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What Next for the Mystery Doohickey?

Dr Ellicott-Chatham exposition strips plus reaction shots from main cast
It's harmless! Back to Faye and Bubbles!
"It's a surprise! See if you can work it out!" Experimentation follows
"Please... tell me that you didn't use that on anyone?"
"I'm glad you called! We've got over thirty clones maturing up here! What have you been up to?"
Dr Ellicott-Chatham merely does the 'Mad Scientist Laugh'
For maximum cliffhanger stress, Jeph goes on a two-week detour with other characters
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Well this could either be a new long-running plot or a bait and switch! I really don't know which at this point!

What's my guess? I'm thinking that it is going to be a throw-away joke of some type that won't be ever mentioned again. At the most, it will turn out to be a single-use Chekhov's Gun that will have a very specific use as a plot driver for a specific character arc and will never be seen again.

What would I like? Option 1 with a very, very cryptic comment about it being "part of Hannelore's heritage" and Dr Ellicott-Chatham hinting heavily on some kind of mysterious origin story for him and Beatrice. "We are... refugees, if you like. For everyone's safety, that had to remain secret. However, Hannelore is now old enough to know who she is... what she is."

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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #1 on: 13 Sep 2015, 12:20 »

I wonder what would happen if Ardent got his hands on the mystery device (that thought has probably already been mentioned by someone else; I didn't read all of last week's thread)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #2 on: 13 Sep 2015, 12:36 »

It's a gadget to detect if a boy is sincere when he makes advances to her.  He offered to fight Marten when he suspected him.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #3 on: 13 Sep 2015, 12:49 »

I'm still convinced it's a prototype Sonic Screwdriver
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #4 on: 13 Sep 2015, 13:05 »

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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #5 on: 13 Sep 2015, 16:33 »

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So it's for orbital pizza bombardment? OH MY GOD GIVE ME 75 OF THOSE SHITS.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #6 on: 13 Sep 2015, 16:38 »

30 minutes or it's free (falling).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #7 on: 13 Sep 2015, 16:43 »

How many times did they press that button? And why aren't the pizzas falling on CoD?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #8 on: 13 Sep 2015, 16:44 »

Olives? Ugh, no thanks.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #9 on: 13 Sep 2015, 16:57 »

Spathe Pitha!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #10 on: 13 Sep 2015, 16:58 »

How many times did they press that button? And why aren't the pizzas falling on CoD?
Maybe you need line of sight for it to work.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #11 on: 13 Sep 2015, 17:04 »

He probably explained how to work it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #12 on: 13 Sep 2015, 18:09 »

Olives? Ugh, no thanks.

Depends: Green = Godly, Ripe = unholy.   :psyduck:
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #13 on: 13 Sep 2015, 18:11 »

Ripe = black? Because agreed, green olives are tasty enough (a little too salty, but I'll eat 'em) but black olives are the ones that come on pizza usually and are just gross.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #14 on: 13 Sep 2015, 18:32 »

Aww come on, you get space pizza and the first thing you say is 'I hate olives'? Really?
(besides, olives are awesome)

Also, that seems terribly unsafe, I mean it landed pretty close.

I'm not sure how that conversation went:

'Hello dad, could you tell us what kind of device you sent me? It looks very nice and I like it. Love, Hannelore'
'Hey, Hannelore, why yes it IS my prototype for the Heisenberg compensator. It also scans you and tries to replicate the thing you want most in that particular moment. Wanna try?'
'Hello dad, yes that would be nice. What do we have to do? Thanks for the Heisenberg compensator!'
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #15 on: 13 Sep 2015, 18:39 »

She who hates olives hates life!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #16 on: 13 Sep 2015, 18:41 »

Oh shit, space pizza? My god, this is heaven on earth, for the olives and everything
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #17 on: 13 Sep 2015, 18:52 »

I'm fine with olives (any color). Just no anchovies.
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« Reply #18 on: 13 Sep 2015, 18:54 »

I haven't had anchovies in years, I should try a slice tomorrow with them.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #19 on: 13 Sep 2015, 18:55 »

The cutest Claire.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #20 on: 13 Sep 2015, 19:03 »

Gotta say, this is the first poll I've ever found impossible to answer, because I saw the comic first and the comic basically invalidated any of the options
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« Reply #21 on: 13 Sep 2015, 19:05 »

Same.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #22 on: 13 Sep 2015, 19:46 »

Olives are small and I can live with them; at least they're authentic Italian.
But ham and pineapple is an abomination.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #23 on: 13 Sep 2015, 20:11 »

Free Space Pizza and she complains about the olives!? Man, first the nose ring, and now olive hating. I just don't even...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #24 on: 13 Sep 2015, 20:17 »

Because why don't they put green olives on pizza? Green olives are fine.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #25 on: 13 Sep 2015, 20:20 »

Because why don't they put green olives on pizza? Green olives are fine.

I mean, objectively, hypothetically, I agree with you, but I dunno...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #26 on: 13 Sep 2015, 20:47 »

Olives are small and I can live with them; at least they're authentic Italian.
But ham and pineapple is an abomination.

Authenticity is completely overrated.
Having said that, ham and pineapple pizza will always be dreadful.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #27 on: 13 Sep 2015, 21:14 »

Claire's glasses got blown off. Amazing. Also what happened to Marten's shirt in panel two? Whoopsie doodle.

