ... me!

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Nick, never pass up an opportunity to do something you might later regret!

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

Well, he did once describe her as "a smokin' hot Asian chick."  And what scrawny nerd wouldn't be attracted to "the Yomiko Readman type with the moeh glasses and the rack"?

Of course, that may explain Nick's reaction, but it doesn't tell us much about why Dr. Lee is telling Nick all this stuff to begin with . . .

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

"You know what this comic needs? More men kissing."

Someone said that, but I forget...

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

**flail flail flail** EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! I'm totally with Marcie on this one.

Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

Tip is evil.  And I am amused.

Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

Tip has a sense of humor! Yay! It's an irony that many comic characters are humorless, as a lot of humor is derived from characters responding to absurdity in a Serious Serious way. So, it's nice to see them do something deliberately in-character funny, i.e. actually doing something as a joke.

MIchael Cohn (inhumandecency) says:

@billionsix Very much agreed. It's a rare case of in-universe fan service!

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 Ladies and Gentlemen: Deer In Headlights.

M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says:

I am now seriously confused. Sexually, I mean.

dexitroboper (dexitroboper) says:

SWAK (sealed with a kiss)...

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Oh, poor Konstantine's expression!  8-)


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "This Is It" (theme to "The Bugs Bunny Show"),Mack David and Jerry Livingston

Tovarisch!  What is this?
Ladies wish to see us kiss!
It may be "Ho Yay", or "Foe Yay", this trope ...
There's more of this trope, we hope!
Tovarisch!  What a shock!
Shirts or no, our lips can lock!
A lip-locked rockin' strip!
Yay now for K kissing Tip!

Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says:

And today, lo, did Skin Horse see the Tip-Konstantin ship sail far off towards Mother Russia, its wake followed by a million fan girls.

Sean Duggan (duggansc) says:

Despite the world of magical realism, am I the only one wondering whether the next array of strips will result in a sexual harrassment suit against Tip, one which he is bizarrely unable to comprehend because no one has ever resisted?

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@Ed:  Great!  But you left out the 'yaoi fangirl' trope.

Kitty Linden (ladyfelidae) says:

I have just created both a gmail and a WCnation account for the sole purpose of commenting on how awesome that was.


Shaenon, I love you.

Kitty Linden (ladyfelidae) says:

Any semblance of doubt I might have possesed as to proclaiming Tip to be my favourite character has been officially voided.

Gleefully, flailingly voided.

M Lowe-Hentges (annechen67) says:

Now to find Tip and Konstantin on the grid.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

"In... Russia... do not... do... such... things..."

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Ed Gedeon says: "Yay now for K kissing Tip!"

Well, *technically* it's the other way around. but yeah...

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Dr. Dennis Wilkin: America's answer to Captain Jack Harkness.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: HA!
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