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No. 2315: Wise Decision

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Wise Decision

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Strip by: Sloublues

Riker: GARFIELD! WAKE UP!
Riker: I've made a decision that could alter the course of my whole life
Riker: I have decided to grow a beard
Garfield: I suppose I could blame this on Monday

The author writes:

And televised sci-fi was never the same.

Trekkies may notice that Riker is wearing his insignia on the wrong side. Clearly, he was so excited about his decision that he put his uniform on wrong when he jumped out of bed. Or he's being mind-controlled again.

Garfield's reaction is a different shade of funny in this new context. Jonathan Frakes's beard arguably did alter the course of his character's life, and Garfield's response is still the very feline "I don't care, go away, I want to sleep."

Alternate, spoilery titles considered: It's The Beard, Stupid; What an Enterprising Fellow; and of course, Make It So.

Both Riker screenshots are snagged from trekcore.com and property of Paramount. Here's one with the Beard of Take Me Seriously.

And since we haven't linked to TVTropes much recently: Growing The Beard.

Original strip: 1987-01-19.