How to Understand Your Parent's Wisdom

I'd like to remind readers in the U.S. that one of my friends, who has appeared in this strip as a named character (and the character is named after them) will be appearing in the season premier of the NBC series Grimm this Friday.

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Reader Comments (23)

Wait - who? Rik?!

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

Rodney? Will he be killed off and resurrect in that show, too?

Note from Scott: Indeed it is! (CURSE YOU IMDB!!) ... And, i don't know if he'll be killed off on the show.

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJB

So Rick. Or Clyde. Or Graham. Or Kate. Or Athena. Or Jenkins. There's a lot of named characters, some of whom I probably don't remember being named.

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBWM

Is it Rodney (Sherwood, playing Henry Slocombe), the guy who was killed and resurrected?

Note from Scott: Indeed it is! (CURSE YOU IMDB!!)

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWolfram

Most probably Rick. Gonna have to see that, I'd like to see how Rick looks like IRL, and whether he'll play the defeatist role

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

I had a look at the IMDB Listing for the premier, and sadly did not recognize any of the actors' names as having appeared in BI.

Maybe Rodney, since he's from Seattle?

Note from Scott: Indeed it is! (CURSE YOU IMDB!!)

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

a reason to finally watch network tv again
goddamn you, rick
(you're great)

October 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThomasG

So I did learn something completely new today.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Rockethat, really!? do have a lot of friends. Unfortunately, I don't have a TV, but I will be buying the DVD once it's out (using your Amazon Affiliate link). Nobody spoil it for me!

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRowan

It never occurred to me until now to wonder if any of the hardware magnets we played with as kids in dairy country had already made that magical journey.
Whelp. Better go wash my hands.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFranz

Yes, please, don't be so coy. Who is it, Scott?

Note from Scott: Read on. It has been guessed already. (CURSE YOU IMDB!!)

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

I thought the magnet just stayed in the cow's stomach forever, grabbing whatever nails or wires the cow happened to eat over it's life.

Note from Scott: You are correct, but ... that's not what Mom told us. she was not above lying to make a point.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJorg

It's always fun, that moment when you realize just how full of literal BS your childhood was.
Or when you realize that that great truck, which you and all the kids in the neighborhood would chase as it trundled slowly along all the streets spewing that great cloud of smoke, was pouring out a mist of DDT to kill mosquitoes.
It's not as fun when you realize that all those times you had to go outside with all your fellow students of all races and colors were because someone had planted a bomb in your school because it was integrated, and that they wanted you to die because you went to school with fellow students of all races and colors.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Omnipresent man obviously, since he's in every show.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDemian

I was really hoping it would be Jenkins.

Now I'm off to wash my hands.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermisterfweem

I really have to wonder though why cows accidentally eating nails is such a widespread problem. Who's the guy that is apparently running through the grazing fields carrying an open box of nails over his head?

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGaldon

It's probably just me, but it feels to me like Scott's brothers are drawn in a somewhat "ghosty" manner? I mean, it's not just the grey t-shirts, but also the outlines themselves are thinner and less distinct than those of Scott himself.

Tell us the thruth, Scott! Is this in fact a monologue with you "discussing" your childhood with the imagined ghosts of your brothers?!?

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHawk one

Demian opened his/her little peep hole and said:
"Omnipresent man obviously, since he's in every show."

Well, obviously...

And, FWIW, the magnets stay in the cow's stomach. Trust me on this, I'm an Iowa farm boy. I once worked in a packing house kill floor cutting open & dumping paunches (stomach system of a cow). I kept a five gallon bucket right there next to me to throw the magnets in. I would get a few every day.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

Oddly enough, speaking of actors, having never met either I already read Rick in Chris Parnell's voice and Scott in H. Jon Benjamin's voice.

Note from Scott: I've often said (not publicly) that if they did a TV show of Basic Instructions, I'd want H. Jon Benjamin to play me and James Urbaniak to play Rick.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I've got to say - Who the hell is Rodney? I don't remember any characters named Rodney. Obviously there is one because a number of other people have "guessed it", but I'm coming up blank...
Ah, a quick Google search has revealed that Rodney was the mechanic who has died and been resurrected.
BTW, LOVE Grimm, it's an awesome show. Can't wait for the new season to come out over here in Oz.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

When I was a kid, a friend brought a similar heavy, blunt-ended magnet to school. Hers was broken into two pieces. I thought it looked like a bullet, and proceeded to say, "I'm going to bite the bullet," and pretended to bite it, because I thought it would be funny if it looked like I had bitten the magnet in two with the power of my jaws. Only after I had stuck the cow magnet in my mouth did my friend tell me its nature and purpose. Needless to say, teasing about "bite the bullet" continued unabated for years.

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSpaceCowgirl

Well, to be fair, you didn't indicate whether she claimed that it was "pooped out" or if it "exited" by means of slaughter. Which is worse, playing with a magnet that was fished out of a pile of manure, or finding a magnet in your steak?

October 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

the best thing about childhood, (that i can remember at lest), was how little i took seriously (looking back many things that now would seem like very bad ideas), so i can understand why parents seem to try to spook their kinds into not doing to many relay insane things (that seemed like a good idea at the time). that said i am shore i picked up a few not to sane habits from them also. well people will be human.

October 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterev

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