Bart Simpson's Tree House of Horror #2
October 29, 2012
Spider-man: Power and Responsibility
Flash Comics #1
Linkara: Hello and welcome to “Atop the 4th Wall,” where bad comics burn! Halloween is almost upon us, my friends. We all have our own personal traditions and what we do or watch horror movies, ignore it entirely. But of course, one thing that I think a lot of us still do is a “Simpsons” marathon, specifically: “The Treehouse of Horror” episodes!
Linkara (v/o): Some say “The Simpsons” have out lived their time, that they’re not funny anymore or just the old days are the best days. Do I have a solid opinion on that? Eh, I watched last year’s season and it wasn’t bad. Surprisingly the episode that I thought was the funniest was the one that fit right at home in a “Tree House of Horror” episode, “Them Robot.” Even if you don’t watch the show anymore, I think people still have a special place fin their hearts for “Treehouse of Horror,” around 3 vignettes that are something fairly original or parody horror or sci-fi or fantasy TV shows or movies. I had hoped to put together a top 10 list of the worst “Tree House of Horror” segments for this Halloween. But, every time I try to record it, I keep hearing somebody laughing maniacally and speaking in a European accent about horror comics in the other room. I can tell you the absolute worst one right now though is “The Diving Bell and the Butter Ball.” (Sarcastically) Congratulations, you made a 5-minute long flatulence joke and then out of nowhere “Spider-man” parody, how proud you must be! (normal) This year actually had some good ones though; love the “Paranormal Activity” parody. But anyway, lets talk about comic books. “The Simpsons” has always had a strange relationship with comic books, with quite a few of the staff writers being comic fans and of course one of the recurring characters is…well, Comic Book Guy; the over-weight, overly sarcastic stereotype of comic book fans. Bart Simpson is always shown as a comic fan, particularly “Radioactive Man.” Then of course, there were the occasional cameos from comic creators like Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Art Spiegleman, Daniel Claus, and Alan “Friggin” Moore!
(In a clip we see Alan Moore, reading a comic called “Little Lulu”)
Alan Moore: (Sings)
Oh, Little Lulu,
I love you, Lu,
Just the same!
Linkara (v/o): I could feel this whole video with quotes from that episode’s section featuring the comic creators, the actual plot of the episode was dumb. But, let’s get back to comics themselves. There have been a significant number of “Simpsons” comics over the years, most of them published under the “Bongo Comics Group,” which is still around today. In fact, they just released another “Treehouse of Horror” anthology a few weeks ago. The company was founded in 1993, when Matt Greoning decided that there was too much grim material in comics and that it could use some funny stuff, a not unfair analysis of the state of comics at the time, and they’re not adaptations of “Simpsons” episodes either. It’s all original stuff or occasionally a sequel story to something that happened on the show. Unfortunately, I don’t regularly read them, so I don’t know the overall quality. But, I’ve hear they’re still funny, even after all this time. No doubt helped by the fact that a significant number of prominent creators have worked on them over the years, including: Gail Simone, Chuck Dixon, Garth Dennis, James Robinson, and Paul Dini.
Linkara: So, that brings us to today’s comic. “Atop The 4th Wall” is about bad stuff, so is this comic bad? (Makes an iffy noise) Not really. In fact, there’s quite a bit of funny within it. However, it’s not great and when the hell else am I gonna talk about “Simpsons” stuff on this show? So, (Holds up comic) lets dig into “Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #2!”
(Cut to the opening credits followed by the Title card and afterward the comic’s cover.)
Linkara (v/o): While I am reading from a trade, we’re gonna look at the cover this time, mostly because I would have read from the individual comics, except my copy is kind of falling apart. It’s (The cover) simple and nicely eye catching with either Kang or Kodos sneaking up on Bart, who’s reading this very book… with this very cover…which features him on it (?) So, shouldn’t he know that it’s sneaking up on him? And if it’s an exact replica of the situation, how was it published like that with another comic on that cover and another comic on that cover and…
(Cut to a clip from “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.”)
Austin Powers: (Cross eyed) Oh no, I’ve gone cross eyed.
Linkara (v/o): Unlike the regular “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, this unfortunately only has 2 stories. No wraparound segment either, but by this point on the show, they had abandoned that, sorry to say. We begin at Springfield Maximum Security Prison, where all the lighting in the prison windows is conveniently Halloween-esk orange and yellow. Our first tale’s title: (in an announcer voice) “Sideshow Blob!”
Linkara: Also known as “What happens when Kelsey Grammer eats too many doughnuts!”
