soren121 wrote:Attention everyone: The typo has been corrected! I repeat, the typo has been corrected! You may now go on with your lives.
What? But I thought Randall didn't get do-overs...
And yes, it IS painful to see the joke explained and over-explained at those last panels.
Bounsy wrote:What surprises me is the number of people saying that the last few panels are unnecessary. True, the pole vault joke doesn't need them. But why can't there be more than one punchline in a single comic?
Since when is that having "more than one punchline"? The punchline is only one: the athletes climbed the balcony by pole-vaulting. It's just exposed in different ways, and it's dragged on for too long, as if the readers were too dumb to get it right away. The last panel is just Randall thinking that the joke isn't clear enough and pushing it way over the edge for his readers. It's what people with a minimum knowledge on actual comedy call "post-punchline dialogue", which, as a rule of thumb, should be eliminated completely.