120: Dating Service
Title text: I don't understand why people are so disingenuous! I just want someone to walk with!
Enjoying "long walks on the beach," like candlelit dinners, is a romantic activity stereotypically associated with dating and with profiles for online dating sites.
Randall seems to be an avid beach walker who does not take kindly to people for whom the "long" in "long walks on the beach" is an exaggeration (relative to his perception). He personally does not just enjoy walks on the beach, he enjoys walks that are so long that they require a tent. One might suggest that it would be more accurate for him to say that he likes camping and hiking, rather than just walking on the beach, in which case the problem is with his phraseology rather than his dates, but his attitude in the comic would imply that he is relatively oblivious to the perceptions of others.
- [A computer monitor displays the profile of a man named Randall on an online dating site. His profile contains a picture of a spiky-haired man and some text, which is rendered as dialogue in the panels.]
- Randall: Hi, my name is Randall. I like candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach.
- Randall: When I say long walks on the beach, I mean LONG walks on the beach. I've met people through these services who CLAIM to like long walks on the beach. But we'll be out there barely an hour before they start in with "I'm tired" and "Don't you think it's time we head back?" BRING A TENT.
- Other similar activities include piña coladas and getting caught in the rain (Escape (The Piña Colada Song)).