How to Find Out the Name of a Person You've Known a Long Time

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His first name is Leeroy!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJux

His ful name is Jenkins Exclamationmark.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDean

This has nothing to do with this particular comic, but because of Basic Instructions I went and watched Patrick McGoohan's "The Prisoner". First my only question was "what is this show he keeps talking about?". Watching it only gave me more questions, so thanks Scott, I'm more confused now than ever!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

@Jux:
Wonder if his favorite food is chicken...

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdzamie

"All too well ... boss." Typical genius from Scott.

While we're on the subject, who is the coworker that resembles Rick, but with longer hair? I think he's the moon emperor too. I mean the guy just to the right of Graham in 1st panel here:

http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2013/1/22/how-to-succeed-on-your-own-terms.html

That's a lady. Rick is the Moon Emperor. ~Missy

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark W

Great final panel.

And I should note that I felt a tingle of excitement at the title of this one. Wasn't sure if I even wanted Mullet Boss to have a name, but I was ready to find out if he did.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Every time i see one of this comics i´m more convinced this guy is a genious. Three days a week i´m guaranteed to leave the house with a smile on my face after reading this.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllonganiza

I checked http://www.jenkinsexclamationmark.com/ to see if an FAQ section was up. There wasn't, but I swear he blinked "Jenkins Q. Junior The Fifth" in Morse Code to me...

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheKFV

Very, very clever Scott! And very funny! All the way from start to the end!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

I'm guessing that Jenkins has his name written in the collar of his hoodie/anorak, they could just check that.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergfunkera

Jenkins Junior the 5th - awesome. How do you even think of this stuff?

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I have looked into the abyss and shudder at what I have found! I know Jenkins's true name! Scott, you sick, twisted freak!

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Traditionally, panel 3 is the most hilarious of four hilarious panels, but today - how can I choose?

Each panel stands alone in hilariosity.
1) 'All to well . . . boss'
2)'Jenkins, and a larger salary than he deserves'
3)'You and [the others] don't pay me at all'
4) 'Good. The plan is working.' (Normally it is Scott who says this to Jenkins - perhaps the pupil has become the master . . . .)

Scott, I salute you.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

This is almost pervasive in the social dance world, where you ask someone to dance, ask their name, dance with them for 4 minutes, and the name never reaches long-term memory because you then ask someone else to dance. Common to have people dancing with each other for years and still not be sure of names. After the first few months it gets too embarassing to keep asking.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I just LOVE that someone made http://www.jenkinsexclamationmark.com/

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Taylor

Awesome comic! Every panel is del.ici.ous!

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRandy March

A win for Jenkins? I feel dirty.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Lols, Mark W... it took me forever to realize that the female coworker you're asking about WAS NOT rick. Like, I'd been reading the comic for maybe two years, before I understood that.

And what's with Jenkins winning one? Surely he doesn't deserve this.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

One of the best Basic Instructions ever.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThiago

@Jon What's worse is that I eventually learn the follows' names, but don't know most of the leads because I never dance with them.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFojar

Nah, first name Jenkins. Last name Ear.

Patrick McGoohan's "The Prisoner" explains all that is going to happen in episode one. He will talk or his mind will break.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKNO3

Seeing Jenkins win is distressing. Glad I don't know his first name.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Maybe this strip could use a "who's-who" page, with a small image of each person, the name of the character, and a brief fact about them, useful or otherwise. If a character has two or more identities (such as Rick/Moon Emperor/knifeketeer, assuming I have that straight, or Scott/Rocket Hat/Omnipresent man) then there could be a set of small images in a row so readers can know that they are all the same person. Just a suggestion if such a page does not yet exist.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrendon

Truly, Jenkins is an evil mastermind.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Jenkin's first name is Old and his middle name is Man. Old Man Jenkins. Yes, I still watch SpongeBob. DON'T JUDGE ME!!!!!!

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

Not related to this hilarious strip, but my android Basic Instructions app recently "updated" and now it doesn't update with new strips anymore. Any ideas about why anyone?

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRiley Holzberlein

Bendon, we should not jump to conclusions. Just because Omnipresent Man and Scott have some superficial similarities of appearance does not mean they are the same person.

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt S

You also find out who "Number One" is in the opening credits.

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjscsc

Fair enough. Scott and Omnipresent Man may or may not be the same person. Lois Lane always suspected Clark was Superman because one disappeared when the other showed up. Yet it must be that wherever Scott is, Omnipresent Man is there also.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrendon

Wouldn't HR know?

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

So is the third panel implying that the boss is Meyer's mutual friend? ick...

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Meaner

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