The slightly simplified character style in panels four and five is super adorable though.
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« Reply #28 on: 13 Sep 2015, 21:25 »

I'll admit to being skeptical about how well the pizza pie would come through the g-forces involved in the landing (I didn't see retro-rockets or a chute, so I'm assuming it hit the ground at terminal velocity). The good news is the heat of re-entry would keep it from getting cold. Of course if the shielding wasn't good, the payload might have been very crispy by the end.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #29 on: 13 Sep 2015, 21:26 »

It started out frozen on the space station. The trick was using just enough heat shielding to cook the pizza without vaporizing it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #30 on: 13 Sep 2015, 21:55 »

I WANT THAT APP
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #31 on: 13 Sep 2015, 22:51 »

Space pizza is bound to have spathe ham on it.
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« Reply #32 on: 13 Sep 2015, 23:11 »

Space ham and space pineapple?
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« Reply #33 on: 13 Sep 2015, 23:30 »

So, the Doohickey is a target designator for orbital cargo drops?

I'm thinking that Dr Ellicott-Chatham won't be limited to pizza either! Why not space fashions, space accessories and the latest prototypes of Weird SCIENCE! for Hannelore to enjoy? Something tells me that Northampton will become hazardous because all of the paternal gifts dropping from the sky!

Of course, we are all guilty of making an assumption here: What if that isn't what the Doohickey does and, instead, the Doc sent a pizza down for our heroes to enjoy whilst they discuss what it does?

Now, I wonder if that pizza was launched cold and the thermal protection system on the descent capsule was minutely inadequate so that the heat of re-entry cooked the dish!

The slightly simplified character style in panels four and five is super adorable though.

That style has been used a few times in Alice Grove too.
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« Reply #34 on: 13 Sep 2015, 23:45 »

It started out frozen on the space station. The trick was using just enough heat shielding to cook the pizza without vaporizing it.

That is brilliant.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #35 on: 13 Sep 2015, 23:59 »

Space ham and space pineapple?

Only if space pineapple tastes like, say, pepperoni. Pineapple has NO PLACE on a pizza!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #36 on: 14 Sep 2015, 00:04 »

Well, there was talk of it being a Pizza Girl summoning device. That's not too far off, it summons a Pizza Hurl.
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« Reply #37 on: 14 Sep 2015, 01:29 »

I just want to add that Claire's punchline in the last panel made this strip what it is. There is all the wonder and 'Wow! Pizza from space! The appliance of science!' Then Claire leans over and basically says: 'Ugh! Olives! Can't stand olives on my pizza!"

Making such a mundane comment about something amazing is a nice bit of Pythonesque humour and helps further establish Claire's role as the laugh line provider in the current Marten-Hanners-Claire three-person comedy skit.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #38 on: 14 Sep 2015, 03:55 »

How many times did they press that button? And why aren't the pizzas falling on CoD?

Maybe the roof is full of them now, together with some dead raccoons.
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« Reply #39 on: 14 Sep 2015, 04:37 »

Raccoon is NOT a good pizza topping.
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« Reply #40 on: 14 Sep 2015, 04:46 »

How many times did they press that button? And why aren't the pizzas falling on CoD?

Maybe the roof is full of them now.
Walter White threw one up there, too.
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« Reply #41 on: 14 Sep 2015, 05:07 »

How many times did they press that button? And why aren't the pizzas falling on CoD?

Maybe the roof is full of them now, together with some dead raccoons.

No, the raccoons are fine. They're busy starting a new religion worshipping the Great Bwooo who sends Noms From The Sky!
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« Reply #42 on: 14 Sep 2015, 05:20 »

I think it's kinda like when you accidentally activate Siri, but don't say anything your iPhone recognizes. If it hears "cheese and sausage extra olives," it probably goes, "BEEP give coordinates for order."

If it hears "None Pizza with Left Beef", it goes, "FYOOP Okay, enough with the memes already."
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« Reply #43 on: 14 Sep 2015, 05:30 »

How many times did they press that button? And why aren't the pizzas falling on CoD?

Maybe the roof is full of them now, together with some dead raccoons.

What about the Spider Zone?
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« Reply #44 on: 14 Sep 2015, 05:39 »

"None Pizza with Left Beef"
Is that a thing?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #46 on: 14 Sep 2015, 06:36 »

Olives - black with Fetta cheese, or on Pizza - YUM. Green, stuffed or whole, on their own or on salads - YUM.

Olives straight from the tree.... no thanks, they need soaking for at least 6 months or a year. We grow them in our backyard.
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« Reply #47 on: 14 Sep 2015, 10:07 »

Olives straight from the tree.... no thanks, they need soaking for at least 6 months or a year. We grow them in our backyard.
I wonder how people discovered olives. "Yuck, these small fruits are not really tasty. Let's soak them in brine for half a year and try again"?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #48 on: 14 Sep 2015, 10:22 »

Olives straight from the tree.... no thanks, they need soaking for at least 6 months or a year. We grow them in our backyard.
I wonder how people discovered olives. "Yuck, these small fruits are not really tasty. Let's soak them in brine for half a year and try again"?
The actual answer is that they (and some people still do) systematically experimented with things to see if they were edible. At some point folk realised that thir preservation methods weren't perfect but could also produce desirable changes as well as staving off undesirable ones.

Also, much more interesting to me is; who was the first person to look at a lobster and go "you know what? I'm gonna eat that."
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #49 on: 14 Sep 2015, 10:25 »

Observation and accident are mostly like how humans discovered most edible foods.
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