How to Manage Your Emotions

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Reader Comments (35)

Just cracked me up so much I read it out to my husband.

Also, I now have a desire to shout "Froggy!"
I blame you.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Lindsey

Panel 4 had me holding my sides.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChip Camden

That was terrible. I feel sad now :(

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDirjel

In an earlier comic Rick stated that he only knew 2 emotions "angry" and "not angry". I guess the trauma of this froggy incident sparked some new emotions in him.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

That last line is pure comedy gold.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

I had a similar experience with a small snail.

I noticed it on the hood of my car as I was driving home from work one evening.
It seemed to be hanging on just fine up to about 40 mph,
and then suddenly, it was gone!

Which is kinda surprising, since up to that point I was technically traveling at a "snail's pace"...
Ba-dum-bump. I'll be here all week until 2013 shows up in the copyright date.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnailsPace


Also, Rick's analogy in panel four is perfect.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz G.

@Jason - Actually I think this falls under "Not Angry"

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHunter

Hey, you gave Missy some lipstick in this comic. Subtle. Also ... is she losing weight?

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin A Kunreuther

The second frame is an absolute gem. I identify 100% with Rick there.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I think I would have shouted "Frogger" instead. Then made the sounds.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDan R-M

suprise, delight, panic, horror, and regret in the space of 5 seconds. you just described me in a public restroom.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

You know how dopey, annoying, and unjust it is when a person takes something from you by shouting "dibs!" as if that gave them some sort of universal authority? It's exactly that unjust, annoying, and dopey to claim that women are somehow arbiters of emotional orthodoxy.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

NEW classic! LOVED IT!

On a slightly I didn't embarassing note, I must confess that when I saw the trailer for the new Star Trek movie I didn't cry, I did feel some arousal. When I told my wife, she shook her head and (again) questioned marrying a Trekkie nerd...

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

I'm in touch with my relatives exactly the same way. I now have something in common with Rick. Damn you.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSock Puppet

The last line is how I do it, too.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdan

Definitely a classic. I cried from laughing. And the best part is visualizing Rick going through those emotions as that short scene plays out on the road.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric L

Froggy! :(

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK7

That is EXACTLY how I'd react. Oh dear, poor froggy.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHoney

Well, it looks like someone wasn't very good at playing Frogger.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoris

D: Froggy noooo!

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

Every part of my being wants to believe that Rick's story is true, if only to lend credibility to the wondrous mental image of a grown man just driving along and then randomly bursting out with "Froggy!"

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJewels

There is no shame in crying, but there can be shame in what makes you cry."


January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen

But... was the frog okay?

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXooll

'There's no shame in crying, but there can be shame in what makes you cry.' Brilliant.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCesar L. Martinez

Panel one deserves to be its own t-shirt. And panel four is as good a final punch line as you've ever had. Nicely done.

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnc

laffs on all four panels, two of them uncontrollably. way to control my emotions...

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlarraby

An upbeat punchline for Rick?!?

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Is that a shout out to web comic "Freefall", or only a coincidence?

There's a paradox in respecting all animate living things and eating e.g. hot chicken wings, although you can argue that the chicken doesn't really -use- its wings anyway.

On the other hand, there's every reason to suppose that Rick doesn't often -use- some parts of his anatomy that he would be sorry to lose, nevertheless.

The point is that I'm on the side of the frog in this story, although I should also say that I've never eaten frog and I might change my opinion if I did. But I and everyone around me could eat frog if they wanted. They mostly don't, and that tells you something about frog.

There are probably a bunch of human road accident casualties caused when someone tries to not kill an animal, as well as plenty where an animal, such as a pet dog or livestock, falls into water, and one or more humans drown while rescuing the animal or each other.

But it also isn't unusual to see an animal carcase smeared into the road when you're driving. I prefer to believe that these represent the right choice made painfully in difficult circumstances, rather than emotional indifference.

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

is it a true story?

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCARLOS

The comment by @kehereva deserves a comment

"women are somehow arbiters of emotional orthodoxy"

I totally agree. How is it that those least in control of their emotions get to determine what normal emotional responses should be. That's like gathering up a bunch of drunk drivers, while they are still smashed, and having them determine the rules of the road for the rest of us.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Note to self:
Make sure I am not standing between @John and @khereva!

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDangerZone

@Robert Carnegie, what drugs are you on, dude? And can I get them over the counter?

March 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

I'm now picturing Rick in his car, looking at a tiny tree frog with a big smile on his face. :-D

Rick smiling...weird. But at the same time, my day is now brightened.

April 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterImage

For my money, the punchline to panel 3 was by far the best of this comic. It just came right out of nowhere (like the frog) and had such entertainingly horrific implications that I HAD to laugh.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStu
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