Fridge: Lackadaisy

Fridge Horror
  • Lackadaisy: There are a bunch of skeletons down in the Lackadaisy caves. Cat/Human skeletons. Think about it, our heroes have engaged in murder and left bodies to rot in a dank cave. Even characters who most likely haven't gotten their hands dirty are fully aware of this practice. And these are our protagonists.
  • More sympathetically, this Troper only realized recently that 1927 (the year in which the comic is set) is only two years before October 29th, 1929. If they're already struggling NOW....
    • Well...yes and no. Recessions, in general, don't actually impact the demand for alcohol. The Great Depression was no exception to this, as the biggest dip in alcohol consumption during the Prohibition was during the first two years it was enforced, and then it just went right back to where it was, if not, higher than where it was. As long as the Lackadaisy staff could keep the place open to that point, they would be fine after Black Tuesday. It would probably get worse when the Dust Bowl hit in 1933, due to that striking a major blow to the agriculture industry, which in turn, would hurt Lackadaisy, due to a lack of raw materials to make alcohol, therefore decreasing the supply. Seeing that they can barely get swill in 1927, that would be the final blow. Though, Marigold would probably have a hard time at that point too. (All of this, of course, would depend on Lackadaisy still being in business by Black Tuesday. At the rate they're going, they'll probably shut down before the depression even starts.)
      • I think they were getting their liquor from New Orleans, which was getting it from the Caribbean, which wasn't hit by the Dust Bowl. They'd probably be fine. Not totally sure on that, anyone want to back this up or disprove it?
      • If you look at the second page of the comic, there’s a map showing the different bootlegging routs to St. Louis. All the routs shown originate out of the country, be it in Cuba, the Bahamas, or Canada. This doesn’t necessarily mean that more homegrown varieties aren’t making their way thru the pipe line though, it just means that the bootlegging community in St. Louis, namely our charming gaggle of rogues, have a lot of options to choose from should one source run dry.
      • That was showing how the liquor flowed before Atlas' death. Now they're forced to scrape from the bottom of the barrel, and that means getting poor quality liquor from less-than-trustworthy local suppliers (read: Kehoe.) This piece of Fridge Horror will most likely be seen in the comic, though, as Tracy has said that the comic will end after the start of The Great Depression, but before the repeal of Prohibition, so somewhere around the 1930-1932 range. The full impact of the Great Depression may still be left to our imaginations, but we will most likely see the characters struggling- even more than they already are.
    • Wick would still suffer though.

Fridge Brilliance
  • A is for amygdala, as Mordecai pointed out. The amygdala is the part of the brain responsible for emotional reactions and psychopaths (the actual mental disorder) have smaller than normal amygdalas with impared reactions. A psychopath is a person who (among other signs/symptoms): is cunning and manipulative, lacks remorse or guilt, has shallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric), is callous and lacks empathy, fails to accept responsibility for own actions, and has poor behavioral control. Sounds like a familiar tuxedo-cat, no?
    • To be fair it also sounds like a cat.
    • He arranged the body parts in alphabetical order. Oy vey; Mordecai is Organized.
    • Which fits well with what we learn from the Defiance arc. Mordecai's lack of emotion is rumored to be an outcome of a cranial injury. Now, what part of his brain would lead to such behaviour if injured? An amygdala.
      • To be fair, however, Mordecai DIDN'T assembly the hatcheted cat parts in an alphabetical order. It was merely a deadpan response to Asa's joke about how orderly Mordecai is.
  • When you see someone talking on a phone, they're not holding the earpiece like you normally would; instead of being about level with the eyes, it's above the forehead. Because that's where their ears are.
  • Rocky apparently took the fall for some sort of "family tragedy". (It's possible he is actually the one who did it, but that's not how it sounds.) I imagine the person he took the blame for was Freckle — he and Nina are the only family members we've seen so far, and it wouldn't have the same impact if it turned out to be someone introduced later. Still, I remember thinking to myself, "But, if it were Freckle, wouldn't he feel guilty about that? He's really timid and nice, they see each other plenty, and he seems like the kind of person who'd just be perpetually contrite about that. But I'm not really getting that vibe from their relationship."
    But then I remembered this scene where Freckle reads a note that Rocky just gave him, and puts it away in a box with a bunch of other letters. And you see that they're all letters from Rocky from when he went away — because of the tragedy — and worked at a bunch of places (farm, restaurant, circus, boat, etc.). And I remembered that, and realized that — assuming I'm right — maybe Freckle has saved all those out of guilt. To remind himself what Rocky went through for him.
    You're welcome.
    • Same Troper here. I just realized something else. I was wondering to myself about some details that don't seem to fit with Freckle being the one Rocky took the fall for: For instance, panel 11 of this could only be taken as Rocky guilting Freckle into helping him out, which so doesn't seem like something Rocky would do to his beloved cousin of all people. But by the same token, it seems a little odd that Rocky is so very fond of his cousin when he's the reason he has nowhere to go, sleeps in his car, etc. Granted, obviously he loves him or he wouldn't have taken the fall, but you'd think he'd harbor at least a hint of resentment. But we never see the slightest bit.
      But then...why does it look like he's guilting him on that page? Or here: "I don't wanna have to leave again, Freckle!" If that's not a guilt trip, I don't know what is. But that's not who Rocky is. Not to his cousin. And if he didn't want Freckle to feel bad, you'd think that rather than writing him a ton of letters while he was away, constantly and knowingly reminding Freckle of his sacrifice, he'd just keep quiet about it, forever. And yet, he doesn't.
      I just couldn't make the pieces fit...until I realized something:
      Rocky doesn't know Freckle did it.
      He describes what happened as a "family tragedy" that he signed his name on "with already ink-stained hands". In other words, it already looked like he did it, so he took the blame. I assumed he did so on purpose, because he knew who really did it, and was trying to protect them, and it just happened to be convenient. But no. He was always the only suspect. To this day, he probably really does think that it was a family tragedy that he just happened to get blamed for.
      This explains even more why Freckle mutters to Ivy that he took the job because he "felt bad". Why he hoards every one of Rocky's notes and letters, down to the last restaurant napkin. Why he looked suddenly attentive in the aforementioned panel 11, and in the third-last panel looks positively haunted. Rocky doesn't know. Lines like "Before I got the unceremonious old boot" and "I don't wanna have to leave again" are therefore perfectly innocent on his part, despite presumably causing Freckle jabs of guilt every single time.
      You're welcome, again.