Linkara (v/o): Sideshow Bob is suffering from a cold and is being escorted to the prison doctor’s office.
Warden: (To Sideshow Bob) Okay, Terwelliger (Sideshow Bob’s last name), you know the deal. Because you volunteered for this foolhardy and almost certainly life-threatening experiment, we’re cutting your prison time in half.
Linkara/Warden: I’m Warden Exposition, nice to meet you!
Sideshow Bob: Warden, I’m anxious to cooperate in any way that will allow me to get out early and resume my true avocation…
Linkara/Bob: …Interpretive dance!
Bob: …helping oil-soaked sea birds return to their natural environment.
Linkara (v/o): Or running over Bart with a tractor as his thought bubble reveals, good times. Actually, here’s a thought: wouldn’t Sideshow Bob’s hair have gotten shaved off when he got put in prison?
Bob: No, playing guinea pig doesn’t bother me, so long as I’m assured the supervising doctor knows what he doing.
Dr. Nick: (While walking in the room) Hi, everbody!
(Cut to a “Simpson’s” clip)
TV Audience: Hi, Dr. Nick!
Linkara: Oh come on, I had to do that!
Dr. Nick: (Holding a needle with the experimental medicine. Pretending the needle is a puppet) Now, don’t be scared, Bobby! I’m Happy Hypo an’ me an’ Dr. Nick are gonna help you beat nasty ol’ Mr. Cold!
Linkara/Dr. Nick: Side effects include: sneezing, headache, loss of sleep, sore-throat, and nasal congestion!
Dr. Nick: One Li’l jab, and all those icky, drippy mucous membranes will be absorbed into your body, won’ that be nice?
Linkara/Dr. Nick: You’ll be just like Donald Trump!
Linkara (v/o): The injection seems to work and Bob quickly says his head is clearing and he feels absolutely perfect after it. And then his body starts twisting around and Bob declares…
Bob: Gluump! Bloog! Waaaargle!
Linkara: Diarrhea is like a storm, raging inside you.
Linkara (v/o): And thus, he quickly transforms into a gelatinous blob of icky.
Dr. Nick: (face palming his forehead) Whoa, silly me! I gotta the formula reversed! Whadda ya think about that?
Linkara: So, you increased the cold? This is the natural result of the common cold if it isn’t fought?
Linkara (v/o): Bob, quickly realizing how powerful he is, absorbs Dr. Nick, The warden, and a guard into his body and kills them. He proudly proclaims that he now has the power to ignite a rampage of destruction and crush all his enemies and then he passes the asthma monster making his own escape from prison on the way out. After easily surging through the prison gates, we cut to Bart getting harassed by bullies. Surprisingly, he’s (Bart) wearing that light blue outfit you always see him wear in every piece of media, except the actual show. What’s up with that? Is it just a coloring mistake that passed on to everybody else, but nobody ever bothers to correct? It’s like the animals on the chests of (Mighty Morphin) Power Rangers, why does every piece of associated material, except the actual show! After that, Lisa saves him, somehow, while being dressed as a Zoot suit Jazz musician and they steal his inexplicably pink hockey mask, before shoving his (Bart) face in a “jack-o-pantern” shaped bucket. They (The bullies) run off, but then Sideshoe Bob arrives. Lisa and Bart recognize him immediately, not questioning why he’s now the big blob thing. Because Bob can’t see Bart’s face under the bucket, Bob only presumes it’s Bart.
Bart: (In a German accent) Ach! Nine! Eeet is only humble transfer student Uter, yumpi’ yiminy! That naughty Bart be ze leettle oodlum een ze hockey mask!
Linkara/Bob: (Scratching his chin) Hmm, you’re musch slimmer than Uter, you’re the same size as Bart, and the kid you’re pointing at out is 3 times taller than Bart. Yeah, sure, I believe ya!
Linkara (v/o): Bob attacks them (the bullies), but of course Jimbo takes off the mask to reveal he isn’t Bart. However, Bob says he was gonna get around to devouring them anyway, so…yeah, does so. Not sure why you would have gotten around them. Is this some kind of “Akira” thing now, where he’s gonna absorb everybody? Or could this technically be as a “Thing” parody now? Anyway, they (Bart and Lisa) decide they need to warn everybody about Bob.
Bart: (Normal voice and jack-o-lantern bucket is off his head. Yeah, right Lisa. You know as well as I do adults never believe kids when a monster’s on the loose!
