How to Give a Friend Romantic Advice

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Reader Comments (24)

Perhaps Rick should use the dating service they used to show on Mad-TV, "Lowered Expectations".

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Until panel three I was hoping Rick wanted to build a relationship on a shared love of sugar-free soda, capitalization be darned.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.

Logic dictates that I laugh at this comic

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDryhad

I would pay good money to hear Spock (or any Vulcan, really) utter the line "Logic dictates that I swoon" in the next Star Trek movie.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Other Mike

"Man seeking woman to share bar tab" would totally work on me. At least, it would if I had any money. However, since this is the second time I'm agreeing with Ric on dating, perhaps it's time to rethink my life.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpzzz

Scott, please stop ridiculing Rick like this. It is ruining all my best moves!

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermayhemfunkster

That is great! (Written in a sad, doomed way.)

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

@Dryhad "Logic dictates that I laugh at this comic"
-I know that was a joke, but actually, there's a parallel between romance and comedy in that the funniest 'jokes' are the ones which require the least thought to process - the silly ones.

Then again, I often find Basic Instructions to be the funniest webcomic I read BECAUSE of its very clever humour.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrik

At first I thought Rick was saying he wanted a woman to share the soft drink "Tab" with.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt


That's logical, since one would be hard pressed to finish a can of Tab on one's own.

On the other hand, since Scott has now invoked the rule that if something is logical, that is grounds for rejecting it as false, I'm not sure what we've got going for us.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

I just want to point out that "As a rule, if they have to think about it, it's not romantic." is probably some of the most reasonable and useful advice given in this comic to date.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDane

Scott, I don't know how you convey that false compassion in panel 3 with just a few lines. This continues to be one of the best drawn comics of all time. Ernie Bushmiller would admire your work.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue Dunham

"Logic? I'm sick of hearing your damned logic!"

-Dr. McCoy, and every woman, ever

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

That's probably why Vulcans have pon farr - they can't deal with romance in their usual logical ways. ;-)

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBird of Prey

Panel 3 is pure genius. My wife has a friend who is a published romance author and none of her heroines, in fact, have ever said that.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjimb

I want to buy the novel that contains that line!

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersled

"Logic dictates that I swoon"
Is the name of my Lt. Saavik/Captain Kirk slash fiction story.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGle3nn

Hmm. That explains it, much like Rick, women have to use logic to decide to date me. I really need to be less like Rick.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKG

It really makes me sad that the average understanding of logic, and what it is, is based on a television show from the 60's..

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNibien

@Mike N and @The Other MIke: Amazing, the 2 comments I had were 2 of the first 4 comments already written.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

I expect intelligent women to consider and appreciate thoughtful treatment as well as male beauty, and, furthermore, her passing out isn't a measure of success that I'd use[*]. But then it's very unlikely that I'm doing it right. In fact, is "swoon" a polite word for... the other thing? is coy on that point (possibly).

[*] Or I'd leave off showering for a while. I could have 'em passing out just by riding a bus.

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

OK, you need a T-shirt that says "Logic dictates that you swoon."

May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWLP

I must use 'logic dictates that I swoon' at the next available moment!

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

@Robert Carnegie

The stereotype of swooning women comes from it once being fashionable for them to wear exceptionally tight corsets, which restricted their ability to breathe. The result was that, if they got too excited, they would hyperventilate and pass out.

Note that "excited" and "happy" are not necessarily the same thing. Any woman swooning due to Rick's attentions is probably fainting in terror.

October 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertlhonmey
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