How to Graciously Receive an Honor

As I told the subscribers when they saw this comic, someone I know asked me to be the executor of their will, and gave me only one instruction. One specific person must, at all costs, receive nothing.

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Reader Comments (28)

Brilliant!

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereric

there is one way to beat him. die first. don't beat him.

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

Wow, genius Rick. 3rd panel made me laugh out loud (maybe because I thought it was such a good evil idea).

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel

From what little I know about being an executor of a will, it's customary to get some renumeration to make up for the time and work involved. But maybe Scott will be compensated as one of the causes that other people hate...

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Oh my God, the wits. This is a PURE comedy GOLD. Rick thoroughly wins this round, not with nary a scratch, but without a scratch!

"Obey my orders from beyond the grave". Crap, I need to move to an English speaking country to make use of that.

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

I suspect that Scott knows this, but I'll throw this out for anyone else who's interested.

Being an executor is voluntary. It is standard for wills to contain language like the following (which is from my own):

If my executor (the “principal executor”) is unable or unwilling to act as executor as to any property, such person or qualified corporation as the principal executor shall designate by signed instrument shall act as special executor as to that property. Any special executor may resign at any time by giving written notice to the principal executor.

(Now ignoring the voluntary nature of the executorship...) Of course, it's possible that Rick's will would contain language contrary to this, but that seems unlikely, as that seems unrealistically close to "winning". If Rick's will did contain language like this, Scott could end up winning though his choice of special executor.

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermathuaerknedam

Scott's compensation is a generous donation to the Turn Scott's Living Room into a Life-Size Replica of the Enterprise Bridge fund, in his wife's name.

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLockeZ

This is my choice for Best BI of 2012. Scott gets Pacquiao'ed while Rick doesn't even have a glove laid upon him. Who'd a-thunk it?

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheKFV

Rick indeed announced his checkmate early...all Scott needs to do is die first and he wins, sort of.
Brilliance in every panel here.

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyoken

Brilliant! But who will be named as the official biographer to delve into the exquisite marbling of his defeatloaf?

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

YAY! Rick wins a round!
If he didn't win occasionally, he would be a perfect failure, so by winning once, this makes him an IMPERFECT failure, which is another failure! It's awesome!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreeble

But refusing the position of executor would be the same as capitulation; thusly, in a most perfectly evil and weasel fashion, Rick would doubly win. The path is treacherously trapped... well played, Rick... well played.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVferrar

One potentially fatal flaw in Rick's plan: at the rate he's going, will he have anything to leave?

Still, getting to make people angry while leaving them no course for redress? I can't see why Scott wouldn't be ready to join in with this.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersublight

Doesn't the real Rick hate it when you give his fictional version a victory, however small?

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I now want to do this!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

Rick finally has a chance of winning! Only problem is if Scott dies first, then Rick still loses! Oh no! Based on Rick's history, we all need to be on Scott Death Watch! Can Rick really win?

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen Z

Scott, as an estate planning attorney I have to say that this is absolutely hilarious! If you don't mind, I might bring up the point at an office meeting that we can start offering language directing the executor/personal representative refer to carrying out their duties as obeying orders from beyond the grave.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJittery

When I first quickly scanned the title, I read it as

"How To Graciously Receive A Horror".

After reading the comic, it would have been appropriate.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Lol. Checkmate!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

"I don't know what you want me to say."
"Oh, I think you do!"
Priceless!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

It can be tricky to spot the difference between being an Executor and an Executioner. I think Scott still has a chance of winning.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess Hurchist

Actually, if Scott dies first, then Rick will still win as he lives longer.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK7

Rick is my role model.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Rick won? OMG! The Mayans were right! REPENT REPENT! The end is near!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Hey, if Scott gets paid and nobody else gets any money, itll make them hate him more! Genius!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE

On the first two readings I thought that panel 2 was the best. But reading this on the second day I think that panel 1 is perfection in the set up.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt S

Yay Rick!!!

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Awesome!!! Made me laugh 3 times. Not 4.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJT

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