Linkara: She’s (Think he meant Bart) right you know. When I was a kid, I warned people that Daniel Tosh was coming, but nobody ever believed me.
Linkara (v/o): They go to their Aunt Selma 1st. But, naturally, she doesn’t believe them. (beat) And as soon she closes the door, Bob is already inside the apartment. Damn, for being a giant snot monster, Bob is stealthy as hell. Next up (For Bart and Lisa to warn people) is, naturally, the scientific community for a solution. Unfortunately, Professor Frink is disbelieving as well.
Professor Frink: So you see kids, this so-called blob is simply a hysterical overreaction to a Halloween prank…woo-hoy…Not unlike the Orson Welles flying saucer hoax of 1938.
Linkara: (Sarcastically_ Oh yeah, and the Springfield-ians would fall for that kooky hoax!
(Cut to the “Treehouse of Horror” episode where the citizens of Sprinfield cause chaos and mayhem throughout the town after hearing said hoax. 1930s Homer runs in frame with a torch and a revolver.)
30s Homer: (Yells) Burn Everything!
30s Lenny: You know, Homer, we haven’t actually seen these aliens.
30s Homer: That’s alien talk! (Shoots Lenny).
(Back to comic)
Linkara (v/o): We get a quick assortment of people getting killed by Bob until the kids reach the Kwik-E-Mart. Appu believes them, but only because his leg is being consumed by Bob. He’s (Appu) presumably killed off panel because we don’t see him afterwards and Bart keeps tossing objects at Bob in the hopes that it’ll do something against him. He (Bob) finally responds to a Squishee getting tossed his way.
Bart: The big loogie doesn’t like the cold! Quick, Lis! Play a rousing selection of Gilbert and Sullivan! I’ve got an idea!
Linkara: Damn it Bart! Gilbert and Sulivan aren’t cool, they’re awesome, it’s totally different!
Bob: So, the hellion remembers my fondness for the works of Sir William and Arthur. Ah, Mabel’s song from “Penzance!” (Singing)
…Poor wandering one!
Though thou hast surely strayed…
Linkara: Odd that Lisa’s 1st choice for Bob to sing is one sung by woman.
Linkara (v/o): Bob says it’s not gonna work, but then she switches it up for a course number and gets Bob singing again.
When a felon’s not engaged in his employment…
(Other heads grow from the blob and sing.)
2nd Bob Head: (Singing)
1st Bob Head: (Singing)
…Or engaged in his felonious little plans…
3rd Bob Head: (Singing)
1st Bob Head: (Singing)
…His capacity for innocent enjoyment…
4th Bob Head: (Singing)
1st Bob Head: (Singing)
…Is as great as any honest man’s…
Unseen Other Bob Head: (Singing)
Linkara: Oh, no joke or anything, I was in “Penzance” as the main police officer and it’s rare for me to get a chance to sing the music, so I’m just indulging myself.
Linkara (v/o): Bart, in the meanwhile, starts pouring Squishee as hard as he can on Bob, trying to freeze him over. However, Bob finally notices. Fortunately, the machine also has a reverse function. In any other comic, I’d be scratching my head, going “What the hell?” But, this is “The Simpsons.” So yes, I completely by that the Squishee machine has a reverse function. It sucks him in and explodes. And So our story ends with Chief Wiggum not believing the kids, then, of course, scratching his head with his gun. Meanwhile, some of Bob’s remains go into a sewage drain in the middle of the floor and he ends up at a water treatment plant and eventually to Mt. Splashmore. I don’t get it, though I do like the “If you can read this, you’re in Mt. Splashmore water storage tank #12” sign. Though admittedly, I have to wonder why there’s a light inside of the storage tank. We move on to the 2nd story “The Exorsister”
Bart: (Out side the story, narrating) First we take an overly intellectual, underly cool little sister. Next we add the wretched rhythm of a familiar demonic spirit with a backbeat of a town gripped by the sense-less specter of censorship. Sing a song of squeamishness with…”The Exorsister!”
Linkara: Dear god do I love alliteration!
Linkara (v/o): We open on the living room of the Simpson’s household, where Marge is glaring at everybody as she’s want to do. Marge berates the family on their choice of entertainment choices, particularly the band that Lisa is singing along to. Naturally, Lisa was carrying around the rap album’s CD, even though she was listening from a Walkman, so I don’t even know what.
· I think he was implying that Lisa was listening to a cassette Walkman rather than a CD Walkman.
Linkara (v/o): The band, called “Oil and Vinegar,” is apparently all about female empowerment.
