|“Pop Quiz, Hotshot”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||22 September 2006|
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Elan needs a little prompting to figure out Nale's plan.
- The Order of the Stick
- The Linear Guild
- Panel 1
Awakened trees are attacking Vaarsuvius in the background. Elan confronts Nale..
Elan: That's it, I don't care what Roy said, I'm going to help V!
Nale: Or you could stay here and brush up on your Spot checks.
- Panel 2
Nale: Indeed. The general arrives on the field of battle at last.
Elan: What's going on here? Why are you doing this?
- Panel 3
Nale: Why don't you tell me? All of the pieces are in play now.
Nale: Tell me what YOU think I'm doing. Tell me what you see.
Elan: All I see is that you're a mean jerk. A jerky jerk. The jerkiest jerk of all.
- Panel 4
Nale: Truly, your cunningly crafted retort stings my pride.
Nale: Now come on, Elan. You must have some shred of intellect in there. You're still related to me, after all.
- Panel 5
Cut to Haley battling Kitty.
Nale (inset): Your allies are distracted and scattered.
Haley: Gpmp, Vzrra vzrra vzrra.
- Panel 6
Cut to Yokyok chasing Belkar.
Nale (inset): Your bodyguard has been removed from the area.
Yokyok: He was a good father!
Belkar: But he was a better fashion accessory!
Yokyok: I'LL KILL YOU!!
- Panel 7
Cut to Roy fighting Sabine.
Nale (inset): And the only person with the tactical wits to puzzle it out has been isolated.
Roy: Damn it! This would go a lot faster if you would just stand still!
- Panel 8
Cut back to Elan and Nale.
Nale: Think about it, Elan. All of that has lead up to... what? What event has all of THIS been orchastrated to bring about?
Elan: Killing my friends?
Nale: I don't give a wererat's ass about your friends.
- Panel 9
Elan: You and me...
Elan: ...alone in a secluded alley...
Elan: ...with no one left to interfere?
- Panel 10
Nale: Very good, brother! I knew this wasn't a wasted effort.
Nale: You are absolutely correct.
- Panel 11
Thog hits Elan over the back of the head, "BONK!!, knocking him out.
- Panel 12
Nale: Well, actually, correct except for the part about us being alone.
Thog: thog make not-nale fall down.
- Panel 13
Nale: Bring him. And the knapsack. We need to hurry now.
Thog: yay! time for fun!
D&D Context Edit
- It scarcely bares mentioning at this point in the strip that Elan, along with the entire Order of the Stick has zero ranks in the Spot skill.
- The translation of Haley's line is:
- Panel 5: Here, Kitty kitty kitty.
- The title "Pop Quiz, Hotshot" is a quote from the 1994 film Speed, said by Dennis Hopper's character, Howard Payne, before explaining the premise of the movie, that there is a bomb on the bus.