Marge: Since when does “female empowerment” involve brandishing enormous switchblades?!?
Linkara: I don’t know, I kind of like this new image for the Spice Girls.
Linkara (v/o): Also, Marge, that’s not a switchblade, that’s a dagger. I think if they made switchblades in that size, it would kind of defeat the point of the thing, though I would want one anyway. While Lisa admits that they do a bit overboard, her favorite is still Madonna. Marge is not impressed with Madonna.
Marge: You ask, me she’s got all the style and “class” of a second-rate vegas nightclub act…
Linkara: Marge, this was 1996, I don’t care how old you think you are; grow the hell up.
Linkara (v/o): Anyway, after a few more bits of Marge complaining about role models today, we cut to sometime later where Flanders comes over try to find his sons. Marge says she thinks they’re all in the basement and they’ve been playing some game called “The Magicians Get Together” or something. And when Flanders goes downstairs, we see them (Bart, Lisa, and Rod) preparing to chop Todd’s head off. This story took a weird turn. Not even sure what the hell’s going on here, Todd was supposed to be the sacrificial lamb. Rod: a druid high priest. Although, why he’s dressed like a wizard, I don’t get. And Lisa is dressed like Madonna over Bart’s objections.
Bart: Ok, but why always Madonna? I swear, you’re possessed with her!
Lisa: The word is “obsessed,” and I am not!
Linkara: Wait, she always does this? How many times have you played this game? (Leans forward, more serious) How many children have you murdered, Bart?
Linkara (v/o): The next day, the Simpsons are hosting a barbecue, where Marge informs Ralph that Lisa’s sick and won’t be coming down. Reverend Lovejoy starts ranting to Flanders that the end days are approaching.
Reverend Lovejoy: Why, the signs are everywhere! Just turn on your TV or Radio and you’ll be subjected to a constant barrage of the most vile forms of entertainment imaginable.
Linkara: Uh, Honey Boo Boo reference, “Toddlers In Tiaras” reference, “Jersey Shore,” reality shows, “Arrow,” take your pick, I don’t watch TV anymore!
Linkara (v/o): Later, Lisa comes downstairs, looking kind of crappy. Ralph hands her some lemonade and she spills it in the ground in a pretty cute exorcist parody bit. She starts singing Madonna songs. Marge drags her away and later to the doctor. Lisa, now dressed like Madonna, starts dancing around everywhere. Dr. Hibbert says there’s nothing physically wrong with her, but Marge isn’t convinced based on her bizarre hand movements.
Dr. Hibbert: That’s a phenomenon we refer to as “voguing”—a symptom that was very much [ahem] in vogue a few years back. I’m surprised to see it’s still around.
Marge: My goodness! Is it contagious?
Linkara: Marge, you were alive during the 80s, right? I mean…I know “The Simpsons” time scale is kind of confusing. But I mean at the time this comic came out, you were alive during the 80s, yes?
Linkara (v/o): After a failed second opinion from Dr. Marvin Monroe and a change of outfit from Lisa, Marge is still unsure what’s going on. We cut to a few weeks later where we have a…well, pointless bit Krusty (The Clown) apologizes for an incident with a kid imitating something on his show. Afterwards, Marge talks to Reverend Lovejoy about what’s been happening and begs for some help with Lisa. The Reverend is understandably skeptical about the idea that Lisa is possessed by the spirit of Madonna, especially because…well, Madonna is still alive.
Marge: I see…well, I guess I should have gone to see the catholic priest in the first place…
Reverend Lovejoy: W-whoa, now, Mrs. Simpsons, let’s not be hasty!
Linkara/Rev. Lovejoy: I mean, come on, don’t you want to try voodoo 1st or Satanism? I hear Satanism is popular this season.
Rev. Lovejoy: It’s true that my domination doesn’t believe in Exorcism, but who knows, this may turn out to be a great new source of revenue for the church!
Linkara/Rev. Lovejoy: Hi there, can I interest you in a door-to-door exorcism?
Linkara (v/o): That night, Reverend Lovejoy arrives hearing Lisa sing “Like A Virgin” backwards, from her room. After he gets upstairs, he kicks open the door to reveal Lisa in bed with…2 gremlin doll things, ok.
Lisa: They’re my entourage and wherever I go, they go.
Linkara/Lisa: I tried to have Furbies as part of the entourage, but they were just too creepy.
Linkara (v/o): Also, Lisa’s head is backwards…and the Madonna cone bra is too (?) Lisa explains…
Lisa: I needed my shoulder blades up front in order to keep my brassier on!
Linkara (v/o): Kinda funny, except you’ll notice: there’s nothing holding the bra up, there are no straps for them. They’re apparently glued on or something.
Rev. Lovejoy: (to Lisa) The power of cod is within you! The power of cod—no! I mean—
Linkara/Rev/ Lovejoy: Crap, I read from my other book. I secretly worship a giant fish!
Linkara (v/o): When the scripture reading fails, Lovejoy shows her a review of the film “Body of Evidence,” which compares her acting ability to that of comatose llama. And naturally, this expels her from Lisa, along with Dennis Rodman and Gillian Anderson, I think (?) And so our comic ends with Lisa back to normal and Homer wondering where the spirit of Madonna went after being expelled and we see Reverend Lovejoy wearing a silver cone bra and singing “Like A Virgin.”
Linkara: (holds up comic) This comic…it doesn’t suck, but it’s not very good either.
Linkara (v/o): As someone who’s had to read a lot of unfunny material this last year, there are plenty of humorous bits to it and there is plenty of good humor potential used in the “Sideshow Blob” story. Its main problem is, surprisingly, the padding. It probably would have helped to have had a 3rd story and exercise some of the more useless bits, especially from “The Exorsister” story. With that one, there’s less jokes or parody and more just Marge ranting about “those kids today,” Reverend Lovejoy ranting about “those kids today,” and the whole page with Krusty that added nothing, same as the kids a playing “human sacrifice.” It was just not funny and really kind of pointless. But, it wasn’t unbearable and I still got a chuckle out of it.
Linkara: “Simpsons” comics can still be pretty damn funny though, especially the “Treehouse of Horror” ones. So, I still say: “check them out,” and most of them are actually available in trade formats, including a crossover with “Futurama.” In the meantime, have yourselves a Happy Halloween! Next month: Secret Origins Month Returns!
(Linkara sits up and walks of frame as we cut to the end credits. Afterward, we cut to the living room where Harvey Finevoice is holding his tommy gun, Linksano is messing around with a tricorder and other “Star Trek” equipment by the kitchen entrance, and 90s Kid is behind a couch with a phaser rifle at the ready. Each man paranoid of the rest. Linkara enters the room.)
Linkara: (Sighs) Guys, we need to talk.
Harvey: (His tommy gun aimed at Linkara) Whoever you are, there ain’t nothing left to talk about!
Linkara: I want to apologize. You 3 can feel fine to not trust me, after everything that’s happened and more, that’s more than fair. But right now, I know that I am that I say I am and I have to trust that you’re all who you say you are. This thing doesn’t want to show itself and wants to hide and make us all destroy each other and if it is hiding, that suggests that it’s vulnerable out in the open. If we fight each other, maybe even kill each other, then they’ll have no more enemies left and it’ll have won
Harvey: Even if you really are Linkara, it doesn’t change anything. We’re still stuck here (yells) AND BIG EYES (Linksano) HASN’T FIGURED OUT A WAY TO GET US OUT!
Doctor Linksano: Bite me Finevoice!
Harvey: AND IT DOESN’T CHANGE ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU DID BY LEAVING US ALL HERE WITH THE HOLOGRAM (Holokara)!
Linkara: It was a mistake, I’m sorry! I should have-
Harvey: (Interrupts) YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, "YOU SHOULD HAVE!" I’M HEARING A LOT OF “SHOULD HAVES,” BUT NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU ACTUALLY DID DO!
Linkara: (yells) GOD DAMN IT HARVEY! DON’T YOU GET IT?!? WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER!
Harvey: (Linkara still arguing) OH, WE’RE GONNA GET INTO THIS RIGHT NOW!
(The 2 yell at eachother that they sound incoherent)
Linksano: You incessant pigmites (I think that’s what he said), I’ll show you all!
(He goes further into the kitchen to avoid them. 90s Kid is watching the argument, but then notices the semi-invisible cloaked figure by the wall)
90s Kid: (To Linkara and Harvey) Uh, guys!
(When they don’t answer, he tries to fire the phaser rifle at it, but it doesn’t work. He gets a nearby katana sword and 90s Kid runs him through. The semi-invisible cloaked figure shrieks in pain so loud that Linkara and Harvey stop arguing and notice him. Linkara draws his magic gun to fire, but the cloaked figure uses some form of telekinesis to push him aside.)
Linkara: (As he falls down) Ah!
(Harvey aims his tommy gun at the cloaked figure, but the cloak also telekinetically pushes him too.)
Harvey: (As he falls down) Ah!
(Using the telekenis has aparrently drained him.)
Linkara: 90s Kid, catch! (Throws the magic gun to him)
(90s Kid catches it as the cloaked figure shrieks in horror)
90s Kid: Yeah, SCREW YOU TOO!
(He fires at the thing, which cause it to explode. Linkara and Harvey, dazed, get back up)
Linkara: What the hell was that thing?
Linksano: (Head peeking out of the kitchen) I’m…I’m not sure. It looked kind of like one of the Shades from Vyce’s ship.
Harvey: Or those cloak goons.
(As Linkara tries to process what happened, but then…)
Nimue : Warning! Intruder Alert!
Linkara: Nimue? You’re online?
Nimue: Intruder Alert! There is an intruder present!
(Linkara turns around to find the Gunslinger)
Gunslinger: Took you long enough.
(90s Kid fires the Magic Gun at him, which the kickback knock 90s Kid down. The Gunslinger deflects the blast with a force field from his tech glove. Harvey aims his tommy gun at him.)
Linkara: (Moves his hand toward Harvey and 90s Kid) Guys hold it! (To the Gunslinger) Who the hell are you?!?
Gunslinger: Just someone doing what he has to.
Linkara: I take it you’re responsible for what’s been happening.
Gunslinger: You ask a lot of questions, don’t you? I picked that thing (the shadow creature) up a few months ago when I was fighting another guy with a gun, thought it might come in handy. It loosens people’s inhibitions a bit, really gets some rage going and feeds off it.
Linkara: And you still want my Magic Gun?
Gunslinger: (Chuckles) Has that ever changed? Still, not until it’s good and ready.
(The Gunslinger’s tech glove starts to beep, he looks at it)
Gunslinger: Oh, it is ready. (looks back at Linkara) You’ve been busy these past few months, haven’t you? I didn’t even have to get you mad.
Linkara: The hell are you talking about?
Gunslinger: You’ve unlocked the gun’s full potential. Can’t you feel it? It’s definitely ripe for picking. So, you gonna do this the easy way or hard way?
Harvey: (yells) AS HARD AS LEAD, BUCKO!
(Fires at the Gunslinger, but he used his glove to deflect the bullets.)
linkara: Nimues, Emergency Procedure 4 on the intruder! (A force field surrounds the Gunslinger, trapping him) I think it’s time you explained yourself, asshole!
Gunslinger: Don’t have the time. Think I’ll take my leave now. That gun’ll be mine soon enough. Hear you took out Vyce, probably makes you a good guy. I’d ask for your help if I could. But trust me, it just wouldn’t work out. (Takes out a watch and clicks it, causing him to begin teleporting.)
Linkara: Nimue, stop him!
(But the Gunslinger has disappeared.)
Nimue: Unable to comply.
Linkara: (Hits a nearby wall) Damn it! (He takes a deep breath as the scene transitions to sometime later as Linkara goes up to Harvey, smoking a cigarette and pacing. Both feeling guilty and embarrassed over their argument) Hey.
Harvey: Hey, kid.
Linkara: You missed the meeting.
Harvey: I didn’t think it would be good for me to be there. You guys figure out how Nimue came back up?
Linkara: Pollo and Linksano suspect that she was never offline to begin with. There’s no damage to the apartment’s computer. That shadow creature probably screwed around with our own perceptions, made us think that we couldn’t leave and we couldn’t hear Nimue over the sounds of our own yelling.
Harvey: Well, that’s just peachy.
Linkara: Are you ok?
Harvey: No kid, I’m not. You see, it doesn’t matter if those perceptions were fake or anything. Everything I said to you and the others, that was real. I was really that angry at you about the hologram thing. I was ready to put a bullet between you eyes.
Linkara: But you didn’t and that’s what’s important.
Harvey: No, the fact that I was willing to was what’s important. (Restrains himself from saying any more bad words) I need to get a way from this for a while, kid. I need some time to think. I’ve got a concert tour that will take me all over the states for a bit, I think that’ll help.
Linkara: (Lets out a big exhale) If that’s how you feel. You think you’ll be back for Christmas at least?
Harvey: We’ll see. (He begins to make his way to the front door)
Linkara: Harvey (This stops Harvey before he leaves), for whatever it’s worth, I am sorry about the hologram. Last month, before this all started, I said that I knew that I would not turn evil because you guys will be by my side. That opinion has not changed.
(Harvey then leaves)